Colin Kaepernick: “That was the question. That’s the answer you’re going to get.”

SANTA CLARA – Here are selected quotes from Colin Kaepernick’s Friday afternoon press conference in the 49ers’ auditorium.

Q: What has been the vibe as far as working with the young guys, and what have you seen the three days you’ve been here?

KAEPERNICK: We’re just working, trying to get ready, trying to move in the right direction.

Q: We talked to the starting safeties. They said one thing they noticed from you is you weren’t tipping anything off with your passes at all during the spring. Was that something when you went down to Phoenix that you were emphasizing – not telegraphing, and figuring out ways to keep everybody on defense guessing?

KAEPERNICK: Once again, it’s just trying to be the best quarterback I can for this team. Whatever work I need to do I’m trying to do.

Q: The stuff you worked on in Phoenix, do you still have to think about it or is it second-nature to you?

KAEPERNICK: No, once you’re on the field you’re playing. You’re not worried about anything other than doing your job.

Q: What is Geep Chryst saying about the offense to reverse the trend from last year? You guys were only 25th in points scored. What is he saying you guys have to do to reverse that trend?

KAEPERNICK: Just execute. Do the things we’re supposed to do on offense and go out and make plays.

Q: How does this year’s offense play to your strengths?

KAEPERNICK: It’s another opportunity to go out and make plays. We have a lot of weapons on offense that we can use, and we’re looking forward to seeing how that pans out for us.

Q: How about your individual strengths, your individual talent, skillset so to speak?

KAEPERNICK: It’s a team game. That’s all we worry about it trying to win as a team.

Q: Are there any nuggets you can pull out of how the offense is different than a year ago? Is it a new offense?

KAEPERNICK: It is a new offense. There are a lot of things that are different, and there are a lot of things that are the same. You’ll see those things when the season comes.

Q: What quarterback, past or present, do you make a point of studying film of and gleaning things from?

KAEPERNICK: I watch a lot of different quarterbacks….

Q: Specifically?

KAEPERNICK: …But the biggest thing is I watch myself, what I need to improve on, what I can do different.

Q: I ask because working with Kurt Warned and trying to add some things to your skillset, there’s no specific quarterback you look at?

KAEPERNICK: Once again, I look at myself more than anything – what I have to do better.

Q: Is Reggie Bush easier to throw to out of the backfield than other tailbacks you’ve worked with?

KAEPERNICK: Yeah, I would say he’s easy to throw to because of his skillset, what he’s able to do, the way he can move and his natural ability. Very talented player.

Q: The past few years, this offense was missing screens and swing passes to running backs out of the backfield. Is that an area that you’ve paid particular emphasis to to try to improve this offseason?

KAEPERNICK: I pay a lot of particular emphasis on a lot of things. We’re just trying to become a better offense.

Q: But can you address that specifically?

KAEPERNICK: That was the question. That’s the answer you’re going to get.

    1. And also “dark cloud” Kap when things aren’t going well. I thought his press conference performance would be different this year now that Harbaugh is gone.

    2. So many athletes play Mr. Nice Guy when the microphone is on, but are jerks the rest of the time.

      Seems like CK plays if backwards. He said to be smart, dedicated, outgoing, friendly, community guy in private. When the camera’s pointed at him he exchanges his smiles and warmth for scowls, beats and monosyllabic answers. .

      Its like he hired a PR man from upside-down world.

  1. Also, this exchange evidently did not make it on at the end of the video:

    Q: But can you address that specifically?

    KAEPERNICK: That was the question. That’s the answer you’re going to get.

    1. Is it me? I don’t have a particular problem with that answer. He sees the picks of Niners at 4/4 in the Division. He doesn’t have to like it. Joe Staley addressed it a few days ago. If that’s where the media is starting off for 2015, he doesn’t have to be all that pleased. He tried to get better. The team is trying to get better. As they always do.
      Orale.

  2. Here’s hoping the metamorphosis of this summers workout has helped CK become more than a running QB. Hold the stats, hold the excuses, evaluation starts week one versus the Vikes!

  3. Talk is cheap, what matters is play on the field. When you’re an athlete, you should let your performance do the talking. If the press doesn’t like it, too bad. They just want athletes to say controversial things so they can rip them, anyway.

  4. Kaep should watch Joe Montana. He made it look effortless, and Joe delivered an easily catchable ball and hit the receiver in stride.

    1. I can’t begin to explain to you how odious this comment is. Congrats, you know who Joe Montana is. But seriously, stop. Stop commenting, stop trying to share our feelings, stop being interested in the team that I am interested in.

      1. Gosh, he was specifically asked to name a QB past or present, and you think it is odious to bring up the name of perhaps the greatest QB to to have ever played? I had the privilege to watch Joe all those years, and he never ever threw a fastball at a player 8 yards away. Kaep needs to throw a more catchable ball. He can improve his completion percentage by getting more touch on the ball. Kaep will get less balls batted down at the line of scrimmage if he gets more loft on the ball.
        My question is- why make it harder to catch?

        1. Additionally, Kaep should work on his arc, He should be able to drop it in past the LBs and in front of the Safeties. Throwing a frozen rope make those passes difficult to execute.

      2. Coach Tomsula should sit Kaep down and make him watch every pass Joe Montana had ever thrown. I guarantee he would improve.

        1. Kaep is not Joe Montana- No body but Joe Montana is Joe Montana. Hell Joe Montana wasn’t even the Joe Montana a lot of people remember him as. I also saw him play his entire career and he had his weaknesses, threw interceptions and made mistakes. Every QB has their own strength’s and weakness’s. The problem is that everyone seems to want to compare other QB’s to Joe’s specific strengths while ignoring his specific weaknesses. Joe had the brains to recognize his own skill set and the coaching staff behind him that allowed him to focus on and do what he did best. I don’t remember anyone trying to to turn him into Johnny Unitis or Dan Fouts. If you want Joe go create a time machine and return to the past.

          It gets pretty tiring to constantly hear how perfect Joe Montana was. I was a fan of his from day one, but reality is reality. The one thing both Joe and Kaep share is their desire to win and thats a good quality to have in common, so lets leave it at that.

          1. This is a site for the 49ers. Joe Montana made the Niners relevant. I hope you would not get sick of hearing his name, but there are a few fans on this site who love Joe Montana, and do not tire of his name.
            Telling me not to mention him is like telling me not to be a fan, so I will politely decline and advise you to just stop reading my posts so both of us will be happy.

              1. Thank you. So far it’s been fine. No reports of torn ACLs in 49er meeting rooms unlike the news from Denver.

    2. Seb,

      Nice JM reference. And although Montana was not considered an exciting interview, and mostly a boring interview, he always came off sounding answering reporters questions

  5. Colin ‘The Terse One’ Kaepernick is back in full form. Not much will be said about though if he has a great year.

  6. I love Kaep, but he needs to brush up on his interview skills. He should have just said that since those plays will help the team improve, yes, we have been practicing them.
    Giving snippy answers just gives detractors another opportunity to throw shade at him.
    Kaep should read IF, by Rudyard Kipling.

    1. Seriously??? Who cares. They don’t say anything anyway and if they do people like Grant run with it to cause a problem. You want him to answer in a nicer more expressive way and blow smoke up your you know what? Just have a great season, who cares if he’s a boring interview, just as long as his play isn’t. I feel like people like Grant and his father are just around to tear down the game and try to take the fun out of it. I haven’t read a 49er related football article in over a month because I feel like they are all the same crap. The 49ers are in a tough division, if they do better than 8-8 it’s a successful season, they have been passed up by the other 3 teams, etc.

  7. I’m glad to hear Kaepernick’s changes are subtle, incremental, with no drastic changes in throwing mechanics.

    It would be fantastic if he could throw short timing passes to Miller and Bush, but I think accuracy throwing long is the key this year. Based on what Chryst and Logan said a month or so ago, the long game will be emphasized.

    Instead of trying to convert Colin into Joe Montana, they seem to be trying to build a more polished version of 2012 Colin. [High Yards Per Attempt]+[Good TD/INT Ratio]=Victories.

    If the short passing game improves too, all the better.

      1. “If Kaep becomes as good as Joe, it would guarantee 4 more SB rings.”

        4 SB rings sounds about right. If CK is turning into Joe Montana, I think Chryst would have no problem emphasizing short-medium passes. If that’s the case, their doing a great job faking everyone out.

        If Kaep does become as good as Joe, the 49ers should pay you millions to be the “beg to differ” specialist, and give you your own luxury box. I’d be thrilled, knowing I had a small part in the whole thing.

              1. Well, I consider myself to be lucky to witness in person the 2 seminal sporting events in Bay area history. Not many other people can make that claim.

      2. To be clear… from what I hear, they are absolutely working on short passes and screens. I’m expecting alot more passes to Miller.

        But from what I have heard from Chryst/Logan, the 49ers brain trust sees accuracy deep as the key in offensive success.

        1. And I am hopeful that with TS and JS, the Niners will have a deep threat and they will not be able to stack 8 in the box and dare the Niners to pass.

    1. Brodie, I think you’re exactly right. And what Kaepernick said was right too. He watches other quarterback that he and his coaches think are relevant, but he is constantly watching himself for feedback on what he’s doing on the field, practice or game, because that’s where he will find what needs to be corrected.

      He also refused to take the bait and list names. The next question would have been something like which on seems best to you. Now he’s a tar baby in a thorn patch.

      What Kaepernick needs from Montana is a coach like Walsh that will correct every pass with “On the numbers and one foot in front Colin!”

      The rest is babel.

      1. Refused to take the bait and list names? It was an innocuous question. He easily could have said he studied the mastery of Joe Montana, the scrambling ability of Young, the precision of Aikman, the quick release of Marino, the gutsy play from Favre and even the game management and big plays of Warner.He could have listed any number of HOFs, but chose to use himself as an example. I would like to see more humility and less ego.

        1. Why do you assume it’s about ego. Citing HOF players or watching them doesn’t doesn’t equate with improving your game or humility. The person he needs to fix is himself. True humility is being honest about yourself which he has done. Everyone has some suggestion of who he should emulate and it doesn’t help. He did watch other QB’s and he’s taking seriously the need to grow and learn. Hardly ego driven. What if he’s been coached to not relay any of who he’s watching or the new offense? Is that ego?

            1. Again, without analyzing his mistakes how can he get better? Looking at where one fails is not ego but honesty accepting you need work and have shortcomings. I’ve watched plenty of HOF QB’s and I am not better at QB. He’s working on himself thats what matters. Your assuming and interpreting motive as ego and you really have no idea why he’s doing what he’s doing. If watching HOF QB’s made more HOF QB’s it’d be a lot easier. No one improves without looking and reviewing where one fails. You interpret ego there, we’ll see.

              1. I am not saying that he should not analyze his play, but he was asked a simple question and he should not respond by thinking he is under an inquisition.I hope he has studied a lot of other QBs, and he did state that. They should not need to seemingly torture him to get him to divulge the names of QBs that he has gleaned some insights from.
                Kaep is the 49er QB. It would have been extremely simple and logical to name 2 49er Hall Of Famers. End of story, end of controversy.

              1. He’s talking about watching himself, his play, on film. Nothing more. Where are you getting this “mirror” nonsense?

              2. FWIW, I agree with Rib, ck isn’t saying he’s watching himself because he’s so great, he’s saying he watched tape of himself to see what needs work.

                When Rory McIlroy is working on his swing, he’s not looking at tape of Ben Hogan.

      2. “What Kaepernick needs from Montana is a coach like Walsh that will correct every pass with “On the numbers and one foot in front Colin!”
        ~ htwaits

        Nice thought. But although Montana (deservingly considered he best OAT) may have had a great career playing for another team, his time as a 49er was a perfect fit because of the system Bill Walsh installed, great offensive players, and some great defensive players a well.
        Joe Montana was exceptional but he was surrounded by all-stars and future HOF’rs and one of the best head coach’s and organizations of all time.

        I bring up my point because the NFL has had great QB players that have had the ability to throw a pass on the numbers and one foot in front of a receiver.

        Dan Fouts, and Dan Marino, Warren Moon, and many other QB’s over the years have been able to make this pass yet have not won a SB because they happened to play on a team that possibly did not have the same amount of overall talent the 49ers had from top to bottom on those SB winning teams.

        Point; Yes, Kap will need to improve his play at QB, but every player on the field must win their one on one matchups and our coaches must out coach the opposing team if this team is to find success in 2015.
        It’s going to take great play from field to the coaches press box to win.

        1. AES—Good for you! Finally an objective assessment of Joe’s career. Put him in San Diago’s offense and he would have been cut. A Player needs to have talent but they also have to be in a system that takes advantage of that talent and doesn’t try to put a square peg in a round hole. The reason Walsh drafted him in the first place was because he recognized his skill set was suited to the system he wanted to run. Plus Joe had that intangible that allow\ed him to make the most of his abilities. He was a winner but he had to be in the right environment to maximize his potential.

          1. ‘Put him (Joe Montana) in San Diego’s offense and he would have been cut.’
            Air Coryell? He would have lit it up. So you think Fouts is better than Montana?
            Disagree x 10,000. Just goofy.

          2. Willtalk,
            Thanks for the compliment, but Montana would have found success on any team.
            The question (although hypothetical) is, could those teams with less talent and possibly future HOF head coach have won SB’s?

          3. … and there were times when the Giants too that “right” environment away from Walsh and Montana. Those occasions were brutal.

        2. AES
          Yeah, Walsh was something (he turned Fouts into a superb passer while OC in SD), and his system fit Joe well. But if you look back to that ’81 team, the offense didn’t have many stars. Randy Cross, Farnhorst & Joe. Dan Audick played OLT after getting cut by the Chargers as an OG. Lenvil Elliott? The D had Dwight Hicks and the Hot Licks, Fred Dean and Hacksaw, but only Dean and Lott made the Pro Bowl if I remember correctly. I remember after that 81 season Tom Landry was reviewing film and said something like ‘It must be Montana, there isn’t much else there.’

            1. After week 3 or 4 of that ’81 season Glenn Dickey called for Walsh to be fired. One of a group of Bay Area sportswriters who think they know so much more than coaches, GMs, and owners.

              1. BT, the 1981 Superbowl was played on January 25, 1981 so Dickey would have called for Walsh to be fired after a 1 – 2 start in the 1980 season. That’s sounds like resent owner/press crap.

                We are so branded by that first ever championship for bay area sports that we’ve labeled the 1980 season as “The 1981 Season.”

                Wikipedia has done the same thing.

                Enjoy.

              2. In a way, by mislabeling the year, we don’t have to remember the 1981 season. That certainly makes me feel better. The 1881 season made Eddie want to fire Walsh. Walsh wanted to quit. Eddie’s dad told Eddie, “I told you he wasn’t tough enough.”

              3. BT:

                When Glenn Dickey attacked Colin’s character and assumed the worst about what went on in Florida, we exchanged a few emails. I was able to convince him that he was jumping the gun on Colin’s character, but he has remained adamant that Colin isn’t intelligent enough or talented enough to ever be a high rated quarterback.

                Glenn is willing to exchange ideas with his readers. He was wrong about Walsh and I’m sure he admitted it a long time ago. I expect Kaepernick to prove him wrong too. I hope he lasts long enough to change his mind about Colin too.

                His job for a long time was to have opinions and voice them strongly.

          1. BT,
            Not taking anything away from Montana’ great accomplishments, only stating that he played in a perfect system (West Coast) that was custom made for his strengths and style of play.

            Steve DeBerg was starting to find is niche in the WC offense right before Walsh replaced him with Montana.
            Steve Young became a HOF’r because he was able to adapt to the WC as well.

            As I mentioned in my first entry, it took great players and great coaching for the 49ers to win their share of SB’s.

            But yes, to your point Joe Montana was at the center of the wheel.
            I wonder if great QB’s like Fouts, Marino and Moon would have had success in the WC because the lacked Montana’ mobility.
            In any case, just random thoughts on a warm Saturday morning in the Central Valley.

            1. Without Joe’s escape dimension that first year, I wonder how much success Dan or Dan would’ve had. I will admit that both were noted for their quick release and accuracy, so BW could’ve worked with them.

              1. When it’s win or die, there’s only one quarterback I’d want and that’s Joe Montana….

            2. Also, they had Eddie, who chose Walsh and opened the floodgates of funds to acquire SB talented squads. Eddie changed the game and should be in the HOF.

  8. Who cares. Let’s concern ourselves with how the Niners play on the field and not how they treat GC and the media. I probably wouldn’t treat them great either.

  9. I care. Kaep should not be snarky with the media. He should realize that they are just doing their job and he should be calm, poised, polite and give complete answers.
    If he cannot control himself with the media, how will he respond on the pressure packed field? He should never ever let them see him sweat.They will just try harder to rattle him.
    Kaep should expect the attacks and counter them with staid answers and self deprecating humor. He should be pleasant, cordial and act professionally to show leadership.
    I fault Bob Lange for not prepping Kaep well enough. He should conduct mock interviews and give pointers on how to diffuse controversy and answer difficult questions.

    1. Seb- So how much time should he spend on mock PR interviews? Do you realize that some people are just not good at that sort of thing? Larry Bird wasn’t a good interview either. Neither was Bill Russel till he quite playing. Every persons personality and experiences are different. You have all these expectations based on what rational? How would you respond to criticism. So perhaps we should put you under a little bit of heat and see how you respond. Would you like that? Than someone can criticize your attitude and tell you how you should have responded.

      1. Kaep is young and needs to become more mature. He is the QB of the SF 49ers, and will be grilled relentlessly. He is the face of the franchise, and he has an obligation to lead by example. I hope they will coach him to be able to play better, and coach him how to give an interview. It really is not that hard. I have seen him give great interviews in the past. He can be loquacious, engaging and witty.
        BTW, I have been attacked relentlessly, and have responded with vehemence, but I realize that when you get in a pissing match, the main outcome is both get covered in pee. I have learned from my mistakes, apologized and have stopped engaging in a war of words, especially with trolls who relish in creating disharmony.
        Coach Tomsula should sit him down, look him in the eye, and give Kaep the same advice he gave to his camp participant. I hope Kaep will apologize to the reporter, shake his hand, promise to do better, and give another interview with grace and humility. It really is not that hard to do.

        1. Apology for what? He can be more pleasant but he didn’t do anything worthy of an apology. Did the press apologize when they wrongly reported about that situation with the girl in his room and he wasn’t even in the building? Were they humble and politely asked to make it right? He’s dealing with wolves and he can do better at his presence. I only care if improves on the field. When was the last time you saw a journalist apologize for their mistake or be honest that they even made one?

          1. ‘That’s the answer you are going to get’ If you think that is a proper way to answer reporters, I guess I cannot change your opinion. My opinion is that a true leader will be humble enough to admit his mistakes and try to rectify them.

            1. Seb,
              I usually take to player’s and media interview dialog with a grain of salt.
              Here is an excerpt from Grant a week ago regarding Kap:
              ” 5. Will Colin Kaepernick show some improvement?
              Or is he content to play as he has?”

              Based on comments and assumptions like these is it any wonder why pro athletes have a love/hate relationship with the media?

              I want to see CK improve his play on the field and take this team back to the playoffs. Sure, I’ll cringe every now and again when Kap comes off like a immature kid on the field or in front of the media, but if he can win, I could learn to put away my puritan and traditional ideas of how a player should conduct themselves during an interview.

              1. My point is that is is very easy to be pleasant and forthcoming, and if he wants to be a leader, he must show leadership skills. Surly and uncommunicative are not strong leadership skills.

          2. If you are associating the Niner press corps with the irresponsible sensationalistic bombshell throwing outlet that wrongly accused Kaep of something, I have to respond.
            The Niner press corps has previously asked pointed questions, but they are paid to do it, and the Niners should expect that.
            However, in that last interview, they asked perfectly sedate questions in a respectful manner, and did not try to trap, bait or bludgeon Kaep.
            Please do not lump everyone together just because of a few bad apples.

        2. Also it’s standard practice for teams to work with players on their interview skills. To assume no one’s helping him is naive.

    2. Seb- It’s a no win thing with the media. Unlike this site where Grant actually allows response to his articles, most of the time the media gets the last word. They hold all the cards and can cherry pick your statements to spin what you say any way you want. Some people who have been targets in the past will develop a defensive attitude with the media. Times have changed. The media is less supportive of personalities than they used to be. It was different during Joe Montana’s time. It was also different during the JFK presidency. They pretty much knew all the rumors that surrounded his personal life, but then it was all off limits. So just because he had a great relationship with the press, should we say that the new presidents should study JFK on handling scandal interviews? The media now is more and more resembling scandal sheets than the news outlets they used to be.

      1. In this age of Gifs and twitter, it is hard to have any privacy. Everything is fair game and everyone is under a microscope. Kaep should stop tweeting and concentrate on becoming a better QB. The media is a distraction, and can easily be used against him, so he should wise up and stop presenting his keister to be kicked by the bullies.
        I just wish the team would follow Coach Tomsula’s advice.

  10. Kap’s answers are actually smart.
    Kap knows that he’s the kind of guy who can shoot him self in the foot i.e. his tweets……..
    He’s uptight so he wont let anything slip out that he’ll regret later.

  11. “That was the question. That’s the answer you’re going to get.”
    This is actually a brilliant latent ode to Harbaugh and his we have ploughed that field already!

    1. Maybe I am naive to assume the stench of JH is not still with us.
      I hope all Niners, from JY to the taco servers, demonstrate their class by treating everyone with dignity and respect. Even the ones who do not deserve it.

      1. If bringing the 49ers back from obscurity and making them SB contenders for the majority of his 49er tenure a “stench,” I’ll take it all day every day!

        1. So you are content that a SB talented squad did not make the playoffs last year? Personally, I thought last year sucked.

          1. Seb,
            Absolutely not!
            I was as upset as any true 49er faithful was, but there was such a glut of mitigating events that led to their eventual 8-8 season that winning a Super Bowl would have been a monumental and almost impossible achievement.

            The circumstances that beset this team last season have been highlighted ad nauseam.
            Yes, there was talent on the team last season but not necessarily where it mattered the most.
            My personal grades in those areas where there was a big need:
            Offensive Line – D+ (injuries resulted in many different combinations)
            WR’s – B- (Crabtree and Boldin are possession types that did not keep D-Cords awake at night before games)
            RB – B+ (Gore was and always will be a warrior, but his lack of breakaway speed did little to keep defenses from loading the box)
            Defensive – C (Aldon suspension/Bowman injured/Brock injured/ Willis injured/ Ward injured.
            Offensive Playcalling – D- (I’ll borrow your terminology; Roman “sucked”)
            Head Coach, Front Office – F (the turmoil between coach and Owner/GM had to have spilled into the locker room and effect the team chemistry)
            Players having court appearances hanging over their heads – Well, enough to cause a distraction in the locker room.

            I just pointed out some issues from last year that I’m sure had a significant reason for the “suck” you speak of.
            You’re more than welcome to add a few of your own if I may have missed any.

          2. Seb,
            Absolutely not!
            I was as upset as any true 49er faithful was, but there was such a glut of mitigating events that led to their eventual 8-8 season that winning a Super Bowl would have been a monumental and almost impossible achievement.

            The circumstances that beset this team last season have been highlighted ad nauseam.
            Yes, there was talent on the team last season but not necessarily where it mattered the most.
            My personal grades in those areas where there was a big need:
            Offensive Line – D+ (injuries resulted in many different combinations)
            WR’s – B- (Crabtree and Boldin are possession types that did not keep D-Cords awake at night before games)
            RB – B+ (Gore was and always will be a warrior, but his lack of breakaway speed did little to keep defenses from loading the box)
            Defensive – C (Aldon suspension/Bowman injured/Brock injured/ Willis injured/ Ward injured.
            Offensive Playcalling – D- (I’ll borrow your terminology; Roman “sucked”)
            Head Coach, Front Office – F (the turmoil between coach and Owner/GM had to have spilled into the locker room and effect the team chemistry)
            Players having court appearances hanging over their heads – Well, enough to cause a distraction in the locker room.

            I just pointed out some issues from last year that I’m sure had a significant reason for the “suck” you speak of.
            You’re more than welcome to add a few of your own if I may have missed any.

      2. Could that be just a wee bit over the top, LOL? Heavy injury casualties and Harb’s worst season was 8-8. Don’t like his Pressers? Howya like BB or Parcells? JH was difficult; so was Parcells, Lombardi. JH caused some of his own resistance; he knows that. But he took the available talent and put a good product on the field. He got the guys to believe, and subsequently to achieve.
        What lingers in his absence? The knowledge that these guys can play with the best. JimT has to get the young guys going, but JH and Vic’s legacy will be the standard of play set on their watch.
        I just think that judging a coach or a QB or any player by their Press Conferences (or fashion sense) is off point and a waste of time. Nolan looked sharp in his suit. Tim Tebow dresses well and is very polite.

  12. Colin’s beats embellished, monosyllabic press conferences are a thoroughly planned attempt to make him seem younger than his actual age.

    And its working. Yesterday (another) reporter referred to 2012 as his “rookie” season. If the press think he’s younger, they’ll be less critical and more patient waiting for him to develop.

    All kidding aside, the Turlock Terse-Nado’s turning 28 in November. He’s only three years younger than Alex Smith.

    I’ve heard retired player talk about that painfully brief period when…
    – They’re still in their physical prime
    – Have perfected their techniques
    – Have a full understanding of their sport

    Their biggest regret was not hitting the film room more in their first few years. Their peak performance windows could have been years longer.

    I’d like nothing better than seeing “young” Colin master his craft as soon as possible.

    1. Me too.
      I may be critical of Kaep, but I also recognize that with Kaep as QB, the Niners will be in serious consideration for a Lombardi for the next 10 years. I just want him to improve with constructive criticism, and hopes he wins it all.
      Kaep should choose his battles wisely. Posters will try to make a tempest out of a teapot, so Kaep should not engage in a lose-lose proposition.

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