Colin Kaepernick took a backseat to starter Alex Smith during the offseason a year ago. Now, there's no question who's in charge of the 49ers' offense.
"He has the whole entire offseason to be the starting quarterback, to go through the whole entire gamut of being the man, running the offense," 49ers left tackle Joe Staley said of Kaepernick on the NFL Network's NFL AM on Wednesday.
"It's his show now."
The 49ers' offseason program begins April 15 with the players scheduled to take part in two weeks of strength and conditioning training. On April 29, the team can begin a three-week phase of the offseason known as football school.
Staley said he expects the 49ers' 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII to provide fuel heading into the 2013 season.
"We know how close we were last year, obviously coming 7 yards short from a Super Bowl title," Staley said. "That's our goal going into this season, is to get back to that point and win that game. It's not about being there, it's not about having a good season. It's about winning the Super Bowl, and that's our goal this year."
Kaepernick, who started the final seven regular-season games after taking over for Alex Smith, symbolizes the team's determination, Staley said.
"I know him and I know how hungry he is to get back on the football field," Staley said. "A week after the Super Bowl was done, he was down in Atlanta training and he's been training this whole entire time. I'm very excited to get back with him."
Staley, who will also appear on NFL Total Access on Wednesday at 4 p.m., also addressed the following topics:
On the pistol offense:
"We don't run the pistol offense 100-percent of the time. It's a wrinkle. It's something that we do within our offense. You watch our games, we're a power-running team still. We run the read-option as well with the pistol. There are a lot of different things you can do out of it. We do drop back passes -- the whole entire gamut of what an offense could be and should be. It's what we do and we're very blessed to have a very creative offensive coordinator in Greg Roman who takes full advantage of the players we have and the skillsets we have on our football team . . . There are a lot of different looks, there are lot of different things to prepare for as a defensive coordinator and a defense. There are a lot of different reads and it takes advantage of anybody that is out of position or not gap sound."
On the Seattle Seahawks:
"It's becoming a great rivalry. We always have great games playing against them and they're a real solid team. I personally think it's the hardest place to play in the NFL, going up to that stadium. It's incredibly loud and their fans are always into the game. They start right in the beginning and they don't quit until the end. It's becoming a great rivalry. Look at all of the moves in the offseason. They're making a lot of moves and really trying to take that title away from us."
On the player he faces regularly who is the toughest to block:
"If I were to choose someone in a venue and the guy going against that always creates issues is going against Chris Clemons up there in Seattle. Just because of that reason I talked about earlier, with the noise. It's incredibly loud, you can't hear anything the quarterback says. It's all on movement of the ball and anticipating when the ball is going to be snapped. With Chris Clemons being an incredibly fast edge rusher, you have to be really on point as far as your get-off and your technique. But I would say every single day of my life, going against Aldon Smith in practice. With his arm length and everything, he's a handful."
On the additions of Anquan Boldin and Nnamdi Asomugha:
"I expect them to add a lot. They're very, very talented players and with our coaching staff -- the coordinators we have and the head coach we have -- they will find the perfect role, whether it be catching 100 balls and all these touchdowns, or whatever with Anquan in our offense. They're always about putting these players in the best position to be successful, and when you get talented guys like that you can never have enough. I'm very excited to get with them. I haven't met them yet personally in the locker room or anything, but I'm very excited to get to work with these guys. Not only are they great players but I've heard they're great men as well. They'll be a great addition to the team."
On Alex Smith going to Kansas City:
"I'm very excited for him, excited for his opportunity to play there. I know he's going to a great coaching staff and a talented roster. I know he's excited about it and looking forward to it. I have nothing but great memories of playing with Alex and we'll continue to be friends. Just because he doesn't play for the 49ers doesn't mean our friendship ends. I'm excited for his opportunity, but we're ready to move forward with Colin and go into the season with him."