Found January 08, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
With 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the physical gifts are obvious. He's fast, he's strong, he's got an elite arm, he eludes tackles. The list goes on. That's not what has impressed coach Jim Harbaugh most this week as Kaepernick prepares for his first career playoff game. For Harbaugh, it's been his ability to pick things up on the mental side that has really impressed. "He's got a good grasp of the game plan so far. I'm excited that he's ... it's a bit savant-like, you know, the way he's handling it so far this week," Harbaugh said. "So that's really encouraging." Encouraging, not surprising. Not for the guy who benched an established winner -- Alex Smith -- for his backup essentially after one career start. There's a common train of thought that Harbaugh was just waiting for an opportunity to make the switch and got it when Kaepernick debuted so favorably against the Bears on Monday Night Football. H...

Despite win, Packers have lessons to learn

GREEN BAY, Wis. A day after the Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs, defensive coordinator Dom Capers, special teams coordinator Shawn Slocum and offensive coordinator Tom Clements addressed several topics from the 24-10 win. Here are three question-and-answer highlights from each coordinator: Dom Capers, defensive coordinator...

Harbaugh won't give Packers bulletin board material

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh wasn't interested in talking specifics leading into Saturday night's playoff matchup with the Green Bay Packers. He wouldn't discuss the 49ers' kicker battle or how veteran David Akers is handling the competition, he responded in a Twitter-friendly 140 characters when asked about a 42-13 loss to the Seattle...

Is Jim Harbaugh’s Coaching Reputation At Stake Saturday?

This week’s NFL Divisional Round playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers is the true test on whether Jim Harbaugh’s decision to change quarterbacks – to go permanently with Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith – was the right one or not. Smith, the original first string quarterback of the Niners this year, already proved last season he can guide his...

Behind Enemy Lines: Inside the 49ers

How are the 49ers a different team than Week 1 in this playoff rematch? How much of gamble is it going with Colin Kaepernick at QB? Was the bye week a good thing for the 49ers, and do they have an Achilles heel for the Packers to exploit? NinersDigest’s Craig Massei has the answers.

Gameday Ticket Preview: 49ers vs Packers

The San Francisco 49ers welcome the Green Bay Packers in a rematch of their week one battle during the 2012 NFL regular season. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will look to avenge the 30-22 loss at Lambeau Field, while the 49ers, backed by the young Colin Kaepernick, will try to vault themselves to their second NFC Championship game in as many years. This is obviously a huge game in...

Behind Enemy Lines, 49ers/Packers, Part I

NinersDigest’s Craig Massei and PackerReport’s Bill Huber go Behind Enemy Lines to take an inside look at the 49ers and Packers. How are the 49ers a different team than Week 1 in this playoff rematch? How much of a gamble is it going with Colin Kaepernick at QB? Was the bye week a good thing for the 49ers, and do they have an Achilles heel for the Packers to exploit? These Q...

Deja Vu for Eddie DeBartolo as he predicts a 49ers-Broncos Super Bowl

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News posted an interview he recently had with former owner, Eddie DeBartolo and his thoughts on the 49ers and the playoffs. DeBartolo: (without intro): Go Packers! (Laughs.) Q: Well, you’ve always been such a Green Bay honk. DeBartolo: Are you crazy? I hate that team! I have nightmares about the Packers and the Cowboys. It’s funny, no more than 10...

NFC Divisional Round: Packers @ 49ers Preview & Prediction

As the divisional round of the playoffs liftoff this Saturday evening, we’ll be getting the exact match up I thought we would a few weeks ago; only the venue will be different. I thought the Pack had the second seed wrapped up, but instead they’ll travel with the third seed in better weather conditions to face the team that got the second seed in the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick...

Kaepernick's Upside Means Upgrade to Offense

San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh made a huge gamble by hitching a championship contender's wagon to a quarterback with 29 career pass attempts. Colin Kaepernick, however, has been outstanding by making big plays while avoiding big mistakes.

Packers-49ers Preview

Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers is a northern California native who is returning to face the team he grew up rooting for and the one that bypassed him in the 2005 draft. It's less well known that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was born in Wisconsin and said he used to cheer for Green Bay. The former Super Bowl champion and the postseason newcomer will...

49ers kicking competition has a leader

Great news! Somebody is leading the 49ers kicking derby between David Akers and Billy Cunduff. Bad news! Jim Harbaugh won’t say who. From Can Inman: “We have a leader in the clubhouse and we’ll see how it goes today and tomorrow,” said Harbaugh, without divulging who that leader is. So, it looks like you’ll just have to use your imagination to guess who between Akers and...

49ers DL Justin Smith Expected to Play Against Packers

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said yesterday that he expects defensive lineman Justin Smith, who’s recovering from a partially torn triceps, to play this weekend when the team takes on the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional playoffs, reports Steve Corkran of The Contra Costa Times. "God willing and the creek don't rise, he's going to play," Harbaugh...
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