Kaepernick on Patton: “He’s going to make a lot more things viable to us.”

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick spoke in the locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.


You’ve played in cold-weather games. What was the coldest game you played at quarterback up there?

“Probably 20 at kickoff.”


And how would you make an adjustment to the cold? Did it change at all about how you try to grip the ball or release, anything?

“No, you just have to block it out.”


Are you going to wear a glove or anything like that?



With the 20 degrees, was that Boise St. game?



Wasn’t there a game against Louisiana Tech where it was windy, 2007?

“Yes. That was one of the colder games I’ve played in as well. Turned out well for us.”


Didn’t you throw for over 400 in that game?

“Yeah, we did. It was a good game for us.”


Staying along those lines, when you worked out for head coach Jim Harbaugh up there, was it cold there? Was it cold that day too?

“A little bit. It was more windy than anything.”


Is this a dream scenario for you? Growing up, playing a January game at Lambeau Field?

“I don’t think my dream was to play in freezing weather, but to be in the playoffs and have this opportunity, yes, it’s part of the dream.”


Because of what Lambeau Field means to your family and maybe some of your childhood memories, did you soak it in the first time you were there? Just running out of the tunnel and being on Lambeau Field for the first time.

“I was more worried about trying to work my way on the field any way I could.”


There was no sentimentality attached to it?

“No, I don’t worry about that.”


What do you recall from the Week 1 game where WR Anquan Boldin had quite a sensational debut and what was working so well for you guys and anything else that he might have showed you that day?

“Ultimately, we went out and executed. He had a great game. He made a lot of great catches. Had some catch and carries, but ultimately, our offense went out and we executed.”


Is this offense at the point now where you like it to be where as if a defense is going to do one thing to take something away, that you guys have the ability to counteract that?

“Yes, I think it’s great for us. We can do a lot of different things. We can try and manipulate defenses different ways.”


And how does WR Quinton Patton fit into that now, giving you a third real threat on the outside?

“He’s going to make a lot more things viable to us. We can do a lot more things, different personnel groups, different things like that. He’s just another piece to the puzzle now.”


You’ve had two of your best games against the Packers. Can you put your finger on why that is even though they were different sorts of games?

“Really can’t say why. It’s just worked out that way. We’ve played well when we’ve played against them.”


What do you remember about the 49ers-Packers playoff matchups in the mid-90s and were you torn watching those games?

“Well, I was a Packers fan growing up so I wasn’t torn. But, I remember [former WR Terrell Owens] T.O. going down the middle, catching the game-winner. I think that’s probably the biggest memory I have of it.”


Did that make you unhappy as a kid?



LB Patrick Willis was saying that before every game, he tells you to just go out and do your thing, that the defense has you. What does that kind of support mean to you?

“It’s great to have the support of your teammates, especially your defense. When they say we’ve got you covered, you can really go out and try to make plays. You don’t have to worry about if something’s not quite right or if something doesn’t work because our defense is great. They do a lot of good things for us.”


How have you changed in a year, going into the playoffs this year from a year ago? How does it feel different?

“Just more comfortable with the situation, with the scenario. I think last year everything just happened fast, this year I have the experience of being in the playoffs. I have the experience of being in the offense.”


Did that game against the Packers in the playoffs tell you anything about yourself that you didn’t know previously?

“No, not at all.”


How often do you go back to Wisconsin and just visit with the family and things like that? And is that a summer thing that you do?

“Every year or two, I’ll be back there. It really depends on what everyone’s schedule is like and what’s going on, but I try to get back there when I can.”


Do you have more ticket requests this week?

“No, everyone got their tickets. So, I’m in the clear.”


Was WR Michael Crabtree the old Crabtree right from his first game back or have you seen him get up to speed, so to speak, since his return?

“He’s Crab. He really goes out, he just plays. So, I don’t think there was really any drop off, anything like that. He came back when he was ready and he was ready to play.”


And what has he meant to the offense over these last few weeks would you say?

“He’s a huge threat. I think last week they basically matched [Cardinals CB Patrick] Peterson up on him the whole game and we had a mismatch with [WR] Anquan [Boldin]. So, I think defenses are trying to do things to stop him now, which opens other people up.”


Are you curious to see what they do defensively? You kind of beat them with your legs and arm in the last two meetings. Are you interested to see what they might try this time around?

“They can do a lot of different things. They have a lot of things in their arsenal, but for us, we have to trust what we see and go with what we know.”

    1. Softball questions.

      Anyway he is going to need I engage that rocket arm of his if we are to get back to SB and beat… Denver I suppose.

      Go Niners!!!

  1. Someone should’ve asked him why he didn’t pass the ball to Crab in the 3rd quarter when he was wide open on Sunday. :-) Would love to hear how he responds to that question.

    1. Might say, “There were a couple of huge fast guys bearing down on me and I didn’t see him. But if I was on my couch watching the whole field on a big Tv, it looks easy.”

      1. So, I guess you know what play I’m talking about then? If you were I think you’d see that Kap looked right at Crabtree then progressed to Boldin for an incompletion into double coverage right as Crab broke free.

        Sure, we’re all couch coaches & Monday morning QBs but that looked like a makeable play to me even in hindsight.

        Regardless, like I said…would’ve loved to hear what he saw on that play to make the decision he made.

      2. Big P,

        Nice pile on to the unnecessary jab by Ish Mail. However, that old Nintendo combo wouldn’t be needed to make that play.

        Not sure how you guys interpreted the tone in my post but it’s an honest question…not a trolling question/statement.

        Go look at the film (In case you didn’t see that play in the game) and tell me you aren’t wondering the same thing.

      3. Justdareal,
        I thought it was funny. It was a Nintendo code. Ish Mail’s point was as valid as your question was. Plays are left on the field every game, yet we won a playoff type game, on the road, against the hottest team in the NFL. I don’t think you realize how remarkable it was for this team to go 12-4 , while taking everybody’s best shot along the way. I’d rather talk about the drive to win the game than a missed throw.

    1. So tell me nameless poster. What sounded ignorant about my post?

      Plus, what motivates you to insult me as an alleged Seahawk fan?

      I’ve been a 49er fan since 88 when I first started watching it as a kid. So, you can step away with that comment.

      1. Real,

        You’re not going to win with these guys… a lot of trolling going on here….i’d say just choose your battles and learn to let hting roll off your shoulders… a lotta idiots on the internet…..i’m not saying i’m not one of them…lol

  2. The Packers have a lot on tape on Kaep. He torched them with his arm and legs. The only way I see the 49ers losing is if they get cocky and under prepare or get bored like Manny Pacquio did when he got knocked out.

    1. Yeah, I can definitely see the Packer’s defense playing a little slower than normal and being on their heels. I don’t think they really know what to expect unlike what our defense already knows about their intentions on offense.

  3. Though I like the idea of Patton getting involved in the offense more, I’m taking wait and see approach. There has been plenty of players that have made some great plays and are virtually invisible for the rest of the season or even career. I really like Patton and what he brings, but this offense is definately not friendly to the slot receiver. But maybe I’m wrong and Kap finally trust someone outside of Crab/Boldin/Davis. It would open up this offense so much more.

    And maybe we’ll finally start to see Vmac getting involved this postseason, and maybe actually hanging on to a ball or two. That would be a huge addition to this offense as well.

    So pumped for Sunday. My birthday is the 6th and my sons first on the 4th, so hopefully they can deliver for our birthdays.

    1. I’m just as hopeful for all you said Leo. Plus, hope like heck your birthdays are decorated with a 49ers thrashing of the Pack!

  4. Are you going to wear a glove or anything like that?

    Kap answer “No.”

    With the 20 degrees, was that Boise St. game?


    Playing on a 20 degrees cold weather is nothing compare to the freezing single digit -2 degrees high at Green Bay and it will be in low -18 degrees during the game. And Kap is not considering wearing a glove, good luck to him getting a grief on the football his hand will be freezing the entire game.

    1. Good luck to the 49ers on Sunday against the Packers. Hope to see the 49ers in the NFCC against the Seahawks at Seattle..

    2. Sales of hand warmers while low in Pauoa, are skyrocketing in Green Bay…..Good thing the 49ers were able to secure a limited quantity to keep in Kaepurnicus’ jersey pocket.

  5. Justdareal: wasn’t jabbing you. Just adding humor that all QBs miss oppts. Kaep gets ripped, yet stats are better than Brady this year and almost identical to Wilson who many were calling MVP worthy. QB in NFL is tough job. But he did check down at least 3 times to Dixon and James for good gains. On same side dude. Hoping 9ers keep rolling on the tundra.

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