Albert Breer of NFL Media writes that while we still don’t know if the 49ers will keep QB Colin Kaepernick for the 2016 season at the cost of $14.3 million in cash and $15.9 million against the cap, opposing teams are at least somewhat concerned about the possibility of him in Chip Kelly’s system.
“Awesome — could be scary,” said one rival defensive coach of the possibility. “You get the run threat back to keep the ball on zone read. … And Kap can throw it deep. Chip stretched the field with [Nick] Foles vertically, and not as much with Bradford. … And Kap did a good job with simple reads and progressions early in San Francisco. Chip’s intermediate pass game in Philly had those features.”
A separate defensive coordinator tells Breer: “I think [Kaepernick] is a good enough passer, but obviously what’ll be a nightmare is his ability to run. That offense is straight ‘Freddy Krueger’ when you have a quarterback that can pull the ball and run at any given time.”
- Chargers announce that they have hired former Bears S Chris Harris as an assistant defensive backs coach.
- In addition to his playing career, Harris spent 2013 and 2014 with Chicago as a defensive quality control coach.
- Albert Breer gets the sense that Mike Vrabel‘s decision to turn down the 49ers’ defensive coordinator position was a tough call, but ultimately came down to his family and loyalty to Texans HC Bill O’Brien.
- Breer seems to think Vrabel could end up being the heir to current DC Romeo Crennel or a hot coordinator candidate in 2017.
- According to Joe Wolf of the Tennessean, the Titans have promoted Nick Eason to defensive line coach after serving as an assistant for the last two seasons.
- Wolf adds that Eason was planning on following new Browns DC Ray Horton to Cleveland, but has taken the promotion instead.