Matt and Mindi: Sticking with Kaepernick
Matt Maiocco and Mindi Bach discuss why 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh is sticking with Colin Kaepernick as his starter.
Now they -- coming back here the 49ers training facility in Santa Clair right after Jim Harbaugh as Monday noon press conference once again were brought -- you by the size and began Campbell California thanks to them as always for their support. And a very different Jim Harbaugh after a loss -- me more than anything it is a one time or he's open and more so than after a win. About problems that might have taken place during -- -- -- he is a very difficult interview. It happens when things are going well things are have been going well for the forty -- a lot but after a loss. He's really good in this was about as good press conferences as he's ever had as far as just answering questions there's still not gonna give out a ton of information but. But very. Very much for me in any explaining it. Mood and in also kind of let him I would -- apologetic but. He took responsibility. And accountability. For some of the decisions that were made some of the very questionable decision Zeller made -- -- he's a guy. With the on the sideline with the with the low -- keep talking that radio's the play call into the quarterback so. He's a head coach he has veto power anything that great Roman in the Booth since downed him. He can change if he wants but he went ahead and call that play in. -- that talk about that the option pitch that was the fumbles. That touchdown for the Rams and and he he admitted after the game yesterday he admitted after there are during a press conference as again. On Monday. It was the wrong call. He didn't make the call but he allowed it to go and is as he put it needs -- that was certainly wrong on his part. Once again though after looking through the film and some of the issues contact critics had to deal with this -- your player will once again start. This Sunday in Miami I don't think that's any surprise because. -- -- -- -- wanna go back and forth he needs is David quarterbacks he expected to have some kind of bounced. In the room with cap earning his second year player but I think the question is as well their mental mistakes the -- can probably -- But he's gonna ride it out with him for the rest of the season but -- this poor decision making does continue at what point did Alex earned his job back now I. With with cap for next you don't expect him to make the same mistakes twice and he everybody knew he was given me there was going to be a learning curve here they're gonna be mental mistakes. Whether it's running out of balance late in the game. You're not forcing the Rams either call a timeout or start. You know there are potential trying to be a game tying drive with forty seconds or less on the game clock. But there's going to be mistakes the that the yes the play call was bad but the decision to go ahead hits the ball to take again. They just. They saw enough of the positive physical stuff -- some of the throws he made having that hole and he threw to Randy Moss for sixty yards some of the passes he threw outside the numbers. To Michael Crabtree. Very good throws and of course the run for fifty yards there's enough of that far more of that. It's to leave the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh in that direction of continuing to go with cap for next. Rather then of the middle stuff sorted deterring them from thinking that way. And then another aspect of the game that we talked about before we came on camera for this is the holding penalty for it penalties for this offensive line have gone up the past few games. Since -- it has taken over and cannot commit correlation -- you mentioned because he keeps plays alive but then those big. First down pick ups a lot of them are negated and that's something that has to be cleaned up and four games left in the regular season. The Seahawks are still very much in this their resurgent after beating the Bears in overtime I -- the Rams it. There might be numerically out of it but they have a couple of games of slams -- they love to play -- so this is going to be really interesting down the stretch it's kind of an exciting time of the season. It is a very exciting time because now he did that -- Jeff Fisher. Solved 49ers you saw them with cap for next devised a plan that was a very effective plan against African now. You know -- live live with the Dolphins come to candlestick on Sunday. You know they're gonna follow that that blueprint and then -- that'd -- New England Patriots two weeks from now wolf we'll follow the blueprint and add something else so. I mean this this it's going to be tested. The end it's it's it's got to be an exciting time and I mean it's that time that. He should be getting better right I mean that the mistakes if he's making out what he has to live with those mistakes he's making now because it's all about the playoffs I've said that. However. Jim Harbaugh also said today that the decision to go with -- cap per day. Over Alex Smith is about winning football games now. I'm not sure I I'd buy that because I think. I think if they want to win the game he gets a -- -- probably Alex Smith gave them the best chance. But I can totally see where he would think that four weeks down the road they'll be in a batters. -- with Kapanen had a seven starts for the playoffs is certainly. Going to be fun to watch as I mentioned that we also don't know how this offense really effective with the loss of Kyle Williams and Kendall Hunter. We saw the Rams really stop that running game with Frank Gore in. And turner can just add a different dimension and even the Brandon Jacobs is in there and that was certainly with the Rams wanted to do was stop the 49ers running game. I thought. Those are two dynamic parts of the offense that. Who really missing on Sunday. And Ted Ginn junior. So last seen AJ Jenkins did engineers at third wide receiver and Michael James on on the field isn't even time to get those two rookies then. Yeah yeah yeah I -- -- -- as well even closes out here's a thing. I. Can't imagine that AJ Jenkins is not better than -- again. -- -- -- again he was faced with a number five receiver think Kyle Williams gets injured you take is going to be. In uniform for these games so I can understand taking be in uniform because this guy you want funny kickoff returns over AJ Jenkins. Buddy Jay Jacobs was active. In and I -- I don't understand why they. Why they haven't been able to get this guy on the field this is a guy big Jim Harbaugh said. In late July AJ Jenkins came here as an outstanding player and he will be an outstanding player. If you have a rookie that you took in the first round. He said he arrived as an outstanding player. He better be getting on the field and he better be getting on the field especially when you have another when you have to injuries at that position. Even after Mario Manningham and I'm not sure I expect him to play on Sunday as the Dolphins Manning himself -- wins out and -- it's still isn't playing. I had to me that's an issue. We'll Harbaugh says they're going with the hot hand at quarterback never gives the best chance to win you would hope that you would be hypocritical and keep that same -- all the positions. See one -- there's a reason that we don't know. Pitching against is not B well I mean it's clear to me that. They think that they -- is better in so you we haven't been able to watch practices here in several months. I thought the last some eyesight did Jacque get some practice I thought he was making pretty good strides you know I think he needs to work on his body strength. But it's not like tape again I guess taken did put on a lot of heel muscle and and he did improve his strength in the offseason but. Man I just don't see how that's possible so that they've already had two injuries and -- it's still can't work his way onto the field for the other guys Michael James. I mean there. They have running backs and they have a field Frank Gore won cutting get up the field running back -- -- -- Jacobs who is about as opposite of a running back this you know hundred could possibly. -- -- under some really good running back and I think navy. Maybe everybody myself included. Maybe glossed over the loss of Kendall Hunter because there's a proven guy behind him and Brandon Jacobs -- Haider's dark good and I think. I think maybe on Sunday -- for the first time we saw wow here we saw how big a factor he is -- that offensive if Billy he's carrying the ball. Five or six I'm still that's important. There's a role for La Michael James I would think it'd be the rip their zone read play that those two guys -- predicting James worked very well in the exhibition season. Any gives the offense that kind of a new look we have yet gore is a one cut get up the field counting to have a running -- get Jacobs is up counting -- running back. I think they need kind of a change of pace guy and that's definitely where La Michael James would he just they don't have to have him. In different blitz pick up they don't have to have him in there running between the tackles but. Do what he does best. And I think the offense could be better for it spread -- the defense a little bit with that speed that he absolutely and then you know there's so many other wrinkles they could do off of that. That the prayers have done a good job. You know showing one thing in the coming back with something else. So yeah I I think there's. They have to figure out a way to get the rookies involved or else. It's kind of left scratching you're ahead you think the. I don't think it's fun -- all thank. Well one more never followed up by and it just like it's it's just it's -- in a lottery it is very intriguing and that's where it's makes his season so fascinated that's the thing is tough for united comment on this stuff. Because we don't see. Jenkins practice we don't see James practice ended the last you know. Nobody knows this team better than Jim Harbaugh in -- wide receivers coach John Morton. In running backs coach Tom craft and get offensive coordinator. Greg Roman nobody knows those these players better than those guys so what they're not. Putting them on the field they're -- a pretty good reason why when morneau before we go. Harbaugh was asked about demarcus dobbs who did not make the trip to Saint Louis as he was picked up on suspicion and Eli and possible marijuana possession that was last week. The team said they do expect him Harbaugh says he does expect dobbs. To have played against Miami on Sunday but they will be handling that matter with him internally would not -- holds any more information. So anything else you want to -- yes David Akers -- -- we have Jeff was asked him and I asked coach Harbaugh about David Akers they brought in two kickers last week -- and Billy Cundiff. How over the 49ers are inclined at this point not to make a decision or not make a change -- should say even though Akers is working through something then -- in the pelvis area. It no problem with a strained that is kick -- or the strength that they kicked up at 51 yarder he just missed it. One of the things that -- would be really concerned about. And why they are inclined not to sign kind of -- skating. Because both of those guys that are kickers have had a lot of problems in the playoffs and so right now I think. They feel like. They just got to got to plow through this. Would David Akers as the kicker David Akers knows that he is not done the best of his ability he would certainly like to correct that we saw that in the locker room. On Sunday as -- like I -- -- he does -- AJ Jenkins pitching can the offense couldn't hear the facility on an off day yeah if it's not want him on that many next time. CSN Bay Area dot com.