SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick spoke in the locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here is a transcript, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. staff.
Who’s been the biggest influence on your leadership style?
What has he taught you about leadership?
“You just have to be able to relate to people and know how to motivate them.”
Any such thing as momentum or is it just game-to-game?
“Game-to-game. Have to win.”
But yet, you still have to feel good. I mean it feels a lot better after a win going into the next week than it did, or maybe does that make you kind of have to dig down after a loss as opposed to a win?
“You’re just worried about the next game regardless if you win or lose.”
Is chemistry with a receiver like riding a bike in the sense that do you think that when WR Michael Crabtree comes back, it’ll be you, could just pick up where you left off?
“I think he’s someone, he’s very easy to throw to. So, I don’t think that will take long.”
Is that because, I know you’ve said in the past that he gets open, but is there more to it than that?
“No, that’s what it is.”
What are you thankful for?
Can you talk about what makes WR Anquan Boldin such an attractive option on third down in specific?
“He makes plays. He’s proven it time and time again.”
Your special teams did a nice job, especially in the punt return game. How important is that for your offense to get nice field position, especially on a cold-weather game like you guys were playing on Monday?
“It’s huge. It makes it a lot easier on us. It cuts the field in half.”
With three more games at Candlestick, how do you feel about leaving Candlestick behind as a memory?
“A lot of great tradition at Candlestick. We’re looking to start some new ones.”
In terms of your preparation, a team that you see twice a year like the Rams, how does that help you in just being familiar with their personnel and the things that you’ve already seen once this year?
“That’s what it is. You’re familiar with what they do, so it’s easier.”
And obviously you expect some wrinkles though as well, right?
T Joe Staley’s having a good year. Can you talk about him and what he means to have somebody like that, especially on your blindside?
“Joe’s phenomenal. He’s someone you never have to worry about him doing his job. He’s going to do it every time and he’s going to excel at it.”
How do you approach the short week? Do you do more individual film study?
“Make sure you’re ready.”
I know we ask you a lot about Crabtree, but are you anticipating that you’ll get to throw to him this weekend or at least excited about the possibility?
“That’s going to be his call 100%.”
But how much fun is it to think about that dynamic being added back into this offense?
“I think about who’s on the field with me.”
Is Crabtree similar to Boldin in that you feel comfortable even if they’re covered that they’re going to be the one that comes down with the ball?
“Yes, they’re very similar.”
In terms of like strong hands and being able to out-wrestle?