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Colin Kaepernick: 'I Love Coach Harbaugh'

Posted Oct 5, 2014

For all of the media buzz taking place outside of the San Francisco 49ers locker room, the inner view didn’t seem to reflect what's perceived nationally to be a chaotic environment.


For all of the media buzz taking place outside of the San Francisco 49ers locker room, the inner view didn’t seem to reflect what's perceived nationally to be a chaotic environment.

Joe Staley was asked to comment on the recent reports about the team being disappointed with Jim Harbaugh and 2014 potentially being the coach’s last year in San Francisco. In response, the left tackle simply dismissed the topic.

There was no need to discuss the reports after the 49ers beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 22-17, to stack another impressive victory under their belt and improve to 3-2 on the season.

Harbaugh, too, was asked about the state of his locker room and whether or not his players needed to make a statement in light of reports suggesting the team’s dynamic was amiss.

“The team doesn’t have to respond,” the coach said in his post-game remarks. “The team has to do their job and play football.”

Harbaugh took it a step further and explained his role in the player-coach dynamic.

“It’s my job to love them, those players, those coaches, everybody in our organization,” Harbaugh said. “It’s their job to love each other. They don’t need to respond in any other way in their job. The football team has done good, and the better you do, the more you do, the more people try to trip you up.”

The 49ers could not be tripped up on this day. San Francisco played discipline football, committing just two penalties for 10 yards against a Kansas City team which entered the Week 5 matchup with a two-game winning streak. The home team also battled back from a 17-10 deficit to play turnover-free football and beat its former starting quarterback, Alex Smith, who played valiantly in defeat.

Harbaugh sounded like the media drama brought the best out of his team.

“Whether you’re praise or getting criticized or whether it’s silence,” Harbaugh said, “all three have their obstacles. All three have things that have to be addressed. But they all three – any of the three – can add to the competitiveness and determination and our football team is very determined and very competitive.”

Competitive, indeed.

When asked to categorize his relationship with his head coach, Colin Kaepernick put it best:

“I love coach Harbaugh,” the 49ers signal-caller said. “I’d go to war with him any day of the week.”

Frank Gore, who rushed for 107 yards to complement Kaepernick’s 201-yard passing performance, agreed with his quarterback as the two took to the Levi’s® Stadium podium together for a second consecutive week. The 10-year veteran runner nodded in agreement as Kaepernick spoke up for his coach.

“He’s a competitor,” Gore said under his breath.

Kaepernick took the cue, and voiced it loud enough for the room to hear.

“He’s a competitor,” Kaepernick said. "He wants to win, and he's going to do anything to put this team in position to win."

And with that, the team will continue to compete just like its leader.

“My destiny lies between these walls with these men,” Harbaugh said.


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