Akers after missed kick: 'I just feel horrible'


Akers after missed kick: 'I just feel horrible'

ST. LOUIS -- Kicker David Akers missed a 51-yard field goal in overtime that would have provided the winning points Sunday for the 49ers.Instead, the St. Louis Rams scored the winning points on rookie Greg Zuerlein's 54-yard kick with :26 remaining in overtime for a 16-13 victory at the Edwards Jones Dome.
On Nov. 11 at Candlestick Park, Akers missed a 41-yard field goal in overtime, and Zuerlein later missed from 58 yards, in a 24-24 tie.MAIOCCO's INSTANT REPLAY: Rams 16, 49ers 13
"It's a game of inches and I probably missed it by 3 or 4 inches to the right," Akers said Sunday. "And I just feel horrible for letting my teammates, organization, fans down."Akers, a 14-year pro who set the NFL record with 44 field goals last season, has fallen on rough times this year. After making 7 of 9 attempts from beyond 50 yards last season, Akers has converted on just 1 of 5 tries from that distance this year.Akers was listed this week on the 49ers' injury report with an unspecified pelvis condition. The 49ers brought in veteran free agents Nate Kaeding and Billy Cundiff for tryouts. Both kickers have missed important kicks in the playoffs in their careers.MAIOCCO: Miscues lead to overtime loss to Rams
Akers downplayed the injury. He had plenty of distance on his field-goal attempt, and he repeatedly drilled his kickoffs deep into the end zone.
"I don't put anything on injuries," Akers said. "I should've made it."And Akers said he felt as if he would make it."I hit it great. You're going from 51, if it's off a little bit or turns a little bit, it doesn't take much to be off. Got a good shot into it and good power into it . . . just frustrating."Akers has made 21 of 30 field-goal attempts this season. He hit from 33-yard out with 1:34 remaining in regulation to give the 49ers a short-lived 13-10 lead. But Zuerlein made a 53-yarder on the final play of regulation to force overtime.

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Cosell: It's fascinating that Kelly clearly didn't want Kaepernick to throw

Colin Kaepernick was benched after three quarters on Sunday.

He completed 1-of-5 passes for four yards.

"To me, what's most fascinating about that is what Chip's approach was," Greg Cosell said on KNBR 680 on Monday evening. "Chip (Kelly) clearly did not want him to throw the ball ... it was clear to me that Kaepernick does not throw a wet or a cold ball very well...

"He has small hands so I'm wondering if he just couldn't really throw the ball effectively in this kind of weather.

"Hey, Troy Aikman always said, 'I couldn't throw a wet ball.'"

Kaepernick was sacked five times for -25 total yards.

"Looking at the sacks, there were opportunities for tighter window, but NFL throws -- and first of all, I don't think Kaepernick is that guy under normal circumstances -- and my sense is, he didn't feel comfortable in this weather," Cosell added. "He certainly wasn't gonna cut it loose on those kinds of throws in this weather.

"Maybe Chip knew that, maybe he didn't. But to me, as I said, it's more fascinating that he didn't have him throw the ball at all."

Blaine Gabbert supplanted Kaepernick and completed 4-of-10 passes for 35 yards. He was sacked once.

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

After getting benched vs Bears, Colin Kaepernick to start vs Jets

Colin Kaepernick will remain as the 49ers’ starting quarterback on Sunday against the New York Jets.

Offensive coordinator Curtis Modkins made the announcement on Tuesday while coach Chip Kelly was in Maine for services for his father, E. Paul Kelly, who passed away on Friday.

Kaepernick has started the past seven games for the 49ers, during which time the club has gone winless. The 49ers (1-11) are on a franchise-long 11 game-losing streak.

Kaepernick went 1 of 5 on Sunday for just four yards in the 49ers’ 26-6 loss to the Chicago Bears. Kaepernick was also sacked five times for minus-25 yards before getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert. He became the first quarterback in NFL history to be sacked five times and have fewer than 5 yards passing in the same game.

"We have been playing really good football, good football on offense and the thing had been trending in the right direction," Modkins said. "Obviously, Sunday didn’t bear that and we’ve got to go to work today and figure out how to get it back going in a direction we had it and obviously it has to be better than what it was on Sunday."

A week earlier against the Miami Dolphins, Kaepernick threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 113 yards as the 49ers rolled up 475 yards of total offense.

Kelly said the 49ers made the switch at quarterback early in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Bears in hopes Gabbert would provide a spark. Gabbert started the 49ers’ first five games of the season before Kaepernick replaced him.

"Kap is going to be the starter and we’ll go from there," Modkins said. "We just decided during the game to try to see if Blaine could give us a spark. Kap is back being the starter. It’s nothing other than that.”