Kaepernick ready for the call


Kaepernick ready for the call

If Alex Smith reported his concussion when it occurred during the second quarter of the 49ers' game Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, he would've been required to leave the game.And rookie Colin Kaepernick would've made his NFL debut.Sooner or later, its bound to happen. Only 12 quarterbacks in the NFL started every game last season. And only Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning and Sam Bradford attempted every quarterback pass from their respective teams a year ago.
The percentages say at some point the 49ers will need Kaepernick to perform. That point was driven home when Smith sustained a concussion and finally reported it to the teams medical staff after the game. Kaepernick remains one snap away from being called upon.And he said hes ready for that chance."The more you practice it, the better you feel with it," Kaepernick said. "I'm very confident in everything we're doing."Kaepernick, whom the 49ers traded up to select with the No. 36 overall pick, has remained on the sideline through the first two games while Smith took every snap. After his record-setting career at Nevada, Kaepernick has found it difficult to adjust to his role as a spectator."It's definitely tough to sit there and watch your team play and not being able to contribute in any way," he said. "Right now, I'm still trying to work hard and make sure I'm ready if my time does come. "Smith beat out Kaepernick for the starting job this summer. Kaepernick completed 24 of 50 passes (48 percent) with no touchdowns and five interceptions in the exhibition season. His passer rating was 23.9.Offensive coordinator Greg Roman said he is confident Kaepernick would play well if he's given a chance in a regular-season game."I think Colin is ready to go," Roman said. "He is on top of his assignments and just like any rookie quarterback, there's going to be a curve there. It's just a fact. He's getting tons of work in practice and really improving all the time. Very much on top of the game plan."Kaepernick is not getting as much practice time with the 49ers' offense as he did in training camp. But he is also taking the bulk of his snaps with the scout team, running the opposition's plays against the 49ers' first-team defense.Meanwhile, the third quarterback is Scott Tolzien, a rookie from Wisconsin the 49ers claimed off waivers from the San Diego Chargers after final cuts.Tolzien completed 25 of 40 attempts (62.5 percent) with one touchdown and one interception in the exhibition season for an 83.5 passer rating. Tolzien has been inactive for the 49ers' first two games. His only practice snaps have been with the scout team. He is still cramming to learn the basics of the offense, he said.And hes spending plenty of time on the job. Tolzien has put off his apartment hunting until after the team returns from their Cincinnati-Youngstown-Philadelphia trip. He is literally living at the 49ers practice facility, as he spends his nights in the players lounge.

Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills


Reports: Former 49ers wide receiver to visit Bills

Aquan Boldin is looking for a new football home.

And the former 49ers wide receiver is visiting with the Bills on Monday, according to multiple reports.

Boldin started all 16 games with the Lions last season, recording 67 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns.

From 2013 to 2015 with the 49ers, he racked up 237 receptions, 3030 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns.

The three-time Pro Bowler will turn 37 years old in October.

Boldin entered the NFL as the 54th overall pick in the 2003 draft.

Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan


Taking a closer look at Ryan's criticism of Shanahan

There is no shortage of blame to go around for the Atlanta Falcons’ collapse in Super Bowl 51.

The Falcons built a 28-3 lead in the middle of the third quarter and let it slip away, ultimately falling to the New England Patriots, 34-28, in overtime.

Matt Ryan voiced one previously undisclosed factor in the collapse this week in an interview with Pete Prisco of CBS Sports, pointing the finger at the new coach of the 49ers.

Kyle Shanahan has been the focus of a lot of the blame, but critique from the league MVP was a new one.

The Falcons quarterback faulted his former offensive coordinator for taking too much time to relay the play calls. Ryan said he did not have enough time to change any of the plays – presumably checking out of called pass plays to run the ball.

Here’s what Ryan told Prisco:

"Kyle's play calls -- he would take time to get stuff in. As I was getting it, you're looking at the clock and you're talking 16 seconds before it cuts out. You don't have a lot of time to say, 'There's 16 seconds, no, no, no, we're not going to do that. Hey, guys, we're going to line up and run this.' You're talking about breaking the huddle at seven seconds if you do something along the lines.

"With the way Kyle's system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot more than we did with (former coordinator) Dirk (Koetter). You couldn't get out of stuff like that. We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I'm all for it. But there's also winning time. You're not being aggressive not running it there."

The 49ers can point to mismanagement of the clock for their own Super Bowl heartbreak. The 49ers’ offense had the perfect play call at the perfect time against the Baltimore Ravens late in Super Bowl XLVII.

But with the play clock striking :00, coach Jim Harbaugh was forced to call a timeout from the sideline. A split-second later, the ball was snapped and it appeared the quarterback run would have easily ended up with Colin Kaepernick in the end zone.

Much like after the 49ers’ loss, the Falcons left plenty of room for second-guessing.

Two of Shanahan’s plays calls, which directly led to the collapse, will forever be scrutinized.

The first came with 8:31 remaining in regulation and the Falcons holding a 28-12 lead. On third and 1 from the Atlanta 36, Shanahan did not remain conservative with an expected run play. He swung for the fence.

Receiver Aldrick Robinson, whom the 49ers added this offseason as a free-agent pickup, was breaking free past the Patriots secondary for what could have been a touchdown. But just as Ryan was unloading, New England linebacker Dont’a Hightower hit him and forced the fumble. Running back Devonta Freeman whiffed on blitz pickup, which would have provided Ryan with enough time to target Robinson deep.

Ryan’s explanation does not appear applicable on this play, though. In watching the replay, the Falcons broke the huddle with more than 25 seconds remaining on the play clock and the snap occurred with :15 to spare.

The other questionable sequence came after the Falcons – leading by eight points -- got to the New England 22-yard line with less than five minutes to play. The Falcons lost 1 yard on a run play on first down.

On second down, Ryan was sacked for a 12-yard loss. Before that play, the Falcons broke the huddle with :19 on the play clock. The snap occurred with :04 remaining. The game clock was running, so the Falcons had reason to attempt to burn as much clock as possible.

In the fourth quarter, the Falcons never seemed rushed to get off a play. The closest they came to delay-of-game penalties were when they snapped the ball with :04 on the one play and :03 another time. The majority of their snaps occurred with :10 or more seconds to spare.

If the Falcons were guilty of anything when it came to the play clock, it was that the offense did not waste more time. After New England pulled to within 28-9 late in the third quarter, the Falcons ran only six offensive plays while the game clock was running.

On those six plays, the Falcons snapped the ball with :13, :09, :14, :20, :13 and :04 remaining on the play clock. If they’d snapped the ball with one second remaining each time, they could have shortened the game by 1 minute, 7 seconds. The Patriots scored the game-tying touchdown with :57 remaining in regulation.