Here is a transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s post-game press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.
Colin, how do you evaluate your personal performance in the game?
Turnovers…Were you trying to do too much you think maybe?
“I mean, I made the throws I wanted to but they made plays on the ball.”
Your two interceptions to your left, what did you see on those two passes?
“We had off-coverage on the one to Crab [WR Michael Crabtree], the DB made a great play. The other one, we had cover three and tried to hit a seam route.”
What changed in the second half? You guys started off so strong in the first.
“We hurt ourselves. We weren’t executing the way we should have been.”
Colin, what did you say that got you the penalty after the interception?
“I didn’t say anything.”
You didn’t use a slur of any kind?
But were you shocked when he announced that it was inappropriate language?
It seemed like Bears DE Lamarr Houston was trying to bait you into something that was…You didn’t say anything back?
Colin, when you have a game like this, a bad game, and people obviously are going to have good games and bad games, do you get down on yourself? What do you do? Do you say, ‘Hey, I’m going to come back’ as opposed to telling us what you are going to do?
“You have to come back, that’s your only choice.”
Sometimes a player feels more confident than the stats with their game, than the stats might show. Despite the four turnovers, did you feel you had control of your game tonight?
“I’m not going to say I felt good about the game or what I did but as far as my decisions, I mean, I saw the coverages. I went where I wanted to with the ball. We just didn’t make the plays. I didn’t make the throws.”
A couple of your offensive teammates said that they thought you guys kind of took the foot off the accelerator a little bit. Did you feel that way offensively that you didn’t continue to press when you got that lead and go for the jugular?
“We didn’t execute the way we should have. I think that was the biggest thing.”
Were the penalties what might have caused what took the gas out of you guys?
“We can’t allow things like that to affect how we play.”
On that final pass to Crabtree, was he your first read on that play?
“He was one of.”
Colin, what did you see on that play?
“They had cover three, we got the look we wanted. We just have to make that play.”
Colin, on your fumble, was it a matter of Bears DE Jared Allen just getting his helmet on the ball? Is there a way to prevent that from?
“He did get his helmet on the ball but regardless, I have to protect the ball. I can’t turn it over.”
You guys got such a slew of penalties. Did you discuss that at all with your teammates or the coaches?
“Well, we can’t worry about that. We have to worry about what we are doing and executing.”