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Colin Kaepernick talks about improvement, job security with 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers quarterback met with the media Wednesday, and was emphatic in dismissing concerns about his job security. He talked about how to improve, and getting on the same page with Anquan Boldin and Torrey Smith. We have a full transcript. You can listen to audio here, and view video here.

What were the first things that you wanted to do after this game to kind of evaluate where you are and where this offense is?

"Just watch film. See what I need to improve on. Where I need to fix things and what I can do to help this team get better."

What did you think when you were watching that film? Did you wince through it or did you look at it just to kind of see where you can improve?

"You have to look at with an open mind, as far as you can't be emotional about the plays. It's something that, what can I do better on this play? Whether it's a good play or a bad play. Is there something I could've done better? Is there something I can fix? I there something I can help our team do that puts us in a better situation?"

You had mentioned after the game that some of those were protective throws. After watching it, do you still feel that way? That what you did were the proper throws?

"No. I think there were throws I could've made to help us make plays. In the heat of the battle it's always different than when you go back and look at it on film. It's a lot easier when there's no pass rush. You have full-field view when you're watching the film. Eye in the sky. It's a lot easier to look at that way than back behind center."

When you're watching that film and you see the way some of the receivers were reacting afterward. Do you sit down this week and talk with them to try to regain their trust?

"It's something, we constantly talk. We're trying to figure out timing out. How we want to run routes. Get on the same page with some of those things because there were times that we're not on the same page. And those are things that we're working to fix."

Head coach Jim Tomsula said he talked to you about the protective, maybe, idea and asked, ‘Were you?' And to don't do that, to play free. What was that conversation like and do you think that you're past that? That you are playing free?

"Yeah. It was a conversation we had and said, ‘Hey, just play to win. If something happens, it happens. But, we have to go out and make sure we're making plays.'"

Ball security after the Arizona game was something that you worked on going into last game. Maybe was there too much emphasis on that? You don't want to go back and forth here obviously, but was that stressed to you, ball security, ball security, going into the Green Bay game?

"It was something we stress every week. It's not a week-to-week thing. You have to take care of the ball to win football games. At the same time, we have to be able to take our shots when they're there."

You said after the game the best way to move on is just to keep working. Have you ever gotten to the point where maybe taking a step away, maybe not working, taking off a day off or a mental health day, something like that, would be advantageous for you?

"Well, mental health for me is doing everything I can to help this team win. Sitting around, not doing anything isn't something I've been to big on since I was young."

Sometimes, in baseball maybe, pitchers or batters go back to a previous time when they felt really good. When their swing was good or their throwing mechanics were good. Do you go back to 2012 or 2013 at all and look at tape of things like that?

"At times, yeah. But ultimately, it's a different team than it was then. So, it's more getting comfortable with everything that's going on right now and making sure we're fixing the problems that we have right now."

I think a lot of the questions are just getting at, you were coming off a four interception game against the Cardinals. Was that, kind of, in that back of your mind? Let's not have another one of those against the Packers because it did look like you weren't playing as free. You looked like, at time, you were playing tentative.

"Yeah. It's something that, you're going to have that in the back of your mind. You're going to make sure that you protect the football. I put our team in a bad situation in the Arizona game. I wasn't going to allow that to happen again. It did cost us, yes. But that's something I correct moving forward."

How do you do that? Because obviously there's a happy medium there. You don't want to be careless but you also don't want to be tentative. Is there a solution to finding that happy medium?

"Yeah, working."

How would you describe your relationship with coach Tomsula? Has this adversity brought you two together? And also, what kind of advice has he given you outside of X's and O's?

"He's been a great coach to me since I've been here. From the time I got here, he's always been great to me. Treated me with respect. We've always had a good relationship and that continues to this day."

I know you've said you can't be emotional about this and you had to just keep working and kind of have tunnel vision. How do you keep from worrying about the future job security when all this noise is going on outside? How do you stay focused on that?

"I don't play for job security. Whether football's here or not, I will be fine. I go out, I play to win. I'm not worried about job security when I step in this building."

When you say working, what do you mean? Is it film work? Is it sitting down with WR Torrey Smith and WR Anquan Boldin? What is work to you to work your way out of this situation?

"It's a combination of everything. Whether it's film. Whether it's talking to the receivers. Whether it's talking to our running backs. Whether it's making sure mentally I'm going through the plays. It all has to be a contribution to getting out of this."

When you say it's a different team than 2012, obviously, a different team, different years. But, it is different personality you're talking about, different scheme or just everything at that point?

"Yeah. It's everything. Every team has a different personality each year. So, you can't go back and necessarily compare that because it's not the same team. It's not the same players. It's not the same scheme. So, you have to look at, what's the situation right now and how do we fix this current situation."

How does the New York Giants defense compare to the ones you've faced in the past?

"The Giants defense in the past?"

How does this one compare?

"It's hard to say, looking back at last year. But, they're a very physical defense. They come down hill. Have a great run defense. We have to be able to make plays both in the run game and pass game."

You guys acquired a linebacker yesterday. Looking back at Week 1, what did you see on film from LB Gerald Hodges and what can he bring to this defense?

"Physicality. He's very physical, very aggressive, good player. I think he'll help our defense."

When things aren't working, people say, ‘Well, you're not doing that so why don't you do that.' So, on the sideline, you're obviously huddled with quarterbacks coach Steve Logan a fair amount. The receivers are off doing their thing. Would it be advantageous or worthwhile to be talking with them during the game, you think?

"Yeah. We do talk during the game. We're going over the plays with coach Logan to see what looks we have and go talk to the receivers from there about what we see and what we can get to."

Tomsula said how important it is for the quarterback position, all positions, to be confident. He wants you going full bore. Are you 100 percent confident right now? Can you say that?

"Yeah, I can."

About yourself? About the team? About everything?

"Most definitely."

What's it going to mean to have TE Vernon Davis back?

"He's a huge asset to us. He brings another dimension to our offense. He's a talent that, really, you can't replace in this league. There's not another person like Vernon Davis. So, getting him back would be big for this offense, big for this team."