SANTA CLARA -- The Miami Dolphins are taking a close look at how the St. Louis Rams defended the new Colin Kaepernick-led 49ers.
The Rams held the 49ers to just 13 points in five quarters in a 16-13 victory on Sunday. St. Louis applied pressure to Kaepernick, preventing him the time in the pocket to make throws down the field.
"Obviously, in coaching, you always take a peek at a team that either shut down an offense," Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said Wednesday in a conference call with Bay Area reporters "You may want to steal things if they can fit into your system and scheme. It's hard to copycat and draw up a whole new plan of attack in one week. But certainly we've looked at those tapes, no question."
What Philbin has seen in Kaepernick's three starts since replacing Alex Smith is a player who is completing 65.1 percent of his passes with three touchdowns, one interception, and a passer rating of 96.7. Kaepernick has also gained 298 yards and four touchdowns rushing.
"He's playing well. I'm not surprised," Philbin said. "They have a good scheme there. He utilizes his athletic ability very, very well. He throws the ball well. He's accurate. The guy is a good football player. He's very competitive and he's off to a good start.
"San Francisco has a very, very good scheme. They're well-coached on offense and they create some issues for you. When you add into the dimension of a quarterback who is dynamic running the ball, that can present challenges to a defense, no question."