49ers hope to retire Kaepernick the tackler

January, 8, 2014
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh admitted it's much nicer seeing his prized quarterback playing offense than it is to see him going on the defensive.

Harbaugh said he was a bit nervous when quarterback Colin Kaepernick collided into Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams after he made the stop on Williams on a 17-yard interception return in the 49ers' wild-card win. Williams pounded hard into Kaepernick on the play, seemingly to take advantage of the free collisions with the quarterback.

"I was holding my breath a little bit," Harbaugh said. "But, he's a football player making a play, reacting. Dodged a bullet, would be my thought now. I'm glad we did."

Does Harbaugh instruct his quarterback to try to make the tackle on interception returns?

"Dodge bullets. Make plays and dodge bullets," Harbaugh said with a smile.

Kaepernick, however, wasn't thrilled with his tackling effort.

"He snuck me a little bit," Kaepernick said Wednesday. "I thought he was going to try and hit the sidelines, so he got under me a little bit. Wish I could have that back."

He may be the only one.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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