Jim Tomsula: “You either pull together or you fraction off.”

This is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Friday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “Injuries as far as practice goes, and I just went back in there and checked. Again, [LB NaVorro] Bowman, [S Eric] Reid, [TE Vernon] Davis will be in practice today. So, Vernon will be out there today. We’ll see exactly where that is with Vernon. The other guys I don’t think there’s…

October 2, 2015
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Geep Chryst: “When the third one was intercepted, now you’re in kind of uncharted waters.”

SANTA CLARA — Here’s the transcript of Geep Chryst’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “I really want to open it up to questions right away because there’s a lot of questions out there. More concerns than questions, and it’s only fair to you guys to try to maximize our time. So, we can try to answer them honestly without giving up state secrets.”  …

October 1, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick: “Their player made a play. Something that you have to deal with once the ball leaves your hand.”

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. What was it like getting back to work and trying to dissect where things went wrong? Were there any surprises that you came across when you watched the film? “No, things pretty much were as they happened on Sunday. Right now we’re moving on to Green Bay. We’re making sure we’re…

September 30, 2015
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Jim Tomsula: For two weeks now, you haven’t seen our offense.

SANTA CLARA – Here’s an exchange Jim Tomsula and I just had. ME: A lot of examples in football history of good quarterbacks losing their confidence after things snowballed on them. Matt Schaub is one example. How do you make sure that doesn’t happen to Colin Kaepernick? How do you keep him confident? TOMSULA: Yeah, I mean, and again, Grant – that was a bad game, when you talk about…

September 30, 2015
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Jim Tomsula: “Part of what happened, I obviously didn’t get through to the guys.”

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Monday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “The injury list, we’re going through the injuries right now. [TE] Vernon [Davis] got a strain on his knee, doesn’t seem to be too bad, but we will keep getting it checked. [LB] NaVorro Bowman had a little tweak last night with his leg and went back in to…

September 28, 2015
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49ers 7, Cardinals 47: Grades

Here are the grades for the 49ers’ 47-7 meltdown against the Cardinals. KAEPERNICK: F. Killed his team’s spirit by throwing two pick-sixes to start the game. You could see it in the 49ers’ faces on the sideline during the first quarter – they had no energy, no emotion, no belief in their ability to win. And no belief in their quarterback. After the second pick-six, the coaching staff didn’t let…

September 27, 2015
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What Colin Kaepernick meant

This is my Friday column. Jim Tomsula started it. Wednesday morning in the 49ers’ auditorium, a reporter asked him how Colin Kaepernick is different compared to a year ago. Through two games, Kaepernick’s passer rating is 98.1. Last season, it was only 86.4. What changed? “We’re not asking for the same things,” Tomsula said. “It’s not the same. There’s really not things to compare it to — what we’re asking…

September 24, 2015
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Geep Chryst on Colin Kaepernick: “We’re trying to build stuff around his strengths.”

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Geep Chryst’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “Just got done with the walk-thru. Onto a division foe on the road and we’re looking forward to it. So, Pittsburgh’s in the rearview mirror and we’re looking forward to Arizona.”   Before we put it totally in the rearview mirror, so many passing yards late in the third…

September 24, 2015
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Jim Tomsula: “I’m tickled to death and happier than heck that Colin Kaepernick’s our starting quarterback.”

SANTA CLARA — This is the transcript of Jim Tomsula’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. Opening comments: “We’ll get you the full practice report afterwards. But, with the injuries here, with [RB] Reggie [Bush], we’re still working through it. I don’t know. I mean, he was out there yesterday working. Reggie feels really good and he’s smiling and he’s going. But, we’re going to have trainers…

September 23, 2015
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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians says Colin Kaepernick “has improved as a pocket passer.”

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians spoke on a conference call with Bay Area reporters Wednesday morning. Here are selected quotes. Q: When you look at the 49ers, do you see many differences from the 49ers’ team you faced in the past? ARIANS: No, it’s still a very, very talented roster. They’re probably the only team that had so much talent, they could lose four or five guys and still…

September 23, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick: “I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”

SANTA CLARA – Here’s an interesting exchange from Colin Kaepernick’s Wednesday press conference. Q: Coach Tomsula just said a few minutes that you’re not being asked to do anything that you’ve been asked to do in previous years. What do you think he meant by that, and what’s your take on what you’re being asked to do that’s different? KAEPERNICK: I would say the biggest thing is I’m being asked…

September 23, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick: “I think our offense was getting into a rhythm in large part due to our offensive line playing so well.”

This is the transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s Thursday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. What challenges does this Steelers defense hold for you guys? “There a fast, physical defense. Their defense is something they’ve always taken pride in.”   You guys have been so good on the road, especially in the Eastern Time Zone, in the past four years. What do you attribute that to? What do you…

September 17, 2015
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What we learned about the 49ers in Week 1

Here’s my Thursday column. Breaking down the 49ers before Week 1 this year was like trying to see San Francisco through the fog. It’s Week 2 now, and the fog has lifted. What do we see? 1. NaVorro Bowman is NaVorro Bowman Apparently, NaVorro Bowman is not a human being. He’s some other life form, perhaps from the NaVorro Galaxy. A human being wouldn’t be able to play every snap…

September 16, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick needs to pick up the pace

This is my Thursday column. This is not a criticism of Colin Kaepernick. Yes, he has completed only five passes so far in the preseason. No, he hasn’t played well. But just about every time he drops back to pass he gets swarmed. The offensive line has been bad. The Niners have tried three different players at right guard already and there’s still more than a week before the regular…

September 2, 2015
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Colin Kaepernick: “We’ve been able to run the ball very well. So, I think that will be a strength for us.”

This is the transcript of quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s Tuesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department. How are you gaging the progress of the offense at this point in the preseason? “It’s going well. Working hard. Making sure everybody’s doing what they need to do to get ready for this season.”   What’s happening that we don’t see? We don’t know the game plan. We don’t know anything. What’s…

September 1, 2015
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49ers’ third exhibition may answer questions…or not

This is my Saturday column. The 49ers’ preseason game Saturday against the Denver Broncos almost matters. It’s the third preseason game, the dress rehearsal. Both teams’ starters probably will play the entire first half so they can get in rhythm and feel confident for the regular season. Here are the top-three things to watch about the 49ers. 1. The first-string offense Twelve teams have yet to score a touchdown with…

August 28, 2015
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49ers get smarter in the passing game

This is my Saturday column. Some say the 49ers suffered a damaging blow when the NFL suspended their No. 3 receiver, Jerome Simpson, for the first six games of 2015. Some say they showed no football wisdom in signing him, a player likely to be suspended. I say forget Jerome Simpson. His absence will have zero impact. He wasn’t the Niners No. 3 receiver, anyway – not in training camp,…

August 22, 2015
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49ers training camp report: Day 15

SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights from the 49ers’ first half-speed non-padded practice of training camp, which lasted an hour and 20 minutes. The first-team offense and first-team defense never faced each other during team drills – both units faced scout teams only. Apparently this is how Friday practices will function during the regular season. THE GOOD 1. OLB Aaron Lynch. Chased down and tag-sacked backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert…

August 21, 2015
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49ers training camp report: Day 14

SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights of the 49ers’ fifth non-padded practice of training camp. THE GOOD 1. TE Vernon Davis. One of those days no one could cover him. Made seven catches during team drills, and scored a touchdown against safety Jimmie Ward during one-on-one drills in the red zone. Ward jumped to swat the football, Davis jumped much higher and caught the football, barreled through Ward on…

August 20, 2015
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49ers training camp report: Day 13

SANTA CLARA – Here are the highlights of the 49ers’ ninth padded practice of training camp. THE GOOD 1. OLB Aaron Lynch. Started at left outside linebacker in the first-string base defense and at left defensive end in the first-string sub-packages. Today was only Lynch’s second day of team drills, and he already seems to have taken Corey Lemonier’s job. Poor Corey. 2. S Jaquiski Tartt. Today the Niners practiced…

August 19, 2015
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