It has been a disappointing off-season and free agency period for the San Francisco 49ers to say the least.
The 49ers let go head coach Jim Harbaugh who had taken them to multiple NFC Championships, promising linebacker Chris Borland retired after just one season in the NFL, and so did veteran stars Justin Smith and Patrick Willis.
But things could be set to pick up for Niners fans after some encouraging comments were made about quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
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Kaepernick has been working hard in the off-season to become a better passer of the ball after what was a very disappointing 2014 to say the least. To try and correct that poor form Kaepernick enlisted the services of quarterback guru Dennis Gile and Super Bowl winner Kurt Warner in an attempt to improve his mechanics.
And it seems to be working. Warner - who played for the 49ers divisional rivals, the Arizona Cardinals - spoke highly of Kaepernick in a recent interview with USA Today.
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“We had some guys come out from the office playing in my corporate charity event, and there were a couple of times where I went, ‘Whoa! Was that a little bit of touch I just saw?” Warner said. “Colin laughed and told me, ‘We’re not out here working for nothing.’
Over the past 10 weeks, Warner has helped Kaepernick with his stance while throwing and the mechanics of making reads from one receiver to the next. But Warner realizes that may not make a difference once Kaepernick finds himself in live game reps with his muscle memory taking over.
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, trying to overcome over a decade of learned muscle memory. 10 weeks is not be enough to completely relearn the quarterback position, but anything that Kaepernick could get from Warner and Gile would go a long way.
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