SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick spoke in the 49ers’ auditorium Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: Are there things you want to see from yourself and the first-team offense during Saturday’s preseason game?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, you always want to make sure you’re on the right track, doing the right things to get prepared for the season.
Q: Anything specific? Mechanics? I know a lot has been made about breaking the huddle and getting to the line of scrimmage. Do you want to be able to experiment with those things in a game setting?
KAEPERNICK: The biggest thing is being able to go out there, have continuity and play good offense.
ME: Colin, I know how difficult it is to lose a player of the caliber of Aldon Smith. You guys were in the same draft class. I imagine you’re close friends. Is it a personal blow to you that he’s no longer with the team?
KAEPERNICK: It’s really tragic. I wish him the best. I hope he’s doing well. I hope everything turns out alright for him and he can get back on track. The biggest thing is I know this team misses him and misses his presence here.
ME: You two are close friends, right?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, I was good friends with Aldon. He had just come to my golf tournament for Camp Taylor this past June. He showed support and helped kids out.
Q: Can you address the internet rumors or report about you two being at each other’s throat last week?
KAEPERNICK: Well, if I was a reporter, I would go about things logically. I would realize that I have a deal with Jaguar. I’ve had it for a few years now. So I wouldn’t be driving a Mercedes. I would also realize that we didn’t have practice on Thursday, so no one was at the facility. So, along those lines, I feel like anyone that believes that, goes about reporting that just does not have the best integrity in my mind. To try to pray on athletes’ livelihoods while one is going through a tough time is embarrassing to me for people that do report that and put that out there and jumped on that bandwagon just to get internet clicks or attention to their website or reports. It really is embarrassing that people do that.
Q: Geep Chryst just said how the new play calls are so short. How has that transition been for you?
KAEPERNICK: It took a little time in the spring to get used to it, but at this point I think everybody’s comfortable with it. We’ve had a lot of time at it, and it’s something that Geep had talked to me about prior to, something I’ve done in the past, he’s done in the past. I think it helps simplify our offense.
Q: Perhaps the most famous clock-management issue with the 49ers in recent years came at the end of the Super Bowl when it looked you were going to score a touchdown and you guys were going to win the Super Bowl, and there was a timeout called. Does that ever still pop in your mind, how close you were and the what-ifs of that play?
KAEPERNICK: There always are what-ifs. I don’t life in a what-if world. I live in what-can-I-do-to-make-the-future-the-way-I-want-it-to. That’s what we’re trying to do – eliminate chaos and any mess we can to make our offense cleaner.
Q: What areas personally have you been most satisfied with during training camp? Are there any aspects of your game you think you have made significant strides?
KAEPERNICK: I think I’ve made a lot of strides in a lot of different areas. It’s really trying to put the complete package together, get comfortable with the offense, get comfortable with new weapons, get comfortable with the new language – all of those things have played a factor into what we’ve been working towards to get ready for the season.
Q: Geep was talking about how the quicker play calls are needed for an up-tempo offense. Can you describe how that came about and how receptive you were to those changes?
KAEPERNICK: They were things we had talked about prior to this year. How can we operate faster? How can we get a jump?
Q: You didn’t have Torrey Smith at the practice yesterday, but you had that pass to Jerome Simpson. Does he do a lot of the same things Smith does, and where are you as far as a rapport with Simpson?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, he does have similar attributes to Torrey as far as his speed and ability to stretch the field. I think I have a good relationship with Jerome as far as knowing how he’s going to run, the speed he’s going to run them with and ultimately being able to get the ball into his hands.
Q: Geep said you executed everything perfectly on the pass to Simpson. Can you take us through what you saw and what you did?
KAEPERNICK: In my mind it was pretty clear cut. Saw a one-on-one matchup out there. Liked where the corner was sitting versus Jerome’s speed. Took the shot. Jerome made a great play to stretch the field, go down there and get the ball. Really wasn’t a whole lot on my part other than putting it up and letting Jerome go get it.
Q: Joe Staley said your defense is blitzing more now in camp than they did in the previous six years combined. How much is that helping you, knowing you’re going to play Arizona and some other teams that blitz a lot?
KAEPERNICK: I think it’s great work for us. To me, I think you always want practice to be harder than anything you’ll face in a game. It allows us to solve those problems in practice and get practice at where our quick answers are, how we want to adjust protections – things like that, so come game time it’s not something we’re not used to seeing.
Q: What have you seen from Quinton Patton during this camp?
KAEPERNICK: He’s been doing a lot of things well. The biggest thing is he’s playing fast, playing with speed, which I love to see. He’s someone that’s grown over the last few years as far as his understanding of the game, his ability to get open and ultimately just go out and make plays.
Q: What was it like for Reggie Bush to get on the field and work with pads on Sunday, and develop that short passing game?
KAEPERNICK: I’ve had quite a bit of work with Reggie before that, so we have a pretty good feel for each other as far as how he was going to run routes, his body language, things like that. It’s great to have him on the field. I think everyone saw the effects he can have on a defense, and the things he opens up for us as an offense when he’s on the field.