San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick received a vote of confidence Monday from coach Jim Tomsula following a four-interception outing Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals .
"I believe in Colin Kaepernick," Tomsula said, per ESPN.com. "And, I think he's got the tools to be a darn good quarterback in this football league, in this league."
Kaepernick has completed 64.8 percent of his passes (59 of 91) through three games. He has two passing touchdowns to four interceptions, while rushing for 138 yards and one touchdown on 23 attempts.
"I mean, yes, he's our starting quarterback," Tomsula said. "But, we're in a game of football. I mean, infinity and statements to that term at any position (are false), but I've had no thoughts of him not being our quarterback. He's our quarterback."
Kaepernick had two of his interceptions returned for a touchdown in the first six minutes of the game, and all of his picks seemed to be legitimate bad throws. He was facing a tough defense on the road, but that is obviously of little consolation to fantasy owners. He'll look to improve in Week 4, facing the Packers at home.
Kaepernick was able to put up a gaudy stat-line thanks to garbage-time production in a blowout loss, but it all counts the same as far as owners are concerned. The 49ers looked great in Week 1 and terrible in Week 2, so it's still unclear at this stage whether or not Kaepernick will see frequent garbage time opportunities this season.
Regardless of the 49ers' play as a team, Kaepernick's ability to do damage both on the ground and through the air should keep him fantasy-relevant at all times, although his generally shaky passing ability prevents him from being elite.
Kaepernick completed 17-of-26 passes for 165 yards. He also rushed for 41 yards on seven attempts and did not turn the ball over.
Kaepernick has not thrown a touchdown pass in three of his last six starts.
Chryst, who is stepping in for his first year as the offensive coordinator, says he's seen a lot of progress with Kaepernick on the field and that's boosting his confidence.
"He's playing with a lot of confidence," Chryst said, per the team. "I think he's having fun playing football. I think it's awful important to him, so how do you catch the right balance between, I'm serious here and it's still great to be with my teammates?"
Kaepernick has adopted the leader role for the 49ers, which is a crucial part of his development, according to Chryst.
"There's a serious side to Colin about working hard," Chryst said. "There's a side where he'll get on people if we're not operating, and then there's that side where you feel confidence and you see within his demeanor - that's a positive."
Kaepernick passed for 3,369 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.
|5||10/11/15||@ NYG||8:30 pm|
|8||11/1/15||@ STL||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/22/15||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|13||12/6/15||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|14||12/13/15||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|16||12/27/15||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||5||3||60.0||35||7.00||19||0||0||0/0||0||0||81.3|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||7||218||136||62.4||1814||8.32||57||10||3||16/112||32||4||98.3|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||416||243||58.4||3197||7.69||64||21||8||39/231||46||10||91.6|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||478||289||60.5||3369||7.05||80||19||10||52/344||48||5||86.4|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||3||3||91||59||64.8||567||6.23||75||2||4||8/51||4||2||71.1|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||2||-2||-1.0||-1||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||7||63||415||6.6||50||5||3||18|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||92||524||5.7||28||4||4||28|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||16||104||639||6.1||90||1||7||28|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||3||3||23||138||6.0||14||1||0||8|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2011||San Francisco 49ers||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||San Francisco 49ers||13||9||2||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2013||San Francisco 49ers||16||6||4||0||2||0||0||2||0|
|2014||San Francisco 49ers||16||8||5||0||3||0||0||3||0|
|2015||San Francisco 49ers||3||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Women's Nike Carlos Hyde Black San Francisco 49ers Player Pride Name & Number T-Shirt Shop Now!