The 49ers' dramatic overhaul, both to the staff and personnel, has a lot of pundits thinking San Francisco is headed for disaster this season, but not quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
“Very excited for the season,” Kaepernick told the Nevada Appeal on Friday. “A lot of new faces in the locker room and a lot of new coaches. I think the changes are for the good.”
The 49ers' starting quarterback attended the annual Governor’s Dinner in Nevada on Friday night, the state in which he attended college.
Back in his element, Kaepernick had nothing but positive things to say about the 2015 49ers squad.
“I feel very confident in our team,” Kaepernick emphasized. “I feel people are writing us off, but for us, that’s all right.”
The 49ers endured several blows this offseason, including ones they weren't expecting.
The most notable loss was the parting of ways with coach Jim Harbaugh and most of his staff, but San Francisco also lost All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis, rising star linebacker Chris Borland, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Justin Smith and offensive tackle Anthony Davis to retirement.
Starters Frank Gore (Colts), Michael Crabtree (Raiders), Mike Iupati (Cardinals), Perrish Cox (Titans) and Chris Culliver (Washington) also left for new teams in free agency.
The 49ers did make some quality additions in the offseason, adding one of the top coveted free-agent wide receivers in Torrey Smith, as well as a versatile weapon in running back Reggie Bush.
San Francisco is also expecting a leap from multiple players entering pivotal years in their career, a return from linebacker NaVorro Bowman (knee), while hoping for several of Trent Baalke's red-shirt draft picks to assert themselves.
The 49ers won double-digit games in three of Harbaugh's four seasons, but finished 8-8 in 2014, in what was Kaepernick's second full season as a starter.
Kap finished with his least amount of touchdowns in a 16-game season (19), most interceptions (10), and lowest QB rating (86.4) that year.