Kaepernick playing beyond his years for Niners


Kaepernick playing beyond his years for Niners

FOXBORO -- Let us get this out of the way.

This is coming directly from the mouth of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on Wednesday: "Colin's starting, yes."

He's talking about Colin Kaepernick, who will make his fifth start at quarterback since replacing Alex Smith, who seemingly lost his job after suffering a concussion last month.

Kaepernick is 3-1 since becoming the starter. And Harbaugh explained, on Wednesday, why he's sticking with the kid.

"I think it was a unique situation here," said Harbaugh in a conference call on Wednesday. "Two guys that we believe in, believe can win games for us. And picking one, it's who do you think can give you the best chance for this next game.

"He's playing, really, with a lot of poise and beyond his years. He's produced. he's made big plays with his arm and his feet and with his mind. He's 3-1 as a starter, doing a fine job. He's acquitting himself very well."

Linebacker Aldon Smith seems to agree with Harbaugh's decision to stick with Kaepernick.

"I think we're in a good spot," said Smith. "We have two good guys on our team, and Colin's playing good ball right now. It's exciting to see where he takes us."

Not just because of his legs, but also because of his arm.

"Not only can he run -- because I think people have seen that -- but his arm strength is out of this world," said Smith. "We were actually playing catch last week, and I was telling him, 'I don't think I'm about to play with you because you throw a little too hard for me. I can hear the ball coming before it gets to me so I'll step out of this one.' "

Brown releases statement: 'I never struck my wife, and never would'


Brown releases statement: 'I never struck my wife, and never would'

Giants kicker Josh Brown released a statement via ESPN on Thursday

"I am sorry that my past has called into question the character or integrity of The New York Giants, Mr. Mara or any of those who have supported me along the way. I have taken measures to get help so that I may be the voice of change, not a statistic. It is important to share that I never struck my wife, and never would. Abuse takes many forms, and is not a gray area. Through the past several years I have worked to identify and rectify my own behaviors. The road to rehabilitation is a journey and a constant modification of a way of life. My journey will continue forever as a person determined to leave a positive legacy and I embrace the opportunities to show and speak about what has helped me to be that man. In the interim, I am cooperating with the Giants and the NFL. Thank you to everyone that has supported me, I will not let you down."