Kaepernick: Wins are only stat that matters

Colin Kaepernick only cares about one stat

Kaepernick: Wins are only stat that matters
October 9, 2013, 2:00 pm
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 "As long as we’re winning, that’s all that matters.” (AP)

SANTA CLARA – Since a prolific season-opening performance, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not provided many points for those in fantasy leagues.

On Sunday, Kaepernick was held to career-lows of six completions, 15 attempts and just 113 yards passing. But he said he does not spend much time studying the stat sheet.

“The only stat I care about is whether we won or not,” Kaepernick said Wednesday. “I’m happy with consecutive wins. That’s the biggest thing for us. As long as we’re winning, that’s all that matters.”

After throwing for 412 yards in the 49ers’ season-opening victory against the Green Bay Packers, Kaepernick and the passing game have not put up flashy numbers. In fact, they've been downright pedestrian.

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The 49ers rank 31st in the NFL with 181.6 yards passing. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have thrown for fewer yards per game. In his 10 ½ games last season, including playoffs, Kaepernick averaged nearly 250 yards passing per game.

Kaepernick ranks 21st in the NFL with an 81.9 passer rating with six touchdowns and four interceptions. But on third downs, he’s No. 3 in the NFL at 109.6, completing 61.4 percent of his passes.

And he ranks as the fifth-leading rusher among quarterbacks – behind Michael Vick, Russell Wilson, Terrelle Pryor and Alex Smith – with 154 yards.

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Through five games, the 49ers’ offense ranks 25th in the NFL in total yards, while the team is tied for second place with the Arizona Cardinals (3-2) and one game behind the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West.

“What I love about this offense is it’s all geared around winning games, whether that’s passing for 400 yards in Week 1 or the last few games running the ball,” 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said. “It’s all about scoring points and taking advantage of what the defense is doing. That’s one of the things that’s enjoyable. It’s not about stats.”

The 49ers have not been able to get any production out of a second wide receiver. Anquan Boldin leads the 49ers with 26 catches for 393 yards. The other wideouts on the team have combined for 13 receptions for 112 yards.

The 49ers expect to add to their group of pass-catchers later this season when Mario Manningham (knee) and Michael Crabtree (Achilles) are activated off the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list.

“I think our guys are coming along fine,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said. “I feel good about the way they’re working, the way they’re prepared, the competitive nature they have, and the desire to win has been plus-plus. When you work that hard, good things are going to happen.”

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