49ers QB Kaepernick brushes criticism aside 

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  • Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick hopes to rebound in New Orleans on Sunday after last week’s sub-100 yards passing performance against the Panthers.
Colin Kaepernick has his own critique for former quarterback Trent Dilfer after the analyst questioned the ability of San Francisco’s QB to adjust in the passing game: Unless you’re with the 49ers day-to-day, watch what you say.

When told that Dilfer had called out Kaepernick’s skill to adapt when his first read isn’t there following a 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Kaepernick reminded everyone Wednesday that he hasn’t changed from the player who led San Francisco back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 18 years last season in his first opportunity as an NFL starter.

“Well, I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that,” Kaepernick said Wednesday.

He pointed out that Dilfer is not at team headquarters regularly — or working alongside Kaepernick like his teammates do — nor does he know what the quarterback’s progression is supposed to be for a given game plan or specific sequence.

“I didn’t hear what he had to say, but he’s not in the building with us so what he’s saying really doesn’t affect me at all,” Kaepernick said. “I’m worried about what this team thinks and what I’m doing in here with my teammates.”

Kaepernick has plenty of support from within as he nears the one-year mark of his first NFL start in a commanding 32-7 victory against the Chicago Bears on “Monday Night Football” on Nov. 19 while playing in place of the injured Alex Smith.

“It’s been a very good, steady progression for him,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “We don’t think anything’s wrong with Colin.”

The 49ers certainly hope tight end Vernon Davis can play Sunday after sustaining a concussion — his second in 10 months — against the Panthers. Without him for the second half, San Francisco’s passing game became non-existent as the Niners wound up with 46 total yards passing and 151 in all.

Running back Gore stands by Kaepernick and knows he will grow from the tough losses.

“He’s doing well. Every year is going to get tougher,” Gore said. “As long as he keeps standing and manning up and going out there and trying to get this team to our goal, that’s all we want from him. Kaepernick’s doing a great job.”

That is the perception of New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees from afar.

“We all know what he’s capable of, he’s a dual threat, he can make plays with his legs and his arm,” Brees said. “He’s got the ability to be a big-time player.”

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