Colin Kaepernick spoke in the 49ers’ auditorium Wednesday afternoon. Here are selected quotes.
Q: After Sunday’s game, you called some of your errant throws “protective throws.” After watching the film, do you still feel the throws you made were the proper throws?
KAEPERNICK: No, I think there were throws I could have made to help us make plays. In the heat of the battle it’s always different than when you go back and look at it on film. It’s a lot easier when there’s no pass rush. There’s a full-field view when you’re watching the film – eye in the sky. It’s a lot easier to look at it that way than back behind center.
Q: Jim Tomsula just said he asked you about the protective throws and told you don’t do that, to play free. What was that conversation like, and do you think you’re past that, that you are playing free?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, it was a conversation we had. He said, “Hey, just play to win. If something happens, it happens, but you have to go out and make sure we’re making plays.
Q: You said after the game, the best way to move on is to just keep working. Have you ever gotten to the point where taking a step away, not working, taking a mental-health day, something like that, would be advantageous for you?
KAEPERNICK: Mental health for me is doing everything I can to help this team win. Sitting around not doing anything isn’t something I’ve been too big on since I was young.
Q: A lot of these questions are getting at that you were coming of a four-interception game against the Cardinals. Was that in the back of your mind – let’s not have another one of those against the Packers? Because it looked at times like you were playing tentative.
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, it’s something that you’re going to have that in the back of your mind. You’re going to make sure that you protect the football. I put in our team in a bad situation in the Arizona game; I wasn’t going to allow that to happen again. It did cost us, yes, but that’s something I correct moving forward.
Q: Obviously, there’s a happy medium there. You don’t want to be careless, but you also don’t want to be tentative. Is there a solution to finding that happy medium?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, working.
Q: To keep from worrying about your future job security when all this noise is going on outside, how do you stay focused?
KAEPERNICK: I don’t play for job security. Whether football is here or not, I will be fine. I go out – I play to win. I’m not worried about job security when I step in this building.
Q: Are you 100-percent confident right now – can you say that?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, I can.
Q: About yourself, about the team, about everything?
KAEPERNICK: Most definitely.