Is Colin Kaepernick going to play in the 49ers’ third preseason game on Friday? Hypothetically, he should, according to head coach Chip Kelly.
Of course, hypothetically speaking, the 49ers don’t have to go with a quarterback at all, Kelly points out.
You see, Kelly doesn’t deal in hypotheticals, so trying to obtain even simple information about whether or not somebody will participate in a game that’s two days away is often fruitless. That’s all hypothetical, because Kaepernick could catch a cold or fall off of a mountain top between now and then.
So instead of getting a simple, “We hope to get Kaepernick in the game this week,” reporters like Eric Branch for the San Francisco Chronicle often get answers such as these.
“Everyone wants to use them to some degree — so if we’re going to use hypotheticals, we should cancel the season because hypothetically we won the Super Bowl,” Kelly said, smiling. “Let’s just go all out with the hypotheticals. Let’s just say we won the Super Bowl, so it’s over, and we did it without a quarterback in the hypothetical world that I live in. But it doesn’t work that way. We’re a literal black-and-white deal. We’re going to sit down when we find out who’s available. I would hope that based on what (Kaepernick has) done so far that he’s going to be available. If he’s available, he’s going to play.”
Kelly is right to be cautious with his words to a degree. Kaepernick’s shoulder soreness could return at any time, which means, hypothetically, he may not play on Friday despite what the team wants. Of course, the question as to whether Kaepernick is going to play is really a question about Kelly’s plan for the signal-caller, which is decidedly not hypothetical. So hypothetically, he could just give a straight answer, even if it’s admitting he’s not sure.
Awfully smug somebody who hasn’t won a playoff game in the NFL and was fired from the Eagles short of three seasons. Especially when one hypothetical Kelly probably doesn’t have to worry about is the bit about winning the Super Bowl this season.