Colin Kaepernick will remain the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers for a second consecutive week.
Head coach Chip Kelly confirmed on Monday that Kaepernick would lead the offense in a Week 7 home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Kaepernick completed 13-of-29 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown in his first start of the season in Week 6 against the Buffalo Bills.
"We had good moments. We had some that we need to correct," Kaepernick said of the team's performance in the 45-16 defeat. "I know personally there were throws that I should have made, and I want to make and I need to correct those this week. But we have opportunities out there.
"We have to take advantage of those when they present themselves to us, and that will allow us to put a lot more points on the board, keep drives alive, things of that nature that will help us win football games."
The quarterback reiterated that he enjoyed competing with his teammates in what was his first extended regular season action in nearly a year. Kaepernick added that he came out of the contest just fine from a physical standpoint.
That's a positive sign as Kaepernick was busy escaping pressure in the pocket and using his athleticism to scramble. The signal-caller led the team with 66 rushing yards on eight carries. Kaepernick's best run was a 29-yard scramble up the middle in the second half. He later added a 10-yard gain on a play where he was nearly sacked in his own end zone for a safety.
"I thought using my feet was something that I did well," Kaepernick said. "There were a couple times that I wish I would have hung in a little bit more, but those are always split-second decisions that it's always easier to look back and say, 'I should have done this. I should have done that.'"
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A 53-yard touchdown from Kaepernick to Torrey Smith in the second quarter highlighted the offense's day. San Francisco trailed 17-13 at halftime but let the game get away in the fourth quarter where the 49ers were limited to just three points over the final two quarters.
"We didn't come out and make plays the second half," Kaepernick said. "Ultimately, that's what it came down to. Our execution is something that we need to improve upon, being able to sustain that for four quarters."
"We have to take it one game at a time. Getting this first win to break this losing streak will be huge for us, and that's where our focus has to be this week in preparation."
So what is Kaepernick's expectation for Sunday against the Buccaneers?
"A win. That's what we're preparing for," Kaepernick said. "That's what our focus is on. We want to make sure this week we're having a good week of practice, everybody's on the same page and everybody's focused and ready to go this Sunday.
"We have to take it one game at a time. Getting this first win to break this losing streak will be huge for us and that's where our focus has to be this week in preparation."