Some have been talking that Thursday night's NFC West showdown and rematch of last January's conference championship game could be the Seahawks' chance to not only derail San Francisco's track to the playoffs but perhaps hasten Jim Harbaugh's end as 49ers coach.
Colin Kaepernick disagrees
"I think he'll be back," Kaepernick said today when I asked him on a conference call for his "gut feeling" on whether his coach will return to the 49ers in 2015.
What makes San Francisco's quarterback -- behind whom Harbaugh staked his 49ers tenure during the 2012 seasonwhen he picked the then-second-round draft pick and second-year player over former No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith -- think that?
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"His resume," Kaepernick said.
The other highlights of what was a relatively expansive chat with Kaepernick and Harbaugh, compared to others the Seattle media has had. Or compared to this yesterday in Santa Clara.
--Kaepernick called this Thanksgiving-night game "a great opportunity, something I always looked forward to as a kid."
He said the offense, ranked 19th in total yards and 22nd in passing, has performed "not as well as it should, but I feel like we are making improvements every week."
--Forget about any revenge talk from the 49ers about last January's NFC championship game.
"No, this is one more game to get towards where we need to get for the playoffs," Kaepernick said.
And about Richard Sherman and what he did to end the 49ers' season with the tipped pass Malcolm Smith intercepted to end San Francisco's 2013 season a few yards short of the Super Bowl?
"We're not worried about that. We are worried about trying to win this game," Kaepernick said.
Harbaugh coached Sherman at Stanford from 2007-10. When asked about the All-Pro cornerback calling out 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree on a national television seconds after his winning play in the NFC title game, Harbaugh said today: "My thoughts are, he's an outstanding football player. Tremendous at doing his job. Outstanding player. That speaks for itself."
--San Francisco has won three consecutive games after a 4-4 start that had the Bay Area going bonkers -- at least the part of it not enthralled with baseball's Giants rolling to another World Series title last month.
Kaepernick says the reasons for the 49ers' consecutive victories over New Orleans, the New York Giants and Washington: "Our defense has played phenomenal. And our offense has been more sound than it was in the past."
--The rest of the two sessions are on the audio line below. Harbaugh went about a minute and a half each answer TNT columnist Dave Boling's question on middle linebacker Chris Borland, filling in for injured Patrick Willis and mine about new Seahawks fullback-defensive end Will Tukuafu, and why San Francisco first tried the D-lineman at fullback a couple seasons ago. The 49ers waived the 285-pound Tukuafu late last month, and he's appeared in games as both a fullback and defensive end for Seattle.
At first the 49ers split Tukuafu's time equally. Then they leaned him to where they were thinner any given week. He started out as a defensive lineman in 2010 as an undrafted rookie out of Oregon..
"Just an idea," Harbaugh said. "But there's a special place in your heart for two-way players. That's ... not everyone can do that. And he does a great job of that.
"Oh, who's idea -- does it matter who's idea it is or was? The idea was his. It was his talent. His ability. His willingness. That's where the idea comes from."