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SANTA CLARA -- Colin Kaepernick did not seek the tutelage of an independent quarterback coach during the time in the offseason when he could have no contact with the 49ers’ coaching staff.
When asked if Kaepernick is working to polish his mechanics, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said, “Colin works at all parts of his game. He has a great desire to be great in all facets.”
Now, the 49ers have one of the most well-known quarterback coaches on their staff through training camp. But it remains to be seen if George Whitfield will be working with Kaepernick on his mechanics.
Whitfield began working as an intern with the 49ers last week. His role will continue through August. On the field, Whitfield was seen Tuesday working on ball-handling drills with quarterbacks Josh Johnson, McLeod Bethel-Thompson and rookie Kory Faulkner.
He has worked directly with Kaepernick while the media has attended workouts. When asked who does one-on-one work with Kaepernick, Harbaugh named four coaches.
“I talk to him, (offensive coordinator) Greg Roman talks to him, (quarterbacks coach) Geep Chryst talks to him, (offensive line coach) Mike Solari talks to him,” Harbaugh said.
When suggested that working on Kaepernick’s mechanics was a group effort from the 49ers’ staff, Harbaugh reiterated that only those four coaches work with him.
“The people I’ve mentioned,” Harbaugh said. “Quarterbacks, generally, my thinking, my finding on it is they listen to whoever says something to them.
“Whoever has an idea or a coaching point, and they understand whether they can adapt that to their game or not. A quarterback ultimately has to play his own game. It’s good to get knowledgeable voices to communicate with anybody that plays the quarterback position because they have the ability to be the filter on what’ll work for them or what won’t. That’s always been our approach here. Nothing has changed in that regard.”
Whitfield has been unavailable for interviews. Harbaugh has a policy that keeps interns off-limits to the media, a team spokesman said.