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Colin Kaepernick: Interception was all my fault, not Randy Moss’s


When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a high pass over the middle of the field to Randy Moss on Sunday, the ball sailed over Moss’s head without Moss even reaching for it, and Ravens safety Ed Reed intercepted it. Moss has taken some criticism this week from people who think he didn’t make any effort to catch the ball.

But Kaepernick says the interception was all his own fault.

“I overthrew Randy,” Kaepernick told reporters today at the 49ers’ facility.

Asked whether he thought Moss made enough of an effort to catch the pass, Kaepernick insisted that all the blame should be on his own shoulders.

“I overthrew it — that’s my fault,” Kaepernick said.

Kaepernick has taken this loss hard, and he also told reporters today that he thinks it will stay with him for the rest of his life. But for the 49ers, it’s a good sign that their young franchise quarterback doesn’t point fingers after a loss, and instead puts it on himself to do what he needs to do to win.

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  1. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2013 2:09 PM

    Dismissing talk of Alligator arms, the Camel stoicly shouldered the burden.

  2. alphaq2 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:12 PM

    Not a Randy Moss fan at all, but he would have needed a step ladder and trampoline to have a chance at that pass.

  3. keepingitrealdumb says: Feb 5, 2013 2:13 PM

    if he can stay healthy he will be a star in this league.

    and he will stay healthy cause unlike the other running QBs we have seen .. this guy is big .. he is not a little d00d like MVick or RG3 who take beatings from hits .. this d00d is 6’5″ 230 and _fast_

  4. dkrauss93 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:14 PM

    He may be younger then all these guys but his maturity would tell you otherwise.

  5. skol77 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:15 PM

    maybe Kaepernick should show Moss how to be a professional. Hey Randy, just let Kaepernick take the blame, you did all you could. JACKASS


  6. EJ says: Feb 5, 2013 2:18 PM

    Even if it wasn’t Kaepernick’s fault, It’s still Kaepernick’s fault. This is Randy “deny” Moss we are speaking of.

  7. ejmat2 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    Yeah that pass was way over his head. No chance to catch it.

  8. 11inthebox says: Feb 5, 2013 2:19 PM

    The “fans” don’t want to hear Kaepernick say that. They want him to say Randy Moss is terrible and that he doesn’t care. It’s all about telling pissed off people what they want to hear, not what you really think.

    But who knows, many years from now, when Kaepernick is the newest color analyst on the scene, maybe THEN he’ll say that Moss was terrible and that he didn’t care.

    And everyone will be happy.

  9. goldrush36 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:20 PM

    Hey Cam you listening? This is what will keep you separate from all the other athletic QB’s that came out this year and Kaepernick who came out 33 picks after you and was considered a huge huge reach for Harbaugh to trade up for.

  10. therealtruth210 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:24 PM

    Randy Moss is nothing but a quitter and he proved it again on Sunday. Not your fault Kap

  11. dae42 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:25 PM

    If he gets one finger on that pass, it’s probably not an INT. Nice effort, Mr. Moss.

  12. smithopher says: Feb 5, 2013 2:27 PM

    He will also stay healthy because he has one of the best lines in football.

  13. heyguru1969 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:29 PM

    Kaepernick expected perfection of himself, but in the grand scheme of things his performance was astounding. Phil Simms just couldn’t get over how he kept hitting receivers in stride, in the hands, on a rope. A little development and a speed-burner outside, and people will be talking about him in elite circles soon enough.

  14. tombradyswig says: Feb 5, 2013 2:30 PM

    Good, smart kid!

  15. goldrush4949 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:32 PM

    Terrell Suggs on Kaepernick: “That kid is special.”

  16. commonsensedude says: Feb 5, 2013 2:33 PM

    Cap is a very mature young man and, in contrast to some of his teammates and coaches, has shown nothing but class and leadership in the aftermath of this. He’s going to be a star in this league and is going to make the league much more fun to watch for a long time.

    Whether you prefer RG3, Wilson, Luck or Kaepernick, I think we can all agree that these kids give all of us a lot to look forward to.

  17. chawk12thman says: Feb 5, 2013 2:34 PM

    With his back covered by his QB, Moss now thinks Kap is the best QB of all time.

  18. bossplayer213 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:36 PM

    It’s a shame Randy gets blamed because people can’t read angles. Not only was the ball overthrown, but Kap throws it so HARD. That ball sailed so high and fast that Randy didn’t even have a chance to react.

  19. blogatron2000 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:36 PM

    Kaepernick is letting Moss off the hook, but the ball being overthrown doesn’t excuse the fact that Moss quit on the route.

    Aren’t receivers taught in those situations to become defenders? Maybe if Moss goes for the ball anyway, he obstructs Reed’s vision and the ball isn’t intercepted.

    Same old Randy Moss…

  20. cubsin2049 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    Randy’s game on Sunday — and for that matter his past few seasons — was much like Teo’s girlfriend.

  21. adelphos33 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    Moss would not have caught the ball – but perhaps if he attempted to jump and catch it, he would have deflected it away from Reed

  22. scrp2 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:37 PM

    It happens. Joe Montana overthrew Dwight Clark.

  23. 1phd says: Feb 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    Thanks for stepping up Kaep and taking responsibility, even though no points were scored off it, so no harm done. Next time when they call the same dumb pass plays near the goal line when the most important game of your career is on the line, just hold the ball tight and run it in. This is what taking the team on your back and not accepting defeat is all about.

  24. dickwittman says: Feb 5, 2013 2:39 PM

    Not a Moss fan at all, but that ball was so high my initial thought was that Randy believed it was intended for a deeper receiver. However, it was Moss and his history is what it is. Kaepernick is a gamer and has ascended to the upper tier of QB’s already. If there was a QB draft today and all current QB’s eligible, he’d go very early…..

  25. gbpbacker84 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:46 PM

    Kaepernick already is a star in this league, as a Packer fan, I know this first hand.

  26. bergencountyjc says: Feb 5, 2013 2:48 PM

    Looking at the play, I think even if Moss made a valiant effort, he would have just tipped the ball and it still probably would have been intercepted.

  27. lawrinson20 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:49 PM

    As much as i dislike Moss and often note his ‘alligator arms,’ this wasn’t his fault. The ball was so far over his head that A) even a leap with his 1998 body wouldn’t have been enough; and B) he might have thought the pass was intended for someone else. Wasn’t he the guy in the back of the end zone when a deflected pass nearly reached him? We still don’t know for whom that pass was intended.

  28. hutch119 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:50 PM

    Does this even need to be said? He airmailed it!

    There wasn’t even an imminent hit for Randy to go alligator arms on as he was so open. Just an awful throw. Why does anyone listen to Romanowski?

  29. goods65 says: Feb 5, 2013 2:54 PM

    if you watch the replay,moss doesnt even make an attempt to at catching the ball.Now kaepernick is being a stand up guy and saying its his fault,but Moss should take some blame too for not making an effort for at least trying to catch the ball.But then again,moss is the greatest WR to ever play the game.

  30. pftard says: Feb 5, 2013 2:56 PM

    That young QB could give the Head Coach some lessons here on responsibility and accountability.

  31. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    He’s very mature for a young man. However history does not fair well for the running quarterback.
    Yes he is big, and he is fast, but it only takes one awkward hit coming from behind to put him on the shelf for 10-14 weeks. In that time his team will have to fight for futility with a real backup quarterback.

    Running quarterbacks don’t pay. They might get you close but they rarely close the deal.

  32. endzone says: Feb 5, 2013 3:07 PM

    Those 49er coaches need to tell this young man to stop hanging his head right now. That’s their job. They should remind him his tenth NFL game ever was the Super Bowl and he came close to pulling it out and winning it! He was amazing and he’ll be back to The Dance soon. Randy should tell him the same thing. Kaep’s looking depressed in pictures and there is no need for that.

  33. jfrogo says: Feb 5, 2013 3:08 PM

    Here’s a novel idea. How about jumping up off the ground to at least make it seem like you made an attempt at catching that pass! Geez.

  34. dcfair03 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:10 PM

    If he would have throw one of those 3 last passes to Moss, a jump ball in the corner they would have won, the freak has over 150 td’s.

  35. ravenator says: Feb 5, 2013 3:14 PM

    It was not your fault Colin. In case you haven’t heard, theres this great ball hawking safety named Ed Reed. You can blame the interception on him. He’s simply amazing. Baltimore Ravens – World Champions

  36. godofwine330 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:29 PM

    It was a very high throw. For Romanowski or anyone else to expect moss to jump for a pass 6 feet over his head is beyond ridiculous.

  37. macklinr61 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:36 PM

    Colin also admitted to changing the plays called by Greg Roman at the line of scrimmage so he could get Crabtree the ball yet everyone is blaming Greg Roman.

  38. bullcharger says: Feb 5, 2013 3:40 PM

    Kaepernick is going to be a great player for a while it seems. I thought he was an idiot at first but based on how he is managing the loss I think he will be the clear leader of the team come next year.

  39. ravenmuscle says: Feb 5, 2013 3:44 PM

    Kaepernick is a fluke…the pistol offense will go the way of the wildcat and Kaepernick will be golfcarted off the field just like RGIII.

  40. bullcharger says: Feb 5, 2013 3:46 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:Feb 5, 2013 3:01 PM

    He’s very mature for a young man. However history does not fair well for the running quarterback.
    Yes he is big, and he is fast, but it only takes one awkward hit coming from behind to put him on the shelf for 10-14 weeks. In that time his team will have to fight for futility with a real backup quarterback.

    Running quarterbacks don’t pay. They might get you close but they rarely close the deal.


    It’s true that history shows that running QBs don’t win the Super Bowl. McNabb, McNair and Kaepernick came close… Others have done ok in the playoffs. I guess the most recent one to win was probably Steve Young. I think it’s just a function of odds… Fewer running QBs than pocket passers and running QBs are more likely to be injured so their chance of winning a Super Bowl is diminished. Once in the game though, I think their chances are pretty equal. Kaepernick could stay in the pocket and sling it easily enough too. I think he’ll avoid injury for the most part. He’ll be back.

  41. baytownbombers says: Feb 5, 2013 3:47 PM

    Kaep is saying what a QB should and the pass was too high. Is David Tyree a better WR than Randy Moss?

  42. cosanostra71 says: Feb 5, 2013 3:50 PM

    It was a bad pass, but it happens. Kaepernick still played a very strong game. I don’t think Moss had a chance at that particular ball but I still didn’t see the effort from him in the game. It’s a shame because he put together a good season as a role player before his poor Super Bowl.

  43. thestatsishere says: Feb 5, 2013 4:08 PM

    The pass was too high, but if you’re the “greatest receiver of all time,” you should catch that pass.

    I know Cris Carter, Marvin Harrison, and Larry Fitzgerald would’ve caught it. It wasn’t a million feet over his head. It was very catchable. At least knock it to the ground!

  44. unbiased75 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:13 PM

    All ya gotta do is watch the tape. Randy Moss pulled up before the ball got there because he knew he was gonna have to go up for it and take a big hit from Ed Reed and the corner. The eye in the sky does not lie.

  45. orivar says: Feb 5, 2013 4:16 PM

    He’s lucky actually because of a pissed off Cary Williams was able to keep hold of the ball, that’s two interceptions that would of been completely his fault.

    His inexperience showed this game.

  46. stellarperformance says: Feb 5, 2013 4:20 PM

    I’m just glad that Moss is included in any conversation that insinuates he was involved in any way shape or form of denying himself a ring. Cheers!

  47. sharks123 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:21 PM

    Kaepernick doesn’t need the pistol, if you can’t see his talents maybe you just don’t want to or you have no clue what you’re looking at.

  48. pongonfl says: Feb 5, 2013 4:22 PM

    Depending on the line of the last leg of that route, it could have been 6 feet over Mosses head, or 2 feet over his head. As the route was run(or stopped) it was uncatchable. How was the route supposed to be run?

  49. realninerfan22 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:24 PM

    Kap trew that dam pass way to high stevie wonder cud see thst. Stop tryn to relieve kap of blame. He played likw trash the first 30 min. He missed randy wide open twice, he used up 2 timeouts in the 3rd because he couldn’t get his team lined up right. He cost the niners an extra possession later on in that game.

  50. justautumnwindbaby says: Feb 5, 2013 4:25 PM

    To ravenmuscle and all of the poeple posting about “runninig” quarterbacks- did you see the same game i did?
    How many times did he run?
    The kid was slingin’the rock all over the lot.
    He is the most dangerous qb in the league

  51. sjoyner59 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:32 PM

    Its going to be fun watching Kaepernick get even better over the next few years.With Russell Wilson,Andrew Luck and RG3 the NFL is going to be fun,these guys are young quality players who are only going to get better !

  52. zn0rseman says: Feb 5, 2013 4:35 PM

    Moss had no prayer of catching that pass and the criticism of him, as it usually is, is completely undeserved.

    He ran a great route. He was wide open in a huge hole in the defense’s zone and had that ball been even remotely close, he would have caught it. I think fans and commentators just use Moss as an easy target when things go wrong. I’ve seen the guy take heat a thousand times like this and only in a couple of cases was it ever deserved.

  53. zn0rseman says: Feb 5, 2013 4:39 PM

    Unbiased75 Says:

    All ya gotta do is watch the tape. Randy Moss pulled up before the ball got there because he knew he was gonna have to go up for it and take a big hit from Ed Reed and the corner. The eye in the sky does not lie.


    All ya gotta do is understand football.

    He slowed down coming across the field because he was wide open in a HUGE hole in the zone. Slowing down allowed him to stay open longer so that the QB could get the ball to him.

    It’s called smart route running.

  54. 2ruefan says: Feb 5, 2013 4:39 PM

    I don’t know what game any of you who are saying he didn’t try were watching.

    That ball was SO far from being something he could catch that it’s not even a discussion.


  55. stigman2012 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:42 PM

    A stand up guy. The issue isn’t really whether Moss could have caught it. The issue really is whether a guy wanting to win a Super Bowl would have instinctively at least made an attempt at it–especially if he’s the greatest WR of all time.

  56. pillowporkers says: Feb 5, 2013 4:42 PM


    He’s not the first QB that is big and fast with a canon arm. Daunte Culpepper shredded his knee and career on one play. Big Ben hasn’t stayed healthy the last two years either. Big helps, but doesn’t make you invincible. He can still get hurt, unfortunately. I hope he doesn’t, but to think he’s invincible is ignorant. Big people play on defense too.

  57. xxwhodatxx says: Feb 5, 2013 4:51 PM

    No way this way Moss’ fault he’s the best reciever all time just ask him.

  58. bayarea510 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:51 PM

    I can imagine it would be tough to follow Joe Montana and Steve Young. Must be killing him to know that he was the first 49ers Quarterback in 31 years to throw an interception in a Superbowl game and blow the 49ers perfect Superbowl record. It was too much for a kid only starting his 1oth game.

  59. goldrush36 says: Feb 5, 2013 4:52 PM

    You would think someone who writes all day would know how to write Moss’

  60. radrntn says: Feb 5, 2013 4:56 PM

    of course it wasn’t the greatest wide receiver in the history of the nfl fault. Noway he showed tremedous effort on that play, which is a reflection of the effort he has put forth his entire career. Keep it up stud!

  61. mogogo1 says: Feb 5, 2013 5:02 PM

    I’ve never liked Moss, but the criticism of him in this case is simply bizarre. He’s running his route when the ball sails not just five yards over his head but also behind him. There’s no way to adjust to a ball thrown that poorly.

  62. superputman says: Feb 5, 2013 5:35 PM

    A week ago I would have said.. “What do you expect Moss to do with that throw?”

    But, after the revelation that he is _THE BEST EVER_ I expected more of an effort. What would Jerry Rice have done? Being only second best to Moss, probably even less.. but I’m still curious.

  63. reasonablemindsays says: Feb 5, 2013 6:08 PM

    Alex Smith wouldn’t have thrown a pick.

  64. goldrush36 says: Feb 5, 2013 6:32 PM

    Alex Smith also wouldn’t have brought them back from 28-6.. I love Alex but let’s be real here. Most of Kaep’s success was do to being able to rifle the ball in through the zones. Reed would’ve torn Alex apart if he were trying to feed the ball in there to Davis

  65. realninerfan22 says: Feb 5, 2013 7:33 PM

    Alex wudent have got down 28-6. Alex unlike kap wudent have been as nervous as kap was. Secondly Alex have brung this team back plenty of times. 1st and goal at the 5… Alex wudda got them in there.

  66. undraftedstar says: Feb 5, 2013 8:07 PM

    keepingitrealdumb says:
    Feb 5, 2013 2:13 PM
    if he can stay healthy he will be a star in this league.

    and he will stay healthy cause unlike the other running QBs we have seen .. this guy is big .. he is not a little d00d like MVick or RG3 who take beatings from hits .. this d00d is 6’5″ 230 and _fast_
    RGIII is 22o, not that much bigger.Nice user name. Kaep has one of the best spirals i’ve ever seen, the only thing with Kaep he throws it hard too much, sometimes you have to put that light touch on it.

  67. frankyvito says: Feb 5, 2013 9:26 PM

    Lets be real. That was a HORRIBLE throw. That ball was so high & off I doubt Moss even thought the throw was for him. Let alone react to it. And don’t forget earlier in the game a tipped ball by Crabtree cost him a td. But I’m tired of micro managers blaming ANYTHING on the offense. If you have a super bowl D then 29 points should be enough to win the game.

  68. zygizag says: Feb 6, 2013 12:14 AM

    Maybe Moss could have given more effort and made a difference on the pass, but her certainly could have tried harder to get off the block and tackle to guy. Oh I forgot, the self proclaimed greatest reciever of all time does not do things like that.

    2 catches for what 40 yards?

    Moss could do great stuff, but he can become such a non factor in a game, or games, or seasons. Not how I define GREATNESS.

    Rice, AD, Payton, Chris Carter, guys who were/are a great talent and always give great effort are examples of GREATNESS.

  69. spacejamzz23 says: Feb 6, 2013 12:21 PM

    Are you guys serious and Bill Romonowski or however you say his name tried to blame Moss for them losing the game! If you were to look back at the game you could see that Moss was open on 3 potential touchdowns! The one Vern dropped in the 2nd half Moss burned the Ravens on a post, in the first quarter when Kaep overthrew Crabtree Moss was open in the back of the endzone and in the second half on a rollout to the right Moss had 1 on 1 on the backside and had inside position! If Kaep would have completed just one TD to moss, every one would be on Moss’s jockstrap! One more thing, after the Ravens failed that fake FG the next possession Moss made the CB fall on a comeback route and Kaep pump faked and then when he tried to throw it, it was too late. So before you try to blame Moss look more in depth!

  70. mandeango says: Feb 6, 2013 2:22 PM

    Running QB injury prone is a myth

    The majority of QB injuries result from sacks. The mobile quarterback more easily avoids sacks.

    Google the myth of mobile QBs being more injury prone and the analysis is all there.

    That being said, with the new breed of mobile QBs –

    Kaep, Wilson, Luck, and RGIII; the biggest difference between them and there predecessors may be IQ. They are all impressively smart.

    With all things being fairly equal athletically, the ability to read defenses and react to schemes is the deciding factor.

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