Dec 20, 2013, 2:00 PM PDT
Critics of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick might point out that he lacks pocket presence. The athletically gifted signal caller easily compensates by scrambling. As a result, his skill set torments opposing defenses.
What most people don’t know, is that his game day techniques are very similar to the ones he uses in the locker room with the media. Kaepernick is clearly more comfortable standing in a pocket with hulking defenders trying to hurt him than he is while at the center of a media scrum. In either event, his solution is to scramble.
Most players speak at the podium or at their own locker. Kaepernick keeps people guessing.
“Just like to move around,” said Kaepernick, with a smirk, when asked why he does his weekly media session in front of a different player’s locker each week.
Kaepernick’s media availability usually takes place on Wednesday. There’s always a large contingent of people waiting to speak with him. He has made a sport out of it. He typically waits until the end of the availability window, does a quick lap around the locker room while people unfamiliar with the routine scurry after him, and then he settles on what seems to be a random spot.
Cameramen bring step ladders into the locker room at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara on days when Kaepernick is expected to speak. They struggle to find a clean shot and can’t set up early because they don’t know where to wait. Climbing up the ladder insures they’ll have a decent angle. Once he picks his spot, the media presence quickly drives away the players in the area trying to get ready for practice.
Then the real dance begins. Each question asked is met with the shortest possible response. It’s as if he’s counting words. On this occasion, the media said 468 words, while Kap spoke 279. He’s as good at his locker room games as he is on the field. Is this news? No. Is it mildly interesting? Perhaps. Check out the gallery below.
Here’s a collection of Colin Kaepernick’s chosen interview locations this season: (Click to enlarge)
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