Do you have any update on LB Shayne Skov?
“No, we don’t. I know he’s gone to get an MRI. He’s not back yet. Or I think he may be back, but we don’t have the results back yet.”
Does, I know obviously we talked about winning the game takes precedence over everything, but are you encouraged by facing the number three-ranked defense in the league and the way you guys were able to move the ball offensively?
“I think even more than that I’m just disappointed in how we really hurt ourselves in that game. On the drives that we were stopped, all but one of them I think were our fault. We had the fumble in the red zone and then a couple times the penalties put us back, put us in long yardage situations, so it was tough to get out of those. But, I thought the offense did a nice job. You just wish with 475-yards of offense you’d have more than 24 points.”
What kind of progress did you see from QB Colin Kaepernick?
“Like I said yesterday, he’s just got more experience. He played starting the Buffalo game, so it’s natural for anybody the first time playing in our system, our first time getting to coach him, he’s made a progression from game-to-game where you see improvement from him, which is what you’re looking for. I think that part of it is positive. I think in all facets, it’s not just one facet where it’s just this and this is all he’s done. It’s in everything; his pocket presence, his accuracy, understanding and knowledge of protections, in all that stuff I think he’s improved since the Buffalo game.”
From a physical standpoint, you had said back in August, September that you still hadn’t seen the 2012-2013 version of Kaepernick. Does he look now like the guy that you watched on TV those years?
“No, he’s still not where he was. I think back then he was between 225-230 pounds. I don’t think he’s near that now. So, no to that answer.”
Is it possible that he never gets to that level and that he can function well at a new weight?
“I don’t know. I’m not concerned about that right now.”
He got hit pretty hard on that last tackle. Did he suffer any injuries to his legs the way they buckled or maybe upper body even?
“No, he wasn’t on any injury list today. So, no from what I understand.”
The run defense obviously was an issue for many weeks. They played really well yesterday. Was that the most positive thing you saw from the defense yesterday and what’s the most concerning aspect of the defense going forward?
“I thought our run defense played well yesterday. When you hold [Miami Dolphins RB Jay] Ajayi to 45 yards, one of the premier backs coming in, I think our guys did a good job. I thought they tackled well by and large, but there were some, I think on the negative side, some of the pass-coverage stuff. We’ve got to do a better job just contesting balls. There were guys there, but we need to make a play on the ball when it’s in the air.”
What have you seen from the pass rush? Obviously, you’ve played without LB Aaron Lynch for eight games, but did you expect more from those guys stepping in?
“No, we got what we expected out of those guys.”
Are you satisfied with the pass rush or what can you guys do to amp that up?
“Yeah, I think we’re getting good effort from the guys that we have.”
About what time did you guys get into Orlando last night and just how is everybody settling in and what’s the scene like there for you?
“What time did we get in? I don’t know. Eight, nine, something like that. The hotel’s great. Great setup. Just like a normal Monday for us.”
One more Kaepernick weight question. Do you want him to get back to 225-230? Is that where you’d like to see him?
“Whatever you want him at. I’ll tell him that’s what he can be at. I’m good with his weight right now. He’s not going to gain 35 pounds or whatever he needs to gain that quickly. We keep getting that question. I’m not concerned about his weight. I mentioned it at the beginning just to say that’s where he was physically. But, I’m not really concerned about his weight.”
How did you feel about the way WR Rod Streater stepped in and played in WR Quinton Patton’s absence?
“I thought Streat did a real nice job. He does a good job after the catch, has been playing really well for us on special teams. So, we were happy with the way Streater played.”
You guys have had almost 500 yards in two games in the last four weeks, I guess is it. Is that some of what you said about Colin? Is everyone getting on the same page, understanding a new offense or what do you attribute those pretty healthy numbers to?
“I just think our guys are doing a better job and doing the things that we need to do to execute offensively in this league. So, with only Colin’s sixth start in this system, it was good to get a healthy [RB] Carlos [Hyde]. He’s been banged up since the Buffalo game a little bit. I think against the Patriots he was healthy. I think in this game he was really healthy. So, we’ve been fortunate with our health in our offensive line. We’ve got really everybody that was available to us on the offensive side was there and I think they played hard.”