Same weekly approach for Kaepernick as he preps for Patriots


Same weekly approach for Kaepernick as he preps for Patriots

SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has not spent any more time preparing for the New England Patriots' defense, he said Wednesday.

Kaepernick said he has maintained the same preparation schedule since the beginning of the season, beginning when he was Alex Smith's backup.

Kaepernick faces his biggest challenge Sunday night in his fifth NFL start, as he goes against a Patriots defense that figures to come up with a few new wrinkles in hopes of confusing the second-year player.

"They give you a lot of different looks on defense," Kaepernick said. "You just have to be prepared for it. You have to be ready for their disguises and different coverages, different fronts they're going to give you."

"It'll be a great challenge. It's a great opportunity to show what we're capable of."

The 49ers have averaged 25.8 points in Kaepernick's four starts, including two touchdowns from the defense. New England features the league's No. 1 offense and averages 36.3 points per game. The 49ers might have to unleash a more prolific offensive attack in order to stay close.

There is plenty Kaepernick can learn from New England quarterback Tom Brady, who has thrown 29 touchdowns and just four interceptions.

"What he does mentally," Kaepernick said. "He knows exactly what he wants to do against every look a defense is going to give him."

Kaepernick struggled Sunday against the Miami Dolphins in getting the offense to the line of scrimmage and going through his pre-snap reads. The 49ers wasted four timeouts on offense.

"We just have to practice it," said Kaepernick, who said he did not know why the 49ers struggled in that aspect of the game.

He will need to break the huddle in a timely fashion to properly diagnose the Patriots' defense, he said.

"Trying to see what the defense is trying to do pre-snap," he said. "They give you a lot of different looks, a lot of different fronts. We just have to be ready for it."

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--Kaepernick said Alex Smith has been a help to him as the team's backup quarterback.

"He's been great," Kaepernick said. "He's helped me with everything I've asked. Even on the sideline he's going over looks with me and making sure I'm seeing everything."

--Kaepernick has built a rapport with veteran wide receiver Randy Moss.

"He's a true professional," Kaepernick said. "He's going to do whatever it takes to make sure he's ready to play on Sunday.

"Randy is a great guy. He's a great teammate. He's someone that everybody should try to be like, as far as in the locker room and how they are as a teammate. . . Randy has always been great. He's always going to tell me what he's seeing with the defense. We have a good relationship."

--Kaepernick on why he's comfortable throwing to Michael Crabtree: "He's open. So you're going to throw the ball to the guy who's open."

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

Fans raise funds to fly anti-Baalke banner before 49ers game

San Francisco 49ers fans came together last season and raised money to fly an anti-Jed York banner over Levi's Stadium on three separate occasions. With the team 1-6 this year, there is a new push for a banner calling out a different member of the team’s front office. 

[REWIND: Banner flies over Levi’s calling for 49ers, York to mutually part ways]

On Monday a crowdfunding campaign was created with the goal of raising $1,076 by Oct. 28 in order to fly a banner that reads “49ers: Fire Trent Baalke” over Levi's Stadium on Nov. 6 before the team’s game against the New Orleans Saints. The fundraising goal was fulfilled in 11 hours by 58 people as it reached $1,095. 

The campaign proceeds are promised to Aerial Services of Livermore, which charges $1,024 for two hours of airtime, according to the post, and, which takes five percent of all funds raised -- $51.20.

The three banners that flew over Levi’s last season read “Jed York And 49ers Should Mutually Part Ways," "Hold Jed Accountable," and "Jed Here's Our Banner -- Where's Yours?"

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

Source: 49ers not shopping WR Torrey Smith

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith is the subject of trade discussions, according to multiple reports.

The 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles have discussed a trade involving Smith, but a deal is not imminent, reports Pro Football Talk. ESPN reported that the 49ers are open to trading Smith and multiple teams have shown interest. The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday, Nov. 1.

A league source told the 49ers are neither shopping Smith nor is a trade anticipated.

Coach Chip Kelly on Monday denied a report from PFT that left tackle Joe Staley was on the trade block. He was not asked about Smith’s status with the team.

“I understand how it comes up because we’re 1-6 and Joe is a veteran player, but it doesn’t matter where you are that’s going to be speculation no matter what team you are and where you are, who are your older players,” Kelly said about the Staley report. “It’s kind of the nature of the sport we play.”

Smith is the 49ers’ third-leading receiver with 13 receptions for 199 yards and two touchdowns. Last year, Smith caught just 33 passes for 663 yards with four touchdowns in his first season with the club.

The 49ers last year signed Smith to a five-year, $40 million contract. He is signed through the 2019 season with scheduled base salaries of $6.5 million, along with roster and workout bonuses totaling $1.5 million in each of those seasons.