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Kurt Warner: 49ers' Colin Kaepernick only needs fine tuning

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Future Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner will be helping out San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick this offseason in a bid to improve the signal-caller.

Kaepernick had a somewhat disappointing 2014 NFL season. Billed as one of the top quarterbacks of the future ahead of the season, Kaepernick's reputation suffered a nosedive this season as the San Francisco 49ers stumbled to an 8-8 record.

The biggest criticism of Kaepernick this season was that he showed no signs of improving his pocket presence.

Kaepernick needs tuning not fixing

In the running game he was again impressive, but a lack of cohesion with star tight-end Vernon Davis pointed to severe deficiencies in Kaepernick's game.

Warner says that he is not attempting to try and fix Kaepernick's problems, but simply fine tune his pocket passing skills.

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"First of all, I don't like the word 'fix.' We're just trying to grow (Kaepernick) as a quarterback," Warner explained, according to

Still as talented as ever 

Warner maintains that the 49ers' signal-caller is still an extremely talented quarterback, but that he has been thrown in the deep end in the last couple of years.

As a result, Warner feels that Kaepernick has flourished in certain areas but also hasn't had the time to progress in others.

"He's an extremely talented young kid -- a kid that was thrown in, as a lot of young quarterbacks are, before he really understood how to play the entirety of the quarterback position," added Warner.

"He's gotten by on athleticism, and he's made some great plays and had some great games. But I think the goal is in the time that I'm going to have with him is just to see where he's at and what he knows about the position and how far we can push the envelope as far as helping him develop as a pocket passer."

Future could still be bright for Kap

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, but after some help from Warner, the sky could be the limit for the 49ers' QB.

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