49ers Players Want Ponder To Start?

After the 49ers lost to the Cardinals on Thursday night, coach Chip Kelly indicated that he is considering benching Blaine Gabbert in favor of Colin Kaepernick. Gabbert’s time as the Niners’ starter could be coming to a close, but it’s not a given that it will be Kaepernick taking over. Multiple anonymous offensive players tell Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com that they prefer Christian Ponder to both players. Christian Ponder (vertical)

Ponder is the best option for quarterback on the roster,” said one locker-room source.

After winning in their season opener against the Rams, the 49ers have dropped their last four games. In terms of passing yards gained, they are dead last in the NFL. Gabbert can’t be blamed for all of that given the offensive line’s woes, but it’s not a surprise to hear that he is under the gun given everything that has gone on in the last four contests.

Ponder joined the Niners late in the summer, giving San Francisco three notable QBs from the 2011 draft class. At the time, he says that he was considering retirement. Now, at least a handful of players in the locker room think he should be the No. 1 QB.

That crossed my mind,” said Ponder in August when asked if he thought he might not get another chance to play football. “My plan was to stay ready for this season anyway and see what happens. If nothing happened all year, it would be time to hang it up. I was going to give myself this season and see what happens.”

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6 comments on “49ers Players Want Ponder To Start?

    • JamesW26

      I mean, something has to make the 49ers worth watching this year, right?

  1. Ravens_Last_Place

    Say what you want about Chip Kelly, but you have to admit – he always has his team disciplined and runs a tight ship. There are never situations where players anonymously leak info to reporters. Oh, wait…

  2. JT19

    Lol Ponder is not the solution. The solution to the 49ers QB situation is not on their roster (and maybe even the league yet). Even then, Ponder didn’t exactly light it up during his time with the Vikings. Honestly, and I know 49ers fans are going to hate me for this, but Kaep might be their best option. Kaep was extremely effective when he was used as a mobile QB. While I’m not saying he’s going to take the 49ers back to the Super Bowl, Chip Kelly’s system might help rediscover some of that magic. Kaep still has problems throwing the ball, but making him a mobile QB might hide some of those flaws.

    • jimbenwal

      The solution to the 49ers future is get rid of Baalke and watch the “leaks” dry up. That man is poison the team. Keeps them divided


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