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November 13, 2013
Kaepernick to Dilfer: butt out


Following Colin Kaepernick's 91-yard passing performance on Sunday, ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer said the 49ers quarterback becomes "remedial" after his first option is taken away in the passing game.

Kaepernick responded today by saying that Dilfer, who spent his final two NFL seasons with the 49ers, couldn't possibly know what he's talking about. At first Kaepernick said, "I didn't hear what he had to say, but he's not in the building with us. 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."

When Dilfer's critique was explained to him, Kaepernick said, "I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that."

A few minutes earlier, Jim Harbaugh defended Kaepernick by saying the quarterback has made "a good, steady progression" since taking over as starter a year ago. He also noted that Kaepernick was given a game ball after blowout wins against Tennessee and Jacksonville.

"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 kind 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."

After finishing the 2012 regular season with a 98.3 passer rating, Kaepernick's rating has dropped to 83.0 after nine games this year. His 42.0 rating on Sunday was his second lowest of the season.

It should be noted that Dilfer started six games for the 49ers in 2007 and finished that season with a 55.1 passer rating. Dilfer has not returned a phone call seeking comment on his comment.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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