Colin Kaepernick had a disappointing 2014 NFL season. Billed as one of the top quarterbacks of the future in the last few years, Kaepernick's reputation suffered a nosedive this season as the San Francisco 49ers stumbled to an 8-8 record, missing out on the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
The 49ers had previously made the NFC Championship Game in three consecutive seasons, making one Super Bowl in the process. But Kaepernick's slump in form coincided with the 49ers fall from grace, and many experts say that San Francisco may be running out of patience with their enigmatic quarterback.
But Kaepernick may have found the perfect way to halt his and the 49ers' slide, with the dual-threat signal-caller set to work with future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner this offseason at Dennis Gile's EXPOS Phoenix-based sports performance programme.
It's understood that the decision has been made by Kaepernick so he can try and fine tune certain parts of his game that are holding him back. The 49ers' QB struggled particularly in the second half of games in 2014, with one of Warner's tasks said to be about introducing more consistency and efficiency into his game.
Former NFL quarterback Gile believes that Kaepernick will benefit from the tutelage of Warner, but he says it will be more of a fine tuning process with Kaepernick, considering the talents he already has at his disposal.
"If we can teach him (consistency and efficiency), then I think he becomes one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the NFL," Gile told NFL.com. "Because you can't teach the natural talents that he has."
Can Warner save Kaepernick?
Even though Kaepernick's stats for the 2014 NFL season are actually a slight improvement on the 2013 season in terms of yards and completion rate, his passer rating is significantly lower.
Couple that with the fact that Kaepernick's cohesion with star tight-end Vernon Davis went by the way side, and 2014 was certainly not what was expected from Kap and the Niners. Maybe just maybe, Kurt Warner might save them both.