San Francisco 49ers Rumors: Jim Harbaugh Concerned with Colin Kaepernick, Warns Quarterback of Too Much Weightlifting

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Mar 22, 2013 02:00 PM EDT
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) celebrates his fourth quarter tochdown against the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 3, 2013."

Colin Kaepernick is one of the fastest rising stars of the NFL. After a breakout season in 2012 that included a trip to the Super Bowl, he is now prepping for an even better 2013. Without taking much of a vacation, Kaepernick is already working towards getting better for next season. However, this is coming with a bit of concern from head coach Jim Harbaugh who is worried his star quarterback might be doing too much working out.

Kaepernick reported to CES Performance in Atlanta almost immediately after the conclusion of the season to begin offseason workouts. He began to hit the weight room with goal of becoming bigger and faster. Harbough has had to speak to the quarterback to make sure he is not becoming too big.

"It's something we've talked about. 'I don't want you getting too jacked-up, Colin.' I want some speed, quickness, not just flexing," Harbough said.

Kaepernick is already known for having a strong arm that puts plenty of velocity on the ball. He once dislocated Randy Moss' finger with a laser pass last season. During Super Bowl week, wide receivers like Michael Crabtree requested to catch warmup passes from other quarterbacks because Kaepernick would throw the ball so hard.

Harbaugh said that Kaepernick's eagerness to get back to work is rubbing off on other players as the team works to prevent a Super Bowl hangover next season. He is not concerned with the team's overall work ethic entering into the offseason.

"I've never had to concern myself with that because the players we have, the coaches we have. They're already back in the building. Justin Smith is already, arm in a sling, champing at the bit to get back. Colin Kaepernick is already working out, pulling chains. So it's not a challenge for me," Harbaugh said.

Kaepernick became the starting quarterback of the 49ers after replacing an injured Alex Smith part way through the season. The team has since traded away Smith, securing Kaepernick as the future of the franchise. The quarterback threw for 1,849 yards last season, including 10 touchdowns in 13 games. He also rushed for 415 yards and five touchdowns.  

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