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Colin Kaepernick says he doesn’t feel pressure

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick speaks during a news conference after the team's arrival for the NFL's Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans Reuters

As a quarterback who has started less than one season and is now preparing to start the Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick might seem likely to be feeling nervous this week. But Kaepernick says he doesn’t have any nerves at all.

“I’ve said this before: Pressure, I feel like, comes from lack of preparation. This isn’t going to be a pressure situation, it is going to be a matter of going out there and performing physically,” Kaepernick said after the 49ers arrived in New Orleans.

Kaepernick insisted that to him, this is simply another game in which he’s going to keep preparing the way he has so that he can play the way he has. Asked about his routine during Super Bowl week, Kaepernick said, “The same routine we had when we were back in San Francisco.” Asked if there was anything different about flying to New Orleans than the trips the 49ers have taken up to this point, Kaepernick said, “Just a bigger plane.”

And this week, for Kaepernick, is just a bigger game — a game that he says isn’t making him the least bit nervous.

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  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jan 28, 2013 8:38 AM

    “Pressure is something you feel when you don’t know what you’re doing.”

    Hall of Fame Legend Chuck Noll

  2. blancanieve00 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:38 AM

    Really hard to believe

  3. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:39 AM

    He looks like he would crack pretty easily against a good defense. Good thing he isn’t playing a good defense.

  4. sfm073 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:39 AM

    Ugliest dude In the NFL.

  5. poridge1214 says: Jan 28, 2013 8:42 AM

    As a Niners fan, this guy rubs me the wrong way at times. BUT, after tossing a pick-6 against Green Bay on the first play, then coming back to win; and after going down 17-0 to the Falcons and coming back to win, I can’t doubt he has steel nerves, and really doesn’t feel much pressure this week. GO NINERS!

  6. noring4youstill says: Jan 28, 2013 8:50 AM

    That’s because he hasn’t been hit by Suggs or a few others on that defense.

  7. ravenator says: Jan 28, 2013 8:52 AM

    We all know this game is too big for Kaepernick. Ravens have Denis Dixon to prep for the pistol offense. Is he on CK level, no, but Ravens will be prepared. This game will be over by 4th quarter. Home state of Jacoby Jones and Ed Reed, Ray Lewis’ last game, chance for Joe Flacco to earn a mega contract (as if he hasnt already), ravens rout the 49ers. Sorry San Fran, sorry Pittsburgh, sorry New England. Ravens will be your superbowl champs. Hate on.

  8. truthpwns says: Jan 28, 2013 8:57 AM

    Kap is ridiculously cool under “pressure”. this has been proven over the last few games. we’re all watching the beginning of something very special happening up in The City. Colin is the NFL’s next superstar. you better get used to the Niners consistently being in the final four or better for the next decade or so. how did that Beastie Boy lyric go…”Cooler than a Kaepernick in a bowl of hot sauce”

  9. fuglyflorio says: Jan 28, 2013 9:21 AM

    The NFC is just a more talented conference.

  10. negativten says: Jan 28, 2013 9:23 AM

    ravenator says:Jan 28, 2013 8:52 AM

    We all know this game is too big for Kaepernick. Ravens have Denis Dixon to prep for the pistol offense. Is he on CK level, no, but Ravens will be prepared. This game will be over by 4th quarter. Home state of Jacoby Jones and Ed Reed, Ray Lewis’ last game, chance for Joe Flacco to earn a mega contract (as if he hasnt already), ravens rout the 49ers. Sorry San Fran, sorry Pittsburgh, sorry New England. Ravens will be your superbowl champs. Hate on

    Only a Fool is going to sit here and speculate.
    As a Niner Fan,”I like our chances,alot”

  11. bartlettruss says: Jan 28, 2013 9:25 AM

    This is an NFL “narrative” with Ray Lewis going out on top. The 49ers are clearly the better team, but they’ll be playing against the Ravens AND the Refs come Sunday. Just wait and see.

  12. uangerme says: Jan 28, 2013 9:28 AM

    His inexperience will hopefully shine through this weekend on the biggest stage and then the forty-whiners can fall flat on their face after all their over-hype BS. Go Ravens!!

  13. davekezer says: Jan 28, 2013 9:28 AM

    Colin Kaepernick, for some reason, looks exactly like my brother. Kaep talks in that kinda-slurred Southern-drawl, so I’ve started to memorize it so when I see my bro the next time, I’m totally going to bomb him with it. I know it doesn’t have anything to do with the actual game, but it’s hilarious, for sure. He loves the game like I do, and I love my bro.

  14. tonys2lucky54 says: Jan 28, 2013 9:33 AM

    Sorry Raven fans…your team is old and slow …Kappys going to send Lewis into retirement by the second qtr…Flacco throws those ducks and gets picked 3 times…Niners win a easy…

  15. chattanola says: Jan 28, 2013 9:39 AM

    I saw the interview with Kap and thought he was very convincing when he answered that question. He did not give the impression that he was just whistling past the graveyard.

    Is there such a thing as pathological confidence? because, this young man seems fearless.

  16. sixjak says: Jan 28, 2013 9:45 AM

    I think he honestly does not feel it. To the Ravens fans who are predicting a blowout: just be sure to show up after win or lose. I don’t see this game being anything but close.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 28, 2013 10:12 AM

    Only a Fool is going to sit here and speculate.
    As a Niner Fan,”I like our chances,alot”

  18. mizzouram says: Jan 28, 2013 10:14 AM

    He wasn’t thinking that when he played the Rams in St. Louis this year. Dude looked like he was about to cry after the game.

  19. ripster65 says: Jan 28, 2013 10:31 AM

    Keep doubting. All the 49ers/Kaep have done is keep proving everybody wrong week in week out. There was no way he was going to beat the Bears in his first start. No way he’s beating Brees in NO in his second start. ABSOLUTELY no way he wins at NE in Dec. Won’t beat Rodgers. Won’t win at Atl vs Matty Ice. PLEASE.

  20. spytdi says: Jan 28, 2013 10:41 AM

    Blackish Pee Wee Herman look-a-like with too much ink.

  21. norseman69 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:01 AM

    49ers shall cover the spread and win the Super Bowl,

    they (media) will then compare Kaepernick’s life story to a famous politician and try to draw a comparison…

    You heard it here first guaranteed win..

  22. lp9086 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:02 AM

    Look at all these haters piling on a stupid article. You all wish he were on your team. He’s the total package.

  23. tremoluxman says: Jan 28, 2013 11:05 AM

    He subscribes to the Six ‘P’ Principle:

    Proper Preparation Prevents P!$$-Poor Performance.

  24. gochargersgo says: Jan 28, 2013 11:06 AM

    sfm073 says:Jan 28, 2013 8:39 AM

    Ugliest dude In the NFL.

    No way. Terrell Suggs.

  25. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:13 AM

    I for one hope the birds blitz him often, that way when he does explode, there wont be any excuses, hope you can handle being second page Ray, reed, and suggz.
    johns a good coach and they are formiddable, they represent the AFC, but everybody knows, NFC is where its at!!

  26. ahostiletakeover says: Jan 28, 2013 11:25 AM

    As a Ravens fan, I really like Kaepernick as a player, he is definitely a calm, collected mind on the field from the games I’ve watched and shows some good leadership for a 2nd year player, he should only get better.

    Now that said, I can’t help but laugh everytime I see the dude in street clothes, what a clown in that regard.

  27. siennaLilo says: Jan 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    What was Colin wearing on arrival? He looked like he was going to the mall. I’m happy for Colin, but dress for the occasion a little bit. I guess us ladies have been spoiled by the likes of Tom Brady and Eli Manning arriving like GQ models. Ok, Flacco. You can still make an entrance.

    Ps. Did Kappy get that pressure quote from Eli? “Pressure is only something you feel if you’re unprepared.” Good advice from a 2x SB MVP. Lets see how CK holds up under the bright lights of football’s biggest stage.

  28. billb49 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:30 AM

    Yes, the NFL “narrative” is the God-ordained “legends of the game” going out with an inspiring win. That’s why the Niners have to just rub it in their faces and win convincingly. The Niners have a better offense, a better defense and a faster, more physical team. The Ravens have “destiny.” We’ll see what wins out – magic or reality.

  29. kentfield46 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:41 AM

    Each week I go in with doubts, and leave with total awe and disbelief. Can this kid pull of the big one? Seems like history has shown he can — but will the rest of the team. It should be one hell of a game.

  30. sf646 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:56 AM

    The Niners winning depends on overcoming the loss of whatever player Bernard Pollard sends into rehab with a cheap shot.

  31. throw46 says: Jan 28, 2013 11:59 AM

    “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” ― Mike Tyson

  32. nananatman says: Jan 28, 2013 12:23 PM

    Well you’re playing the Ravens son so you’ll feel the pressure eventually and often.

  33. gochargersgo says: Jan 28, 2013 12:58 PM

    siennaLilo says:Jan 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    “What was Colin wearing on arrival? He looked like he was going to the mall. I’m happy for Colin, but dress for the occasion a little bit. I guess us ladies have been spoiled by the likes of Tom Brady and Eli Manning arriving like GQ models. Ok, Flacco. You can still make an entrance.

    Ps. Did Kappy get that pressure quote from Eli? “Pressure is only something you feel if you’re unprepared.” Good advice from a 2x SB MVP. Lets see how CK holds up under the bright lights of football’s biggest stage.”

    Eli a GQ model? Please. More like L.L. Bean. And the quote has been recycled many a time, but as one commenter points out Chuck Noll once said it. Make sure you don’t hurt Eli with that incessant back-patting.

  34. bspurloc says: Jan 28, 2013 12:59 PM

    “That’s because he hasn’t been hit by Suggs or a few others on that defense.”

    That is because when they try to catch him he takes off for 30+ yard gains…..
    derpa

  35. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jan 28, 2013 1:10 PM

    I believe this dude. He plays like he feels no pressure at all and has been doing it for years.

  36. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 28, 2013 2:12 PM

    Colin just call Charlie Batch he didn’t have a problem as a third stringer against those vaunted Ravens. The ravens are good but not as good as their fans make them sound. Lots of snowboarding….big air

  37. patriotenvy says: Jan 28, 2013 2:22 PM

    I don’t like him and think he is smug. But, I hate the ravens and their excuses. I predict ravens fans saying things like “why isn’t anyone hitting him!?” on Sunday.

  38. JackAcid says: Jan 28, 2013 3:28 PM

    He passed the test in New England. He passed the test against the Pack. He beat Matt Ryan in Atlanta.

    Honestly, I don’t think his nerves can be disputed.

    His quote says it all:

    “You only feel pressure when you’re unprepared.”

  39. JackAcid says: Jan 28, 2013 3:31 PM

    He is golden against the blitz. He makes all his progressions. He hands off if they contain the edges.

    He has 4 INTs this season…and on the following drive after every single one, he drove them to a SF TD.

    If the Niners lose this game, I highly doubt it will be bacause of Kaepernick.

  40. 85pmart says: Jan 28, 2013 8:17 PM

    It’s unfortunate that one of these excellent quarterbacks is going to be on short end of the score Sunday. They both have been outstanding. Fair is fair, comes down to Sunday. 38 – 24

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