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Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Kaepernick dismisses Dilfer's critique

By Bill Williamson

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer had some strong opinions on Colin Kaepernick's poor performance against Carolina shortly after the 49ers' loss Sunday.

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It caught the Bay Area's attention when Dilfer, a 14-year NFL quarterback, said Kaepernick, who has been a starter for a year, becomes a "remedial" quarterback after he makes his first read. Thus, Dilfer said Kaepernick needs to work on his progressions.

It became a topic because Kaepernick threw for 91 yards in the 10-9 loss to Carolina. Kaepernick was asked about Dilfer's opinion Wednesday, and he had a sharp response.

"I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that," Kaepernick said with a stare.

Before that question was asked, Kaepernick said he didn't hear what Dilfer had to say.

"He's not in the building with us," Kaepernick said. "So what he's saying really doesn't affect me at all. I'm worried about what this team thinks and what I'm doing in here with my teammates."

As he did Monday and has all season, San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh defended Kaepernick. He said the youngster has made a "a good, steady progression."

"I think he's doing a great job," Harbaugh said. "He's one of those rare quarterbacks that can come in and play winning football at a very early time in his career. Those kinds of quarterbacks are rare throughout the history of the NFL. He's one of them that can do that. He's done it. There's evidence and he's proven it."

Harbaugh noted that Kaepernick is being criticized after a loss, but that he received a game ball after the 49ers' two previous games. The Carolina loss ended a five-game 49ers win streak in which they scored at least 31 points in every game.

My opinion on Kaepernick remains the same. He has been much more effective than not all season and he will be better when the 49ers get Michael Crabtree back.

Kaepernick has not lost the confidence of his teammates. They expect a bounce-back game Sunday in New Orleans.

"He's going to prepare like no other, come out Sunday and put on a show for us," linebacker Navorro Bowman said. "That's just what we need."