Colin Kaepernick working on how he answers media

Dec 10, 2014 5:06 PM

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) - Unexpectedly cheerful and far more chatty than the norm, Colin Kaepernick said he takes every part of his job seriously and is working at giving more thoughtful public responses.

Scrutinized locally and nationally for his terse, short answers in recent weeks - word counts, anyone? - the quarterback took a different approach during his weekly Wednesday media session in the locker room at Levi's Stadium. Kaepernick said he received some guidance about dealing with the press.

Kaepernick and the 49ers (7-6) must win out to have a chance of returning to the playoffs for a fourth straight year under coach Jim Harbaugh. They return to Seattle on Sunday just 11 months after losing the NFC title game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks, and just 17 days after a 19-3 defeat by their rival on Thanksgiving night.

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