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Frank Gore thinks Colin Kaepernick can get “a lot better”

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Colin Kaepernick was plenty good in his first 10 games as the 49ers’ starting quarterback, but at least one of his teammates thinks we’ve only seen the beginning of what Kaepernick can do.

San Francisco running back Frank Gore said on ESPN that he believes Kaepernick’s work ethic makes it a sure thing that he’ll improve in his first offseason of work running the first-string offense.

“He could get a lot better,” Gore said. “One thing I love about that young guy, he works. He works very hard. Even before he got the starting job he used to be the first one there and one of the last guys out. As long as he keeps learning, working from the coaches and just being him, he’ll be fine.”

Kaepernick was better than fine in 2012, providing an instant upgrade when he took the job from Alex Smith in the regular season, then playing three strong games in the playoffs. If he’s capable of getting a lot better than that, the rest of the league had better watch out.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Jul 2, 2013 6:09 PM

    That RG3 Wannabe hit his ceiling. He will be EXPOSED now that he will actually be gameplanned for. He’s not even close to being as smart the elites like Griffin, Rodgers etc. #Fraud

  2. anygivenwednesday13 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:11 PM

    I’m not a 49er fan but its easy to pull for this kid. Here’s hoping he stays true to himself and his current work ethic. In league news dominated by idiots … it’s good to see guys getting rich & famous going about things the right way.

  3. zack2482 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:14 PM

    He could get worse as well. Still haven’t seen him throw the ball to the left side of the field.

  4. hedleykow says: Jul 2, 2013 6:15 PM

    He might not be able to get a lot better, but he can sure get a lot more crippled.

  5. boogymanoflamancha says: Jul 2, 2013 6:17 PM

    Kaepernick might be going up…but I think Gore may be close to hitting the running back wall. Tough to keep up the stellar performance after 8 tears.

  6. adam710 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:20 PM

    I agree. He wasn’t the starter for even half the season and he kicked a**. Now he’s had a whole offseason with the team to prepare and he should have no trouble this season.

    — From an Eagles fan who hates the 49ers.

  7. unbiasfan says: Jul 2, 2013 6:21 PM

    @Logicalvoicesays I agree, RGWheelchair is the best handicapped passer in the NFL

  8. bayfan49 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:27 PM

    @logicalvoicesays you’re right, they don’t usually gameplan for Super Bowls.

    Also, you might want to take a look at these Wonderlic scores:
    -Kaepernick: 37
    -Rodgers: 35
    -Griffin: 24

  9. pop562 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:28 PM

    Colin Kaepernick. Great work ethic, blue collar kid with a high football IQ. Just keep on competing and keep on getting better. The sky has no limits and prove to the world that hard work will pay off. God Bless and Go 49ers!!!

  10. sonoco says: Jul 2, 2013 6:29 PM

    Quick somebody tell me the last time a starting QB working under Jim Harbaugh regressed. I’ll save you time. NEVER!

  11. turbo9er says: Jul 2, 2013 6:32 PM

    hit his ceiling? not as elite & smart as griffin? last i checked griffin wasnt smart enough to slide, run out of bounds, or take himself out of a game after being badly injured.

  12. dangubic says: Jul 2, 2013 6:32 PM

    zack2482, you must have missed the touchdown to Crabtree during the Bears game. Localvoicesays, I will take my feedback from actual coaches and guys that have played the game. Harbaugh is one of the best QB coaches out there – CK7 will only mprove with more experience and coaching. As for the most intelligent QB, my vote is for Andrew Luck.

  13. wolff111 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:35 PM

    Kaepernick will become the best QB in the NFL this year.

  14. schmitty2 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:38 PM

    The NFC West defenses are absolutely BRUTAL. Kaep, Wilson, and even Bradford will have even better years than last year but in in-division games they have their work cut out for them.

  15. asimonetti88 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:38 PM

    zack2482 says:Jul 2, 2013 6:14 PM

    He could get worse as well. Still haven’t seen him throw the ball to the left side of the field.
    ———————————————————-

    His first TD throw in the Super Bowl was a 16 yard rifle to the left to Michael Crabtree in between two defenders, leaving Crabtree in perfect position to break the tackle and take the football into the end zone.

  16. zack2482 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:40 PM

    Dangubic
    You must have missed Randy Moss wide open on the back side slant on the last drive in the SB two times to win the game. Just sayin.

  17. frankiemontana says: Jul 2, 2013 6:43 PM

    Swaggering boisterously.
    His face is weatherbeaten
    He wears a hooded sash
    With a silver hat about his head
    And a bristling black mustache.
    He growls as he storms the country
    A villain big and bold
    And the trees all shake and quiver and quake
    As he robs them of their gold.
    The Autumn wind is a Raider Pillaging just for fun
    He’ll knock you ’round and upside down
    And laugh when he’s conquered and won.
    RAIDER NATION

  18. badkarma56 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:47 PM

    CK7 is not an Elite qb, But neither is RG3. CK7 has only played in 10 games, of course he will get better with more experience as a starting NFL QB, As will RG3. to even put these guys in same category as Rodgers, Brees or Brady shows you know nothing!

  19. kev86 says: Jul 2, 2013 6:57 PM

    I’d rather Eli

  20. @HowdyDoobie says: Jul 2, 2013 6:57 PM

    A taller and faster tattooed Russell Wilson.

  21. dennisatunity says: Jul 2, 2013 6:58 PM

    I’m a Seahawks fan and I want Kaepernick to have an OUTSTANDING year. The better he plays, the better Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks have to play. Be fantastic, Kap. Go 14-2 for the regular season.

  22. ctiggs says: Jul 2, 2013 7:05 PM

    Die hard niner fan here how come 90 percent of my post are deleted and others get to post the same stuff over and over

  23. ninersblogger says: Jul 2, 2013 7:05 PM

    “That RG3 Wannabe hit his ceiling. He will be EXPOSED now that he will actually be gameplanned for. He’s not even close to being as smart the elites like Griffin, Rodgers etc.”

    Ummm yeah.

    RGIII Wonderlic Score: 24
    Kaepernick Wonderlic Score 37

    (for reference Tom Brady reportedly scored 33, Matt Ryan 32)

  24. dennisatunity says: Jul 2, 2013 7:14 PM

    HowdyDoobie:
    You’re right. He is a taller and faster Russell Wilson. But there is a reason that Nevada was the only college to offer Kap a scholarship. He’s a fantastic athlete, but just not that good of a QB.
    * Poor throwing mechanics.
    * Takes off to run way too early and doesn’t look downfield when he runs.

    I like him but I think he probably peaked last year. Wilson will get better and better every year.

  25. seaeagle707 says: Jul 2, 2013 7:17 PM

    dennisatunity-”I’m a Seahawks fan……and I want the Niners to go 14-2″.

    One part of that statement is a flat out lie. Or the writer is a complete idiot.

    What part of California, d’ya live in, Dennis?

  26. bordner says: Jul 2, 2013 7:27 PM

    asimonetti88 says:
    Jul 2, 2013 6:38 PM
    zack2482 says:Jul 2, 2013 6:14 PM

    He could get worse as well. Still haven’t seen him throw the ball to the left side of the field.
    ———————————————————-

    His first TD throw in the Super Bowl was a 16 yard rifle to the left to Michael Crabtree in between two defenders, leaving Crabtree in perfect position to break the tackle and take the football into the end zone.

    —————————————-

    I think the pick-six that he threw against the Packers in the playoff game was also a rifle to the left side of the field.

  27. mikeinsanfran says: Jul 2, 2013 7:27 PM

    dennisatunity – Have you looked up Colin’s stats from the pocket? He was nothing short of prolific in his passing stats in the regular season and only got better in the playoffs. You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

  28. shlort says: Jul 2, 2013 7:28 PM

    Shlort thinks Colin Kaepernick better get a whole lot better.

    Here is how I see this “first ballot hall of famer”..lol

    He has had some success. He can run with the football on 10 week old legs – lets see how he holds up for 16 weeks and maybe some playoff games, shall we?

    His passing ability is limited. He is not accurate past 10 yards if the coverage is decent (anyone can hit a wide open guy 20 or 30 yards down the feild). Lets see how he fares when teams can handle his running attack. When no one is covering the line with 8 guys while trying to cover 4 recievers with 3 DBs.

    Anyway, When Kaepernick starts threading needles and stays healthy for 16 games while being successful, I will sign on to the petition to get him his gold jacket and a bust in Canton. Until then, he is an unproven, one hit wonder.

  29. holmesgavan says: Jul 2, 2013 7:49 PM

    Kaep is a beast I can’t wait tell he blows all you haters out of the water he took his team to the Super Bowl without even a full year under his belt. And fell short by five yards I don’t think that was just luck give him a whole season and his stats will be better than manning,Rodgers and bradys. A dynasty is rising and after this season all you haters will know what’s up.

  30. ninerfan81 says: Jul 2, 2013 7:50 PM

    The kid can get better, I’m a die hard Niners fan which means I’m tougher on my team than anyone and I think 10 games is hardly enough to crown my guy a HOF’er but what he does have in his favor is a stout running game and that’ll continue to open up passing lanes…as long as we’re able to run the football he’ll have ample time to improve…I just fear when we play the sea chickens and other tough run teams he’ll be forced to beat corners in tight spots.

  31. rajbais says: Jul 2, 2013 7:56 PM

    The only ones who disagree are Russell Wilson fans.

    Sorry Kaepernick > Wilson all the way!!

  32. mikeinsanfran says: Jul 2, 2013 7:59 PM

    shlort – Did you even watch Kaep play? I’m asking honestly. One time? His downfield ball, downfield accuracy, and rifling the ball into tight windows was by far his strength last year. His criticism since the Nevada days has always been his touch and accuracy on short passes. You could not have made a statement further from the truth and facts if you tried.

  33. phelbin says: Jul 2, 2013 8:00 PM

    As a life-long 49er fan, even I’m not ready to send him to Canton yet. He’s not yet in the conversation with Joe Montanta and Steve Young. But I’m really excited about his upside. He’s a smart kid with his head on straight and a solid work ethic. And he doesn’t have a run-first mentality even though he’s one of the fastest guys on the field.

    He’s got real potential. And having the NFL’s best offensive line definitely doesn’t hurt.

  34. johnnyb216 says: Jul 2, 2013 8:16 PM

    That’s because he sucks.

  35. jayniner says: Jul 2, 2013 8:16 PM

    We all know Kaepernick has one way to go…..up!

    And…..

    Frank Gore = Class Act!

  36. 49erstim says: Jul 2, 2013 8:18 PM

    @shlort…. who is nominating Kaep for the HOF? I must’ve missed that comment. The kid has potential and as a 49er fan I’m excited, but nobody has even whispered HOF. That’s just an asinine statement.

    @seaeagle….you’re blasting fellow ‘Hawks fans now? Simmer down now. Lol. I believe his point was that he wants SF to have a great year so Seattle will rise to the occasion. He sounds like a football fan that likes competition. Your ramblings sound more like the SNL Bears Superfans. “Bears 103 points and the Vikings 3″.

  37. kev86 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:03 PM

    I always root against the Cowboys. Niners are not far behind. Seems like a decent kid but I’m sticking with my 2x SB MVP champ Eli.

  38. cardinal11 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:24 PM

    There are a lot of qb’s that work hard in the nfl. He had the luxury of having the best O-line last year, great running game, and tight end. That being said he did a ok job. Will see in a couple of years if he was worth talking about. Not sure why teammates try to talk up a player on their own team unless their worried about something and believe they need the confidence.

  39. willbow5253 says: Jul 2, 2013 9:25 PM

    Kaep doesn’t have deep accuracy?Ummmm…Profootballfocus rated Kaep #1 in the league in deep accuracy. I love how everyone argues that defensive coordinators are going to “figure Kaep out” this year. WATCH…HIM…PLAY! Then tell me exactly which part of his game you believe will be solved? Is it his scrambling ability when the play breaks down? Is it his previously referenced deep passing ability (and his all around passing ability)? Oh yeah…that’s right, the 49ers ENTIRE offense is the read-option. I forgot. Defensive coordinators need to do more that figure out the read-option. They need to figure out the pistol. This is a formation that you can run almost anything out of (read-option being one of them). Good luck “solving” it. Oh, btw, he also plays behind the best O-line in the league, with a top 5 offensive coordinator and the most QB friendly head coach in the league. Good luck!

  40. imjinrat says: Jul 2, 2013 10:40 PM

    I think it all depends on how he recovers psychologically and physically after the Packers shut him down and hammer him into the turf on opening day.

  41. billb49 says: Jul 2, 2013 10:50 PM

    What in the heck is with all these knowitall haters?

    Shlort: “His passing ability is limited. He is not accurate past 10 yards if the coverage is decent…”

    Excuse me, but according to ESPN and Pro Football Focus, Kaepernick was the most accurate quarterback in the NFL last season on passes traveling over 20 yards in the air.

  42. baymac408 says: Jul 2, 2013 11:24 PM

    TRUE!! This is why Frank has been in the league so long and still gets 1000 yards every year… HE’S SMART! Ck7 is the truth no matter what team you like… Please grow up and stop hating! GO NINERS

  43. holmesgavan says: Jul 3, 2013 12:24 AM

    We grated cheese all of last year bud that can’t step to our d nothing is going to change sorry man

  44. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 3, 2013 1:02 AM

    Is Kaepernick the guy who flexes those really tiny muscles he calls biceps?

  45. jayhawk777 says: Jul 3, 2013 2:36 AM

    Lucky for Kaep he doesnt face the Hawks D weekly bcuz he was pathetic, atrocious and child’s play in that beatdown 42-13. Kaep hasnt learned QB rule #2. Do not run right and throw across your body to the left bcux only disaster insues.Kaep needs to go through more than 1-2 progressions as he looks to run far too early in the play development which is rule #5. RWilson is far more polished. Thank you.

  46. dhnf says: Jul 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    Never ceases to amaze me how many morons live on this site.

    If you watched Kaepernick play every game last year you know how ridiculously good he was with no experience, just playing on instinct and whatever paired down version of the playbook he was using, especially in his first start on MNF against Chicago who had the number 2 defense in the NFL at the time.

    He shredded them. He killed the Packers in the playoffs like it was Madden on the PS3. Everyone picked the Packers to win that game.

    He beat the Falcons in Atlanta where Russell Wilson couldn’t and came 5 yards from winning the Superbowl with half a season under his belt.

    He spent the entire offseason working out in Atlanta and San Francisco, working with his receivers and coaches.

    His work ethic is untouchable. He is going to destroy the NFL this year.

  47. rlemontw says: Jul 3, 2013 12:44 PM

    A lot of people are saying that Kaep will be gameplanned that the cat is out the bag and everyone will be coming after him because the are now ready for him! As true that may seem but don’t you the Niners and Kaep are working on game plans of their own? Com’on man! If great players are gameplanned for then how does P. Manning keep doing what he does? How does A. Petterson keep rolling over people. The great ones will always find a way. This year will prove if Kaep can follow in the great one’s footsteps and I think he can. Harbaugh will not let that happen. The Niners have too many go to targets. Opposing teams may be forced to play man on man football. No double teams just man-up. In situations like that the offense will always win! Go Niners!

  48. shlort says: Jul 3, 2013 2:41 PM

    Ruffled a couple feathers I guess. lol

    Might as well just hand Harbaugh the Lombardi now and take the 2013 season off. Niners are going to win every game this year with Kapernick at QB.. What a bunch of die hards.

    Kaepernick might have had decent accuracy ratings, but he did not have to throw into coverage. Defenses played the run against him and Gore. That left recievers wide open. And, Yeah, I watched the Niners play half a dozen times while Kaepernick was the QB. His passing ability did not impress me because all he was doing was playing catch most of the time. Sure, he made some great throws a few times, but so did Trent Dilfer. I don’t see many folks talking about Dilfers greatness and ability at the position.

    Anyway, Kaepernick will find out this season. So will the Niners. I don’t see the Niners even making the playoffs this year. 8-8 is what they will be at seasons end. They will not be sneaking up on anyone this year. Lots of players will be playing for more money this year as well. The “it’s all about me” attitude will drag them down. I’ll be back in late december on this issue. I’ll be able to say “I told you so” then.

  49. shlort says: Jul 3, 2013 2:49 PM

    rlemontw says:Jul 3, 2013 12:44 PM

    A lot of people are saying that Kaep will be gameplanned that the cat is out the bag and everyone will be coming after him because the are now ready for him! As true that may seem but don’t you the Niners and Kaep are working on game plans of their own? Com’on man! If great players are gameplanned for then how does P. Manning keep doing what he does?
    ___________________________

    Kaepernick is not Peyton Manning. Gotta straighten that out first thing. lol

    Kaepernick will have a harder time this season. If he is so great, why was he not taken as a 1st round pick? Why did he not start week one last season? Alex Smith was better, and the Niners dumped him. Wait, Smith wasn’t better? I thought Harbaugh was a genius and knew talent? Then why did he start Smith for half a season?

    Kapernick has flaws and weaknesses in his game. He will be exposed ths season. In a couple years we will be saying “Remember that guy that played for the Niners for part of a couple season? He could run and we all thought he was the next Steve Young?”. lol It is almost sad how much faith the Niners fans have in this kid. You folks have been praying for a miracle for a couple decades now. Kaepernick isn’t it.

  50. dangubic says: Jul 3, 2013 4:37 PM

    jayhawk777, I think you missed a few points along the way on that win. 9ers played on the East Coast on a Sunday night and had a very big emotional and physical win against the Patriots. They flew the redeye and had little time to prep for a Thursday night game in Seattle.

    It was a known fact that our D was exhausted and Justin Smith was injured and did not play. In the end it is a team effort so I would suggest refraining from comparing individuals.

    Let’s take the high road and be happy at the fact that both teams are doing well now and the foreseeable future and the NFC West is the top division.

  51. bballnut983 says: Jul 3, 2013 11:31 PM

    @dennisatunity
    Know who else wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school? Brett Favre, Kurt Warner and Aaron Rodgers. Just because you’re a top high school QB recruit doesn’t guarantee NFL success (i.e. Jimmy Clausen).

  52. fortyninerich says: Jul 4, 2013 12:27 AM

    I agree with Dangubic. I’m a life long Niner fan that transferred to the N.W. 20 years ago so I’m a bit out of place but still love my Niners. However, I am a true NFL fan. So, we were coming up to a point where the “best QB’s” in the league were, quite frankly getting old and boring. Then came last year, an amazing year with the emergence of 4 bright and future stars. Let be grateful that Kap, Wilson, RG3, and Luck came along. In 5 years when they are all probowl players, won’t we be glad that the NFL is still the greatest show on earth?

  53. shingding1 says: Jul 4, 2013 7:29 PM

    Ah ha ha..so FINALLY someone on the 49ers speaks the truth. Colin K is a 1 trick pony who hasn’t even played a full season. He’s got a long, long way to go IF he’s gonna get anywhere. He got his confidence after Alex Smith won all those games for him. But then CK still couldn’t close the deal in SB. Pathetic!

  54. scakfan says: Jul 5, 2013 2:50 PM

    Let’s set the record straight Dangubic. It was Seattle that had to travel to San Fran and play on a Thursday night last year. The beat down of SF occured in Seattle on a Sunday night, or one week from your (albeit) amazing win against the Patriots.

  55. dangubic says: Jul 5, 2013 3:51 PM

    scakfan, you are correct in that it was a Sunday night game. Check the score and record, it was in Seattle. I routed for Seattle during your Super Bowl run, why is it Seahawk fans can’t just be happy that we both have really great teams and on any given Sunday either one can win.

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