It was obvious after taking over as the 49ers’ starting quarterback that Colin Kaepernick turned into more a running threat in the postseason.
On Thursday, he revealed what everybody had already figured: The 49ers enact a regular-season plan to limit the number of opportunities defenses have to hit their quarterback.
“Some of it is game-plan specific, as far as you have 16 weeks during the regular season that you might not want to take all those hits,” Kaepernick said on an appearance on San Francisco radio station KNBR while at activities surrounding Super Bowl XLVIII.
“There’s a lot of chance for injury -- a lot of chances that you could lose your starting quarterback," Kaepernick added. "So it’s something our offensive coordinator (Greg Roman) talked to me a lot about. A lot of our coaches have to me talked to me, as far as, ‘Make sure you protect yourself and when we give you those opportunities to run, if you can get out of bounds, get out of bounds. If not, get down.’”
In 23 regular-season starts, Kaepernick has averaged 5.8 rushing attempts for 33.2 yards per game. In six postseason starts, Kaepernick has averaged 9.9 running attempts for 84.5 yards.
“When you get to the postseason, it’s one-and-done, if you’re not winning,” Kaepernick said. “So we’re going to do everything we can to try to win those games.”