Kaepernick's career-worst game from a statistical standpoint came in that Week 2 loss at Seattle, when he was was 13-of-28 for 127 yards with no touchdowns, three interceptions and a 20.1 passer rating.
"Home-field advantage is always a big thing," Kaepernick said of playing in San Francisco rather than the loud CenturyLink Field. "You get to use cadence and audibles you can't use on the road if you can't hear."
Kaepernick conducted his weekly press conference in the locker room corner that houses his offensive linemen, many of whom rolled their eyes when he brought the 30-reporter cluster into their domain. Alex Boone, who might start at left tackle in place of the injured Joe Staley, told Kaepernick he would be fined for invading their space with media.
Asked why it seems he despises press conferences, Kaepernick replied: "I signed a contract to play football. The media is just an obligation I have to do."
SEATTLE CB COULD RETURN
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday the club is still awaiting word on any possible discipline coming for cornerback Brandon Browner, who might be healthy enough to return to practice this week.
"I don't know. We have no control over it," Carroll said. "We don't know. We have no timeline. We're just waiting to get him ready. He's healthy enough to get back on the field some and we'll see how it goes."
Carroll said that Browner has progressed quicker than expected from a groin injury suffered in Week 10 at Atlanta. At first it appeared to be at least a six-week injury, Carroll said, but Browner has responded to treatment faster than first believed.
As for a possible suspension awaiting Browner, Carroll said the team has no idea when word might be coming from the NFL.
"Early on we couldn't tell you about the injury because he had a significant groin tear but he managed it really well and it was in a place that we found out he could recover quickly. We thought he was out a solid six weeks when it happened," Carroll said. "He's just responded tremendously. He's on the roster and he's ready to compete for us if he can get back to practice this week. We'll do this one day at a time and we'll see where it fits."