The San Francisco 49ers have endured a torrid time of it so far this NFL offseason as a new coaching staff attempt to oversee a transitional period while withstanding a number of shock retirements and injury woes.
The team and their fans though have finally been given some good news today and it concerns franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Putting in the hours
According to quarterback coach Dennis Gile, who has been overseeing Kaepernick during a 10-week intensive offseason session in Arizona, the 49ers QB has emerged from said camp significantly improved in two areas.
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"I don't think there was a throw he couldn't make when he first got here," Gile explained to CSNBayArea.com.
"I just think the consistency and efficiency of it was what we wanted to get better at, and I think that's where we made tremendous strides. He became a lot more consistent and efficient with those balls."
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Alongside fellow quarterback coach Mike Giavondo and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, Gile worked Kaepernick hard over five-day weeks that included watching film, gym work and working on technique ahead of the 2015 season.
The news that the 49ers star took on board what was being coached and made giant strides forward will be music to the ears both of the San Francisco faithful and new head coach Jim Tomsula.
Areas to work on
In 2014, Kaepernick saw his passer rating (86.4) drop for a second straight year while his 10 interceptions on the year were a career high. The 49ers also missed out on the playoffs for the first time under his stewardship.
And it looks like the 10-week camp saw Kaepernick put to work on all areas of his passing game in a bid to rectify those issues.
"“We worked on that form to get it over the linebacker, touch it over,” said Gile.
“We worked on his deep ball, getting it up and down and dropping it in the bucket. I think we worked on every type of scenario there is. And when we were done training this past week, I didn’t see a throw he could not make.”
With a new offensive coordinator and a change up to his receiving options it is imperative that Kaepernick arrives at training camp ready to take command for the 49ers this summer.
The arrivals of deep ball threat Torrey Smith, and pass-catching running back Reggie Bush, will add to the options for the QB but without an improved accuracy and pass selection from their $126 million man the 49ers stand little chance of threatening the playoffs over the next 12 months.
49ers fans will have their fingers crossed that the improvements made out in Arizona can translate to Levi's Stadium when the 49ers get back together for offseason workouts on April 6.
What do you think 49ers fans? Do you have faith in Colin Kaepernick ahead of next season, and how with the 49ers overcome a difficult offseason? Let us know in the comments section below...