Kaepernick: “We will have the opportunity and the personnel to pass more.”

SANTA CLARA – Colin Kaepernick answered questions next to his locker Tuesday afternoon. Here’s a transcript.

Q: How much stock should we put into what we’ve seen these first two preseason games?

KAEPERNICK: We don’t game plan for preseason games so you call plays and make the best out of them.

Q: In this game coming up are there things you would like to accomplish with the first-team offense, things you would like to see done?

KAEPERNICK: Just establish a rhythm. I think that’s the biggest thing we need to get right now.

Q: What’s your sense of why you haven’t been able to do that? I know there hasn’t been much time on the field together in games.

KAEPERNICK: Missed a couple passes here and there. Other than that, I feel like our offensive line has been doing a great job, Carlos came in and ran well, Frank ran well. Just a couple of plays here and there.

Q: What have you seen from Joe Looney from one preseason game to the next?

KAEPERNICK: He’s constantly improving. He’s doing very well for us. He came in last year for us and played well. I think he’s someone that we have confidence in and the more time he’s on the field the more confidence we have.

Q: What have you seen from Michael Crabtree in camp?

KAEPERNICK: He has looked great through camp. He’s been out there. He’s been making plays. Excited to have him out there healthy.

Q: Your foot injury last year, did that require any offseason surgery?

KAEPERNICK: No, no surgery. Just rest.

Q: How is it feeling now?

KAEPERNICK: It’s a non-factor. It’s a year-old injury now.

Q: Did you feel it at all in the NFC Championship?

KAEPERNICK: No.

Q: It seems your offensive personnel lends itself to passing a little bit more than you have in the past. Is that something you see too given the wide receivers you have?

KAEPERNICK: We will have the opportunity and the personnel to pass more. Whether we do or not will be decided by the game plan and the coach’s decision.

Q: You said after you signed your extension you said you wanted to leave the team some flexibility to sign other guys. Would you like to see some of that money go to Alex Boone?

KAEPERNICK: I think that’s something that the front office, that’s their decision. For me, I tried to do something where we gave them space to be able to get players back. Now, who they sign and what they do with it is really up to them.

  1. I think the bomb to Lloyd was meant to put the other teams on notice. Especially with the strict rule enforcement, this could be a dangerous play at the right time. I expect the leg irons again on Kaepernick until the playoffs, but this time he’ll have improved weapons to compensate. Now that practices are closed, the real schemes will be implemented…..

    1. I dunno, that play made me flinch. It reminded me of the Sherman interception in the NFCC game. In both cases there was a backside receiver wide open for 5 yards.

      Kaepernick has said that he’ll take the one on one match up every time. But in the NFCC game, the situation called for not risking the ball, moving closer to the endzone and increasing your probability to score vs. a deep shot down the sideline near the end of the game. If it’s the middle of the game and you’re up by more than 10 points, fine go for it. In this most recent example it was preseason so…eh, why not go for it. But I just hope Kaep reevaluates his decision making and takes into account game situations.

      1. True, when you have the guaranteed first down that is the smarter play. But Lloyd did have a step on Talib. They only just missed connecting on that play.

      2. I hear what you’re saying allforfun…but that Bomb looked on the money IMO, Lloyd looked like he alligator armed it.

        I know what you mean…but I think just he has that gun-slinger mentality. But I understand your reasoning as to why that could get us in trouble.

        1. i’m just saying there’s a time to be a gunslinger and a time to manage the game. Kaep just needs to learn when to be either role.

          1. In PreSeason#2? Manage the game when it’s not even game planned? I think you can let your guy take a shot in PreSeason.

            1. i think i said in my earlier post, “why not go for it” in a preseason game.

              personally, i would have preferred the higher percentage 5 yard pass for a 1st down and to continue to drive down the field (maybe I’ve just go too much old school WCO in me). but it’s preseason so no big deal.

    2. Razor,
      I looked at that play a few times and felt that the cb made just enough contact near the goal line on Lloyd to warrant a flag.

      Had it been a regular season game perhaps a flag is thrown on the play?

      1. On that note, was it that play where it looked like he was hit late and contact to his helmet was made??? If that’s Brees or Brady that’s 15 and possibly a $!0K

        1. I don’t know if the officials miss that kind of call more often with Kaepernick, but they sure do miss more than I would expect given the calls against our defense.

      2. When feet get tangled, they’ve sometimes let that go. I wasn’t furious but I raised an eyebrow at that one since it effected the play. Without that little bump maybe Lloyd can make that play. If its a question, the ref should flag it (from my Homer’s point of view!).

    1. It appeared that as the defender was falling down he made contact with Lloyd’s outside leg. Was it enough to slow Lloyd up so he couldn’t make the play? Never know.

  2. I don’t think Llloyd makes the tream only because they invested in Patton and Ellington through the draft. Besides both guys play special teams. Crabtree, Boldin, Stevie J and those two guys make 5. Where does Llloyd fit?

  3. It seems to me that guys are perfectly happy with either type of play call–conservative or gutsy–as long as it’s successful.
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    I mean…how many guys have been all over Harbaugh for playing conservative the last two years.
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    Then, when they do chuck it down field and they get picked, which does tend to happen sometimes when you’re chucking it down field, guys complain that the gutsy call was stupid.
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    Kinda hard being judged that way, if you ask me.
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    “Throw it deep! Throw it deep! Crabtree’s got a step on him! Just…make sure sure he catches it…! What?! You got picked??? Why didn’t you throw it short? Davis was totally open! You guys suck!!!”
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    Armchirs QBs declare play calls dumb when they fail and brilliant when they work because armchair QBs are all-knowing and all-powerful.
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    HAIL TO THE ARMCHAIR QBs OF THE WORLD!!!!
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    *ALOHA*

      1. Gee, Kauai …

        I don’t know who on this blog ..
        would even come close ..to
        fitting the description of an “armchair QB” !!

    1. so you’re saying that when plays (or passing decisions) work fans are happy.

      and when they don’t work they aren’t happy?

      wow, that’s some great insight you have there. thanks for sharing your in depth analysis, I found it very illuminating and helped me to better understand the game of football.

      jeebus, at least Grant with some of his boneheadded notions, puts some thought (however often wrong he is) into his analysis and comments about the game off football.

      1. So…you DO understand what an armchair QB is…but you DON’T understand that you are one???
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        (shaking my head)
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        *ALOHA*

        1. of course I know I’m an armchair quarterback.

          it’s an x’s an o’s game. it’s human nature to try to figure out what’s going on and how it could be better. that’s what makes the game interesting. or we could just mindlessly root for our team, look at all the big men tackling each other and not give the mechanics of the game an actual thought. but that sounds pretty boring to me.

          you question arm chair quarterbacks. i question non-thinking fans who don’t understand the game…i mean what’s the point?

          1. There’s big difference between commenting and trying to better understand the game we love, and coming across as if you know better than the players, coaches and management.
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            (Examples of your work can found ^^above^^)
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            That’s what you do and guys don’t dig know-it-alls.
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            Who was it on this blog that said he has a black belt in hindsight?
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            If that guy has a black belt, you must be the Grand Hindsight Master Sensai.
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            *ALOHA*

              1. What’s the matter, armchair salary cap matters and armchair contract negotiations too tough for you?

    1. Yeah, I usually learn something from affp’s comments, especially when he’s talking about schemes and individual assignments. I always make sure to read what he writes.

      Moreover, Robert’s criticism doesn’t come close to an accurate description of affp’s comments.

  4. Grant did Colin give you local guys the “dead-eye” stare that your Dad reported on from the post game session?

  5. Again when a play doesnt work; we arm chair qbs point out why we think it didnt work and what we think should have happened. Yup thats hindsight. You seem to have a problem with it for some reason. Without it we wouldnt have much to talk about on Mondays.

    But enough about me, what bit of substancial analysis, explanation or understanding about the great game of football and tbe 49ers? have you provided? Anything? I remember your posts back when Lynch did the chroncle 49er blog. Usually friendly comments with no substance to add to the conversation.

  6. ‘Again when a play doesnt work; we arm chair qbs point out why we think it didnt work and what we think should have happened.’
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    No. Armchair QBs, who watch all of the action on TV of course, point out mistakes after the fact and spew their faux knowledge of the game in an attempt to convince everyone else that they know better than the players, coaches and managers that actually played.
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    Guys like you don’t just view the game and say ‘Man, I think that play would’ve been better because…’, which would be cool.
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    Trying to figure out why a play succeeds or fails…whether it was poorly executed, done with the wrong personnel, or simply the wrong call against a particular defensive look…is totally cool.
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    I do that.
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    But that’s not what guys like you do.
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    You come off like if you were in charge, the outcome would be different.
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    Go coach an NFL team and then get back to me.
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    ‘Usually friendly comments with no substance to add to the conversation.’
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    Of course you’d think I don’t offer anything substantial…you think simply saying that they should’ve run left because the right side was clogged is substantative!
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    News flash dude, my 14 year-old daughter has been able to do that since she’s 8.
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    What a joke.
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    *ALOHA*

      1. c.balls
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        I appreciate your opinion, and all of the opinions you post here.
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        I even like the majority of the posts that affp puts up.
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        I do read them and appreciate them.
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        Two things though:
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        1) he called me out for a lack of insight when I was merely being facetious
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        2) he does provide interesting back-and-forth about the game of football, and that’s good. But he also second-guesses too many failed plays and I can’t stand when guys do that. Shoulda-woulda-coulda’s are pointless.
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        I’m cool though…my apologies to affp and any other blog old-timers I rubbed the wrong way.
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        This newbie enjoys posting here.
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        NINERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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        *ALOHA*

            1. Mahalo me? Mahalo you!

              [Looks up "mahalo" in dictionary.]

              Oh. You’re welcome. And allow me to express my praise, esteem and respect for you.

        1. kuai,

          I’m defending arm-chair QBs everywhere!

          in the 5-6 or so years I can remember posting (going back to Lynch’s time on the Niner Insider) you and I, as best as i can remember, have never gotten into an argument (and there were some contentious characters on that blog back then). I can’t remember if I’ve ever gotten into a non- technical (x’s and o’s and personnel) debate on the blogs. I tend to ignore most posts that don’t interest me and aren’t about the technical aspects of the game of football. and facetious or not, you called out my post above and criticized what I value most about these blogs, the ability to analyze and yes criticize the game and our team. what’s the best way to learn about the game? to make mistakes and to study mistakes. you’ll never simply hear me say this player simply sucks or that coach or play stinks. I’m going to try to break it down and learn from it and offer a solution. If I could proactively do that and do it successfully, yeah..i’d be an NFL coach. But as a simple fan I can only do it retroactively which makes me an arm chair QB but it allows me to continue to learn about the game. I encourage people to question what they see on the field. Ask questions and learn…and then explain it to me..so I can learn more.

          if you don’t like some of the analysis or opinions, tune out. that’s cool. i tune out all the time (when I don’t go get into multi-day arguments with Grant about football schemes and philosophies). and if you like what you read, ask questions. posters that have lives which prevent them from obsessing over football minutiae can still contribute to the ongoing conversation by asking interesting questions. I’ll give Grant this, right or wrong, the guy interacts on his blog and tries to answer questions.

          peace!

          1. Actually, it wasn’t even you I was referring to when I posted the comment in the first place.
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            You just assumed I was, got defensive, and then ridiculed my so-called ‘in depth analysis’.
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            And I do like analysis and opinion, that’s why I read the blog.
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            My original point was that all I hear is how guys want the offense to throw downfield more, but when one long pass, in preseason no less, doesn’t connect, the focus shifts to the open guy who Kap SHOULD’VE throw to.
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            Roman said, “Any play you call, bad things can happen … and great things can happen.”
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            He also said, “It all comes down to execution.”
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            How do we judge whether a play was the wrong call or simply executed improperly?
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            You referred in an earlier post to figuring out what the risk factors are.
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            Of course that’s an absolute necessity.
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            Do you believe Roman doesn’t weigh those factors when he calls plays?
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            I think he constantly considers risk vs reward–that’s basic game strategy and management.
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            Anyways, I appreciate your efforts to better understand the game and it’s obvious that you put a lot of effort into it.
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            But the ability to breakdown game film and analyze plays isn’t the end-all-be-all when judging another fans’ football knowledge or love of the game.
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            Keep up the good work and enjoy the season!
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            *ALOHA*

  7. You are just like your dad, always bashing Kaepernick. Yeah I would like to think we pass the ball around more. I’m all for running Gore with a lead but in order to do that we have to pass and score to have a lead. I think our QB is the best passer in the NFL, I really mean that. I’m glad we have him locked up for awhile.

    Unlike some who bash everyday about him.

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