On moving the pocket a bit more in minicamp/OTAs following so many sacks last year:
That plays to Kap's advantage. I think he's always been good throwing to both his left and to his right. In terms of sacks, that's a byproduct of a couple different things. You always want to stay healthy in the offensive line for cohesiveness. For the first time in a couple years we weren't. And then you gotta figure out when to get the ball out. And if you feel vulnerable, a defense in the NFL will make you cry uncle. But yea, we're trying to play to Kap's strengths.
On how Kap is throwing on the run:
You know, you don't want to get too far ahead of yourself because we know, on air, against our own defense, no pads on. The next phase we need is training camp. Where will that take us, and then we need to play the preseason games. Not as much for Kap, but to see some of this young talent we're excited about. And then, you play the games in September, the scoreboards on for real and we get our report card every Sunday after that.
On how Kap has gotten stronger this offseason:
Yea, I think that, you know, there was a funny story when we first met Kap. And he's from the Bay Area. There's a quarterback coach by the name of Roger Theder. So, he said he was a Theder guy. People kind of, ya know (because it sounds like theater). And then we had McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was also a Theder guy. So I remember sitting around, and believe it or not, Josh McCown was in the room, we'd brought him in in 2011, and he kept thinking, out here in the Bay Area they have a bunch of theater guys playing quarterback.
But that's who he's worked with. We love having a picture of Kap back when he was in high school because he was long and narrow, skinny. And he is not an overnight success story, he has worked every step along the way. He's really built his body up; people know how strong he is, how flexible he is, how fast he is. And it's only natural, remember last year when we brought in George Whitfield? In the past with Alex Smith we had him see Tom House.
When you're outside of our calendar, there's nothing we can do. We can't call to wish him happy birthday. So what other resources are available, what are they comfortable doing, what do they bring back because we've got a full plate, a full agenda. What do they bring back when they get going.
And that same question will be asked from this point, what will you do for training camp? Some quarterbacks take time off to let the arm rest. You always worry about Kap, he's chomping at the bit when the season's over. As soon as we're done here, I guarantee he's going to get a workout tomorrow morning. But he has that type of energy level, and so I'm anxious to see where he is. But he's never been out of shape, and has continued to be in shape.
On changes he saw when Kap got back to OTAs:
You know, there was a lot of good work done. Trent Dilfer, Elite 11, they're trying to talk about, what, quarterback architecture. Trent's got a whole vernacular that I have to keep track of. But at the end of the day, a quarterback is as simple as when he picks up a snowball or rock when he's a little kid, and throws the ball, throws the rock. And as sophisticated as, with this protection against this blitz, I have to get rid of the ball quicker, against this protection, maybe max protection, or like you said, throw on the run.
So to say it's as simple as one static motion that you repeat over and and over like a golf swing? I haven't seen a golf tee box where they blitz the tee box. And the Konica Bizhub (type of golf club) with super slow motion might be radically be different. So you kind of have to fit it from sport to sport, and I think Kap's done a nice job of understanding him. I think that's usually the journey people are on, and you see improvement. We love watching the Warriors. Draymond Green shoots the ball better from 3-point range. I give Draymond Green a lot of credit because he has taken it upon himself to improve that area of the game. And I think that's true, if you're not getting better in any sport. Baseball hitters have to hit the baseball.
Specifically, I see that Kap's worked hard to know what it is, but if you were to intercut maybe shots from last year and shots from this year, at times you're not going to see a lot because the play may require him to do a certain throw a certain way. And then there's other plays, I think you guys have seen how we've been working on the deep ball...In individual (workouts, I believe). We don't hit every one...We try to hit every one, that's on air. And then, we try to throw it against our defense, and you try to find your optimum way to maximize...Torrey Smith made a hell of a grab today, and we missed him yesterday in the two minutes. As a coach that's great, you get to show up every day, and read body language, and see improvement. That's what we really like.