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Bills more concerned with Kaepernick as QB than activist

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ORCHARD PARK NY- SEPTEMBER 25 Stephon Gilmore #24 of the Buffalo Bills returns an inteception against the Arizona Cardinals during the second half at New Era Field

In the three games with new offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn calling the plays, Buffalo’s offense has rushed for 535 yards and four touchdowns. McCoy brought up the altercation where no charges were issued.

As the National Football League and its coaches have grown increasingly paranoid over every detail big and small, it was a refreshing departure for Kelly to make a decision, inform the players involved and the team and then announce it publicly. “Especially the good black players”. So they finally get this done and now he’s playing.

The 49ers are dead last with just 346 yards after catch while the Falcons are first with 909.

Things were always contentious between the 49ers and Kaepernick.

Kelly somehow has become the reverse of who he was – or at least how he was portrayed – in Philadelphia.

A key to the Bills’ turnaround is their defensive play in the red zone, where they were inefficient past year. Translation: Kelly was too distant, too icy, too rigid, too analytical and not human enough.

If the deal is voided, San Francisco will save more than $ 14 million toward their salary cap next season, according to Spotrac.

It is hard to know what to expect from Kaepernick, the one-time Super Bowl starter for the 49ers who has struggled with declining on-field production and injuries the past few seasons. Kelly didn’t jump to that conclusion. That means the 49ers could cut ties with him at any point before the regular season with few salary-cap ramifications.

But Gabbert has been so poor this year that Kelly turned to Kaepernick to right the ship – though we don’t know if he had any contact with the 49ers’ front office about that.

He doubled down on that Thursday.

“It’s not Blaine’s fault”, Kelly said. “So I dont have any expectations of whats going to go on at the game.”.

To people who say he’s unpatriotic, Kaepernick replies: “I’m not anti-America”. I think hes right for what hes saying we need to do something about whats going on because it is wrong. The Bills need to be aggressive and press down on the gas pedal when they take a lead if they want to be taken seriously as legitimate playoff contenders.

Indeed, Kelly has made it clear that things aren’t going to change with his system because Gabbert and Kaepernick have similar profiles as players. In reality, the competition wasn’t close.

“[Kaepernick] didn’t look his best, but he did look like their best quarterback”. No one could have argued differently. The teams have met every fourth year since 2004, with the 49ers going 2-1 over that stretch.

But that is part of what makes this weekend all the more intriguing. On these plays, Kaepernick was at his best in terms of yards per attempt (9.4) and yards per completion (5.9).

After leading the Niners to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season and the NFC title game the following year, Kaepernick has struggled.

Asked on Tuesday if he felt any pressure to have a reworked contract before he started Sunday’s game, Kaepernick said, “No, I feel no pressure”.

After all, remember in 2013 when the National Football League world wondered what a Kaepernick and Kelly pairing would look like? “Hopefully he’s had some time to sit back and take this all and find those places he can be successful and get this season turned around for the 49ers”.

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