SANTA CLARA – Here are selected quotes from Colin Kaepernick’s Friday afternoon press conference in the 49ers’ auditorium.
Q: What has been the vibe as far as working with the young guys, and what have you seen the three days you’ve been here?
KAEPERNICK: We’re just working, trying to get ready, trying to move in the right direction.
Q: We talked to the starting safeties. They said one thing they noticed from you is you weren’t tipping anything off with your passes at all during the spring. Was that something when you went down to Phoenix that you were emphasizing – not telegraphing, and figuring out ways to keep everybody on defense guessing?
KAEPERNICK: Once again, it’s just trying to be the best quarterback I can for this team. Whatever work I need to do I’m trying to do.
Q: The stuff you worked on in Phoenix, do you still have to think about it or is it second-nature to you?
KAEPERNICK: No, once you’re on the field you’re playing. You’re not worried about anything other than doing your job.
Q: What is Geep Chryst saying about the offense to reverse the trend from last year? You guys were only 25th in points scored. What is he saying you guys have to do to reverse that trend?
KAEPERNICK: Just execute. Do the things we’re supposed to do on offense and go out and make plays.
Q: How does this year’s offense play to your strengths?
KAEPERNICK: It’s another opportunity to go out and make plays. We have a lot of weapons on offense that we can use, and we’re looking forward to seeing how that pans out for us.
Q: How about your individual strengths, your individual talent, skillset so to speak?
KAEPERNICK: It’s a team game. That’s all we worry about it trying to win as a team.
Q: Are there any nuggets you can pull out of how the offense is different than a year ago? Is it a new offense?
KAEPERNICK: It is a new offense. There are a lot of things that are different, and there are a lot of things that are the same. You’ll see those things when the season comes.
Q: What quarterback, past or present, do you make a point of studying film of and gleaning things from?
KAEPERNICK: I watch a lot of different quarterbacks….
KAEPERNICK: …But the biggest thing is I watch myself, what I need to improve on, what I can do different.
Q: I ask because working with Kurt Warned and trying to add some things to your skillset, there’s no specific quarterback you look at?
KAEPERNICK: Once again, I look at myself more than anything – what I have to do better.
Q: Is Reggie Bush easier to throw to out of the backfield than other tailbacks you’ve worked with?
KAEPERNICK: Yeah, I would say he’s easy to throw to because of his skillset, what he’s able to do, the way he can move and his natural ability. Very talented player.
Q: The past few years, this offense was missing screens and swing passes to running backs out of the backfield. Is that an area that you’ve paid particular emphasis to to try to improve this offseason?
KAEPERNICK: I pay a lot of particular emphasis on a lot of things. We’re just trying to become a better offense.
Q: But can you address that specifically?
KAEPERNICK: That was the question. That’s the answer you’re going to get.