San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman says quarterback Colin Kaepernick has improved his entire game and looks ready to lead the team as the opening day stater for the first time in his career.
“I’d just say everything,” Roman said, via 49ers.com. “His approach, his expectations, his understanding of everything. Certainly everybody’s got something to work on, if not multiple things, but he’s light years ahead of where he was last year.”
Head coach Jim Harbaugh said Kaepernick can handle pressure and loves to be challenged.
“The great thing about Colin Kaepernick is the way he handles pressure,” Jim Harbaugh shared. “Some people don’t handle it very well because they want to be in their comfort zone. And Colin Kaepernick is somebody that thrives on it and embraces it.”
“Loves to challenge himself,” added Harbaugh.”That kind of pressure, that kind of stress, really keeps him stimulated, keeps him motivated. His brain doesn’t get lazy. He understands what’s at stake and continues to improve in all aspects of his game from what we’ve seen.”
Kaepernick said this season he’s more comfortable speaking up to any player on the roster.
“Being able to step up and say something doesn’t affect your play on the field,” Kaepernick said on Thursday. “Confidence of knowing your job and what to do is the biggest thing.”
Asked what part of the 49ers offense needs more work, Kaepernick said all of it.
“We’re trying to improve on anything,” he said. “There’s not one thing we want to do better, we want to do everything better so we’re better this year.”
Kaepernick completed 62.4 percent of his passes in the regular season and finished with a 98.3 quarterback rating. Despite putting up solid numbers in his debut, Kaepernick remains focused on improving the mental side of his game.
“Being quicker mentally on the field – getting us in the right situations on the field,” the 49ers quarterback detailed.
Kaeperncik plans to “train, get ready” before camp begins in late July.