CK7 has taken 49ers to back-to-back NFC title games so far…
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh believes that quarterback Colin Kaepernick “has another gear” and will improve his production next season.
The fourth-year signal-caller was a second-round draft choice out of Nevada in 2011, and has since led the franchise to back-to-back NFC title games as well as their first Super Bowl since 1994.
However, while they have fallen short of the ultimate target in that time, the 49ers also lost out to divisional rivals the Seattle Seahawks on the road last season.
Nevertheless, Harbaugh is confident that this is going to be a significant season for his quarterback, and he believes that he has matured in the 49ers’ offense with the additions of the likes of Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd ensuring that improvements are on the way.
“I really expect that real breakout year for Colin,” Harbaugh said after the team’s second OTA session Wednesday, as reported by ESPN.
“He just has the look and feel that he’s going to break out, more so than he already has. I’m really excited about everything about his game right now.”
Last season, Kaepernick started every game for the first time as a pro and passed for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns, while he also rushed for 524 yards and four scores.
Harbaugh is happy with the stable of receivers that he has at his disposal and believes that Kaepernick will put them to good use in the new season, meanwhile he also hinted at experimenting with various strategies during the off-season to make them a more dangerous outfit.
Kaepernick will now enter the final season of his rookie contract, and while Harbaugh remains hopeful that the team will be able to sign him to a long-term deal, it is expected that he will receive a significant pay-rise to reward him for his production thus far.