49ers coach Chip Kelly made the decision to start Colin Kaepernick at quarterback on Tuesday morning, and then he announced the news in a press conference shortly after.
Kelly had an interesting answer when San Francisco reporters asked why he decided to tell the world his decision when he could’ve kept the Bills guessing all week.
“We live in a society where there are no secrets,” Kelly said, via CSN Bay Area. “So if Colin took all the reps with the [first-teamers] Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, somebody’s ‘mole’ would tell you who’s taking all the reps.
“And I don’t really care. We have two similar quarterbacks. Our offense doesn’t change. I don’t think you’re going to outsmart people in the National Football League, where all of a sudden, the second quarterback is playing, Rex is going to tear up his game plan and say, ‘We’re screwed. We have no idea how to defend them.’”
Bills players have said that they’re watching San Francisco’s preseason games to prepare for Kaepernick. They’re more interested in how he might play in Kelly’s offense than how he played, say, in his Super Bowl year with Greg Roman as offensive coordinator.
"We have to be able to stop his versatility and make him one-dimensional," said safety Duke Williams, who played with Kaepernick in college at Nevada.
"He's like a one-read-type guy, and if he doesn't like it, he's going to scramble around and he's going to try to gain three or four yards with his feet," cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman said.