Following the San Francisco 49ers loss in Buffalo, a few of the Bills players had some very critical opinions about QB Colin Kaepernick and his first start. This week was a little different. Even though Kaepernick’s play wasn’t significantly better, the defensive players were much more complimentary. This could be a reflection of each of the head coaches and their outspokenness or lack thereof.
Bills head coach Rex Ryan is known for being snarky and not filtering what he says. His mention that the Bills didn’t need to make any second half adjustments was particularly raw. Tampa Bay head coach Dirk Koetter is clearly more politically correct with his comments.
Against the Bills, Kaepernick was 13/29 for 187 yards and a 77.8 rating. He also recorded 8 rushes for 66 yards, 8.3 average.
Against the Buccaneers, Kaepernick was 16/34 for 143 yards and a 56.4 rating while rushing 9 times for 84 yards, 9.3 average.
Here’s what some of the Bills players had to say:
DT Akeem Spence
What did you think about San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick out there? Did he look like the same player as a couple of years ago?
Definitely. He had the foot speed. He missed a couple of throws and things like that, but that’s just him getting back into the game, getting back into the flow of things. He definitely still has the foot speed and the playmaking ability as you saw out there. He made some great plays just running the ball.
And did his arm look the same?
The arm is very strong. You can tell he can still make the throws. The wind was blowing and he was off a little bit here or there, but it could have gone the other way.
LB Daryl Smith
Did 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick look like you expected him to look?
He’s slippery. You think you’re going to get a sack or get him down and he’ll convert a third down. That’s definitely what you see when you watch film of him.
You’re a veteran in this league and you’ve played against him before. Did he seem like the same guy out there? Anything different from what you expected?
No. He made some plays for them. This is only the second game back for him, I think he’s going to get better with it.
A lot of people were talking about his weight loss because of the injuries. Did he look a little skinnier?
I don’t know. All I know is he’s fast, slippery and he’s got an arm. That’s it.
CB Brent Grimes
What did you think of 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and how did he look just throwing and running the ball?
He’s a problem. You have to account for him all the time. He made a lot of plays when stuff broke down and he extended plays. I think he threw a touchdown when he extended a play. He was playing inside the game.
You’ve been around the league, any difference from what you saw today and what you’ve seen in years past?
He was playing his game. He makes plays and extends the plays and makes throws off of that. He was doing that a lot today.
Head Coach Dirk Koetter
We were inconsistent keeping [San Francisco 49ers QB Colin] Kaepernick in the pocket. We were trying to keep him in the pocket. We were inconsistent doing that and we had other chances to get him down. The D-line kept saying, ‘Coach, he’s fast!’ No kidding. Yeah, he’s fast. He’s just not your typical quarterback. The guy can run and we didn’t tackle as well as we should have but we thought if we could keep him in the pocket and make him throw the ball we could make some plays on it.