Kaepernick Q&A


Kaepernick Q&A

SANTA CLARA -- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance Sunday night in the 49ers' 41-34 victory over the New England Patriots.

On Wednesday, he stood in front of the media for more than five minutes and heard questions as the 49ers prepare to face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night:

What was your reaction to being named NFC Offensive Player of the Week?
Kaepernick: "Excited about it."

[RELATED: Kaepernick wins NFC Offensive Player of the Week]

Kaepernick: "I think it's a great accolade for this team. I mean, there are a lot of great players on this team that put in the effort for that award to come around."

When you got on the bus, did you feel like this was the kind of game worthy of that award?
Kaepernick: " Um, I was just happy we got the win."

What did Tom Brady say to you after the game?
Kaepernick: " Just 'good job.'"

There's a picture of you shaking hands with Tom Brady after the game. What was your emotions like about beating a guy like that in his own home?
Kaepernick: "I mean, I was just excited about it. He is someone I've always looked up to, someone I always watched. So to get a win over someone like that is a great accomplishment."

What kind of work have you done with Vernon Davis after practices to get on the same page?
Kaepernick: "Just extra throws."

What kind of statement did the win over the Patriots make about the team and what you can accomplish going forward?
Kaepernick: "I mean, it isn't going to mean too much if we don't come out and win this week. That's what we're focused on right now."

What kind of challenge do the Seahawks present to you?
Kaepernick: "The Seahawks are hot team right now. Their defense is playing great. Their offense is putting up points. So we have to be ready."

What are you expecting in terms of the hostile environment and how loud it is?
Kaepernick: "I mean, we expect it to be loud."

Do you do anything different in preparing to play in one of the loudest stadiums in the league?
Kaepernick: "We're going to prepare like we do for all of our away games."

Do you feel like you and Vernon are making some progress? And why?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, we're making progress because we're getting those throws after practice."

This is your third prime-time start. Is this something you embrace about playing under the lights?
Kaepernick: "We're just going out, trying to get a win."

So, no?
Kaepernick: "I guess."

Obviously, you don't study Russell Wilson, but are you able to appreciate what he's been able to do this year?
Kaepernick: "Yeah, I've seen a little bit of what he's done. I mean, everything I've seen of him, he's been doing great things out there. So that's something we're going to have to account for."

Does he seem like a guy who's going to be your adversary, your Tom Brady, for the next decade or so?
Kaepernick: "He'll be my adversary Sunday night. That's what we're worried about."

The first time you guys played, a big deal was made about how physical their corners are. Do they still play with the same aggressive nature that they showed earlier in the season?
Kaepernick: "Yes."

How do you go about beating that?
Kaepernick: "Our receivers are going to physical. Be physical in their routes, be physical in their blocking."

Do you have to press the issue? If they're going to be on them, do you have to allow your receivers to make plays?
Kaepernick: "I mean, our receivers have been making plays. I expect them to go out and do that on Sunday, too."

What was your reaction to the music video that came out a couple of days ago with the 5-year-old girl?
Kaepernick: "(Laughs) I thought it was a good video. Big 'ups' to her."

What do you like about Michael Crabtree as a receiver?
Kaepernick: "He catches the ball. He catches the ball and makes plays after he catches it."

Have you and Crabtree had the chemistry from the beginning or is it something that's developed?
Kaepernick: "I mean, Crabs is the kind of receiver if you throw it close to him, he's going to catch it."

Vernon Davis said you want to get bigger and he says don't change. He doesn't want your arm to get too much stronger. Is that a running joke between you two?
Kaepernick: "Yeah."

Will you elaborate a little on the back and forth?
Kaepernick: "I mean, it's just a joke we've had since the offseason because he knows I have a strong arm."

How much bigger do you want to be?
Kaepernick: " It really isn't about getting bigger. It's just a joke we had."

Have you had a moment to yourself to reflect and enjoy the fact that so much is happening?
Kaepernick: "Right now is not the time to reflect. We need to work and keep getting wins."

Delanie Walker said Crabtree is always saying he's open, look for me. Do you like that in a wide receiver?
Kaepernick: "I love that in a receiver. You want somebody who wants the ball."

Colin, what would you ask you if you were standing in our spot?
Kaepernick: "(Laughs) The same questions every week like you all do."

49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine


49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon handed hefty fine

The NFL fined 49ers wide receiver Pierre Garçon $24,309 for unnecessary roughness in last week’s game against Washington.

Garçon, who was not penalized on the play, lowered his helmet and struck Washington safety Montae Nicholson at the end of an 8-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

In 2013, the NFL passed a rule that bans the ball carrier from initiating contact with the crown of his helmet in the open field.

Nicholson’s helmet flew off and he remained on the ground for a couple of minutes. He was evaluated for a possible concussion and shoulder injury. However, Nicholson was cleared and he returned to action.

After the play, Garçon and Washington safety D.J. Swearinger exchanged words, and Swearinger took a swipe at Garçon’s facemask. Swearinger was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.

The NFL fined Swearinger $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.

Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care


Ronnie Lott: Chance to show Dwight Clark how much we care

SANTA CLARA – In less than a year since a group of former 49ers players came together to form the Golden Heart Fund, the non-profit organization has provided valuable assistance.

“We’ve made some progress with the idea of knowing there are some people in need, so we’ve been able to make some grants to some of the ex-Niners,” Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott told NBC Sports Bay Area.

“We’ve been able to respond. This is more about us being able to give guys the ability to know they can have, as (former 49ers linebacker and Golden Heart Fund board member) Ron Ferrari says, a hand up not a hand out.”

The organization is in the midst of a fund-raising drive this week in conjunction with "Dwight Clark Day" on Sunday. The 49ers face the Dallas Cowboys at Levi’s Stadium, and Clark will be the guest of honor. More than 35 players from the 49ers' first Super Bowl championship team are expected to be in attendance.

Clark played nine seasons for the 49ers and provided the most memorable play in franchise history with “The Catch” against Dallas in the 1981 NFC Championship game, which propelled the organization to its first Super Bowl. Clark served as a front-office executive for a decade after his playing days.

In March, Clark announced he was diagnosed with ALS. He is scheduled to attend Sunday’s game and make some remarks at halftime from a suite.

“It’s unbelievable we are having an opportunity to celebrate an incredible day for this gentleman,” Lott said. “We can all say there was a moment in time in which we stood on his shoulders after making that catch. Now, we get a chance to lift him up a little bit and let him know how much we all care.”

Lott said Clark has been a champion of the Golden Heart Fund from its inception. Past and current 49ers ownership has supported the organization, which provides financial support for former 49ers players in times of physical, emotional and financial need.

“It’s the spirit of Dwight,” Lott said. “It’s more about the funds going in through his efforts. He’s paying it forward.”

--The public can made a direct contribution to the fund at GoldenHeartFund.org.

--Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle at Sunday’s game will benefit the Golden Heart Fund.

--Twenty-five percent of proceeds from the sales of Dwight Clark apparel purchased on game day will go to the fund.

--Half of all proceeds from admission to the 49ers Museum at Levi’s Stadium throughout the year will go to the charity.

-- On Sunday, Nov. 19, Levi’s Stadium and race grand marshal Roger Craig will host the first Golden Heart 4.9K Run with all proceeds from the event going to the Golden Heart Fund. Runners can register GoldenHeartRun.com.