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Kaepernick on being No. 2: Last time I ended up in Super Bowl

Colin Kaepernick, Courtney Upshaw AP

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has answered a lot more questions about his feelings regarding the national anthem in the last couple of weeks than anything having to do with football, but he fielded some on Wednesday when he spoke to reporters at the team’s facilities.

The questions had to do with how Kaepernick felt about being the backup to Blaine Gabbert when the season starts with a Monday night game against the Rams. He referenced his own past with the team in the answer.

“I have to wait my time, and work,” Kaepernick said, via Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’ve been in this position before. Last time I was in this position, I ended up in the Super Bowl. So I continue to work and prepare for when that next opportunity comes.”

It seems like much longer given all that’s happened with Kaepernick and the 49ers, but he’s referring to the 2012 season when Alex Smith opened the season as the starter before giving way to Kaepernick after suffering a concussion in the second half of the season. Kaepernick threw and ran the 49ers to the Super Bowl, which they lost to the Ravens 34-31, and looked like a budding star all the way.

Things have fallen off considerably from there and expecting that kind of run from Kaepernick again may be a stretch, although any extended rough patch or injury for Gabbert could bring the chance to see if lightning will strike twice.

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66 Responses to “Kaepernick on being No. 2: Last time I ended up in Super Bowl”
  1. kcflake says: Sep 7, 2016 4:31 PM

    Colin, how did that super bowl turn out?????

  2. silverhat78 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:32 PM

    Kap is not good anymore and will not end up in the Super Bowl. He’s delusional.

  3. boobsmcgoo says: Sep 7, 2016 4:32 PM

    Oh he’s Number 2, alright!

  4. grantgoodman93 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:32 PM

    Is it Sunday yet

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 7, 2016 4:33 PM

    Colin Kaepernick is an RGIII Wannabe.

  6. fthrvic says: Sep 7, 2016 4:35 PM

    Well….he’s not wrong.

  7. cboys4life2014 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:35 PM

    Now he’s the kind of #2 that winds up in the toilet bowl

  8. wrlegrand says: Sep 7, 2016 4:35 PM

    Despite all that has gone on around him the last few weeks, one fact remains: the guy stinks at play QB. He has essentially become Tim Tebow when you really think about it. Small sampling of success, otherwise not that great, and know more for his “leanings” than anything relevant to football….

  9. alcondragonblog says: Sep 7, 2016 4:36 PM

    The Turdy Bowl Man! This is and always will be his Ultimate Bowl!

  10. mmack66 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:37 PM

    kcflake says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:31 PM

    Colin, how did that super bowl turn out?????
    ————————-

    The answer is right up there in the article you didn’t read.

  11. unkleruckus says: Sep 7, 2016 4:38 PM

    kcflake says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:31 PM
    Colin, how did that super bowl turn out?????

    ——————-
    Turned out great! I parlayed that into a $100m contract. Thanks for asking——Kap

  12. todd6162 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:41 PM

    Please go away!

  13. dstep24 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:42 PM

    Oppression in the 21st century = being the #2 QB and making $19 milly.

  14. inozwetrust says: Sep 7, 2016 4:42 PM

    Only reason he is even being mentioned in the news is that he won’t stand for the National Anthem. A very below average qb who lost the starting job to Blaine Gabbert, a very average at best qb.

  15. jag1959 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:43 PM

    Outside of maybe Miami, where he would probably start, or SF, Denver, Dallas and Cleveland where he might be the number 2 guy he would struggle to be a 3 on most any other team that was stuck with his contract.

  16. seatownballers says: Sep 7, 2016 4:44 PM

    Last place in division.
    First place in unrelated articles.
    Anthem protests,jersey sales,full back beating an elderly man,,,,

    The ride is over. This team is almost in full rebuild. Who else has is better?

  17. sopadegato says: Sep 7, 2016 4:44 PM

    Last time he had a team that could (almost) match off evenly against the Seattle team that won the Super Bowl to carry his useless carcass there. We’ve seen what he is on his own.

  18. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:44 PM

    True, but you were also coached by Harbaugh and his excellent staff who were able to highlight your strengths and mask your weaknesses as a pocket passer.

    We also had a stellar defense (Super Bowl performance not withstanding) that allowed us to win games with an average of 20 points.

    Our current roster is devoid of any proven talent aside from Joe Staley and Navarro Bowman. So unless Chip inserts you after Gabbert gabs all over the place and is able to effectively use the read option there you shall stay until next season.

  19. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Sep 7, 2016 4:45 PM

    And no mention of the 2012 49ers defense that was as good as any in recent memory. Too bad the 2016 niners don’t quite have that kind of dominant D.

  20. Phoenix11 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:46 PM

    Except there’s no HC/defense to mask his poor play… poor correlation Kap…

  21. bondlake says: Sep 7, 2016 4:47 PM

    Memo to the sitter: if it weren’t for your ridiculously high salary, you’d be #22 instead of 2.

  22. mmack66 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:47 PM

    He’s only the backup because he was injured and couldn’t participate in the off-season.

    You people that think that Blaine F. Gabbert won that job by anything other than default are hilariously delusional.

  23. metalman5150 says: Sep 7, 2016 4:47 PM

    only in america

  24. dcpatfan says: Sep 7, 2016 4:49 PM

    Tell ‘Em Kap!!!
    I’m So Proud Of You!!

  25. nyneal says: Sep 7, 2016 4:49 PM

    I hope that moron Kaepernick never gets even a sniff of another Super Bowl.

  26. dtroxallday says: Sep 7, 2016 5:02 PM

    kcflake says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:31 PM
    Colin, how did that super bowl turn out?????
    ========================
    Says a KC fan?

  27. mazenblue says: Sep 7, 2016 5:02 PM

    Harbaugh ended up in the Super Bowl. He gone now.

  28. stew48 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:03 PM

    please note he didn’t say “we” ended up in the Super Bowl, but “I”.

  29. snapcracklepopfart says: Sep 7, 2016 5:07 PM

    Nothing like a bunch of angry authoritarians calling a 100 million dollar celebrity athelete a loser simply because he has the courage to take a stand against racist authoritarianism.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 7, 2016 5:08 PM

    He’s only #2 until Chris Ponder learns the offense.

  31. spotsdad says: Sep 7, 2016 5:08 PM

    ‘cept back then you had a great D, 30 more lbs, and a clue.

  32. dtroxallday says: Sep 7, 2016 5:09 PM

    wrlegrand says:
    Sep 7, 2016 4:35 PM

    small sample size?

    He’s 31-22 as a starter including 4-2 in post-season with 1 NFCC win and another appearance.

  33. stainlineho says: Sep 7, 2016 5:10 PM

    Nessa Diab = Kap’s downfall

  34. billsfanattick says: Sep 7, 2016 5:11 PM

    who does #2 work fooooooor?????

  35. clickablecontent says: Sep 7, 2016 5:15 PM

    Last time, another quarterback got you there. Geez, this guy.

  36. bert1913 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:17 PM

    Santa Clara might want to give the niners back to San Fransisco

  37. mattbilleauthor says: Sep 7, 2016 5:19 PM

    “Sure, luck is important in football. Not having a good quarterback is bad luck.” – Don Shula
    The 9ers are going to be very unlucky this season.

  38. mongo3401 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:19 PM

    Besides him making his grandstand Kaepernick was relegated to obscurity Could care less if he fails or succeeds. He is last weeks news
    He did not do it by himself Sat had a great defense and a great offense around him. Not anymore.

  39. dedicatedhawkfan says: Sep 7, 2016 5:22 PM

    No…. Last time he remained on the bench. Did he forget about last year?
    I have to agree with all who have written that the ONLY reason he is in the news is his refusal to stand for the national anthem. I’ve questioned his true motivation from the start … Thought it was a ploy to get his name back out there. It worked

  40. athwartships says: Sep 7, 2016 5:23 PM

    Last time….good one. You had a proper Pro coach and a good team not to mention a better sense of identity as a franchise……but keep on rubbing that lamp pal…maybe lightning can strike twice or better yet, someone will care. Now go hold this clipboard.

  41. atthemurph says: Sep 7, 2016 5:24 PM

    Kaepernick needs to go sit in the corner with his Castro and Malcom X T-Shirt and reflect on the murderous government he seems to adore.

  42. jackericsson says: Sep 7, 2016 5:27 PM

    He’s #2 alright. You usually flush that. And it looks like he’s going to be sitting. A lot!

  43. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 7, 2016 5:32 PM

    That’s not true, he was #2 last season after they benched him for Gabbert, and before he went shopping to find a physician willing to diagnose some injuries so he didn’t have to sit on the sideline, and so his contract would be guaranteed for this season.

  44. packrule says: Sep 7, 2016 5:35 PM

    He made himself relevant like others have said for his refusal to stand for the anthem. He chose that forum to put his views out there as I truley believe he wanted to get cut and picked up by another team. The 49rs F’d up that plan for him and kept him. He had a couple good years and luckily played my Packers a few times who stink against him literally. Beyond that he”s not been figured out contain him and make him throw and you beat him. He’s a clown who if PFT had something else to write about would be forgotten. Once the season starts he’ll be old news there should be enough other news to discuss and he’ll fall out of sight where he belongs.

  45. mwcarolina says: Sep 7, 2016 5:35 PM

    The difference (which Kaepernick didn’t mention). The last time he was number 2, he was backing up Smith and when he took over for an injured Smith, he never lost the job. In other words, he was 2nd string because Kaepernick wasn’t supposed to start (at that time). Now Kaepernick is supposed to start, he competed for the job (open completion unlike the last time) and he lost out to a QB that the Jaguars didn’t want.

    If Kaepernick wants to be number 1, he needs to improve. He looks like a bad fit in Kelly’s offense which is shocking

  46. allseeingone says: Sep 7, 2016 5:42 PM

    I just got a nauseating image of him sitting during the National Anthem for the Super Bowl. If Beyonce sings it they will BOTH sit.

  47. judsonjr says: Sep 7, 2016 5:46 PM

    They had an elite defense last time, and a bunch of teams that were ill prepared for running QBs.

    Take Green Bay for example. They ran a 3-4 with three really slow 330lb lineman and slow ILB. Couple that with playing man defense and it was a recipe for him to run wild.

    Last year they pretty much played 4-2-5 with CMIII playing ILB.

  48. edelmanfanclub says: Sep 7, 2016 5:47 PM

    I feel like that team was a little different than this team.

  49. pisano says: Sep 7, 2016 5:48 PM

    Every year he’s been in the league he’d gotten worse. the niners have been looking to dump him, but no takers. He’ll eventually be cut, it has to happen.

  50. knew8411 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:29 PM

    Mr. Kaepernick, your team was completely different back then, and you didn’t have Blaine Gabbert as a starter.
    I’d bet now that the 49ers don’t sniff the playoffs, in 2016.

  51. JSpicoli says: Sep 7, 2016 6:33 PM

    Frank Gore, the OLine, the D and Coach Harbaugh beg to differ.

  52. truecowboyfan says: Sep 7, 2016 6:34 PM

    This guy is so far from classy. The moron doesn’t realize he’s insulting the starting QB.

  53. pzimm7778 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:35 PM

    You won’t be able to say this next season.

  54. abqhawk says: Sep 7, 2016 6:43 PM

    They should play him, then when he gets hurt and makes out big-time on his injury contract, the team will be more irrelevant with respect to available money for other signings.

  55. ceefu says: Sep 7, 2016 6:45 PM

    You guys are funny.

    So when they were good, it was because of their awesome defense and top tier coaching. He had nothing to do with it, and those things just masked how crappy he is.

    But when they were bad, and they were stuck with a lame-duck coach who didn’t have a clue, and had naught for talent on either side of the ball due to injuries or “retirement”, he’s all of a sudden solely responsible.

    Now all of a sudden he’s washed up with no legs and no talent.

    Mmmhmmm, ok, got it.

    (Hawk fan here, who is not an on-field fan of CK)

  56. chris1cat says: Sep 7, 2016 7:04 PM

    Arrogance!

  57. whenwilliteverend says: Sep 7, 2016 7:30 PM

    There’s a difference between playing like number two and being number two. Maybe he’s confused.

  58. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Sep 7, 2016 7:32 PM

    Let’s not make mention of the last time he was a starter at the beginning of the season. As I recall, that didn’t end so well.

  59. chrisk61 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:03 PM

    kaep imploded in 4th quarter of 2013 nfc champ gm vs seatt. 3 turnovers — 2 INT’s and 1 fumble.

    those turnovers cost SF a SB berth…and he hasn’t been the same QB since

  60. 6250claimer says: Sep 7, 2016 8:23 PM

    So he makes THAT point, now? Has he looked around at the rest of the roster? This is a 2-14 team for cryin’ out loud. If he winds up starting at any point, that will drop by a game or two.

  61. ejmat3 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:24 PM

    With Fangio and all that defensive talent. Had nothing to do with you, you egotistical joke of an excuse for an American!

  62. bigbluefandom says: Sep 7, 2016 8:48 PM

    ejmat3 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:24 PM

    With Fangio and all that defensive talent. Had nothing to do with you, you egotistical joke of an excuse for an American!

    Your statement is most unAmerican. If you took a basic civics class, you would know the most important freedom is the freedom to DISAGREE. Waving a flag does not make you MORE American.

  63. tonebones says: Sep 7, 2016 8:51 PM

    Yes Kaepernick is right, and he didn’t even have ten NFL starts under his belt when he led the 49ers to the super bowl. But then Harbaugh became disillusioned by an ownership that didn’t prioritize winning. Harbaugh was all about winning, and he had the perfect QB.

  64. calvinthegreat82 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:59 PM

    bigbluefandom says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:48 PM
    ejmat3 says:
    Sep 7, 2016 8:24 PM

    With Fangio and all that defensive talent. Had nothing to do with you, you egotistical joke of an excuse for an American!

    Your statement is most unAmerican. If you took a basic civics class, you would know the most important freedom is the freedom to DISAGREE. Waving a flag does not make you MORE American.

    _____________________________________

    Regardless of your “civics” class, if you had any common sense what so ever you would realize he just did DISAGREE with Colin’s actions and behavior which is his freedom. Homers are popping up everywhere!

  65. raiderrob21 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:00 PM

    “I ended up there”
    actually your defense carried you there.
    “WE ended up there” is what you should have said but it’s all about you Squidward and always will be.

  66. kcflake says: Sep 8, 2016 10:05 AM

    ——————-
    Turned out great! I parlayed that into a $100m contract. Thanks for asking——Kap

    And, you think San Fran is Happy they doled out that $$$ to him? If they had a time machine, they would have kept Alex Smith and sent Kap packing.

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