Colin Kaepernick is taking hits already, and these can’t be blamed on the wreck of an offensive line in front of him.
Earlier this week, Indianapolis Colts and ex-49ers running back Frank Gore remarked that Andrew Luck “was smart” and “makes me feel young” and “runs the huddle,” which some took as a poke at his old quarterback. Asked about the comment on Wednesday at Niners camp, Kaepernick was typically short and vague in his answers.
“It’s not something I’m worried about,” Kaepernick said. “We’re moving forward. It’s a new season, new coaching staff, new players. That’s all we’re worried about right now.”
Kaepernick added that “We don’t talk about our scheme” and “You can ask the same question any way you want to, [but] you’re going to get the same answer.”
Instead of the new-and-improved version, sounds like we’re getting the same quarterback, too.
GET A MOVE ON: One of the lasting images of Jim Harbaugh’s farewell season is the stark-raving coach ripping off his headset on the sideline, frantically signaling for a timeout while the play clock winds down.
Last season, the 49ers were guilty of nine delay-of-game penalties, most in the league. The slo-mo offense also forced them to burn a bunch of time-outs, and “it pissed a lot of people off, including the offensive line,” guard Alex Boone said.
Now new coach Jim Tomsula wants to pick up the pace.
“It’s hard at first,” Boone said. “Obviously, we’re not used to anything like that. We took a long time last year to get plays off. That was a problem and everybody knew that.”
The plan makes sense in theory. But it also means new coordinator Geep Chryst has to make the right play calls quicker, Kaepernick has to digest them faster and the rest of the offense has to execute them better. And that asks a lot, especially when you consider the sad state of the line right now.
LIKE OLD TIMES: Before Joe Montana, there was Frankie Albert and John Brodie. Who better to talk about them than Dave Newhouse, the oldest active 49ers writer from the Bay Area?
His book “Founding 49ers” covers the pre-Eddie DeBartolo days and is worth it for the story of Preston Riley alone. Riley failed to recover a crucial on-side kick in the 1972 playoffs, a sequence that haunted him ever since.
Newhouse will sign books at the NFL Northern California Alumni Chapter headquarters, 1311 Madison Ave. in Redwood City from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. go wow. You know, like win a football game.
DEFLATEGATE CONTINUED: Tom Brady can’t beat NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, so maybe he’ll pick on somebody his own age.
In an email made public as part of the NFLPA lawsuit in the Deflategate scandal, the 38-year-old Brady chided Denver Broncos veteran Peyton Manning, who is one year older.
“Thanks popa,” Brady wrote to a childhood friend last November. “I’ve go another 7 or 8 years. [Manning] has 2. That’s the final chapter. Game on.”
In that case, Brady expects to play until he’s 45 or 46. Does coach Bill Belichick know about this?
SERENA FANS OUT OF LUCK: The public relations folks at the Bank of the West Classic finally got back to us Wednesday. A day earlier, we’d asked them about the refund policy for fans who purchased tickets specifically to see Serena Williams, the world’s top women’s player. The defending champ pulled out of the Stanford event last Friday, citing an elbow injury, even though she committed the previous day to a tournament next week in Toronto and downplayed an elbow injury in a media conference call.
Said Sam Henderson, IMG Tennis director of media and public relations: “The tournament does not offer refunds based on player withdrawals. The session is still taking place and matches are being played. Unfortunately, injuries and withdrawals are part of the sport. All of our marketing materials state player field is subject to change.”
It was mentioned to Henderson that, as of Wednesday morning, the tournament’s official website continued to feature a photo of Williams signing autographs for fans — on a ticket information page, no less.
“Yes … that should and will be changed,” Henderson said. “Thanks for pointing that out.’”
Why does Balls have to do everyone else’s work, too?
THE LIST: FC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey scored her latest knockout victory in 34 seconds last weekend. Other things that can be done in that amount of time:
The Michigan offense breaks the huddle.
The A’s make three outs.
Giants’ fans begin to worry about the starting pitcher.
Tom Brady deflates his cellphone.
LeBron James overrules David Blatt.
Colin Kaepernick conducts an interview.