SANTA CLARA — Here is the transcript of Colin Kaepernick’s Wednesday press conference, courtesy of the 49ers’ P.R. department.
People are trying to set this game up as a study in opposites between you and Broncos QB Peyton Manning, a guy at the end of his career, you at the beginning of your career. Do you buy that? Do you see him as sort of the polar opposite to you and are there actually similarities between you two guys?
“I think we’re two people trying to lead our team to victories. At the end of the day, that’s what we do.”
What do you admire about the way he plays the position?
“Very intelligent. Very smart player. Puts his offense and his team in the best position to win.”
I know that you’re not going to have to face him directly, but do you get motivated when you face top quarterbacks on the other side?
“It’s always a great opportunity to go against someone like Peyton. He does a great job. Great quarterback.”
Was there a time since you’ve been in the league where you’ve sat down and studied him and seen what he does well, what makes him so successful?
“We’ve watched a lot of film on Peyton.”
And what technical aspect of it impresses you the most on what he does?
“The mental side of the game. Puts his offense in a position to be successful.”
What do you see as the biggest challenge against that defense?
“They have two great ends that can rush the passer well. We’re going to have to be ready for that.”
Broncos LB Von Miller, who has been rated though as one of the best outside linebackers in that 4-3, is he really the player you have to key on when you’re deciding on the play calling at the line?
“He’s someone you have to be aware of at all times.”
How about playing in the altitude? Any thoughts about that?
“Did it for five years. I’ll be alright.”
Do you feel vindicated at all by winning part of that appeal that got you the fine on the language penalty or do you think it should have all been erased?
“I think it should’ve all been gone. If you’re going to say I used a racial slur and come back and say I didn’t say it, then I don’t know what I’m being fined for.”
Peyton yells out ‘Omaha’ quite a bit. If you had to pick a word to yell out, what would you–?
[Laughing] “I don’t know. I have thought about that.”
Are you going to try one out, maybe?
“No, not just yet.”
He’s so close to setting this all-time touchdown record. Do you look in the future and see yourself wanting to obtain some of these records that he’s had, former QB Brett Favre’s had?
“I don’t really look at records too much. At the end of the day, what matters is Super Bowls and that’s what we’re trying to do around here.”
What do you remember about your visit to the Broncos before the draft?
“It was a nice place. Talked to a few of the coaches. That was about it.”
Did you sense they were pretty interested in you?
“At that point in time, yeah.”
Another fine question, have you heard from the NFL about the Beats around your neck after this last game?
“No, not yet.”
Do you expect to?
“Yeah, there will be a hearing for that.”
For the first one?
But you didn’t get fined again after last game?
What’s your view on that?
[Laughing] “I’m not going to say anything or they’re going to throw another fine my way, so I’m just going to be quiet at this point.”
Talk about what you see in the Broncos secondary and the challenge that they face.
“They have good players. Able to make plays. They’ll jump things when they have the chance. They just do a lot of things well.”
How about WR Brandon Lloyd? That play especially, the big bomb, having a weapon like that, what’s it mean to you and also just the relationship that you’re building with him?
“It’s a huge asset and I think the last two weeks he’s really built my confidence as far as being able to give him a chance and him making plays.”
In what way? What are you seeing? What’s giving you that confidence?
“Him making plays.”
That was like a 50-yard pass in the air and then you also had the touch pass to WR Anquan Boldin. Is there one that you favor doing and that you really took more pride in?
“Any one that ends up in the end zone, I’m good with.”
The one to Anquan, it was almost like a jump shot in basketball. Is that something that you’ve been working on?
“We do a lot of different throws. At some point in the game, you just have to make them.”
You mentioned having confidence in Brandon and you have four quality, proven wide receivers. Does it…do you need to have that confidence? Does it take longer to build that confidence when you have as many weapons on the outside as you have this year?
“It takes a little bit of time. They’re all very different, they run routes differently, but they’ve all been very successful. So, you have to be aware of that and take your time with them.”