Vernon Davis: “Kaepernick played last night and happened to do a good job but Alex (Smith) is still the man, no question”

November 21, 2012 – 10:15 am by Chris Fedor

Monday night’s game between the Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers was supposed to be a matchup of two of the top teams in the NFL but when it was announced that both teams would be without their starting quarterbacks, it took some shine off the game. The game turned into a rout by the 49ers thanks to the San Fran defense and young quarterback Colin Kaepernick. With Alex Smith missing the game due to a concussion, Kapernick dazzled, made big plays and carved up one of the best defenses in the NFL. Kapernick has given Harbaugh something to think about. Even though Smith has performed extremely well since Harbaugh arrived in the Bay Area, Kaepernick has tools that Smith doesn’t and he brings a dangerous element to the 49ers offense, an element that has been missing from the Niners offense lately.

Vernon Davis joined KNBR in San Francisco to talk about whether he was surprised at how well Colin Kaepernick played against the Bears, if he thinks Colin Kaepernick has better physical tools than Alex Smith, on the growth of Kaepernick, what he thinks San Fran was able to do so well against the Bears to have success, what he thinks John Harbaugh is going to say regarding the QB position moving forward and how he would feel if he was Alex Smith.

Whether he was surprised at how well Colin Kaepernick played against the Bears:

“No he didn’t surprise me. Kaepernick is very dedicated to his craft, he wants to be successful and he will do everything and anything it takes to get there, that’s what I like about him. I’ve always talked to Kaepernick and he would always express his feelings towards the game and he’s always letting me know that he’s ready. He wants to let everyone know that he can play this game.”

If he thinks Kaepernick has better physical tools than Alex Smith:

“They’re different. They both bring different things to the game. Kaepernick is always in the weight room, he is strong, he can run and he’s tough just like Alex. They just bring different things to the game.”

On the growth of Kaepernick:

“He really stepped up last night and I’m really proud of him. I think he came a long way especially since last year. This boy is making a decision, he’s making the correct decision and he is letting the rock go. That’s what you want. You want a quarterback like that, especially when your starter goes down, you want the next quarterback to go in and make it happen just like that.”

What he thinks the 49ers did so effectively against Chicago:

“I don’t think they expected us to come out and throw the ball like we did. We really attacked them and that was our plan to attack these guys and everyone is talking about them, like ‘this is one of the best defenses in the league, they’re tough, they’re going to stop you guys,’ they look good on film so we had to attack them. Any time you face a team like that you have to take it to them right away.”

On his favorite thing to do:

“I like run blocking.”

What he expects Jim Harbaugh to say about the QB position moving forward:

“I don’t know. Harbaugh is one of those guys where you never know what he’s going to say. He’s very energetic, he can be dramatic at times and you just never know. I don’t know. He’s probably right. He is going to play the hot hand. Alex has the hot hand and Kaepernick has the hot hand. Alex, you can’t forget, Alex did break the franchise record.”

What he would be thinking if he was Alex Smith:

“They’re both great players. Kaepernick played last night and happened to do a good job but Alex is still the man, no question.”

Listen to Vernon Davis on KNBR in SF here

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