Thursday
July
31
2014
8:46 pm
Weather

  Home
  Local News
  State / National / World
  Sports
  Opinion / Letters
  Business
  Arts / Entertainment
  Lifestyle
  Obituaries
  Calendar
  Submit Event
  Comics / Games
  Classifieds
  DJ Designers
  Archives
  Advertise With Us
  About Us
 
 
 
 

Check out our archive of Dining Guides - Yum!

Criticism aside, Kaepernick is back to work
November 14, 2013, 05:00 AM The Associated Press

SANTA CLARA — Colin Kaepernick has his own critique for former quarterback Trent Dilfer after the analyst questioned the ability of San Francisco’s QB to adjust in the passing game: Unless you’re with the 49ers day-to-day, watch what you say.

When told that Dilfer had called out Kaepernick’s skill to adapt when his first read isn’t there following a 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Kaepernick reminded everyone Wednesday that he hasn’t changed from the player who led San Francisco back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years last season in his first opportunity as an NFL starter.

“Well, I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that,” Kaepernick said Wednesday.

He pointed out that Dilfer is not at team headquarters regularly — or working alongside Kaepernick like his teammates do — nor does he know what the quarterback’s progression is supposed to be for a given game plan or specific sequence.

“I didn’t hear what he had to say, but he’s not in the building with us so what he’s saying really doesn’t affect me at all,” Kaepernick said. “I’m worried about what this team thinks and what I’m doing in here with my teammates.”

Kaepernick has plenty of support from within as he nears the one-year mark of his first NFL start in a commanding 32-7 victory against the Chicago Bears on “Monday Night Football” on Nov. 19, 2012, while playing in place of the injured Alex Smith.

“It’s been a very good, steady progression for him,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We don’t think anything’s wrong with Colin. We feel like his progression’s been very good. He’s played winning football for us and that’s what we expect.”

The 49ers certainly hope tight end Vernon Davis can play Sunday after sustaining a concussion — his second in 10 months — against the Panthers. Without him for the second half, San Francisco’s passing game became non-existent as the Niners wound up with 46 total yards passing and 151 in all. Running back Frank Gore had 82 of those yards on 16 carries.

Gore stands by Kaepernick and knows he will grow from the tough losses.

“He’s doing well. Every year is going to get tougher,” Gore said. “As long as he keeps standing and manning up and going out there and trying to get this team to our goal, that’s all we want from him. Kaepernick’s doing a great job.”

That is the perception of New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees from afar.

“We all know what he’s capable of, he’s a dual threat, he can make plays with his legs and his arm,” Brees said. “He’s got the ability to be a big-time player.”

Yet opposing defenses are doing more to take Kaepernick out of his game, to keep him from scrambling loose and dominating out of the read option.

After a five-game winning streak in which the 49ers scored at least 31 points in each victory, all of that progress came crashing down against Carolina and its swarming defense. Kaepernick had his worst professional performance yet — 11 of 22 for 91 yards with an interception and six sacks for a 42.0 passer rating.

“You’re always looking to get back on the field whether you win or lose,” Kaepernick said. “I won’t say angry is the word, but we need to get out and we need to play better.”

Positioning in the NFC West and playoffs is on the line, and the 49ers are in jeopardy of losing their two-year hold on the division to the rival Seahawks.

San Francisco waived wide receiver Kyle Williams and cornerback Perrish Cox on Tuesday while activating linebacker Nick Moody. That still leaves an open roster spot to be filled before Sunday, yet Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether that could be for Michael Crabtree’s return and season debut. He has been sidelined since tearing his right Achilles tendon in May and undergoing surgery.

Notes: Crabtree wasn’t practicing during the open portion of Wednesday’s workout. ... DT Ray McDonald is wearing a walking boot on his left foot for a high ankle sprain. He doesn’t expect to play against the Saints. ... Injured NT Ian Williams, lost to a season-ending left ankle injury against the Seahawks on Sept. 15, will be on crutches for two or three more weeks then use a walking boot for a time before pins are removed from the ankle. ... Williams was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs one day after the 49ers released him, reuniting him with Alex Smith.

———

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

 

 

Tags: kaepernick, first, 49ers, against, doing, before,


Other stories from today:

 

 
Print this Page Print this Page  |  Bookmark and Share
<< Back
 
Return To Archives
 
  


 
 
 
Daily Journal Quick Poll
 
What's a good rate for an hour of parking?

A dollar
50 cents
A quarter
Free
Depends on where you are

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Police: Elderly driver hits five pedestrians in downtown Palo Alto
Six people were injured, one critically, when a car crashed into a café during lunchtime in Palo Al..
State senator pleads not guilty to racketeering
SAN FRANCISCO — A California state senator previously charged with bribery pleaded not guilty Thur..
Appellate court overturns high-speed rail rulings
SACRAMENTO — A state appellate court has handed a big win to California’s high-speed rail projec..
Woman imprisoned for stabbing estranged husband in Redwood City
The 53-year-old woman convicted of stabbing her estranged husband inside their Redwood City construc..
West Africa Ebola outbreak tops 700 deaths
DAKAR, Senegal — The worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history surpassed 700 deaths in West Africa ..
More >>  
 
 
  
 
  
 
©2014 San Mateo Daily Journal
San Mateo County DBA