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Harbaugh doesn’t want to talk about Kaepernick’s interviews, ends own interview

San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh stands on the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. AP

Where did Colin Kaepernick pick up his sullen demeanor when it comes to interviews?

His head coach, Jim Harbaugh, solved that mystery in classic fashion this morning when, after fielding a few questions about his quarterback's behavior on Bay Area radio station KNBR, said he didn't want to discuss the topic any more and would rather “move on with my day.” At that point, Harbaugh's regular segment on the station ended.

Harbaugh, who wasn’t chatty at any point during the nine-minute segment, took exception to host Brian Murphy's likening Kaepernick in media sessions to “a teenage kid at the dinner table not wanting to talk about his day at school.” Murphy noted that when Harbaugh was a player he had long and interesting sessions with reporters and wondered why he couldn't encourage Kaepernick to do the same.

After a pause, Harbaugh said, “I kind of feel like you're trying to provoke. … It's kind of insulting when you call him a teenage kid or compare him to a kid. I think very highly of him. I think the world of him. A true competitor, and I'm going to disagree with you.”

Murphy then noted that he hears from a lot of listeners who feel insulted by Kaepernick's famously clipped sessions that occur on Wednesdays and following games. Can't Harbaugh see their point of view?

Said Harbaugh: “I see the point of view. He wasn't chatty. I don't think he was … That was last Friday .. I really don't want to have the conversation and move on with my day.”

On Friday Harbaugh noted that a lot of media outlets were making “sport” of Kaepernick's interviews. He said that Kaepernick is by nature direct and focused and that it would be “phony” if he gave long, loquacious answers to questions.

Earlier in Monday's KNBR session, Harbaugh said he remains confident Kaepernick, who is coming off his worst two games of the season, is the team's long-term answer at quarterback.

“Very talented player, gives great effort, never comes out of the game,” he said. “Very tough, tough-minded and physically very tough.”

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