Colin Kaepernick Responds to Criticism from Trent Dilfer

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistNovember 14, 2013

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has faced some criticism in his short time in the league, yet he continues to not let it bother him.

After Week 10's loss to the Carolina Panthers, ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer said that the young player becomes "remedial" when he has to move past his first option, according to Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News.

Unsurprisingly, the quarterback did not agree with that assessment. More importantly, he does not care what anyone thinks outside of the locker room, according to the Associated Press via FOX Sports:

Well, I think you should ask him if he knows what my progression is first before he says that...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. I'm worried about what this team thinks and what I'm doing in here with my teammates.

In Dilfer's defense, Kaepernick did have one of the worst games of his career in Week 10. He completed only 11-of-22 passes for 91 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. It was the first time he was held to under 100 passing yards in a full game.

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Steve Young (left) and Trent Dilfer on the ESPN Monday Night Football Countdown set before the game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Spor
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These struggles plagued the rest of the offense as the team only managed three field goals in a one-point loss to an up-and-coming Carolina team.

While the quarterback has still shown the ability to be a dominant force with both his arm and legs, he has been quite inconsistent all year. In fact, this was the fourth time in 2013 that he failed to complete more than half of his attempts.

Still, there are high expectations for Kaepernick and the entire squad after he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl last season and flashed his dynamic potential.    

The question is if he can turn things around in the coming weeks. He will certainly need to be more than a one-read quarterback in Week 11, when he faces the New Orleans Saints and their No. 3 pass defense.

At the very least, he has shown that outside influences will not affect his attitude.

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