Kap discusses how Alex Smith helped him develop
Colin Kaepernick achieved all of his 2012 goals except for one: win the Super Bowl. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
SANTA CLARA -- Before each season, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh distributes booklets to his team so the players can jot down personal and team goals for the upcoming year.
Recently, he reviewed some of those goals from last season, in particular those from then-backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick. As it turns out, the 2012 season went just about how Kaepernick hoped it would.
"Just for fun, I went back and looked at his goals last year and he was darn near verbatim what he achieved," Harbaugh said.
Of course, this might not come as much of a surprise considering his documented success at predicting the future. As a fourth-grader, Kaepernick famously scribbled: "I hope I go to a good college in football. Then go to the pros and play on the Niners or Packers."
Neither Harbaugh, nor Kaepernick would share exactly what was on the list he wrote down nearly a decade and a half later, but Kaepernick admitted he accomplished, "everything except part of No. 3."
The part of No. 3 he didn't accomplish? Win the Super Bowl.
"He lives in one of those worlds where he's motivated for success and for achievement," Harbaugh said. "Not satisfied not matter how good it is. There's people that come along like that."
Minimal imagination would be needed to assume at No. 1 or No. 2 in Kaepernick's booklet was to become the team's starting quarterback. Translation: take Alex Smith's job.
In ways not related to his play, Smith actually helped Kaepernick reach that goal.
"He did a lot for me," Kaepernick said. "Alex was someone that really helped me pick up the playbook, understand what we were trying to get done and how we wanted to do it. So, I wouldn't be as far along as I am right now without him."
And without Kaepernick, Smith wouldn't be where he is either: atop the depth chart in Kansas City.
The two have spoken "a couple times" during the offseason -- about what, Kaepernick wouldn't divulge -- and will be on the same field again Friday when the 49ers travel to Kansas City for their second game of the preseason.
"He's a class act, I have nothing bad to say about him," Kaepernick said. "He's always helped me, he's always put the team first, great all-around guy."
With Smith to credit for much of his development, Kaepernick has taken it upon himself to be that same type of player with rookie quarterback B.J. Daniels. Similar to what Kaepernick went through coming out of the Nevada 'Pistol,' Daniels faces a unique set of challenges adjusting to the pro game after playing in a predominately in a spread offense at South Florida.
"I try to help him any way I can," Kaepernick said. "Any chance I have to try and show him something or tell him how to look at defenses a little different, I do. I told him 'if you have any questions, just ask and don't be afraid.'"
Similar advice he got from Smith.