By Eric Saddler: San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick seemed defensive when asked by the media whether he was unknowingly tipping offensive plays to the opposing teams’ defenses last season. Former St. Louis Rams safety Craig Dahl, now a player on the 49ers after being signed during the off season, told 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh that they were able to ready the Niners’ offensive plays to detect if it was a run or a pass, and then plan accordingly.
Kaepernick said this to the media as quoted by the San Jose Mercury news:
Q: Were you tipping plays?
A: Tipping plays, as far as what?
Q: Not disguising them so people could read them.
A: Um, we put up quite a few points, so I think the coaches were doing all right.
Q: There were reports out there.
A: I don’t real reports.
This went on and on with Kaepernick unwilling to admit that he – or someone on the offense – was tipping off the plays to the defenses somehow. It’s too bad that Kaepernick just couldn’t admit that someone, maybe himself, was accidentally tipping off the other teams which plays that were being run.
You’ve got to think that if the St. Louis Rams defensive players were able to detect which plays were coming next from Kaepernick, then other teams like the Baltimore Ravens were able to do so as well because their players and head coach John Harbaugh are smart. What’s potentially a real downer for the 49ers is if the Ravens were able to read which plays were coming from the 49rs in their last possession of the ball game in the Super Bowl when the Niners had the ball on the Ravens 5 yard line and were unable to punch it in on four tries. It looked as if the Ravens knew which play and where the ball was going on every play.