The San Francisco 49ers players and coaches have departed or are preparing to depart for the offseason. The players were able to clear out their lockers Monday afternoon, and most did just that. It should surprise nobody that Colin Kaepernick was back at the facility the next day and appears to be getting right back to work. Matt Barrows had this picture of his car on Tuesday before Jim Harbaugh's end of season press conference:
Last season, Kap took a couple weeks off before getting at it. This year he seems to be back to the grind, although I imagine he will take some time off here and there during the offseason. I'm sure we'll get something like the Dolphins hat picture to rile some folks up. Hopefully not, but I'm sure photographers are lurking!
On Monday, the players had a chance to talk with the media, and wide receiver Quinton Patton said he would be working with Kap in Miami this offseason. Patton also said he wants to train with Anquan Boldin this offseason, but apparently had not told Boldin as of Monday. Even if Boldin ends up departing in free agency, there are several networks of opposing receivers that work out together, so I imagine it would not be a problem for the two to get together.
The 49ers offseason workout program will not begin until mid-April at the earliest. Last season, it kicked off on April 15, and ran through a mandatory minicamp June 11-13. The NFL sends out an email with the specific start dates, so we'll probably know the exact date some time in March. Of course, the 2014 NFL Draft has been pushed back to May, so it's entirely possible the workout program start dates will be bumped back a couple weeks as well.
Until the program begins, the players and coaches face very specific limitations in terms of contact, as dictated by the collective bargaining agreement. According to Articl 21, Section 2(a), prior to commencing the program:
(i) players may not receive daily workout payments or workout bonuses of any kind, and may not be paid or reimbursed expenses for travel, board or lodging;
(ii) players are not permitted to participate in Club-supervised workouts, Club-supervised practices, group or individual meetings with coaches, group or individual film study with coaches, or group or individual playbook study with coaches;
(iii) the Club's strength and conditioning coaches may not direct players' individual workouts, but may supervise use of the weight room to prevent injury and to correct misuse of equipment; and
(iv) players' activities may not be directed or supervised by any coaches.
This means that until the offseason workout program begins (with its own set of limitations) Kap cannot participate in meetings, film study or playbook study with Greg Roman and Geep Chryst. I have to imagine Kap met with the coaches in that final day at the facility, and they likely discussed an offseason plan for now through the start of the offseason workout program.
One frequently mentioned request here and on Twitter was that Kap do more than just his speed and weight work. We know he'll bust his butt in the gym to get in the best shape he can, but obviously he still has work to do in his technical development as a quarterback. As I understand it though, he does work with quarterback "gurus" in the offseason. At one point he worked with Roger Theder, a former Cal head coach and NFL assistant. It is my understanding he continues to work with quarterback coaches, although I'm not entirely sure who they are.