Kaepernick lets his play do his talking

Kaepernick lets his play do his talking
December 6, 2012, 9:15 am
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"They have a great pass rush. They're very good against the run." (USA TODAY IMAGES) -- Colin Kaepernick on Dolphins defense

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."