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Published: Mon, October 26, 2015
Economy | By Melissa Porter

The 49ers sticking with Kaepernick

The 49ers sticking with Kaepernick

Ouch! San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's aim was definitely off during the October 22 game against the Seattle Seahawks. This is a team who has allowed the previous six quarterbacks they've faced to average 320 passing yards and two touchdowns a game. And that's what we want to continue to keep doing, just focus on us and continue to get better. "That's the bottom line". Kaepernick was sacked six times in the game.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said afterward that his team, known for its "Legion of Boom" secondary and stingy defense overall, had recovered its formula for winning games. "You obviously can't operate without protection".

The 49ers' offence was anaemic, with Kaepernick connecting with 13 of 24 passes for 124 yards.

The trainer who got slammed in the face probably wishes he had at least one back as well.

"A couple of those were throwaways", Kaepernick said. However, as I watch the fifth-year quarterback play, I am reminded of what legendary college coach Jerry Claiborne said to a promising young player: "Son, your potential is going to get me fired".

As for his thumb, Kaepernick said it was "just a few swelling", noting that he did not suffer a fracture.

The 49ers are in trouble, and primarily the offensive line and coaching (play calling) are the first to point fingers at. The first is that play calls on second downs become a little easier to predict. In a second-and-long situation, with the 49ers so desperate to avoid third-and-long, you can probably expect a rush more often than not, just to avoid the possibility of an incomplete pass and a gain of zero. The problem is they might not be better than anyone else. "This time I made sure he wasn't going to overthrow me". What five teams could be potential trade destinations for the San Francisco 49ers quarterback? "The management and ownership should be ashamed".

The 49ers produced another prime-time dud on Thursday night against the Seahawks just like a year ago for Thanksgiving when Richard Sherman chopped turkey on the Levi's Stadium field.

San Francisco's Phil Dawson kicked a 35-yard field goal with 1:21 remaining in the third quarter to pull the 49ers within 17-3 entering the fourth quarter.

It took only one series for the 49ers troubled defense to create a 7-0 hole. "That's the way we're supposed to finish these games". Lynch converted on fourth-and-inches three snaps earlier.

For the 49ers, any momentum gained from ending a four-game losing streak by beating Baltimore on Sunday is gone. In the three losses in which he had played, he had run for just 168 yards on 50 carries (3.36 per attempt) and, frankly, did not look he was in Beast Mode.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks defense was sharp. Lynch and Thomas Rawls each had a 17-yard run, and Wilson had completions of 23, 36 and 43 yards. Far too often were Seahawks wide receivers left wide open.

Safety Antoine Bethea is having an MRI taken on a shoulder/chest injury that forced him out of the game in the second quarter.

The Seahawks are now 3-4, and can spend the next 10 days pretending that they're the same team that reached the Super Bowl last February.

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