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Around the NFC West: Riling up Packers?

The things quarterbacks say tend to reverberate, such as when the San Francisco 49ers' Colin Kaepernick told fans he'd wear whatever he wanted, even a rival team's hat, no matter what they thought.

Around the NFC West: July 24, 2013

One more example: Kaepernick's recent comments to Peter King suggesting the Green Bay Packers' defensive players were in disarray during the 49ers' playoff victory at Candlestick Park last season.

"It got to a point where we could hear [the Packers’ defenders] arguing while we were in our huddle," Kaepernick told King. "At that point, our offense was like, it’s over. As soon as you start turning on your teammates, you're not going to be productive. You know you have them in the palm of your hands."

The comment turned up on our NFC North blog Tuesday under a headline reading, "Colin Kaepernick's gift to the Packers."

"I'm guessing someone in Green Bay will find a way to bring it up before the Packers' Sept. 8 return to Candlestick Park," Kevin Seifert wrote.

The Packers weren't hurting for motivation heading into their Week 1 rematch with the 49ers. They gave up gave up 579 yards to the 49ers in that playoff defeat and wound up sending their coaching staff on a mission to solve the read-option (Kaepernick gained 99 of his QB record 181 yards rushing on option runs). We should expect a more competent showing from Green Bay's defense no matter what the 49ers' quarterback has to say.