The 49ers are one of several NFL teams entering training camp without a clear-cut starting quarterback.
San Francisco will host a battle between league 2011 draft mates Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert to determine the No. 1 signal-caller.
Steve Young, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl winner with the 49ers, was asked this week to weigh in on the competition.
"Well, Colin's got to reclaim the locker room, reclaim his teammates," Young said Thursday at the American Century Championship.
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"And that's about accountability. 'Look, I screwed this up. Regardless of all the things working against me, I'm responsible. I can fix it. Rally around me.' And I think Colin can get people back. But I think more than anything, that's what needs to happen before he worries about what's going on on the field."
Kaepernick, whose offseason trade request did not result in a change of scenery, did express excitement about being a member of the 49ers upon his return to the Santa Clara facility in June.
When asked if he is confident his best opportunity for success is now with the 49ers, Kaepernick said, "I'm very confident in that."
Kaepernick reported to the 49ers on April 4 for the opening of the offseason program. He did not miss a day of offseason workouts under the direction of new coach Chip Kelly.
"Organizations at the end of the season go through and evaluate personnel and opportunities," Kaepernick said. "That was something, I sat down with my team and did the same thing. That’s how we handled the business.
"We were looking at different opportunities. I don’t want to get into specifics of what happened, why things happened. At this point, everything is football. I’m a 49er. Once again, excited to work with Chip and this coaching staff, Curtis and Ryan have been amazing. I’m excited about what’s to come."