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Kaepernick gets the night off, unexpectedly

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Colin Kaepernick was scheduled to play in the preseason finale, unless he wasn’t.

“Yes, he’ll play,” coach Jim Harbaugh said regarding Kaepernick.  “We’ll go into it like we have these other games.”

While noteworthy because of the starting offense’s struggles this year, the starting quarterback had typically played in the final preseason game under the Harbaugh.

And then came Thursday night.  And Kaepernick didn’t play against the Texans.

“I felt like a short week traveling down to Houston, I just decided to make a battlefield decision and treat it like a bye week going into the first game, rather than play a majority of the starters,” Harbaugh said after the game.

The move puts a little extra pressure on Harbaugh and the starting offense entering Week One, since he opted not to take advantage of one more opportunity to work out the many kinks in the system.  Then again, the 49ers play the Cowboys in nine days, which should go a long way toward working out the offensive kinks.

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28 Responses to “Kaepernick gets the night off, unexpectedly”
  1. lmfaooooo says: Aug 29, 2014 10:38 AM

    Um, whatever happened to the weed he was smoking the night of that accusation?

  2. jayniner says: Aug 29, 2014 10:44 AM

    Playing the Cowboys in nine days which should work out the kinks……

    LOL, I see what you did there.

  3. cueghost says: Aug 29, 2014 10:52 AM

    San Francisco will start the season 0-1… Dallas has a surprise waiting for them on Sunday.

  4. mjmeyer86 says: Aug 29, 2014 10:54 AM

    After his exceptional play this preseason, he certainly earned the night off.

  5. ctiggs says: Aug 29, 2014 11:06 AM

    #topThree!

  6. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:07 AM

    Uh, its not a “battlefield decision”. No one is firing AK47s and artillery at you.

  7. dadplumberawesome says: Aug 29, 2014 11:09 AM

    49ers, cardinals, & rams all decimated by injuries and overrated. Last year 3 teams in nfc west won 10, this year 1. God bless you Russell Wilson.

  8. sixaceduece says: Aug 29, 2014 11:16 AM

    Colin Kaepernick and the offense have been playing together 3 years now in this same system.. what exactly changed from last year to this year? Nothing. The Niners are a running team, everything is based off that.. the run sets up the pass.. that’s they’re formula. The Niners did alot of experimenting in the pre-season with the pass offense, but when the regular season starts.. expect them to return to what works. That and the fact they’re one of the best gameplanning staffs in the league, you don’t gameplan for the pre-season.. so they’re aren’t exactly putting in a full effort.

  9. i thumbs down your comment says: Aug 29, 2014 11:16 AM

    Please explain how the 49ers are decimated by injuries.

  10. gohawks7 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:17 AM

    As bad as he has been….why wouldn’t you get him more playing time??

  11. ngbradley says: Aug 29, 2014 11:23 AM

    please explain how preseason performance has any relevance whatsoever to the regular season. go ahead.

    because statistically, there is no correlation whatsoever between preseason performance and regular season performance. none. nada. zilch.

  12. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 29, 2014 11:26 AM

    I wouldn’t be shocked if Dallas won. Aren’t they notorious for being good in opening games? Everyone has been counting them out too. This is coming from someone who is not a fan or either team in the slightest. I just could see Dallas shocking them.

  13. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 29, 2014 11:28 AM

    I can’t wait for tony and dez to light up the forty whiners at cowboys stadium. I’m sure all he bandwagonning fans of Santa Clara will become cowboys fans overnight

  14. floratiotime says: Aug 29, 2014 11:31 AM

    I heard he took the extra time off to go get another tattoo.

  15. doe22us says: Aug 29, 2014 11:33 AM

    Its the Cowboys they will be alright lol.. Actually their offense should/would have a field day.

  16. thenewguy12 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:36 AM

    Seahawks and Lions fans always act like theres a trophy given out for preseason performance.

  17. fasteddy415 says: Aug 29, 2014 11:45 AM

    Don’t need to see the one’s during pre-season. We seen enough the past 3 years. The 2013/2014 draft class stepped up big! That’s what pre-season is all about. See what you have in terms of depth and the Niners have a lot of depth…

  18. satanfromhell says: Aug 29, 2014 11:47 AM

    Relax…. The gameplan in the preseason is completely different than the regular season. The preseason is for experimenting and working on new systems. The niners will go back to niners football week one and we will all laugh about how much we cared about the preseason

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 29, 2014 12:05 PM

    What I learned from that game last night….

    The guys that won’t make the 49ers team are a lot better than the guys that wont make the Texans team….

  20. goldbloodedpodcast says: Aug 29, 2014 12:18 PM

    From the information I’ve gathered from often posted comments on PFT is that Colin Kaepernick is a terrible human being, and belongs nowhere near a football field.

    Really?

    Didn’t this guy produce 80% of his entire teams offense in the “most hostile environment in sports”? If you’re going to brag about your tremendous home field advantage, then you better be ready to give credit when it’s due

    Oh and I you want to point out his 4th quarter stumbles, how about this …. Isn’t it kinda pathetic that he turned the ball over 3 TIMES in the 4th quarter, and the 49ers STILL had a legitimate shot of winning at the end?

    Yeah you’re probably right, if my squad was heading to Seattle to play I’d much rather have Drew Brees or Peyton Manning. Oh wait….

  21. paythevig says: Aug 29, 2014 12:26 PM

    When you play 3/4 teams from the pre-season, in the regular season, why on earth would you show them looks in an exhibition game.

    On top of that, as one of the deepest rosters in the NFL, there are only a handful of spots open. Pre-season is a self evaluation to test the depth that you have.

    Why not reserve judgment once the season begins?

  22. dalcow4 says: Aug 29, 2014 12:27 PM

    Smart move to avoid possible injuries. But Kap and that entire offense look terrible. Luckily, they play a bottom-five team to open the season.

  23. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 29, 2014 12:42 PM

    “Didn’t this guy produce 80% of his entire teams offense in the “most hostile environment in sports”? If you’re going to brag about your tremendous home field advantage, then you better be ready to give credit when it’s due”

    Nope. He lost the two regular season games there by a combined score of 80-15 or so and lost them the game in the playoff with his nice fumble, interception to bam bam Kam, and the pick to Malcolm Smith

  24. 5to46hawkfan says: Aug 29, 2014 12:55 PM

    Go Dallas!!!!

  25. goldbloodedpodcast says: Aug 29, 2014 2:20 PM

    “Didn’t this guy produce 80% of his entire teams offense in the “most hostile environment in sports”? If you’re going to brag about your tremendous home field advantage, then you better be ready to give credit when it’s due”

    Nope. He lost the two regular season games there by a combined score of 80-15 or so and lost them the game in the playoff with his nice fumble, interception to bam bam Kam, and the pick to Malcolm Smith

    ——————————–

    I’m obviously referring to the NFC Championship game aka “The Real Super Bowl”. Don’t be retarded

    Has Pete Carroll won any games on the road against the 49ers lately?

  26. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 29, 2014 3:05 PM

    Has Pete Carroll won any games on the road against the 49ers lately?
    ——————————————————–

    He’s been winning super bowls. Zing.

  27. cueghost says: Aug 29, 2014 3:30 PM

    ^^Slow down there… Super Bowl. Singular.

  28. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 29, 2014 4:51 PM

    He didn’t play. That explains why the 49ers scored 40 points.

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