"But I'm passed that". "For his first extended playing time since previous year, I thought there were some real positives there that we need to continue to kind of try to build with him and get him going". You see things and you know, it drives you.
Buffalo already has 20 sacks this season - one fewer than it totaled a year ago - and forced 12 takeaways (six fumbles, six interceptions), three of which have been returned for touchdowns.
McCoy's 3-TD game was the third of his career, and first since Philadelphia's 45-19 win over the Rex Ryan-coached Jets on December 18, 2011. Now he is tasked with helping turn around a rough season as the Niners have lost five straight games for the first time since 2010. And their running attack is leading the charge.
The 49ers allowed 312 yards rushing Buffalo's best outing since 1992.
Despite all that, coach Chip Kelly said he saw enough bright spots to give Kaepernick another shot on Sunday against Tampa Bay.
Kaepernick completed 13 of 29 passes against the Bills on Sunday, with 187 passing yards, one passing touchdown and 66 rushing yards.
Granted, Kaepernick had no help around him.
Since being burned for 493 yards and four touchdowns by NY, the Bills are allowing an average 317 yards and have given up just four touchdowns over the past four games.
On Sunday, he took his familiar spot in kneeling along the sideline at the 50-yard line, alongside safety Eric Reid and linebacker Eli Harold.
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McCoy scored twice on 18-yard runs and another on a 4-yard scamper in his second meeting against Kelly.
Kelly blamed a couple of dropped passes, a false start on third-and-short and the failure to convert a fourth-and-1 when the game was still close for those second-half struggles.
"That's the spoils of victory, " said Incognito, who said it was the first time he's ever spiked the ball.
The most polarizing player in the National Football League heard it from both sides.
Kaepernick made his first start of the season and first start since November Sunday against the Bills, and produced and up-and-down performance.
"Yeah, we'll see, " he said.
"I thought physically he looked good", Kelly said. When the Niners last played at home against Arizona on October 6, fans chanted, "We want Kap, we want Kap" in hopes that Kelly would make the change during that 33-21 defeat. There also was plenty of support for Kaepernick, who continues to protest against what he believes to be acts of racial inequality and police brutality across the United States.
The 49ers host the Bucs before heading into the bye week. And the defense had three sacks, upping its total to 20 - one short of previous year.
49ers: RB Carlos Hyde (shoulder), CB Rashard Robinson (concussion protocol).