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Colin Kaepernick Already Working at 49ers HQ

Posted Jan 21, 2014

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was back at team headquarters on the first official day off of the 2014 offseason.

The first car in the player’s parking lot at 49ers headquarters on Tuesday morning was a familiar one.

It belonged to Colin Kaepernick.

Jim Harbaugh pointed out his quarterback’s eagerness to work, too.

“You could see his car right in the parking lot,” the 49ers coach said two days removed from a defeat in the NFC title game to the Seattle Seahawks.

The early appearance from Kaepernick is nothing new. The starting quarterback is always one of the first players to arrive to work in the morning. This year, however, Kaepernick appears to not be taking a break from his offseason preparation.

After last year’s Super Bowl loss, Kaepernick took two weeks off to rest before training in Atlanta with teammates. This year, Kaepernick has been at the facility with no days off. He’s also planned to train in the coming weeks with rookie wideout Quinton Patton down in Miami.

Harbaugh expects Kaepernick to have a full calendar in the offseason. The 49ers coach also said he had no issue with how his quarterback made several offseason appearances in 2013.

“I thought he was A-plus in the way he trained, prepared,” Harbaugh said. “As coaches, as players, you could see it. It was hourly; it was daily that we were with him in the offseason. He was preparing to prepare for the season.

“Talking to him, that’s the plan again this year.”

Kaepernick is coming off his first road playoff loss and his third-straight road loss to Seattle. San Francisco’s defeat in the NFC title game saw the 49ers signal-caller commit three turnovers in the team’s final three possessions.

Kaepernick pointed the blame at himself following the loss.

Harbaugh, however, said that shouldn’t be the case.

“That’s not accurate, the 49ers coach said. “I thought Colin played his (tail) off."

In three playoff games, Kaepernick completed 45 of 82 passes (55 percent) for 576 passing yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions and posted a quarterback rating of 74.0

The 49ers quarterback also rushed 26 times for 243 rushing yards with one touchdown run and one fumble.

Despite Kaepernick’s moments of play-making brilliance that had his team 15 mintues away from reaching consecutive Super Bowls, most critics will point to the interception thrown on his final pass attempt of the game.

Harbaugh said his quarterback made the correct decision in throwing at All-Pro Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. Kaepernick told reporters after the game that his pre-snap read was to throw to Michael Crabtree on the back-side of the play against Sherman’s man-to-man coverage. The 49ers had 33 seconds and two timeouts to reach the end zone from 18 yards out and Harbaugh liked the play call to attack the end zone with a pass to a receiver with "the best hands" in football.

Instead of taking the lead, the ball was intercepted and the season was over.

Even so, Harbaugh praised Kaepernick’s development throughout the 2013 season and further explained why the third-year pro should not shoulder the blame for the loss in Seattle.

“I thought he played fabulous, I really did,” Harbaugh said of Kaepernick. “There’s things that happen both sides of the ball, special teams. You can point to a lot of areas. I really feel like the players just really acquitted themselves as well as they could on both sides of the ball, both teams.”

Harbaugh met with Kaepernick at team headquarters on Monday, the same day most of the players packed their belongings for the offseason.

Kaepernick’s locker, on other hand, looked like it did mid-season.

There’s more work to be done.