Colin Kaepernick changes his tune with the media

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ditched his curt style with the media last week and exchanged it for a more expansive, cooperative, smiling approach this week.

On his argument with Raiders linebacker Sio Moore: "I'm not one to back down from the challenge, so we exchanged a few words."

On Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman: "He's fast, he's long. He does a great job covering guys. He makes windows very small for being able to get the ball into receivers."

Kaepernick has been struggling on the field and the 49ers are 7-6 and may miss the playoffs.

Why did he change his style with reporters?

"There's a different way to go about things," Kaepernick said. "Obviously, it's something that I take my job very seriously. When I go out there and compete and don't do well at something, I'm very hard on myself. It's something I have to approach others differently ... when I'm in those situations.

"Yeah, I think there is a happy medium here," he said. "It's something that, obviously, I'm working on. Try to help you guys do your jobs as well."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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