Reports from Arizona earlier this offseason were extremely positive as it relates to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick working with future Hall of Famer Kurt Warner.
The idea behind said workouts were to help the embattled signal caller improve in aspects of the game he has struggled with in his first four NFL seasons—mechanics, reading the field, accuracy and pocket awareness.
In fact, Kaepernick’s mechanics have improved leaps and bounds from a season ago.
However, a recent report from Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole indicates that the brass in San Francisco isn’t too thrilled with parts of the workout program. Mainly, the concern is that coaches weren’t able to get a first-hand view of what the quarterback was working on.
“Their concern was that while Kaepernick was working out and doing due dilligance, they (49ers) weren’t part of that process,” Cole reported. “They were not able to observe those workouts, because the collective bargaining agreement specifically prohibits teams from working with players during parts of the offseason.”
“They (the 49ers) had Geep Chryst, new offensive coordinator, talk with Kaepernick before before he went off to do those workouts. However, Tomsula also wanted to send quarterbacks coach Steve Logan down to Arizona to observe those workouts.”
As Cole indicated, the issue here is not with Kaepernick taking the initiative to improve his game. This is something the team has generally been in favor of in the past. It’s more about league rules relating to teams communicating with players during certain parts of the offseason.
This is magnified a bit further in San Francisco due to the presence of Steve Logan as the team’s new quarterbacks coach. He was likely working off tape from a season ago in preparing for helping Kaepernick during organized team activities. With new mechanics, it could be back to the drawing board for Logan and company.
Cole went on to indicate that multiple people within the league have expressed concern about these rules. It certainly does impact young players and teams that are fielding new coaching staffs.
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