SANTA CLARA –- Quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday said he believes the biggest change this year from the past is that he can handle situations in a way that comes more naturally to him.
“I’d say the biggest thing is I’m being asked to be myself this year,” Kaepernick said. “And I don’t think anybody knows how to be myself better than me. It’s a comfort zone for me. It’s a situation where I’m not being asked to do things outside of my character.”
When asked if he was asked to do things outside of his character in the past, Kaepernick answered, “Outside of how I would normally handle situations, yeah.”
Kaepernick was cryptic and declined to elaborate on specifics of what was asked of him under coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Kaepernick was asked if his reference was toward the team’s offense and how he appears to be used more outside the pocket this season.
“No, I’m getting at that I was asked to do things outside of my character,” he said.
Kaepernick, one of the 49ers’ nine team captains, appears to have more flexibility and input into the offensive plan, as well as in team affairs. The first major change was apparent in the offseason when the new coaching staff’s directive was for Kaepernick to relay the play calls in the huddle during practices.
Last month, Kaepernick said that change gave him more of a voice.
“It allows the players to have confidence in hearing your voice and you’re the one who’s going to be giving them direction on the field,” Kaepernick said early in training camp. “It’s something that every quarterback should have the ability to do.”
Kaepernick has gotten off to a solid start this season with a completion percentage of 69.4 percent with 500 yards passing in two games. Kaepernick has two touchdown throws and no interceptions for a passer rating of 98.1. He has also gained 92 yards rushing in two games.
"We’re not asking for the same things," 49ers coach Jim Tomsula said. "It’s not the same. There’s really not things to compare it to. What we’re asking him to do and what he’s been asked to do any other year.
“Everybody here knows what I think about him. I’m tickled to death and happier than heck that Colin Kaepernick’s our starting quarterback. I think he’s an extremely talented individual and I’m a big fan. But, I think Kap, the way he’s playing, just the way he’s going about things and the way he’s doing things, hopefully we’re using his talents in a smart way."