SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.
What was it like getting back to work and trying to dissect where things went wrong? Were there any surprises that you came across when you watched the film?
“No, things pretty much were as they happened on Sunday. Right now we’re moving on to Green Bay. We’re making sure we’re focused and ready for them.”
How much did you dissect that game? Were you looking over it all Sunday night, Monday, did it go into Tuesday? And, what were you looking for?
“No, I watched it Sunday, Monday. Looking to see what I can do better, help this team win. After I looked at it Monday, I moved onto Green Bay.”
I swear I’m not trying to butter you up, but your previous five starts before Sunday, you hadn’t thrown an interception, you had a rating near 100, now your head coach is being asked about your job security. You’re being pretty much criticized left and right, obviously it comes with the territory in the NFL, but are you surprised by how many people seem to be questioning your ability?
“That’s not really something I’m concerned with. I have confidence in myself as far as being able to go out and help this team win. What other people think of how I play and how I go about things really isn’t something I worry about.”
Head coach Jim Tomsula said after the first couple of interceptions in the first quarter they decided to run the ball a little more and tried to slow the pace a little bit. In your own head, did you get a little gun-shy at all? As the game progressed, it seemed like maybe some of the throws had a little less velocity than you normally have.
“No, that’s something that I’ve worked on, as far as being able to throw catchable balls to our receivers. So, it wasn’t something that they did to take velocity off my passes. That was something that I’ve consciously worked on.”
On Monday, Jim Tomsula said that he viewed the offense as a drop back passing team, do you buy that? I mean, where do you think you are and where the offense is as a drop back passing team?
“I think our offense is complimentary. We do things in the run game to set up the pass game. We do things in the pass game to set up the run game. It’s not a defining term of whether we drop back or whether we’re a running football team. We have to be able to do everything.”
ME: I apologize if you answered this question after the game, but on the third interception it seemed like you had time. You had TE Vernon Davis open and uncharacteristically underthrew it, is that what happened or what happened from your perspective?
“Just got a different read and I mean, their player made a play. Something that you have to deal with once the ball leaves your hand.”
It’s unusual for, one of their players was kind of diagnosing what happened in terms of your skill of finding open guys and so forth. I’m talking about Arizona Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu after the game, what do you make of him saying that stuff and what did you think when he said?
“I don’t know what he said, so I wouldn’t be able to tell you.”
You didn’t read any of that?
“No, I’m focused on Green Bay.”
A couple of the Cardinals players basically said that they were able to read the throws that you were going to make, kind of read the plays before they happened. Sounds like you didn’t hear that, but when an opponent says that do you try any extra harder this week to disguise what you’re doing? I know you guys self-scout.
“We go out, we run our plays. We have play designs for a reason. It’s not going outside of our offensive scheme to try to make a play.”
In obviously 2012 and 2013 you faced the Packers quite a bit, three times. A lot of success against that defense, how has that defense changed from the one you’ll be facing on Sunday?
“They do a lot of different things. There’s different players back there as well. So, it will really depend what they roll out for us on Sunday.”
Tomsula said that yesterday guys came in still frustrated, there was a vibe that way but by the end of the day there was a switch over. Could you speak to that and maybe what you saw yesterday from your teammates and kind of moving forward?
“Just players trying to figure out how to win. What we need to do, what we need to change, to make sure that we’re on the right track.”
Looking at film to see what you can do better, could you be specific on what you think you need to adjust this week?
“It’s not necessarily adjustments. There’s things that, I might want to go somewhere else with the ball. I might want to check to a different play. There’s a lot of different things that go into it depending on the play.”
What does this offense need to do differently, or what can you guys do better when you’re being pressured?
“Have quick answers, have ways to get the ball out of the hand and into the playmaker’s hands.”
You once said before that the only opinion you care about of you as a quarterback is from your coach and your teammates, is there any indication of where that opinion stands in the last couple of days from your teammates?
“From me, everything I know, we’re good. So, I’m going out to play football to win.”
Did you watch the Monday night game and find any appreciation in what Green Bay Packers Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was doing?
“I didn’t get to see the game. But, I have watched it now since. I didn’t watch Green Bay’s offensive side.”
How would you describe your kind of overriding emotion over these last couple of weeks? Are you angry? Are you frustrated? Are you determined? How, what would you use to describe the way you feel right now?
“I’m not too big on feelings. Feelings aren’t going to help me win a game. I’m focused on doing what I can to help this team win.”