Colin Kaepernick: I feel like I need to do more

AP

The 49ers have had an offseason filled with change, but one thing that remains the same is the identity of the starting quarterback.

Colin Kaepernick will remain in the same spot in the lineup, providing continuity amid the upheaval that’s gone on elsewhere in the lineup. Kaepernick doesn’t want that continuity to extend to his performance, however. On Tuesday, Kaepernick said that he needs to do a better job for the team this year than he did in 2014.

“I do feel like I need to do more, but not because of [the changes],” Kaepernick said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “Offensively, last year for us, we feel it was a letdown. We should be able to do more, and we plan to do more this year. We’re working toward that. As far as our defense, they’re confident with who they have and who’s playing. They’re confident in their abilities to make plays over there.”

Kaepernick isn’t the first person to share the feeling that the team needs to get more from their quarterback, so there’s not likely to be much argument about his assessment. There’s been a lot of talk from inside the organization about improvements in Kaepernick’s delivery and technique, so there’s optimism around the club that he can make it happen.

Kaepernick shares that optimism thanks to changes to the offense under new coordinator Geep Chryst make it more “comfortable and friendly,” especially in terms of the chances to throw the ball deep to the newly arrived Torrey Smith and Jerome Simpson. If he can take advantage of them and make the necessary strides, it would be a big step in the right direction for a franchise that’s appeared to take some the opposite way since the end of last season.

73 responses to “Colin Kaepernick: I feel like I need to do more

  1. Since he has the same WRs that Pass-Interference/Jump Ball Joe Flacco had, shouldn’t be too difficult to move the ball down field.

    Joe’s winning formula:

    1) Throw in their general direction.
    2) Wait for the inevitable pass interference call
    3) Be applauded for your playoff poise and prowess

  2. Before everyone comes in to bash Kaep, at least he’s saying the right thing and working on being better. He may not be the best qb but he’s working his butt off to get better. And before a Seattle”fan” chimes in, you better worry about your qb hamstringing your cap with that ridiculous contract he wants.

  3. Seattle “fan” here (since 1976)

    I look forward to Kraeppy throwing deep 😉

    Don’t you Santa Clara fans worry your pretty little heads about Russell Wilson gettin paid — that’s what the franchise tag is for….

  4. Kaep’s athletic ability has never been in question., just his decision making when the play breaks down. With the off season work he spent at Warner’s camp I’m hoping he looks more calm in the pocket and not afraid to dump off a 5 yard pass to keep the drive going.

    My main concern is our O-line that will give him time to do that. Last year was a disaster with Jonathan Martin, add to that the retirements and FA leaving then it adds to the doubt. But we’ll see, before every season I temper my expectations and this one is no different.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  5. How less bicep kissing and less calling yourself “the man.” Learn humility from the great ones. It will be a start. Win and lose with CLASS. If not, you have 1-2 years left in the league.

  6. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

    [Cue sound of crickets coming from my direction.]

  7. This is not the kind of comments you want from a player you just signed an obscene (and questionable) amount of money for.

    The rest of the NFC West has little to fear from this clown.

  8. With half the team retiring at the age of 25 or less, he’ll have to snap, block, throw and catch all in the same play before long.

  9. “I feel I need to do more” BS translator says; I haven’t taken my craft seriously , worked as hard as I should have for my teammates ,fan base and coaches and given all on the field like I am highly paid to do.

  10. Remember this game from last year?

    Oakland 24
    S.F. 13

    “Kaepernick threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage, was sacked on San Francisco’s last and wasn’t much better in between. He finished 18 for 33 for 174 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and five sacks as San Francisco failed to score 20 points for the sixth time in seven games.”

  11. Very exited about this season but also bummed that the O line looks so so shaky. Kaep does all this off season work only to come back to a line minus Iupati, minus Anthony Davis and with Erik Pears coming off two consecutive disastrous season at Buffalo penciled in as the starter at Right Tackle.. Can it be that Trent Baalke had no clue that AD was contemplating taking a year off? Why didn’t he draft more O lineman or go into the Free Agency market? So disappointed..

  12. Do more by shopping for a retirement plan?
    Try spending a little less on tattoos
    nobody retires more than us, new niners logo

  13. Kaepernick has the best legs of any QB, he had Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd and STILL couldn’t do anything on offense. The dude is a joke.

  14. He upped his game on instagram!

    Boy, he really showed those Houston flood victims that he can talk football smack during that flooding disaster didn’t he!………….

    Best Regards

  15. I would hope he purposely passes the weight room on the way to the film room. Followed by an intensive session of footwork mechanics. You can’t miss open guys by 3 yards, period.

  16. Seems like he really struggles with his progressions..never an issue with arm strength or foot speed…the offensive line isn’t what it was a couple of years ago resulting in even less time to go through his progressions…if he hasn’t addressed this it’s going to be a long year.

  17. Thanksgiving Day 2014:

    For the 49ers a day that will live in infamy.
    Something happened to the whole team that day. They looked like they lost all that confidence they had in the previous 2 seasons. They were 7-4 at that point. But they looked and played more like they were 4-7.
    Next game I think they lost to the Raiders and the wheels fell off at that point.

    As a Seattle fan I was sad to see that the 49ers were not to be “hated” at that point. I really hope that they can get back to where they were and that the NFC West retains its reputation as one of the toughest divisions in football. In the last 3 SB it has been the NFC West that represented the NFC. I think since the turn of the century the NFC West has been to 6 SB? Is that right?

  18. You just now realized this??????????????

    Most QBs don’t get 5 years to “do more” your lucky that Defense got you those wins early in your career that you are given credit for.

  19. I used to say that Flacco and Manning were the most overrated QB’s in the league and well, I still do…but Kaepernick is right there with them.

  20. Kaepernick has the best legs of any QB, he had Frank Gore, Anquan Boldin, Michael Crabtree, Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd and STILL couldn’t do anything on offense. The dude is a joke.
    …….
    those are all possetion wr. none have break away speed to get open. thats why crab , stevie , and lloyd are gone. and the o line was bad all year with davis , lupati and martin. martin couldn’t block a high school de. it was embarrassing. u can have randy moss ,T.O, and jerry rice. if your o line doesn’t block , the qb is doomed. but of course kaep gets the blame. smh.

  21. Honestly, Roman misused him completely, tried to make him a pocket passer which he’ll never be. Look what he did against the Packers in the playoffs when they let him read option. If they use his strengths, he’s a nightmare for defenses.

    Good riddance Roman…..Go run a boring Rex Ryan team

  22. Looks like the 49ers haven’t recovered from that whoopin’ the Raiders put on them last year.. lol And yes, Kaep needs to do much much more… Time to start over guys….

  23. Kaep should also stay off twitter and avoid joking about storms and tornados…

  24. I feel like I need to do more
    ======================
    Kap just figuring that out? Crazy!

  25. Wow! Kaepernick must be a Rhodes Scholar! He figured out all by himself that he needs to play better!!!

    Give that QB a medal!!!!!

  26. Add in stickum, peds, and the ability to turn off opponent’s headsets and then hit them with scripted drives and the Niners might be right back to their glory year(s).

  27. Wow, Kaep is quickly becoming this year’s version of RGMe at least as far as the media and the fans are concerned. I wonder if Tomsula will throw him under the bus like Gru did to his own qb…

  28. You say he has no humility and when he admits to underperforming and having to step up his game (which NO QB does), then he’s dumb. This guy can’t win with you people. I hope he proves everyone wrong for the sake of seeing the haters eat their words if nothing else. Hard work always pays off, and I hope he proves that this season.

  29. You just now realized this??????????????

    Most QBs don’t get 5 years to “do more” your lucky that Defense got you those wins early in your career that you are given credit for
    ————
    How does 3 wins entitle you to talk trash to a guy who’s never had a losing season in his career? Defense gave wins early?! Last 6 games in Kap’s first season, defense gave up an average 30 points a game. For reference: Russel Wilson has 2 career wins when defense gives up 24+ points. Meanwhile Kap lead an explosive offense to the SB, while his defense did him NO favors.

    Hate the guy if you wish but please don’t spew ignorant Raider rhetoric around here, you may taint some fresh minds.

  30. “redandgoldhitman52 says:

    …….
    those are all possetion wr. none have break away speed to get open. thats why crab , stevie , and lloyd are gone. and the o line was bad all year with davis , lupati and martin. martin couldn’t block a high school de. it was embarrassing. u can have randy moss ,T.O, and jerry rice. if your o line doesn’t block , the qb is doomed. but of course kaep gets the blame. smh.”

    Silly excuses. Kaepernick had the THIRD MOST TIME TO PASS LAST YEAR.

    THIRD.

    THIRD.

    THIRD.

    And yet he couldn’t hit his second WR and was worse than every QB in the NFL under pressure except Blake Bortles.

    Don’t blame the rest of the team for his inability.

  31. Kaepernick is a bad ass QB I have a lot of faith in him, I’m just mad that they got rid of Crabtree what the hell was that about?.

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