Five weeks into a nine-week offseason program, Jim Harbaugh has a good idea of where
The Harbaughism, "Arrow up" comes to mind.
Days after the San Francisco 49ers head coach gushed about his signal-caller being poised for a "breakout year" and being similar to the "Six Million-Dollar Man" because of his "bionic" phsyical stature, Harbaugh joined the KNBR Morning Show to give further context on why Kaepernick is poised for greater production in 2014.
Harbaugh, himself, was skeptical about Kaepernick making a great leap in the upcoming season.
"I thought he was playing at such a high level it’s going to be tough to see incremental growth," Harbaugh said. "But I’m seeing this offseason maybe there’s going to be another big inflection point. He has that look. He has that confidence, that knowledge. (He) is in tremendous athletic shape and is throwing the ball with pinpoint accuracy.
With three more weeks remaining in the offseason program, Harbaugh said the 49ers coaching staff is making great use of the time they're able to spend with players.
Per CBA rules, players are allowed to spend six hours per day at team headquarters during OTAs. Practices are two hours and the players also have meetings as well as strength and conditioning sessions.
On the field, Harbaugh said the OTA sessions allow coaches to work on fundamentals, and raise the stakes with competitive 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 periods.
"This is preparation for the season, getting ready for the games, getting ready for our next game against the Dallas Cowboys," Harbaugh said. "That’s the way we look at it."
OTAs also allow the coaching staff to install new wrinkles in the playbook.
"Are there new plays going in?" Harbaugh asked rhetorically when the topic came up. "Sure, there’s ideas. Coaches have ideas, studied film, reviewed 2013 and then can’t wait to implement it. That’s what we’re doing now.
"Players are absorbing and practicing."
As for Kaepernick, Harbaugh sees a quarterback taking full command of the offense, a re-loaded group with competitive battles at wide receiver and running back.
"I think we’re going to be darn tough to beat," the 49ers coach said. "We’ve got some firepower. We’ve got some ammunition. I’m excited as heck about it."