Jim Harbaugh sticks up for Colin Kaepernick

San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh stuck up for quarterback Colin Kaepernick following Kaepernick's uncooperative press conference this week where he stuck with short answers.

"It's sad, really, because you don't know him," Harbaugh said. And he's a determined person, he's a spiritual person, he's a very hard worker and he wants to do well and works extremely hard at it. And you get the honest person when you deal with him. If he's not chatty, he's not going to be chatty. He's single-minded when he's playing the game of football and preparing for the game. I appreciate that. I appreciate that he is who he is. I'm around him every day. He's his own person, too."

Kaepernick was guarded throughout the press conference.

"He's very professional," Harbaugh said. "He always stands up. He never dodges or deflects criticism. He takes accountability and he's honest. He tells the truth. He's not going to be at somebody's beck and call or bidding. He's going to act the way he acts. He's his own person and I appreciate the honesty. His jaw is set and he is a team player all the way ... it's all a person can do; they do their best. If that's not appreciated, then, you do your best anyway. That's who he is, that's what he does."

Kaepernick has drawn criticism for his press conference demeanor.

"A 'face-of-the-franchise' quarterback should be a great leader, by example, the way he works, a team player, all the way," Harbaugh said. "What's in his heart is about the team. He's not about himself. You get the raw honesty. If you want somebody to be wordy and that's not who they are, that would be phony to be that. It would be passive-aggressive. That would be being somebody that he's not. His jaw is set; he wants to win this football game. He's doing everything that I expect, and I appreciate it."

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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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