SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick was interviewed in the 49ers’ locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.
Q: What is it going to be like facing Alex Smith on Sunday?
CK: I really don’t get to face him, my defense does, but Alex has done a lot of great things in this league, a lot of great things to help me. Nothing but the utmost respect for him.
Q: Do you still have a relationship with him? Do you still talk to him?
CK: We have talked here and there. Great guy, but we have our own things that we’re doing as well.
Q: What’s the biggest thing you either observed watching him or he taught you?
CK: Just how he viewed the game as far as defenses, how to attack them, what routes are good versus which defenses and how to manipulate defenses.
Q: When you took over the job, how much grace did he show during that time?
CK: He’s one of the classiest people I’ve ever been around. Just an all around great guy. I don’t think anyone could have handled it any better than he did.
Q: Do you think the way he handled it went a ways towards how the locker room ended up handing it? That he set the tone for the way the locker room reacted to the news?
CK: I think he definitely made things go a lot smoother. The way he handled things, didn’t turn it into a controversy in the locker room, that just shows the character he has, not just as a player but as a man.
Q: Did you sense any uneasiness during that time?
CK: Obviously you want to be playing. He had been playing. He had been playing well. Did he want to be on the field? Yes. But he wasn’t going to let that get in the way of what the team was trying to do.
Q: Why were you the better choice for the team going forward?
CK: You’re going to have to ask Coach Harbaugh that one. I’m just trying to do my job.
Q: Do you believe you were the better choice?
CK: I’m not going to say that publically because I know you’re going to try to make it sound like something else. But I do feel like I’m a good player, yes.
Q: Almost from the day you came here, you stated your goal was to be the starter. Was that something you ever discussed with Alex during that time? You were his backup for a year and a half.
CK: It’s not something you talk about, but no one comes to this league and says, “I want to be a backup.” Not me, at least.
Q: What did these first four games show you about where this offense is going?
CK: Constantly evolving, constantly getting better. We’ve done a lot of things well. We can do a lot of things better.
Q: What is No.1 on your list of things you need to do better?
Q: You’re running the ball a lot more it seems. Are you enjoying that aspect? Do you feel like you’re getting the allowance to do that?
CK: It really depends on what the coaches are calling. If that’s the way they feel like we can get a win, I’m all for it.
Q: Is there a preference you have between running a quarterback sweep or running a read option?
CK: As long as I’m in open space, I’m good.
Q: Alex Boone said one of the reasons the offense has trouble getting the plays off before the play clock expires is players are talking too much in the huddle and you have to tell them to shut up. Is he just joking around or is he serious?
CK: No, I mean, part of it you’re trying to organize things from the previous play so it doesn’t happen the next play or you’re ready for it the next time it happens. So part of it is making adjustments constantly.
Q: So you’re not having to babysit players in the huddle?
CK: No, I’m not a babysitter.
Q: Deion Sanders said on Sunday that he heard the 49ers’ players want Jim Harbaugh out. What was your take when you heard that?
CK: I would like to know who the source is. When you get a source from that, then we can talk about that. Until then, that’s the media.