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Jim Harbaugh: ‘It’s about Colin Kaepernick and his teammates’

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San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh tells the media what he thinks the theme of this game should be.

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It's late January and the 49ers are still having press conferences. Gotta love it.

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh spoke to the media on Friday -- one final presser before they leave for New Orleans to take on media week. Harbaugh was smiling more than usual, and seemed pretty chipper throughout the conference.

For the most part, the 49ers coach avoided the bombardment of Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh questions. But one of the story lines that emerged fairly recently was the one Andrew Luck endorsing Colin Kaepernick. Harbaugh acknowledged that Luck and Kaepernick "hit it off" but was soon done with topic.

Once again, Harbaugh had to deflect a story line that he didn’t feel was appropriate at this particular time.

The one that has the greatest share of that [credit] is Colin Kaepernick. What he’s accomplished, what he’s done. We are so happy for his success. And the kind of young man that his parents raised, and his family, his hometown. You know, his high school coaches and college coaches. This is his time.

And his teammates, who have done so much for him. They’re the ones who protect him, they’re the ones who catch the balls, the defense that gets the ball back for him, those kind of things.

It was good to see Harbaugh's continued approach to make it about the players. In this case, he had an opportunity to segue into pouring admiration onto Kaepernick, which he did. He was able to boast a bit about his quarterback, who should be one of the central figures heading into Super Bowl XLVII.

The 49ers made the move to Kaepernick for a reason, so he will be an important component come February 3rd.