Kaepernick facing pressures as QB on and off field

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 5, 2012 at 6:25 pm •  Published: December 5, 2012
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"The play we called in the huddle was a loser, and we didn't have an audible for that play," Harbaugh said. "The way it turned out, that's a low-hanging fruit, 'What the heck are they doing?' You learn from it. It feels like somebody reached into your chest and stomach and started pulling the innards out without using any anesthesia."

Not that Harbaugh actually called that one — that was offensive coordinator Greg Roman — but he did relay the call to Kaepernick through the headset and took full responsibility for it.

Kaepernick isn't blaming anybody. He will be the first one to acknowledge he has plenty of flaws to go with his big, playmaking arm.

Now, Kaepernick is back to work getting ready for what has turned into a key game with the Dolphins considering Seattle won at Chicago in overtime Sunday to put pressure on the NFC West-leading Niners. San Francisco plays at the Seahawks (7-5) on Dec. 23.

"Can't make mistakes. That's the biggest thing," Kaepernick said of what he took from Sunday. "For the most part I felt my reads were good, got through progressions well. That's something I want to continue to do going forward."

There haven't been many miscues so far. Kaepernick took over as starter in the second half of San Francisco's first game with the Rams, a 24-24 tie on Nov. 11, after Smith suffered a first-half concussion and the 2011 second-round draft pick has kept the job even after Smith was medically cleared to return.

Kaepernick is 69 for 106 for 888 yards and three touchdowns with one interception and a 96.7 passer rating.

"We've got faith and trust in Colin in the way he's played," Harbaugh said. "Therefore, another start this week."

Notes: WR Mario Manningham wasn't practicing during the open portion of the Wednesday afternoon session, along with CB Tarell Brown, who was on last week's injury report with a knee issue but played every snap at St. Louis.

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