It was a big win against the New England Patriots last weekend, but the 49ers’ Dec. 23 game against the Seattle Seahawks could be the greatest test of Colin Kaepernick’s young tenure as the Niners’ starting quarterback.
“We want the division and we want that first week bye. We know we have to win this game first,” said linebacker Patrick Willis.
The stakes are high and Seattle will be loud, but Kaepernick is keeping things in perspective.
“Right now is not the time for reflecting. Right now, we need to work, to keep getting wins,” Kaepernick told reporters Wednesday.
With the playbook firmly in hand, the team did extra reps on the field after practice to make certain those plays are executed as they were designed.
“Vernon (Davis, tight end) and Colin spent some extra time on certain routes (…) during and after practice,” said Coach Jim Harbaugh.
And after four games as a starter, Kaepernick has the confidence of his receiving targets.
“I think Colin is doing a great job of finding open guys,” said tight end Delaney Walker.
Alex Smith worked out with the team, but was not in pads for practice.