Kaepernick: 'It's a great chance to lead this team'

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Kaepernick: 'It's a great chance to lead this team'

SANTA CLARA -- At the conclusion of the 49ers' Wednesday morning walk-through, coach Jim Harbaugh gathered the team together for the great unveil.Colin Kaepernick is the 49ers' starting quarterback.Kaepernick takes over for Alex Smith, who was sidelined with a concussion Nov. 11 against the St. Louis Rams. And when the 49ers play the Rams on Sunday, a healthy Smith will be on the sideline.The 49ers and Rams played to a 24-24 tie when the teams met earlier this month at Candlestick Park."I'm very eager to get back out there," Kaepernick said. "I want to get a win this time."Kaepernick now takes over as quarterback of a playoff-bound team that's 8-2-1 and owns a 2 12-game lead in the NFC West."It's a great chance to lead this team and show we're a great team and can go into the playoffs and win games," Kaepernick said.Here is how some of the other 49ers players reacted to the news:Running back Frank Gore
"I just feel like we have two good quarterbacks who can help us win. That's a plus for this team."He (Kaepernick) can run. He's got a strong arm. I tell him when he throws it at me to ease up on it. He knows how to throw it to me."Alex has been through a lot of tough things. I think he'll be fine. I know the guy loves the games. Alex loves to play football. That's tough. But coach made the decision and we know that's what we got to go with."We got two quarterbacks, and looking around the league a lot of teams can't say that. Alex won a lot of games. Kap has won the last two games. Went down to New Orleans and won in a tough environment. You just going to be behind whoever coach says is the starting quarterback."Receiver Michael Crabtree
"Let's go play some ball. It's two games with Kap, right? Let's go play some ball."In his league, I'm not surprised by nothing. I just go out there and play my position. Whoever the quarterback is, I'm just trying to go out there and make plays."With Colin Kaepernick, you have to keep your eye on the ball. Last game, I dropped a pass that I could've dropped for a first down. It was kind of low, but the guy can throw the ball real fast. It's hard, too. So you got to concentrate."I'd say sometimes guys don't look too good at practice, but they're just gamers. It's like that sometimes. I think that's how Kaepernick is at quarterback. He knows one speed, and it's 'Go.' "Tight end Delanie Walker
(Walker said Tuesday that he would be surprised if Smith was not named the starter.)"Alex is healthy now and that's what I was talking about. He didn't do anything wrong, not to start. That's basically what I was saying."I'm a little surprised, but I'm confident in Jim Harbaugh, and whatever he decided I'm happy with it. I'm confident in Jim Harbaugh making that decision."Tackle Anthony Davis
"It's a tough spot for Coach to be in. I'm just stating the obvious. It's got to be tough on a coach to make a decision like that when you have two guys who can play that good on the same team at the same position. But it's a good problem to have."Guard Alex Boone
"I think for us, it doesn't matter who's back there. As an offensive line we're the ones mostly affected by it, but whoever's back there you see leadership in both of them, you see confidence in both of them. Having both of them back there, it's not really a big difference between the two of them so you just go out there and play."Alex sits in the pocket. Kap has a tendency to roll out sometimes but he doesn't roll out unless he absolutely has to so you're not dealing with a, 'All right, I'm gonna catch it and roll right now' kinda guy. It's 'I'm gonna wait and see what happens' and so the styles are completely the same I feel, and you can see that."Fulback Bruce Miller
"It was told to team out here that Kap's the starter. So now we got to focus on getting back out there and winning another football game."My thoughts on the quarterback issue is, you know, I think more than a controversy, it's a blessing. I think we have two guys who can come in and do a great job and, obviously, win football games."We've gone through the season, and I think we've all progressed. Kap has done a great job of coming out to work every day and getting better. Now, we're 10 or 11 weeks into the season and he's shown he's ready to play."

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former 49ers OL/DE Clay Matthews Sr dies at 88 years old

Former San Francisco 49ers offensive lineman/defensive end Clay Matthews Sr. passed away on Thursday, March 23rd at the age of 88. 

Matthews originally entered the NFL as a 25th round (247th overall) draft choice by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1949 NFL Draft. He spent four seasons with San Francisco (1950, 1953-55), appearing in 45 games and registering one interception. After spending his rookie season of 1950 with the 49ers, he went on to spend two years (1951-52) in the United States Army where he served in the Korean War.

A native of Charleston, SC, Matthews attended Georgia Tech where he played guard, tackle and end while earning All-Southeastern Conference honors in 1948. In 1949, Matthews was the All-Southeastern Conference heavyweight wrestling and boxing champion at Georgia Tech.

Matthews was the first of three generations to play in the National Football League. His two oldest sons, Bruce and Clay Jr., each spent 19 seasons in the NFL. Originally selected by the Houston Oilers in the first round (9th overall) of the 1983 NFL Draft, Bruce was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007 after 14 Pro Bowl and seven First-Team All-Pro selections. Clay Jr. was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 1st round (12th overall) in the 1978 draft and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.

Three of Bruce’s sons, Jake, Kevin and Mike, and two of Clay Jr.’s sons, Clay III and Casey, either have spent time or currently play in the NFL. Clay III is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers and a six-time Pro Bowl selection at linebacker while Jake is currently an offensive lineman for the Atlanta Falcons after being selected in the first round (6th overall) by the team in 2014. 

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After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

After signing with Giants, Draughn pens long thank you to 49ers

Shaun Draughn is now a member of the New York Giants, but he won't ever forget his brief stint with the 49ers. The running back posted a long thank you to the organization and its fans on Thursday:

"I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community," Draughn posted on Instagram. "You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever.

"Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!!"

Draughn, 29, averaged 3.1 yards per carry over two seasons with the 49ers, totaling 459 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. 

I want to say thank you to the @49ers for giving my family and I a place to call home, a chance to be apart of an organization with rich history, class and a passion for family and community. You guys gave me my first EVER NFL start on November 8,2015 and I will cherish that moment and milestone forever. Thank you to all the support staff, cooks(man Ima miss those crispies in the morning lol Travis and the fellas) , custodians (my man Joe keep planting those spiritual seeds my brotha), equipment (Doc, Steve, Gilby, and the crew) trainers( Ferg, ryan, Laura) pastor Earl thank you so much for your time and pouring into us spiritually. Coaches(coach Tom Rathman thank you for having a high standard for your players and forcing me to get better at my craft) and to the Niner Faithful you guys are great and very passionate about your team you made this a great experience as well!! To my teammates I love y'all like brothas and thank you for welcoming me in with open arms and making it a pleasure to go to war with y'all no matter the record!! To the @nygiants I want to say thank you for allowing me to be apart of such a first class organization!! I am excited to go to work in the quest for #5 and to the Fans I can assure you, you will get my ABSOLUTE best and nothing less, put a stamp on it‼️‼️ thank you God for ALWAYS making a way!! #Proverbs3:5-6 #BigBlue #GMen

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