Our NFL Insiders predict Colin Kaepernick’s employer in 2017. Plus: The Ravens’ chances of upsetting the Patriots, the NFC’s No. 6 seed, the effect of Earl Thomas’ injury and more.
Who will Colin Kaepernick be playing for next season?
Matt Bowen, NFL writer: 49ers. Even after Kaepernick’s dismal performance this past Sunday in the loss to the Bears, Chip Kelly’s system is still the best fit for the quarterback. Given the designed run schemes and the route tree in San Francisco, Kaepernick has shown the ability to produce under Kelly’s coaching. And although he should draw some interest on the market, re-signing with the 49ers is the best option here.
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San Diego was special for Rivera. His time there propelled him to the head coaching job at Carolina.
He still respects players like Rivers and what they mean to the game.
â€œHis competitive fire. His spirit. His will to want to win. The verbiage he used . . . gosh, golly, doggone,â€™â€™ Rivera said. â€œPretty impressive.â€™â€™
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This also is a homecoming for Rivers, who played at NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 2000 to 2003 before becoming a five-time Pro Bowl selection for the Chargers.
â€œI was married and had our first daughter there, so Raleigh and the experience playing there, will always be a special place,” Rivers said.
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â€œTime flies, I canâ€™t believe itâ€™s been since 2004 that I have played at Carolina. It just flies by. This is Year 13. It goes in a hurry as everybody always tells you.”
But the memories, as Rivera made clear, always are there.