Kaepernick lets his play do his talking


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."

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

Seahawks lose All-Pro S Earl Thomas for season

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs.

Coach Pete Carroll said Monday that further examination determined Thomas' fractured left tibia will require a recovery time that does not allow for the possibility of a return during the 2016 season. Carroll said after Sunday's 40-7 win over Carolina that Thomas' injury usually takes a minimum of six weeks of recovery time.

It's the first major injury of Thomas' career. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury. He quickly recovered to play against the Panthers, but was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception.

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Former 49ers coach Mike Nolan supports Trent Baalke over Chip Kelly

Mike Nolan coached the 49ers for three full seasons before he was fired after Week 7 in his fourth year at the helm.

On Monday morning, he was asked about the situation in Santa Clara and if he would make a change at head coach or general manager.

"It's sad that it's gone to where it is," Nolan said on 95.7 The Game. "They're beginning to look much like when I took the job over in 2005 ... and there really was not a lot of good personnel on the team.

"The difference though that is better and will continue to be better, they will be (in) a much better cap situation going forward than we ever were back then ... but the losing I should say is really killing them.

"The personnel is not as bad as they're playing and that's the thing that really gets under your skin as a coach because you're frustrated by what's going on ... the thing that I have thought most of the season when people were talking about changes as the losses started to mount up, was not to change it. Because I know Trent (Baalke) personally, and Trent does a good job with personnel and that's his primary job.

"But for a lot of strange reasons -- guys retiring, guys quitting a couple years ago, just a lot of weird things that occurred -- their roster has kind of fallen off a little bit, but it is still a much better roster than some of these other teams that are not winning."

After winning their Week 1 game against the Rams, the 49ers have lost a franchise-record 11 straight games.

Chip Kelly is under contract through 2019 and the team owes Jim Tomsula $7 million over the next two years combined.

Baalke's contract runs through 2018.

"It's about players first and I think they have the right guy in place to pick the players but unfortunately for Trent, I think the choice of Tomsula hurt him and currently right now with Chip Kelly it's not helping him either," Nolan added. "They do not have a bad roster.

"Obviously they need a quarterback. They could be a .500 team in my opinion if they get a quarterback as near as next year even ... they got a tough decision to make at the end."