Kaepernick bristles at questions about doing things “outside of my character”

AP

Coach Jim Harbaugh has left the 49ers, but his influence remains. Sort of.

With Harbaugh as the coach, there were awkward moments during press conferences, both with Harbaugh and quarterback Colin Kaepernick. An awkward moment happened on Wednesday.

Via the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Kaepernick was asked about comments from new coach Jim Tomsula, who said that Kaepernick isn’t being asked to do anything he has been asked to do in previous years.

“I would say the biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year,” Kaepernick said. “I don’t think anyone knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone. It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”

Next came the obvious follow-up:  “Do you feel like you were asked to do things outside of your character?”

“Outside of how I would normally handle situations, yes,” Kaepernick said.

“Meaning, to be more specific, being in the pocket more?” he was asked. “Not getting outside? Is that what you’re getting at?”

“No,” Kaepernick said. “I’m getting at that I was asked to do things outside of my character.”

Then he was asked if it’s safe to say that he feels more relaxed in the pocket. And then he walked away without answering the question.

It’s still unclear what he’s talking about. But apparently there was some sort of an issue last year with Kaepernick being asked to behave in a way that wasn’t authentic, and now the race will be on to find out exactly what it was.

41 responses to “Kaepernick bristles at questions about doing things “outside of my character”

  1. Former OC Greg Roman did not play to the strengths of his players. Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and in his last year, Frank Gore, also suffered under Roman.

  2. It’s still unclear what he’s talking about. But apparently there was some sort of an issue last year with Kaepernick being asked to behave in a way that wasn’t authentic, and now the race will be on to find out exactly what it was.

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    Probably when they asked him to stop being a douche on social media. That went against his character.

  3. He seems to be melting down over this. Might want to study Belichcik press conferences as the best example of how to shut the media up.

  4. I’m a Niner Faithful but Kaep, stop with the cryptic BS and give nothing to the press. This drivel detracts from what you’re really trying to say and since you can’t articulate it don’t try.

    Focus on Sunday. Remember: tempo, tempo, tempo!

  5. Kaepernick, Hyde and Navarro Bowman are the three shining stars for the Niners right now.

    Kaepernick in particular is completing over 70% of his passes has two scores and is protecting the ball. His third down conversions are over 42% and he is second on the team in rushing.

    What makes this amazing is that he is operating behind the worst pass blocking line in the NFL.

    As far as what Kaep was talking about in this article, I think he was talking about being rude to the press. I think Harbaugh made him do it.

  6. So, Kaep wants to be not only a better football player, but also a better person? How about start by being nicer to media guys just trying to do their job? I found nothing out of line with the questions he was being asked, esp when he was being so vague, yet he walks out on the interview? C’mon Kaep.

  7. Cards fan here… I think it is to early to bury the Niners or Kaep. Not to be all Trent Dilfer but there is still plenty of awesome on that roster.

  8. Having seen two prime time games of the 49ers this season, Kapernick is bad, my God. I knew he was bad but not this bad

    He threw for over 300 yards and had 2 tds and no int’s. They may have lost but how exactly was he bad?

  9. It has been observed that he had way too much of an intimate relationship with the clubhouse full-length mirror. They have since taken the mirror away, and he’s a little lost right now.

  10. Last year he was asked to come to press conferences in a nice business suit with no beats headphones and no stupid haircuts.

  11. @jimsnchz says:

    Through 3 quarters of the Pittsburgh game he was less than 200 yards and behind by 24. Those yards on Sunday were mostly irrelevant.

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    Through 3 quarters yesterday he had also completed most of his passes, thrown no interceptions, and consistently converted first downs behind a very shaky offensive line.

    He was behind by 24 due to red zone penalties, a Bruce Miller drop of a perfect TD pass, and the Steelers scoring touchdowns on 4 straight possessions.

    It was not a perfect game, but you should not discount it as simply garbage time. Especially since a long 75 yard TD pass down the middle is if anything harder when the defense is playing soft than earlier in the game. They are playing soft and giving up thinks underneath precisely to STOP that type of quick score.

  12. citizenstrange says:
    Sep 23, 2015 4:22 PM
    Remember when Jaws said that Kaepernick was the best quarterback ever in the history of the game? LOLZ Jaws is so silly.
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    Jaws said “could be one of the greatest ever”. Geez, reading is a dying art.

  13. As to what Kaepernick is referring to, it is almost certainly playing under center in I-formation. That changes what a QB can see of the defense, how they drop back, and the types of options/runs they can have available.

    A key dysfunction of the last couple of years is that Gore’s running style did not jive with Kap’s QB style.

    The 49ers spent a lot of time in fullback formations (where Gore runs best) , passing on early downs because there were 8 or 9 in the box. And that leaves Kap doing play fakes, having less time to make a read, etc.

    And beyond that he had mainly Crabtree and Boldin running short routes, when as already mentioned the line of scrimmage was crowded.

    Now he gets more shotgun and pistol, more read option, has more safety valves, and more threats to take the top off the D.

  14. Kap looks wholesale uncomfortable when dropping back. There’s an absolute lack of fluidity and smooth motion when he drops back. But worse than that is his zero sense of the pocket and how it is evolving around him. When it’s clear as day that he should make a small movement here or there (which all the really good QBs possess) he is absolutely blind. All to often he actually steps into the rush instead of eluding it. It drives me crazy.

  15. You know what shows a great sign of character, commentators? Piling on another’s character. (sarcasm, for some of you that didn’t pick that up)

    We can all afford to grow up a little.

    I appreciate those who kept this to football. I think the jury is still out on Kap, but they should be back with a verdict fairly soon.

  16. But apparently there was some sort of an issue last year with Kaepernick being asked to behave in a way that wasn’t authentic, and now the race will be on to find out exactly what it was.
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    Race? Why? It’s the old “pocket passer” thing, remember? Besides, is anyone even interested enough to race to figure this out?

  17. Reading waaaay to much into this.

    He doesn’t know what “outside my character” means people.

    He’s dumb.

    He means “outside my comfort zone”.

    Dude is not the sharpest crayon in the box.

  18. “Having seen two prime time games of the 49ers this season, Kapernick is bad, my God. I knew he was bad but not this bad.”

    Interesting that prime time is now 10:20pm and 1pm ET, considering those are the only two games they have played this season.

  19. Pretty obvious that he was talking about being himself at press conferences and on camera etc. has nothing to do with being himself on the footbal field. This is just stupid.

  20. breesynbigeasy says:
    Sep 23, 2015 5:29 PM
    Reading waaaay to much into this.

    He doesn’t know what “outside my character” means people.

    He’s dumb.

    He means “outside my comfort zone”.

    Dude is not the sharpest crayon in the box.
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    And you’re basing this on what? Dude had a 4.3 GPA in high school, and a 4.0 GPA in college while majoring in Business. Just because he prefers to not dress to your liking and has tattoos, people like to stereotype. He’s a really intelligent guy, he just likes to dress differently and has tattoos. Get over it.

  21. BreezynBigEasy hit the nail on the head. Kaepernick, like many of the yutes (thank you, “My Cousin, Vinny”) of today don’t really have a grasp on the idiosyncrasies of the common American English language. Kaepernick, it’s quite apparent, hasn’t the ability to say what it is that he’s thinking. He thinks one thing…but, means something else. He’s a dolt.

  22. And you’re basing this on what? Dude had a 4.3 GPA in high school, and a 4.0 GPA in college while majoring in Business. Just because he prefers to not dress to your liking and has tattoos, people like to stereotype. He’s a really intelligent guy, he just likes to dress differently and has tattoos. Get over it.
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    So what Andrew Luck looks and acts amish, I dont see him being called stupid or people running to his defense saying he went to Stanford.

    Its not the appearance, its the actions that show he isnt bright. Wearing a Miami Dolphins hat while being a 49er, responding to a troll that was his “motivation” that clearly bothered him. “7storm” in mocking flooding going on. Just some highlights, on top of the lack of reads, but talk about that 4.3 GPA all you want. I had one too wheres my trophy?

  23. “and now the race will be on to find out exactly what it was.”
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    Please do us all a favor and don’t even start your engine. I assure you that this is one race that NO ONE cares about.

  24. I think he was referring to answering questions at a press conference without having Frank Gore nearby to hold his hand and smile encouragingly at him.

  25. As if those GPA scores are legit. Please. He was the starting qb, of course he got good grades.

    When I was all state nomination back in hs I told my metal shop teacher off and he flunked me. My coach was the auto shop teacher and he just manufactured an A in that class to replace it. It was as if I never took those two months of metalshop.

    Proud of it now later in life? Not really, but you are naive if you think it doesn’t happen. That’s why I always ignore when people start throwing around football players gpa. The system…it works different for football stars.

    I have heard kap talk on many occasion and he never came off like a 4.0 business grad to me. Not even close. Can you imagine him trying to speak at a board meeting?

    Richard Sherman on the other hand…totally different story. You may not like what he is saying or agree with the premise but you can tell he went to Stanford and spent a lot of time communicating with other intelligent classmates. He has charisma that kap can only dream about. Kap is a monotone meathead in comparison on the mic.

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