Tough Seahawks defense provides lessons for Kaepernick


Tough Seahawks defense provides lessons for Kaepernick

SEATTLE -- Coach Jim Harbaugh knew there would be games like this for Colin Kaepernick.

The second-year player struggled with the crowd noise Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks in the 49ers' 42-13 loss in front of a national television audience. He threw an interception in the end zone, and had a couple other attempts that could have been picked off, too.

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But Harbaugh said he is giving no thought to making a switch back to Alex Smith. When asked if there's any question that Kaepernick is his starter, Harbaugh said, "Yeah, I don't believe there's a question about that."

Kaepernick completed 19 of 36 passes for 244 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a season-low passer rating of 72.0 in his six starts. Harbaugh wanted Kaepernick to get seven starts to finish the regular season to prepare his young quarterback for the playoffs.

"Everybody's going to feel the same way after this," Harbaugh said. "This wasn't good. Can't feel like you coached well. Can't feel like you played well after this one."

Said Kaepernick, "Every time you're on the field you learn something, so we just have to take what we can from this game and move on."

Kaepernick opened the game with three consecutive incompletions. Seattle immediately scored a touchdown. After the 49ers' first two possessions, Kaepernick completed just 1 of 5 attempts for minus-1 yard. And after just 10 minutes, the 49ers trailed 14-0.

"He did his job," 49ers tight end Delanie Walker said. "It takes the other 10 players to help him and make plays for him, and we didn't do that."

In the first half, the 49ers were called for two delay-of-game penalties. Kaepernick called timeouts on two other occasions with the play clock winding down.

"It's loud in other stadiums, too," said Kaepernick, who was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing four touchdowns in the 49ers' win last week over the New England Patriots. "It's something you just have to get used to on the road. . . We just have to get in and out of the huddle. That is something that we can control."

Said Seattle coach Pete Carroll, "They had a little bit of trouble tonight with the clock. They got some delays tonight for whatever reason. They are very deliberate, one of the slowest teams in terms of that. Tonight it caught them a couple of times."

49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team


49ers linebacker Foster named to NFL All-Rookie team

Linebacker Reuben Foster was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America.

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers after being selected with the No. 31 overall pick out of Alabama. Foster finished second on the 49ers with 72 tackles. He had seven tackles for loss, ranking No. 2 on the team behind rookie defensive lineman Solomon Thomas.

Foster was one of three linebackers selected as an all-rookie performer. Thomas, the No. 3 overall draft pick, was not among the four defensive linemen honored.

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Foster was selected as the winner of the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. He missed five games early in the season with a high ankle sprain and another game with a ribs injury.

The NFL’s top defensive rookie was New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who recorded five interceptions and scored a touchdown while making 13 starts.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs
CO-OFFENSIVE ROOKIES OF THE YEAR: RB Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs and RB Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

QB – Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans
RB – Kareem Hunt, Kansas City Chiefs; Alvin Kamara, New Orleans Saints
WR – Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams; Juju Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers
TE – Evan Engram, New York Giants
C – Pat Elflein, Minnesota Vikings
G – Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers; Jermaine Eluemunor, Baltimore Ravens, and Ethan Pocic, Seattle Seahawks (tie)
T – Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos; Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

DL – Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles; Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns; Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals; Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants
LB – Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions; Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers; T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers
CB – Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints; Tre'Davious White, Buffalo Bills
S – Jamal Adams, New York Jets; Marcus Williams, New Orleans Saints

Special Teams
PK – Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs
P – Rigoberto Sanchez, Indianapolis Colts
KR – Ryan Switzer, Dallas Cowboys
PR – Jamal Agnew, Detroit Lions
ST – Budda Baker, Arizona Cardinals

Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees


Ex-agent says Reuben Foster's arrest could void salary guarantees

Reuben Foster’s arrest Friday night on marijuana charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is likely to void $2.5 million in salary guarantees, according to a former NFL agent.

Joel Corry, appearing on the 49ers Insider Podcast, said there is language in Foster’s contract that voids the salary guarantees if he is fined under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse.

“Typically with veteran contracts, you must be suspended . . . in order to have contract guarantees void,” said Corry, whose work appears on CBS Sports. “What we’ve seen in rookie deals is they’ve extended that to getting fined, as well.”

According to a league source familiar with the 49ers’ structure on rookie contracts, the team’s standard practice is to void guarantees with fines. The 49ers were not harder on Foster because of a failed drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a diluted sample.

Foster was released on $2,500 bond on Friday evening after being booked on second-degree marijuana possession, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office.

Under the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse, the first offense for a violation of Stage Two, if marijuana, includes a fine equivalent to the pay of two game checks.

In Foster’s original contract, his entire scheduled salaries of $875,708 in 2018 and $1.286 million in 2019 were fully guaranteed. In addition, $339,000 of his scheduled $1.697 salary in 2020 was guaranteed.

“What that means is,” Corry said, “he doesn’t get the money, no matter what, any more. But he can still make the same money that’s in the contract on a non-guaranteed basis, but you don’t have the same security as you did before.

“So if his rookie year turns out to be an anomaly or off-the-field issues end up being problematic, it gives the 49ers more latitude to either ask him a pay cut or to release him.”

Foster started all 10 games in which he appeared for the 49ers as a rookie. The first-round draft pick from Alabama recorded 72 tackles.