SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick spoke in the 49ers’ auditorium Wednesday morning. Here are selected quotes.
Q: Do you see any different mindset this week in the offense?
KAEPERNICK: I think there’s more chemistry between us now. We saw some things that we can build off of and use moving forward. As far as the team, we’re trying to prepare to win. Everything we’re doing is to make sure we’re prepared for Sunday.
Q: How big of a character check was last week for you?
KAEPERNICK: I’m not going to lack in confidence. I have confidence in what I’m able to do on this field, what I can do to help this team win. For me, it was an opportunity to really show leadership and try to lead this team and make sure everyone has the right mindset. This week is another opportunity to make sure everyone is focused on the right things.
Q: What areas did you make your biggest improvements last week?
KAEPERNICK: I would say the biggest improvement was just chemistry, being able to let balls go and trust our receivers. And our receivers made big plays. It was a confidence-building thing for both sides – for the receivers, for us, for the offensive line. It was something we can build off of moving forward and improve on.
Q: You’ve played with Anquan Boldin for a few years now. When you say ‘chemistry’ in terms of getting to know a guy in a new scheme?
KAEPERNICK: Yea, there’s a lot of different things that play parts in what you’re trying to do offensively, and when you run plays over and over you get more comfortable with them. So, some of that was different plays, some of it was just different positions that we put people in.
ME: Your college coach, Chris Ault, recently said in a radio interview that you’ve been dropping your elbow when you throw. Is that something you’re aware of when you watch yourself play, and is it something you work on?
KAEPERNICK: It’s something that I constantly work on my mechanics and fundamentals to make sure I’m out there throwing the ball the best way I can. Ultimately, whether the receiver catches the ball and the ball is in the right position is the only thing that matters.
Q: When you’re in a pocket that’s constantly changing shape and you’re avoiding guys, can you have a uniform throwing motion, or do you sometimes have to drop your elbow and throw sidearm, things like that to adapt?
KAEPERNICK: Once again, mechanics are…I’m not huge on them. You can look at Philip Rivers throw, you can look at Tom Brady throws – looks completely different. They’re both great quarterbacks.
Q: But do you change it up just depending on what you have to do on a given play?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, you have to be able to change arm angles, especially on underneath throws to throw around linemen, to throw under windows.
ME: Is Chris Ault correct in his assessment?
ME: Your mechanics, that you’re dropping your elbow when you throw.
KAEPERNICK: I don’t look at film that closely about my mechanics of where my elbow is at.
Q: You’re not big on mechanics. In your view, you’re just getting the ball where it has to be no matter how you get it there?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, that’s the job of a quarterback – throw it to the receiver so he can catch it. It’s that simple.