Gannon on Kaepernick: “I’d like to see him speed it up a little bit.”

Rich Gannon answered questions about Colin Kaepernick Tuesday afternoon on 957 The Game. Here is a transcript.

Q: If there is one thing you’d like to see Kaepernick improve on between now and the end of the season, what is it?

GANNON: “I just think playing a little faster. You watch him go through his progressions….he’s a young quarterback, but if you watch the Bradys and the Mannings and the Breeses the Rodgerses, it is bam, bam, bam — the ball is out. Boom, boom, boom. Quick reads, quick decisions, quick footwork. I’d like to see him speed it up a little bit, a little more sense of urgency. You see it sometimes, and other times he’s a split-second late. To me, that’s the one thing I like to see.”

Q: How did you feel about doing press conferences when you were a quarterback?

GANNON: “If I had to do it over again, I would have spent more time earlier in my career learning how to do it. Not that I didn’t take it seriously enough, but doing a better job of it in terms of…”

Q: Why?

GANNON: “Because I think it’s important. I think you’re the face of the franchise. How many times have you seen Peyton Manning do a post-game press conference where he stands in front of his locker with a torn t-shirt, a hat and looking all scruffy? He always makes sure he goes and showers and puts a nice suit on and stands in front of the microphone and looks like a professional. Tim Brown was that way. You’ve got to be able to take it seriously. You’ve got a brand. You’ve got an image. You’re the face of the franchise. It’s an important part of the responsibility – the production meetings, the conference calls, dealing with the local media – I think it’s something you should do and do well and have some fun with it. That’s the one thing. I did a much better job of it later in my career. I was a pretty serious player, but I tried to have some fun with it.

“Colin’s a very serious guy. You learn as you go that you try to have some fun with this and not be so serious. It sounds so simple, and yet you go out and play a tough game and you lose and someone writes something really negative. It doesn’t feel good. You already feel bad that you lost and you didn’t play well, now you’ve got to read about it all week and it can really affect how you handle yourself toward the media. As I got older, I stopped reading the papers. I’m not going to have things bring me down. I’m going to find a way to be positive.”

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      1. I totally agree,

        He’s basically played just a tad over 1 season. Like the rest of his game people need to be realistic, more patient give him more time. Geez, he’s still a winning QB in the NFL despite his shortcomings.

      1. I heard a report that Shaw wants to stay at Stanford until his kids are off to college. He is a Stanford guy and doubt that he is going anywhere.

        Question, why would the two coaches from this season’s championship game want to go to Texas?

      2. Jack from all i’ve read and heard it all about the money Tex is willing to top anyother school by quite a bit along with its not a bad place to coach, you have a much better chance of going undefeated in the big 12 and reaching the national championship tournament then you do coaching in the Pac 12 or SEC

      3. All those schools are already pulling kids out of Texas. Part of the problem at UT is Baylor and Texas A&M have taken over the lead position in recruiting in state.

        Florida is also a hot spot for recruiting and Fisher has the lead down there.

      4. @ Jack,

        It’s not just Baylor and A&M even though they are part of the problem. Oregon, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, USC, LSU all pull major numbers of kids out of Texas and were even doing that when Texas basically was recruiting king in Texas. Now that UT has fallen on hard times the top Blue Chip talent is picking one of those other schools over Texas. Instead of 4 and 5 star recruites, Texas is drawing in the 3 star recruits and then they aren’t even building those kids up and putting them in position to succeed.

    1. It’s usually the unsuccessful NFL coaches that go running back to College Jack, can you think of an NFL coach that’s as popular and successful as JH that has decided to go back to school?

  1. Hey grant,

    Can you ask the IT guys or, if you handle this yourself, can you fix the way this blog checks for a mobile device compared to a desktop? It’s always giving me the mobile site on my computer and then giving me the desktop site on my mobile. Super annoying. Thanks.

  2. Grant

    Good interview…I’ve never seen or heard an interview with Rich Gannon before…I like his team-first attitude….THAT’S leadership.

    1. Right? Get an interview with Gannon and 2 of the 3 question asked are about why Kap doesn’t talk much to the media. It’s rediculous .

      1. Rodge

        Just what questions would you ask in the 13th week of the season that aren’t repetitive , hashed-over redunancies?

      2. Hashed over redundancies???

        That’s exactly what this is. Maybe you didn’t notice, but between grant and his dad there have been at least 4 articles in the past week solely focusing on Kap’s media presence. That’s fine if you want to write a piece on that, but to continue to push out articles repeatedly, and waste valuable interview time on the same insignificant subject is the very definition of redundant.

        The media wants Kap to talk more so they can write more.

        Kap and the head coach have both clearly addressed their questions/concerns with it and don’t care nor wil they.

        The players feel no obligation towards the media, and Kap has made that so blatantly clear that their concerns are not his.

        Kap is not the QB many want him to be. He is who he is. That’s not changing for anyone, take it or leave it. The way he talks, dresses and acts are part of who he is, and as long as his teammates and coaches like him, and are happy with who he is and his performance on the field (which they obviously are) than there is no issue what so ever.

        So why publish article after article over something that is not an issue what so ever. The kid’s got work to do at the QB position for this organization. Write about that.

  3. Grant why are you obsessed with Kap in the media? Article after article with you and your dad. Let it go, or move on, or try something other than repeatedly bringing it up, in the same light, article after article. We get it. You and yur dad want Kap to talk more so you have more to write about. But oh well, he isn’t a talker it seems. So how many articles are you gonna put out on the exact same thing? How many times are you gonna specifically bring it up in interviews when you could be asking other useful questions?

    It’s So obvious what you guys want to get out of it

      1. Yeah. It’s just the part of the interview that was prioritized to be transcribed in this column that reflects the obsession with Kap-and-press relationship.

  4. Can we get back to football – you know the game played on the field.

    Kap needs to improve his on the field performance way more than his behind the mic performance. Field YAC, interesting. Mic yak, who cares.

    As for suits and ties, I’m looking for pads and bloody noses.

    As for image. Just win baby. That’s image I want.

    As for grades, the only one I am looking for is a W.

    Now let’s get back to analyzing Kap’s performance – as a football player on the field.

    1. This echo’s exactly what I’ve been saying. There’s been numerous articles in the last week (most if not all by Cohn) only focusing on Kap’s media presence. Readers want to hear and discuss football, not what someone is wearing or how long his responses are to questions asked to him. But grants dad chose to write a novel about just that. Now grants published 2 or 3 in the past few days.

      This one is cleverly hidden by the completely misleading title of “Gannon on kaepernick: I’d like to see him speed it up a bit.”
      -cool, looks like a nice interview with Gannon about Kap’s play! Oh wait, no it’s not. It’s 1 question about Kap’s play, then on to the good stuff. You know, why Kap doesn’t have longer responses to media questions…. Uuggghhh….

  5. Kap doesn’t “owe” the fans, the reporters, the national media, or even the crazies at Inside the Fortyniners anything. But, IMO, Kaps’ brand would be enhanced if he presented a more open and pleasant attitude. It may be Harbaugh rubbing off on him either by direct instruction or through some kind of team culture influence(doubtful as other coaches and players appear to be more effusive).

    Dunno- but banking goodwill with the people who portray you to the “outside” can’t hurt in the long run. Especially in the down years.

  6. I think Gannon is right on the money that CK needs to speed it up. CK’s footwork in the pocket has been poor this year. He seems to have regressed so I’d like to see him spend a ton of time in the off-season doing fundamental footwork drills. Also, he is slow in his decision making at times – not all the time but sometimes. I know this is a crazy idea but I’m not sure why NFL teams don’t practice on a smaller field to speed up decision making. I suppose they do it in red-zone drills but it’s really not the same as working on a compressed field. If you’ve ever coached football you know that many times srimmages are held on smaller fields simply due to space constraints but those smaller fields force players to speed up decision making. Kurt Warner actually said he had to slow down his decision making after coming in from Arena Football because there was so much more space on an NFL field that he had to give plays time to develop. I would think a guy who is slow on his reads needs to be forced into situations that require him to speed it up.

    1. Houston
      I like your idea of working in a tight space to force faster decisions. A greater sense of urgency in all things. In keeping with that idea 2 other possibilities come to mind. How about a simulator? Right in the heart of Silicon Valley there’s local talent that can adapt an interactive program for a simulator that doesn’t use up precious practice time or put stress on the arms of the QBs but gives them mental reps. Too elaborate or expensive? Use the model of a Police Firing Range identifying and hitting the right target under time constraints.
      On the point of representing the franchise, I agree with Gannon. I think Colin thinks he can redirect criticisms into positive energy. He might be wrong. Don’t mess with the bad energy, dude, it makes you tight.
      “As I got older I stopped reading the paper. I’m not going to have things bring me down. I’m going to find a way to stay positive.”
      That’s the best advice in the entire piece, and it’s applicable way beyond football.

    2. Yea there will be a lot of work to do this off-season. I’m a little anxious about this off-season actually. We have Kap’s, Aldon’s, and Crab’s contract negotiations coming up, not to mention any other potential FA after this year.

      I’m thinking with Aldon’s constent trouble we should be able to get some leverage, also Kap obviously has not had the superstar season everyone anitcipated up this point, so that should be more leverage.

      But Crabs may have been the one to get the most leverage this season ironically. No he didn’t play most of the season but look how much this team hurt without him.

      Should all me very interesting.

    1. Claude there are many stars in the CFL who have no chance of ever making it in the NFL other than as ST players. Will Sheets ever play a down of NFL football, we will have to see.

      1. old coach:

        Sorry, I was just making a somewhat obscure joke. When Sheets was signed off of the 49ers’ practice squad by Miami a few years ago, a commenter at Niners Nation completely lost it, writing a series of over the top fanposts blasting the 49ers for not seeing Sheets’ true potential as a superstar. He posted under the name KORY SHEETS WAS OUR FUTURE

        Every year, I am reminded of him when someone complains bitterly about a personnel decision on one of the final roster spots, usually based upon a player’s performance in the second half of preseason games, and holds that decision up as evidence that Baalke doesn’t know how to do his job.

      2. Claude,

        Ha ha — I very well remember the days of KSIOF at NN. Those days were followed by the NDIOF (Nate Davis is our Future) frenzy!

        I actually followed Sheet’s career on and off and am happy that he had found some success north of the border.

      3. Mood:

        Thanks, but you have to use all caps or it doesn’t count. I would root for Sheets to do well with the Colts if it weren’t for the fact that I despise the Irsays and refuse to root for anything that would make their lives more enjoyable. That’s also why I hope Luck finds a way out of Indy.

        Anyway, this year’s Kory Sheets is Marcus Cooper. I mean MARCUS COOPER WAS OUR FUTURE! For a while, when Cooper was making plays for KC, commenters here were blasting Baalke for thinking he could hide Cooper on the practice squad. Of course, those commenters have quieted down since QBs began targeting Cooper with with great success.

      4. I’m reminded of a recent conversation with a friend. We were joking about how some fans get overexcited about a player based on preseason, and get mad when they’re cut. Think we were laughing about the hysteria some showed over cutting Hawkins.

        Then I said he was just another Kory Sheets. Wrong thing to say. My friend’s face turned red, and he then went on a long angry rant about how cutting him was the worst thing the team had ever done and that we’d regret it one day. It was all I could do not to laugh. KORY SHEETS IS/WAS OUR FUTURE!!!1

      5. Claude,

        Good point about Marcus Cooper. The recent problem with the Chief’s defense is primarily schematic. Bob Sutton’s blitzing defense has been figured out by good QBs who are taking it apart methodically. But they still have success with other QBs. Cooper is a rookie after all, I think he has what it takes to be a NFL starter, but he does face the learning curve as other rookie DBs. This is where Eric Reed’s smarts come in handy and he has overachieved as a rookie. I totally understand why the Niners kept Cooper on the PS. Watch out for more screams of XXIOF next fall after the Niners draft 10 players or more and have to let some go!

      6. Mood:

        I agree with your analysis of KC’s recent problems on defense, which began even before Houston’s and Hali’s injuries.

        I also agree about Reid. I think he was an excellent selection, and I have no problems whatsoever with the trade up to get him. I just hope the concussions were merely the result of bad luck/poor technique and not the sign of a long term problem.


        That’s hilarious. Is there any chance your friend was the KORY SHEETS WAS OUR FUTURE poster at Niners Nation? Ask him what he thinks about Brit Miller and Shaun Hill.

      7. Nah, probably not. I don’t think he posts on any message boards. Like me, he avidly lurks on several; it’s only in the past few months I’ve started posting, and even then infrequently.

        I did tell him about how Sheets is tearing it up in the CFL, though. He wasn’t surprised.

  7. Agree with Gannon on pacing,and yes Colin’s public demeanor is irritating but”the game is the thing”,he is a twenty-something year old kid and I find most of them to be a pain.I’m sure I was.

    1. Gannon is a bit of a tight-a$$ old-school humorless character. I like to hear everything he has to say about the art of on-field quarterbacking and nothing about his views on off-field QB style.

      Gannon doesn’t seem to understand that no young QB will be the face of a franchise of which Harbaugh is the coach. Kap is fine being himself.

  8. There seems to be more people here who are concerned with CK’s problem with public relations then are concerned with his problems on the field. I’m not yet sure he is the answer going foreward beyond 2014. i do’nt really give a damn about any of the other falderal.

    1. I am awed and inspired at your ability to work the word “falderal” into a football post. I will work much harder on my game to expand my vocabulary and use rare or seldom used words on this blog. Great job.

  9. Bingo. Kaep seemed to be more decisive last year, and I hope these are growing pains as he adjusts to what Roman wants to do and how defenses are scheming against him. If I may say, even his passes to his first look seem a beat slower than last year. I think he’ll get there. There’s a lot of cognitive processing he’s trying to do now, and I think it will get easier as that moves to second nature/gut feel.

  10. Grant,

    We do not really care how he speaks to the Media. Because you guys will bash him anyway. I agree that you and your father are over thinking this. He is boring to listen to after a game. But he is fun to watch at a game. “Just Win Baby.”

  11. I just don’t understand why Colin HAS to be like someone else. As long as he wins games who cares if he doesn’t want to speak to the media. He gets played to win games, that’s it. The best coach in the NFL gives one word answers. His QB pretty much follows suit. Nobody wants to waste their time answering the same questions asked 10 different ways monday – Saturday. Just enjoy him on the field. He probably doesn’t care for the media because they build you up, to tear you down.

    1. He is the frickin Face of the Franchise!!!!
      Can you imagin how ownership feels about their Billion dollar buisness ? Is this how they want to be perceived? I think not.

      1. He’s not the face of the franchise, he’s a young quarterback starting in his second season on an extremely successful, storied, playoff football team. You guys need to grow up and get over simplistic things like how he dresses or how long his answers are.

      2. You guys screaming he’s the face of the franchise tell me how those one word answers are working out for the Patriots BILLION DOALLAR franchise. Seems pretty good to me. And don’t tell me Tom Brady always speaks to the media. When he’s pissed he’s cussing out refs and giving one word answers. Ask Mr. Kraft if he cares, DOUBT IT. If he did Belichek would have been gone long ago

  12. Yesterday I went back and watched how Kap torched the Patriots last year in week 15 to the tune of 4 TDs.

    Here’s what I observed:

    Kap had the same mindset back then with making up his mind pre-snap who he wanted to throw to and forced throws even when the receiver virtually has no chance to catch it. Does he sometimes go through his progressions? Yes he does, but on that note it almost seems like his mind is fixed when to do it or not do it. Therefore, maybe he’s being coached to look at this route and if it’s not there throw it away. Isn’t that what we did with Alex?

    So, besides the above….why was he successful at torching the Patriots? It’s easy, look at his receiving options: Crabtree, Randy Moss, Vernon Davis, and Delanie Walker. I’ll even mention Ted Ginn because he stretched the field…even if he didn’t always catch it. All of these guys had physical skills, each in their own way, that allowed them to separate from DBs. Essentially, they got open!

    All year we’ve been talking about not having Crabs on the field but man you have to see that a lot more is missing when you take away the guys he had last year.

    So, thus far it’s been a combination of Kap not choosing to look to another receiver (Progression reading), not having the same guys that can get separation like last year’s receiving corps, and then coaching by way of playcalling and seemingly telling Kap to focus on the primary route (Maybe because it “should” be there) and if it’s not there to throw it away.

    Thoughts guys?

    1. Excellent post. Thought provoking. I was thinking earlier today about how everybody’s mad at Roman this year, but maybe he was a genius last year with CK! The League just studied in the off season. So it turns out Colin is still paying some dues. It’s going better for him than RG3.

      1. Agree Brotha. I’ve also had my moments about how Roman calls the game…and well I still do at times…but I think that’s all of us. However, for the most part I think Roman is doing a fairly decent job.

        What bothers me most about Kap locking onto a receiver is: say you have Crab on the outside and either the DB just has an excellent read on his route and is in great position to defend it or he’s being doubled. Now, say you have another receiver in the area but is running a more shallow route…or maybe they ran a hook and they’re just standing their facing Kap. Kap simply does not hit the shallow receiver who’s open for a gain and possibly YAC. I watched him do that three times for sure against Seattle this past Sunday. Honestly, I re-watched the Green Bay game and largely saw the same. He could’ve easily had a 500+ yard game.

      2. Well, maybe he reads this blog and saw how we shredded Alex for checking down! ; >)
        Actually, I agree with you, although I’ve noted some progress lately. I look forward to him eventually looking off receivers.

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