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Usually, you can’t get Colin Kaepernick to say a word. He stands there in news conferences answering in sullen monosyllables, staring straight ahead like a dead mackerel. But today he’s in Super Bowl World and he’s giving interviews to everything. It turns out he even has a personality.

Naturally, he addressed the season-ending pass he threw to Michael Crabtree that Richard Sherman knocked away to a teammate. Sherman then bragged about the play.

Here is Kaepernick The Talkative: ”If I throw that ball one foot farther, it’s a TD, and now you’re the goat, Richard Sherman.”

Kaepernick needs to be quiet and think about what he said.

If he had thrown a better pass, Sherman would be the goat. But he didn’t throw a better pass. That means Kaepernick is the goat.

Black and white. Either you did or you didn’t.

Really good quarterbacks make the pass, throw it a foot farther. Joe Montana threw the ball to the exact right place when Dwight Clark made The Catch. Joe didn’t say, gee if only I had thrown it right.

Here are analogies to what Kaepernick said:

The batter who struck out swinging to end the World Series: “If only I had my bat an inch higher I could have hit a home run.”

The basketball player who missed the jumper at the buzzer and his team lost: “If only I had shot the ball two inches farther we would have won.”

You get the point. Kaepernick didn’t throw the ball a foot farther. He may even have choked. There is no credit in his “if.”

He needs to be quiet.

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  1. Dr. Feelgood

    How to make sense of this? Eleven days since the defeat, and NOW he comes out with the trash talk. It’s so shrill. He’s getting in on the action after everyone else has gone home. Sherman, at least, shot off his mouth in the moment and then apologized and has dropped it.
    Strategically, the Niners would have been far better served by closed mouths while letting for Sherman’s public rant be motivational for their next meeting. I can think of instances where talking smack put points on the board, but always for the OTHER team. Kaepernick has abdicated the motivational higher ground.

    January 30th, 2014 3:11 pm

  2. Gary

    Sherman goads you into getting riled and you take the bait. Sherman wins.

    January 30th, 2014 3:29 pm

  3. Scott Thompson

    It’s hard to comment on your article/post without being abusive. Kaepernick is doing exactly what he should be doing. He is the leader of the franchise, and he is making it clear there is no fear, and he is defending his teammate. The “choking” comment at the end of the article is not only uncalled for, it is sophomoric. The swing and miss is yours Cohn, not Kaepernick’s

    January 30th, 2014 3:46 pm

  4. RednGold1

    Lowell, you know I love you. But I think something here flew over your head.
    What Kap said implies he (Kap) is the goat. Kap is taking ownership of being the goat.
    Now we all know that Sherman gloated over his own play. Sherman gloated over tipping the pass away from Crabtree.
    I think Kap, in taking ownership of the play, is taking blame away from Crabtree.
    If we look at the very basics of the play, say it was between just two players, those two players are Sherman and Kap not Sherman and Crab.

    Kap has big shoulders. I think Kap is shouldering all of the blame for the play not working.
    And “if” the pass had been complete, Sherman would,ve been the goat. But the pass wasn’t complete and Kap is the goat. And that is what Kap is saying. Kap is saying, “I am the goat.” …not Crab.

    January 30th, 2014 3:47 pm

  5. Michael

    Lowell – If you listened to the entire KNBR Interview and a few others he gave today: 1. Kaepernick totally owned up to missing on that pass and said he thinks about it every day and he will get better. 2. I’m so glad Colin finally opens up to the Media and you jump at the opportunity to slam him. I cannot imagine why he is not more forthcoming (tongue firmly planted to cheek). 3. Lowell, will you always bring up Walsh in Harbaugh blog posts and Joe Montana in Kaepernick blog posts? Like, everytime?! Sure seems fair and balanced to always compare or do I say expect(?) the current generation to play/coach on par with the absolute 2 greatest of all time at their position. I’m now waiting for the Crabtree is no Jerry Rice column….

    January 30th, 2014 3:50 pm

  6. Mark M

    He’s just defending his receiver moving forward. Standing up for his teammate. I don’t get this response at all. You blast him for having no leadership skills then blast him for supporting his main receiver? Eeeks.

    January 30th, 2014 4:01 pm

  7. Kathryn

    Agreed!

    January 30th, 2014 4:44 pm

  8. Steve the cat rescuer

    “If ifs and ands were pots and pans, the world would be a kitchen.” Not sure as to originality, but that was my mom’s response whenever I used “if” as an excuse.

    January 30th, 2014 4:48 pm

  9. Brady

    This is ridiculous, and you clearly didn’t read Kap’s quote in context. He wasn’t making excuses; he was placing the blame on himself. He was saying that Sherman doesn’t get to brag about being great, because it wasn’t that he made a great play so much as Kap made a poor one.

    I know you enjoy ragging on Kap as much as you can, but this was not a case of woulda, coulda, shoulda. This was Kap saying that Crabtree had Sherman beat, and that the reason it was intercepted was because he messed up, not because Sherman made a great play.

    January 30th, 2014 5:16 pm

  10. Brady

    Also, it appears that time has hurt your memory of the great Joe Montana. Yes, he made a spectacular throw to Dwight Clark. but you saying, “Really good quarterbacks make the pass, throw it a foot farther” almost makes it seem like Joe didn’t lose three consecutive playoff games from 1985-87 while throwing 0 touchdowns and 4 interceptions…

    In case you’ve forgotten, even great quarterbacks don’t always throw it a foot farther…

    January 30th, 2014 5:21 pm

  11. htwaits

    Brady,

    In addition to those three consecutive playoff losses, in Walsh’s last Super Bowl, Montana hit a Cincinnati defensive back in the chest on the play just before the 49ers scored their first touchdown. The pass was in the end zone and there were three defenders surrounding the receiver. It was a classic “How could he have thrown it there!” moment.

    The pass was dropped, the 49ers scored on the next down and set up the greatest finish to a Super Bowl up until that year.

    Maybe Lowell was writing similar material during the years when Young and the 49ers couldn’t get passed Dallas in the NFL championship games three out of four times.

    January 30th, 2014 11:58 pm

  12. k.g.

    Oy vey…Everyone should just drop this subject, and wait to play another day!

    January 31st, 2014 1:03 am

  13. John Erlin

    Forty-Whiners. Period. Kapernick is a second rate QB. Montana, Young, even Brody had more class than this excuse of a QB. And Harbaugh? He’s a loser and a crybaby who has never won anything and never will. Walsh, Seifert, etc. Peerless class. Harbaugh is a baby.

    January 31st, 2014 5:33 am

  14. Streetglide

    Speaking of choke, poor Victor Ortiz got his butt handed to him again last night by a journeyman boxer in Brooklyn. Guy needs to get out of the ring before he really gets hurt…

    January 31st, 2014 7:29 am

  15. Stan

    WHY is even AT the Super Bowl? Is he stalking? It’s like he showed up at the only woman he’s ever loved wedding —TO SOMEBODY ELSE.

    January 31st, 2014 9:19 am

  16. Tom Fresso

    A 41-14-1 coach with 5 playoff wins over 3 seasons:

    John Erlin: “He’s a loser and a crybaby who has never won anything and never will.”

    Tom Fresso: “Thank you for being our head coach in a league where easy wins do not exist. Please stay as long as you like.”

    January 31st, 2014 10:42 am

  17. Kathy M

    Well there you have it, more evidence of the black-and-white thinking that limits and distorts your writing about the Niners. It’s right there in black and white, actually, on my screen. It weakens your arguments.

    January 31st, 2014 10:45 am

  18. Stan

    On Firefox Kathy,its gray and white. Lowell would approve I’m sure.

    January 31st, 2014 2:36 pm

  19. Brady

    htwaits – I was not yet born, so I appreciate your sharing that tidbit!

    January 31st, 2014 4:00 pm

  20. Brady

    Stan – he is not at the Super Bowl. He’s just having a “media week” in between the end of the season and the start of his training. He said he won’t even watch the Super Bowl.

    January 31st, 2014 4:01 pm

  21. Dennis

    Man, you are tough to please. First your mad because he wasn’t say too much, now your telling him he needs to be quiet. You have got to be tough to live with – I don’t care what you say.

    January 31st, 2014 4:17 pm

  22. Stan

    This stalking Sherman to New York is just too strange. Makes Sherman look like he had a good reason to wreak revenge on Crabtree.

    Montana or Plunkett and Snake? Only when they played in the game itself did they hang out at the SB….

    January 31st, 2014 5:10 pm

  23. htwaits

    Brady

    “htwaits – I was not yet born, so I appreciate your sharing that tidbit!”

    I started with the 49ers first game, but only on the radio. I did see Frankie Albert, the first T formation quarterback and the first 49er quarterback, play safety, linebacker, and quarterback in the same game.

    Enjoy.

    January 31st, 2014 7:39 pm

  24. russell

    My only issue with Kaep is that he mocks Cam Newton’s Superman move, he continually kisses his arm and then he has the nerve to act like Sherman calling himself great is wrong. Otherwise, carry on.

    January 31st, 2014 9:58 pm

  25. Deemer

    Cohn is the biggest Kaepernick hater in the bay. I don’t know how this guy is still employed as a writer he is nothing but biased against a kid who is working hard at being great. It is easy to sit behind a computer screen and play Monday Morning QB. Why don’t you every come out from behind your screen and respond to the fans who ask you why you are such a Kap hater Cohn? Like was previously said you rag on Kap for not being a leader, and when he comes out and defends his teammate and takes the blame for the INT vs Seattle you tell him to be quite. Make up your mind man and come out with something that isn’t biased by some hidden agenda you seem to have against the current leaders of this team in Harbaugh and Kap. I haven’t seen a positive article from you regarding this team in ages. You seem to forget that every QB (Montana, Young, Manning, Brady) all went through growing pains, you expect Kap to be perfect but the fact is that he is still only 29 starts into his career. Maybe have a little patience and let the kid develop his unique skill set before you sit around throwing stones.

    January 31st, 2014 11:17 pm

  26. Brady

    htwaits – that is incredible! Thank you for sharing that wonderful tidbit. What a journey you have been on as a fan from day one!

    February 1st, 2014 12:24 am

  27. Nancy R

    I’m still dying to know what Crabtree said to Sherman back when….nothing like goading the opposition to fire them up!

    February 1st, 2014 6:04 am

  28. Nancy R

    Lowell has also said great things about Kaep. I just think Kaep is a little immature. It’s great that he works so hard; and yes he is probably defending his teammate in that comment about throwing it a few inches further but I still don’t see the humility I keep harping on and that is what is going to make the difference for him. When he can stop thinking he is The One who blew it or The One who threw it right and instead see himself as part of his TEAM.

    February 1st, 2014 6:08 am

  29. htwaits

    Nancy R, do you think Montana will ever get over the fact that the 49ers replaced him for what they thought was for the good of the team? Should he?

    February 1st, 2014 12:38 pm

  30. Stan

    Kap COULD be a Elway in the making. Elway himself was another Dan Marino for years.. big stats and SB loser. Then he won a couple. All was forgotten.
    Kap wins a couple of SB’s and Lowell will be another Kreidler or Thompkins on him.
    Well,maybe not that extreme- wink wink.

    February 1st, 2014 1:43 pm

  31. Dennis

    Kaep should have said this, Kaep should have done that, Kaep should be more of this and less of that, it goes on and on. How about we just all agree that everyone is different and no one is perfect and that is what makes the world so fascinating. Just accept Kaep for who he is, quit complaining and enjoy the show. He is a special talent who would make most teams in the league better than they are, including the Raiders.

    February 1st, 2014 3:00 pm

  32. Brady

    Nancy – what Kap has said is that the team did enough to win, and he messed it up. He has said that they should have won as a team, but he screwed it up for everyone else.

    How in the world is that not thinking about the team? Look at coaches: they take no responsibility when they win, all responsibility when they lose. That is exactly what Kaepernick is doing.

    Honestly, it’s shocking to me how many people think Kap is a selfish player when he has never talked about his own skills, only about his own shortcomings, and how they’ve impacted the organization.

    February 1st, 2014 3:19 pm

  33. Lou

    No Cohn, you need to be quiet & you Kaepernick bashing is getting lame.

    February 1st, 2014 4:21 pm

  34. NeverWrong

    @ Stan 2/1 1:43 But Elway threw passes that made everyone’s jaw drop–all the time. And there was a touchdown run of his where he bulled his way into the end zone–sandlot tackle football and he was imitating Cookie Gilchrist–that made his own teammates, notably the defensive backs, fly off the bench cheering what they’d just seen.

    February 1st, 2014 7:20 pm

  35. Rob

    You have to wonder, would Eddie D have sat back after a loss of the Super Bowl and a loss of the NFC Championship and just issued a letter to the “fans” stating how great things are, as Jed York has done. I doubt it. Certainly is a different era. Glad I’m not paying those big bucks to travel to Santa Clara to watch Harbaugh and Kaepernick grimly fall short again next year.

    February 1st, 2014 10:38 pm

  36. Spicoli

    Kapperdoodle is a farce of a QB.

    Using his A+ running skills and his straight C level passing ability to play behind the best oline in the NFL, and with the benefit a great defense, he has played this pat hand, and you 49er apologists, into believing he is more than he is. As a 49er dislike, I hope they give him a giant raise to keep him, hamstring the organization and keep the 49ers asking themselves why they can’t get over the hump.

    He played at UNR in a gimmick offense for a reason.

    February 1st, 2014 11:57 pm

  37. Spicoli

    And he obviously can’t handle the attention he is getting.

    He is THE MAN, after all.

    L O L

    February 1st, 2014 11:58 pm

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