San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick responded to criticism from ESPN analyst and former 49ers quarterback Trent Dilfer, saying that until Dilfer knows the offense Kaepernick is running, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.
After the 49ers lost to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Dilfer called out Kaepernick for his inability to adjust and adapt when his first read is covered.
“Well, I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that,” Kaepernick told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
The young quarterback has a point and then again, he doesn’t. Yes, he’s right that Dilfer isn’t in the meeting room with the quarterbacks, he’s not at practice, he doesn’t know the playbook.
But at the same time, it’s really not a wise idea to respond directly to criticism such as that offered by Dilfer.
Dilfer’s job is to analyze and critique quarterback play in the NFL. Kaepernick’s job is to play quarterback in the NFL. So maybe the best advice for the kid would be to do your job and not worry about how Trent Dilfer does his.
Particularly when Kaepernick claims to have not heard Dilfer’s comments directly.
“I didn’t hear what he had to say, but he’s not in the building with us so what he’s saying doesn’t affect me at all,” Kaepernick said. “I’m worried about what this team thinks and what I’m doing here with my teammates.”
The better play would have been to stop right after, “I didn’t hear what he had to say.” Period. Done. End of story.
But it’s my experience that whenever someone in Kaepernick’s position says something being said about him in the media doesn’t affect him at all, it means—at the very least—it pissed him off.
In any event, it seemed to keep Dilfer’s criticism circulating long after it should have faded into the background.