Colin Kaepernick will spend most of the next 11 weeks sharpening his quarterback skills -- on the field and, perhaps most important, in the film room.
Kaepernick plans to report to EXOS (formerly Athletes Performance) in Phoenix over the weekend, where he will train and work with Kurt Warner and quarterbacks coaches Dennis Gile and Mike Giovando beginning Monday up until the beginning of the 49ers’ offseason program.
“There were obviously quite a few quarterbacks coaches who reached out over the last few weeks,” agent Jason Bernstein said. “This is a good mix between Colin getting individual work with Kurt and Dennis and being able to throw to top receivers and translate it to the field. It’s a different approach, but I think it’ll be a good mix.”
Trent Dilfer and Steve Young are also likely to stop by the workout facility during the course of Kaepernick’s work in Phoenix, Gile said. Dilfer and Young have been influences on Gile and Giovando. Gile works with Dilfer at his Elite 11 camp.
“During the Super Bowl week, all those guys will be around,” Gile said. “It’s really up to Colin who he wants to be around. Kurt, Trent and Steve are three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks who have a ton of knowledge.”
Gile said he will meet with Kaepernick over the weekend to lay out a plan for the coming months. They will work with Kaepernick four days a week, and Warner will regularly attend the sessions.
“Nothing is set in stone, but Kurt will be there as much as he can with the playoffs and Super Bowl coming up,” Gile said. “Kurt is a committed guy. If he can be there every day, he probably will.
“Kurt is a great person to be around. And, obviously, his knowledge and expertise of the game is out of this world.”
Warner, Gile and Giovando will work with Kaepernick in all aspects of quarterback play. Kaepernick, who has not missed a start since taking over as 49ers quarterback in 2012, will continue his extensive strength-training, as well.
While training at EXOS, Kaepernick will receive strength, power, movement, speed, conditioning, and injury prevention training, along with integrated nutrition and recovery support.
“We’re all going to work together,” Gile said. “What we want to do is help Colin all we can. We’re just want Kap to get better. We want to help him become more consistent and efficient.
“Colin Kaepernick is already good, and he’s already taken his team to the Super Bowl. We just want to help him in anyway we can."
NFL clubs that hired new coaches are allowed to begin their offseason workout programs on April 6. Kaepernick’s offseason work in Phoenix will likely conclude April 4.
Kaepernick will be joined by 49ers teammates Quinton Patton, Bruce Ellington and Bruce Miller before the 49ers’ offseason program begins.
The group of pass-catchers with whom Kaepernick will work includes Odell Beckham (New York Giants), Jarvis Landry (Miami) and Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Tampa Bay). Two of the top wide receivers in the upcoming draft, Jaelen Strong (Arizona State) and Kevin White (West Virginia), will also be working out at EXOS.
Kaepernick will work part time in an individualized program every week with Warner, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, potential future Hall of Famer and current analyst on the NFL Network. Warner declined to comment on what his work with Kaepernick will entail.
Kaepernick’s work with Warner will consist mostly of film study and board work, Bernstein said. Then, Kaepernick will take what he learns in the class room and apply it to 7-on-7 work on the field with Gile and Giovando.
“There will be some carryover,” Gile said. “Kurt will be on field, too. There will be six eyes on him instead of two or four.”
Warner will be working with young quarterbacks as they prepare for the upcoming draft. But there will be time set aside a couple of days a week for one-on-one work with Kaepernick, Bernstein said.
Gile and Giovando will work with Kaepernick on his footwork, mechanics and fundamentals. Gile is a former professional quarterback in the Canadian Football League and Arena league. He spent 2003 in camp with the New England Patriots, and spent time learning from the late Tom Martinez, whom Tom Brady credited for helping develop his skills. Gile has coached quarterbacks for seven years.
“I was blown away how humble and respectful he is,” Gile said of Kaepernick. “He was such a cool guy to talk to. We’re excited about working with a guy who is such a special person. And let’s see if we can approach this in the classroom and on the field a little different than what he’s done in the past.”