Kaepernick lets his play do his talking

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Kaepernick lets his play do his talking

SANTA CLARA -- As the 49ers' starting quarterback, Colin Kaepernick probably will not be guilty of supplying any bulletin-board material to the opposition any time soon.

The second-year player is letting his play on the field do most of his talking. On Wednesday, as the 49ers began preparations to face the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick gathered in front of a rather large crowd of media in the 49ers' locker room to answer questions.

The media asked 16 questions. Kaepernick gave answers totaling 328 words -- a concise average of 20.5 words per question.

The following transcript is courtesy of the 49ers' public relations department:

How does it feel to be getting the start again this week?
Kaepernick: "It feels good."

What did you learn, going back to film, what did you take from the St. Louis game?
Kaepernick: "Can't make mistakes. That's the biggest thing."

How hard is it when the snap isn't right, where it should be, and you have to look down and look back up? Does that throw you off your rhythm?
Kaepernick: "If I catch the snap, it's fine."

Is that something you and C Jonathan Goodwin had to work on, just your time together to get that?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, it's something we work on the same as we work snaps underneath center. So, that's not a problem."

When you talk about development, especially on a play like that pitch, what do you get out of that, that makes you better the next time you're in that situation?
Kaepernick: "Just knowing the situation of the game. That situation, should have just gave the ball, let our defense get back on the field."

In the past, there have been stories written about your tattoos, your biological mother, your tortoise. Do you have a problem with people getting into the inner-person and just trying to humanize you so much rather than just the quarterback?
Kaepernick: "That's really not a problem for me. I don't read any of that stuff. I'm here for football."

Is that sort of part of the territory when you're a starting quarterback, does that come with it?
Kaepernick: "I guess so. That's really not for me to say."

RB Frank Gore said something sort of interesting in working with RB LaMichael James. He said he's trying to teach him, instead of using his speed, to be patient, wait for the holes to open. When you're back there, do you have to do some of the same? Instead of sometimes fight your urge to run and keep a play alive and wait for things to develop at all, can that be applied to you and your position as well?
Kaepernick: "I think it's a kind of a different view as far as running the ball and being in the pocket, throwing versus scrambling."

You kind of got drilled the one game against the Saints where you waited for your blocker, didn't you?
Kaepernick: "I wouldn't call it drilled, but yeah I took a hit."

What do you have to do, were you aware that that guy was back there? Do you need to have better field awareness of where the person's coming from?
Kaepernick: "No, I knew he was back there the whole time. I was waiting for [FB] Bruce [Miller], try to set that block up and I thought I could split them."

There are things obviously to improve on every week, but can you talk about some of the things that you did well in Sunday's game?
Kaepernick: "For the most part, I felt my reads were good, got through progressions well and that's something I want to continue to do moving forward.

When you look at Miami's defense, what stands out for you? What do you key on?
Kaepernick: "Their front seven. They have a great pass rush. They're very good against the run. That's something we're going to have to prepare for."

Did you know, you watched the 49ers as a kid, do you know what the baggage was in playing quarterback in the NFL, everything that surrounds the actual playing. Whether it's the media and the attention, things go right and things go wrong? Did you have any idea?
Kaepernick: "That's something I don't worry about. I'm here to play football. I don't pay attention to what the media is writing or what people are saying. I'm here to play and go out and perform on Sundays."

I guess maybe touching on that, just maybe your perception of being in this position, growing up as a kid, admiring, thinking of maybe playing for the Niners and now you're here dealing with like 30 of us hanging around you. . .
Kaepernick: [Laughing] "I come out here, I do it as part of the job. What I'm here for is to go out on Sundays and play."

You had to deal with a loss last week for the first time as a starter. What was some of the support you got from teammates afterwards?
Kaepernick: "The biggest thing was just move on and get ready for next week. They said, ‘Don't worry about it. We're a team. We'll win as a team, lose as a team and we'll get ready for Miami.'"

It's known as kind of a copycat league. Would you expect the Dolphins to show a lot of things that maybe gave your offense some problems on Sunday?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, defenses are always going to try to scheme to stop you and do what they think is best. That's something we're doing on offense, trying to scheme them up as well."

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told NBC Sports Bay Area on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.