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49ers OC: Colin Kaepernick didn’t regress as much as believed


Statistically speaking, Colin Kaepernick’s 2014 NFL campaign was impressive in some ways but a failure in others. But to hear it from San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, the quarterback didn’t regress as much as it has been perceived. In fact, Chryst argues that any regression by Kaepernick arguably was attributable to things beyond the signal-caller’s control.

And then last year, you’re playing with some different sets of challenges,” Chryst told Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News. “There was more change within the offensive line than he had experienced the last couple of years. How does that affect your production as a quarterback? You’re behind more often in games. How does that affect your production as a quarterback? I cite the fact that we had six touchdowns nullified by penalty. You plug that back into his formula, he really wasn’t … he didn’t regress off his line as much as perceived.”

Chryst, who was Kaepernick’s position coach for the past four years before being promoted to offensive coordinator this season, is  looking forward to seeing what the QB has in store.

“I’m anxious to see Kap,” he said, “because I think he’s anxious to show people where he’s at and where he can take his game.”

Chryst doesn’t mention it, but the aura of dysfunction that pervaded the 49ers last season with report after report that former head coach Jim Harbaugh was on his way out the door certainly didn’t provide for any organizational stability, and the team as a whole suffered for it, stumbling to an 8-8 season.

During his uneven season last year, Kaepernick did enjoy a career-high in passing yards (3,369), and his completion percentage (60.5) was the second-highest of his career. He threw 19 touchdowns (second-best in his career), but also threw a career-high 10 interceptions.

Kaepernick also had several distractions to contend with last season as well, including a handful of fines related to his choice of headphones and using inappropriate language on the field, both of which contributed to the quarterback being snarky, defiant and standoffish with fans and the media.

But it appears that Kaepernick has recommitted himself to his craft, as reports indicated that he decided to train with former NFL quarterbacking great Kurt Warner in the offseason. Perhaps a career renaissance after a brief detour is in the offing.