Kaepernick: “Our offensive line is really going to have to be geared in this week and really handle business up front.”

SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick spoke in the 49ers’ locker room Wednesday afternoon. Here’s what he said.

Q: We talked to Jon Baldwin yesterday and he said he’s been getting some extra work with you. What’s your assessment of him and how he’s progressed since he’s gotten here?

KAEPERNICK: He’s been great. Jon has come to work every day, he’s been ready, he’s been trying to make sure he’s making the right steps to get on the field. He took advantage of his opportunity last. The more we throw, the more he’s on the field, the more comfortable I get, I think he’s going to be a good asset for us.

Q: He’s a big guy. Is he a nice target on slants and that type of route where he’s shielding the defender?

KAEPERNICK: Yeah, it’s great to have a big-bodied receiver like him. He does a great job with his routes, positioning himself, giving himself an opportunity to make plays. From what he’s shown so far, he’s been able to make them so we want to continue to give him chances.

Q: He said you guys worked after practice and some over the weekend. Is that usually when it takes place or is it also before practice?

KAEPERNICK: It really just depends on when we have time but with him, he’s been very eager about it, to make sure we’re getting reps and getting on the same page. Even when he wasn’t playing, he was out there trying to get reps with me just to make sure when he did get the opportunity that we were on the same page.

Q: The Texans have done pretty well pressuring the quarterback. What do you expect from them this week?

KAEPERNICK: They have a great front-seven. They play hard. They play aggressive. They all have great motors. That’s something we have to be prepared for. Our offensive line is really going to have to be geared in this week and really handle business up front.

Q: J.J. Watt has a history of knocking down passes. That’s something you see on film and are cognizant of?

KAEPERNICK: Yeah. If he doesn’t feel like he’s going to get to the quarterback, he’s going to jump up and try to block a pass, try to make a play any way he can. He’s a great effort player. He’s going to try to make a play whenever he’s on the field any chance he gets.

Q: What did you take away from seeing how Russell Wilson attacked them in the second half?

KAEPERNICK: I think the biggest thing is just going out and playing football, making sure you’re executing on offense, sticking to your game plan and knowing where your matchups are and when you can take your chances.

Q: Do you have to be more conscious of getting your passes knocked down in this game than in other games?

KAEPERNICK: That’s not something you can worry about as a quarterback. You have to let the offensive line handle that, make sure they get their hands on them. For me, I just have to worry about what our receivers are doing and what the rest of the defense is doing.

Q: You wouldn’t change your passing trajectory?

KAEPERNICK: It really depends but for the most part you’re going to try to make the throw where you see fit.

Q: He only had two catches but how important was it to have Vernon Davis back?

KAEPERNICK: It was huge. Vernon causes a lot of problems for defenses. He’s a mismatch when he’s on the field and they have to adjust for him. Even if he’s not getting passes, he’s changing what the defenses is doing to open up other things for other people.

Q: What are your thoughts on John Skelton?

KAEPERNICK: Veteran guy. He’s been great since he’s been here. He’s been picking up on things quickly. I think he’s a great addition to our team.

Q: Can you talk a little bit about Bruce Miller?

KAEPERNICK: Bruce is like our Swiss Army Knife. He does everything from special teams to everything on offense whether it’s blocking, running, catching passes, he’s someone who really makes this offense go. He’s a vital part of it. As he develops and continues to get better, our offense will continue to get better as well.

Q: Is Miller in Delanie Walker’s old role until the young tight ends catch up?

KAEPERNICK: I think so. He’s taking on a lot of what Delanie did. He’s accepted it and embraced it and gotten very good and it’s showing on the field.

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  1. Meh..While its true Kap you still have been timid when you do have time, hesitant to run and trying to force the ball to Boldin..Get back to playing your game..

    1. The Seahawks do everything better than us..Meanwhile we draft people that make no contributions and really have no idea what to do with them..Im starting to believe the Seahawks front office is alot better then ours and Baalke is not as good as we think..We seem to have alot of draft picks that dont really make a difference for us and some get cut and make a difference on other teams..Most of the successful players on our roster are from Nolan McCloughan..Hope Im wrong.

      1. That’s kind of a weak take, there, NorCal. We don’t really have any way of knowing how responsible McCloughan was for the 2011 draft, but I’m guessing that since he was let go just before the draft occurred (for mysterious, undisclosed reasons), it was much more Baalke’s draft than Scott’s. Sure Aldon’s current status makes the draft seem iffy, but it truly was a brilliant draft. 2012, not so much, but 2013 is again looking to be an amazing draft. Let us also not forget the great work Baalke did in signing the right free agents prior to the 2011 season, making MacDonald and Bowman starters and dropping Spikes and Franklin. No, Baalke clearly knows what he’s doing. The 49ers had some talent prior to Baalke, but it was in the wrong places. You need good CB’s, QB’s, and Pass Rushers to win in the NFL, and Baalke made that possible.

      2. We have to quit drafting smurfs. Lets get rid of the ones
        that are on the team. Good big guys beat good little guys
        all the time.

    1. I’m starting to be annoyed by these wasted picks. Why sign Ventrone to protect a punter when you can have Cooper and his potential? If you aren’t comfortable with BJ why sign him and cut Grey? Now BJ is gone for Skelton? I think I actually feel better about Skelton backing up Kaep instead of McCoy but why keep both and cut BJ?

    2. Jack, I really did not want to hear this. But I knew they wouldn’t get away with it. Stupid gamble. And what a fit for Seattle. Wilson 2 as an understudy to Wilson 1. Watch BJD thrive.
      I am going to call it early, Carroll burned us on this one and got revenge for the TE hopeful we grabbed (I already forgot his name). We have Skelton as a #3 QB; they have Wilson’s slightly younger twin BJD as a #2 QB. Win, win for them; loose loose for us. I hope I am wrong.

      To pick up on the previous thread, 2013 was a very good draft. All appear to be keepers that is until we started giving them away one by one. Still keepers just on other teams. Baalke and gang know how to pick them but apparently they also know how to loose them.

      1. Tavaris Jackson is SEA #2.
        I usually don’t predict, but I’ll bite, BJ will never get a meaningful snap in the NFL, ever.
        That is not going out on a limb though, 7th round QB’s who were coached by a so called QB guru and are released with 31 of 32 teams passing on him, don’t usually, if ever see the field in a regular\post season game.

  2. And so it continues. RT @RavensInsider: B.J. Daniels claimed off 49ers waivers by the Seattle Seahawks, according to a league source.

  3. The Seahawk offense played the Texan defense with one hand tied behind their back, sorta speak, with 3 key OLmen starters who couldn’t play due to injuries. Lets see how the 40Whiners OL stack-up against the Texans defense?

    I’m sure you heard that old saying, “Defense wins games”??
    The Seahawk defense kept the Texans scoreless in the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th/OT quarter. Remember, Seahawks are 4-0 and the 40Whiners are 2-2, with the Seahawks winning the first match against the 40Whiners.

    1. Your right ..We are in awe of the Seahawks greatness..Brian Bosworth..Matt Hassleback..A city voted one of the worst sports towns..worst dressed…and most boring..Oh and one of the most irrelevent teams in the history of sports..Bwahahahah..No matter how good you are face it Seattle and the Seacocks will always be a non factor to the rest of the U.S…..Now go get your umbrella get into your subaru outback and take your boring ass down to that lame fish market and go flannel shopping you lame little Northwest turd..

      1. DUDE, You are being a bit insensitive… please temper it down before this fool throws him/herself off a cliff.

        * Please excuse the reference to anyone who has experienced a such a life event. I guess I’m being insensitive too…

    2. Lol. Who told you your O-line was worth a **** before injuries? Ill bet if I used the “injury” excuse about our receivers you would have none of it. Kinda like I’m not with this crap you posted. Defense does win championships. Conference ones. You need a qb to win a superbowl. And yours is garbage. See you dec 8th

    3. Second verse, same as the first? I think you said this twice last night? I will ask you again, best team in football after 4 weeks. Do you guys get blue ribbons or gold stars?

      1. Prime- Second best team after 4 weeks, they are the first losers of the first 4 games. YAY!

        Check back in December tough guy.

  4. Kaep sez: Our offensive line is REALLY going to have to be geared up this week and REALLY handle business up front. Um hmm.
    And you will have to:

    1. Manage not to overthrow wide open receivers.
    2. No interceptions in the red zone, okay?
    3. Avoid the delay of game penalties.
    4. Outrun any potential sacks.
    5. Oh, yeah…. no fumbles.
    6. No illegal formations.
    Do not expect to hang a loss on the O-line, Colin.
    You do your job and they will do theirs.
    (Remember: no earphones at the postgame interview.)

    1. You forgot to add play like the uber man that he was in the pistol when he and his pistol were a mystery to the league and then live up to the superman press and fantasy league hype that followed.

      You miss read CK. He is not the throw you under the bus sort of guy. I suggest what is being said there is OL make those wholes for FG that you made last week and then I will work off that.

      I will agree with you on the big red head phones apparently designed to match the over sized base ball cap. Just loose it for now. At least put that image stuff on hold until your action on the field catches back up. Waite until we see the old Kap to start a new fad and to promote a product.
      Sincerely
      old Fuddy Duddy

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