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Thanks to Chip Kelly hire, Colin Kaepernick’s time in San Francisco may not be up

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After setting the NFL world on fire in 2012 and 2013 with his 17-6 record and a pair of deep playoff runs, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII, 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick rapidly regressed over the last two seasons.

Things got so bad that head coach Jim Tomsula decided to give Kaepernick a “mental break” by benching him in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

Yes that Blaine Gabbert.

Kaepernick’s horrific 2015 came to an end in late November after he told the team that he wanted to get surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, which forced the team to put him on the season ending IR list. It appeared that Colin Kaepernick’s time with the San Francisco 49ers was over.

But now that might not be the case.

Niners’ CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke have decided to hire Chip Kelly as the 20th head coach in the franchise’s storied history. Kelly’s offense is predicated on having a mobile quarterback and Kaepernick is still capable of using his legs to create problems for the opposing defense.

If the 49ers decide to keep Kaepernick, he’ll be the best quarterback Kelly has coached in his NFL tenure. But will Kelly be able to find the same success that Jim Harbaugh had with him?

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Tyrod Taylor scrambles for 18-yard touchdown run (VIDEO)

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Spoiler alert! Tyrod Taylor doesn’t want to see the New York Jets in the playoffs.

The fifth-year Buffalo Bills quarterback opened the scoring against Gang Green in Week 17 by breaking off an impressive 18-yard touchdown scamper. Taylor couldn’t find anyone open down the field and took off left, stretching out to knock down the pylon to put the Bills up 7-0 in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, New York will secure a playoff berth with a win over Buffalo and former head coach Rex Ryan.

 

 

Eagles’ DeMarco Murray busts off 54-yard TD run (VIDEO)

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DeMarco Murray doesn’t seem to be missing Chip Kelly.

In the Philadelphia Eagles’ first game since Kelly’s firing, Murray exploded for a 54-yard touchdown run, going untouched into the end zone on the team’s opening drive. The score gave the Eagles a quick 7-0 lead as they close out their season against the New York Giants in MetLife Stadium.

Controversy surrounded Murray and Kelly this season, as last year’s NFL rushing leader struggled to find a role in Kelly’s offense.