The Varied "Seasons" of the Offseason

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I respond to the news that Colin Kaepernick is attending an athletic facility this offseason.

Yesterday, David posted some basic information about the facility, suggested by Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin, which Colin Kaepernick will attend this offseason. Quinton Patton is expected to join. Per Matt Maiocco:

Kaepernick decided to spend the first part of his offseason at Bommarito Performance Systems in Miami. Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo and Eli Manning are among the quarterbacks who have worked out there in the past. The workout facility comes highly recommended from Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin, Kaepernick said. And Patton has decided to take part, as well.

These be the facts, as it were, and these along sparked a good amount of discussion in the comments yesterday. A few people, rightly so, pointed out that strength and agility were Kaepernick's, well, strengths. They questioned whether or not Kaepernick should be devoting as much time as he does to physical training when the weakest part of his game is from a mental standpoint. In response, others pointed out that one doesn't stop working on one's strengths in the face of weaknesses.

I just want to add a point to this discussion that I think helps frame it more appropriately. Let's return to Mr. Maiocco's article: "Under the collective bargaining agreement, players are not allowed to receive any instruction from the team's coaches until April 21, when the nine-week offseason program is scheduled to begin."

The offseason has many "seasons," so to speak, and any given player is going to calibrate his (or her, for that matter - I don't think this only applies to male Football players, but really any sport, though I am really only interested in Football for the sake of this article; I just think it's worth contemplating the wider implications for thinking about sports in general if we do consider the offseason as varied) workout to best suit what "season" of the offseason he is in.

Because Kaepernick cannot meet with coaches, how can he be expected to work on reads, progressions, pre-snap reads? I mean, sure, he could work on them superficially by himself, but without a coach, a playbook, and other players running the scout team, it's difficult to work on the mental aspects with any degree of complexity. He might be able to get advice from a QB-guru, or even another QB, and that advice might be very helpful. But, ultimately, they don't know the offensive scheme. They don't know the playbook.

Until Kaepernick is in a situation in which he can effectively and productively work on the mental aspects of the game, it's more than appropriate that he refine his physical gifts.

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