SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick spoke in the locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript.
What do you expect from seeing Buccaneers S Dashon Goldson in that secondary this weekend?
“Dashon’s a great player, does a lot of great things. Has a lot of range on the back end.”
Did you see him when he came out here a couple weeks ago?
Good to see him?
“Yeah, one of my good friends.”
Can you share a memory or two about Candlestick Park with us? End of the line coming here.
“Got my first NFL football there. It’s been a great place to me since I’ve been here.”
Last Sunday, you and Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette traded jerseys. It was like the World Cup final or something. Have you done that before and I guess he’s just a former teammate, a good buddy? What was that all about?
“First time. He’s a good friend. Wanted to keep that as memento.”
How dangerous of a pass defense do they have? They’ve had a lot of interceptions these last five games. How are they getting them?
“Lot of tipped balls. A lot of them just making plays. They have a great secondary. A lot of talent back there.”
Can you talk about what makes Buccaneers LB Lavonte David so dangerous?
“Plays fast, plays physical. He does everything right for them.”
How do you assess your accuracy this season and how it’s gone?
“I think I’ve been doing a pretty good job with it. I think for the most part, I’ve been putting balls where I want to. There’s obviously always a few you want back.”
When you can have receivers like WR Anquan Boldin and WR Michael Crabtree particularly fight for the ball like their life depends on it, how much does that mean to you? Do you feel like you could throw them open or anything you that could throw up there, you know there’s a good chance that they’re going to come down with it?
“Gives you a lot of confidence to put the ball in the air. You can give them chances that you wouldn’t normally give a receiver.”
When you were shooting your Beats By Dre commercial, did you think that the crowd was the Seattle crowd, the Seahawks crowd?
“I really wasn’t worried about that. I was worried about doing my part.”
There have been some hurt feelings apparently in Seattle about them being portrayed negatively. But was the point that the crowd was the Seahawks?
“It was supposed to be a hostile environment.”
Are you doing anything differently in your preparation for this game as opposed to other games?
You guys have to travel a long ways. You’re coming off an emotional win. Tampa’s 4-9. Do you have to guard against overlooking them, this being a trap game? Is that something you’ve talked about?
“Yeah, that’s something we’re aware of. We want to make sure we prepare this week like we do any other week.”
The way they’re playing recently, do they look different than a 4-9 team?
“Yeah, they’ve won four of their last five, if I’m not mistaken, and they’ve been playing a lot better. They’ve been playing to win.”
It seemed you missed a couple of passes you normally make in the last game. Looking back on the film, we’re you pleased with your feet mechanics, with your arm mechanics? Was there anything you saw that you normally do better?
“We won. That’s all that matters.”
I’ve noticed that you do this media session in a different spot each week. Is there a reason for it or you having fun or is there a design?
“Just like to move around.”
What’s with the offensive linemen over there this year? They’ve just fined us for crossing the line. Any perceptions of that group?
“They’re just here to handle business like everybody else.”
What kind of year is T Anthony Davis having at right tackle?
“Phenomenal. He’s been playing his butt off every time he steps on the field. He’s been doing everything right and making things easy on everyone else.”
Your coach came to your defense in some people getting critical that you weren’t as easy or forthright with the media and said, ‘What do you want him to do? I want him to win football games, not be television host Jay Leno or doing a comedy routine.’ What do you make of that?
“I think he’s right.”