The Monday after the Super Bowl, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reported to Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami and got to some serious work.
Nobody has ever questioned Kaepernick’s work ethic. But a year ago at the NFL owners meetings, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said his quarterback ran the risk of becoming too big for his own good.
"If you're just talking about weightlifting and upper-body strength, yes, I think there is that fear," Harbaugh told CSNBayArea.com in March 2013. "It's something we've talked about. 'I don't want you getting too jacked-up, Colin.' I want some speed, quickness, not just (flexing his chest muscles)."
This offseason, there are ample photos to be found of Kaepernick working out. He looks huge. Again, Harbaugh addressed the same topic at the recent NFL owners meetings. But Harbaugh did not sound the least-bit concerned about Kaepernick's focus on strength training.
“Colin’s just a big person,” Harbaugh said. “I’ve seen him train. This is not a guy that’s repping out as many reps on the bench as he can rep. I mean, this is high-tech new-age kind of working on all the little tiny muscles, lock in the joints. They know what they’re doing. . . It’s not barbaric. See how big he can get."
During our weekly live 49ers chat, one of the questions touched on this topic:
Asked an unidentified reader: “We all know that physically Kap works as hard as anyone in the game. Does he work equally hard on film, footwork (in the pocket) and throwing motion?”
Players are not allowed to work with a team’s coaches until the start of the offseason program. And Harbaugh said Kaepernick is not working with a quarterbacks coach to tighten up his mechanics. Harbaugh, quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst and offensive coordinator Greg Roman are not allowed to begin working with Kaepernick on mechanics until May 5, the beginning of Week 3 of the offseason program.
When Harbaugh was asked whether Kaepernick should spend less time in the weight room and more time working on the “mental aspect” of being a quarterback, Harbaugh said his quarterback devotes plenty of time to both areas.
“He’s in there at 6:30 a.m. working out,” Harbaugh said. “I mean, his car’s the first one in the lot. And he knocks that out before the sun comes up, you know? Then he’s in the film room after that.
“He works out, knocks it out early in the morning, then he is bright-eyed and has got a ton of energy when he comes into the football meetings and then he attacks that as well. And he is very smart. One of the high Wonderlic test scores of all the starting quarterbacks. Just keeps attacking it the rest of the day.”