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Kurt Warner’s trying to remind Colin Kaepernick to stay in pocket

San Francisco 49ers quarterback (7) Colin Kaepernick throwing passes before a game against the Green Bay Packers played at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on Sunday, September 8, 2013. (AP Photo/John Cordes)

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After working with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Kurt Warner came away impressed with his arm. Now, he wants to make sure he doesn’t use his legs too much.

During an interview with Rich Gannon on SiriusXM, Warner said he thought Kaepernick would be better served staying in the pocket, rather than allowing his incredible athleticism to become a crutch.

He can’t do all the running,” Warner said, via Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com. “Now he’s got to become more of a pass-first guy and complement with his athleticism. And he’s never been asked to do that before. And so that’s the process that we kind of went through in the couple of months I was working with him.

“Really trying to get his normal to be a quarterback position as opposed to being an athlete — you know, thinking first as a quarterback and staying in a more throw-friendly position longer so he can get through his progressions and he can be comfortable and he can stay accurate, . . . down through his reads. As opposed to looking at one guy and going, ‘OK, now I can create like I’ve done in the past.’ So that’s the kind of the process we went through.”

Warner spent 10 sessions working with Kaepernick in Arizona this offseason, and said he hoped the work helped keep Kaepernick focused on moving the ball downfield. Last year, Kaepernick averaged just 7.0 yards per pass attempt, and the 49ers went out and bought Torrey Smith in free agency in an attempt to stretch the field.

With so many unknowns this year, the 49ers need all the certainty they can from their quarterback. And Warner’s confident that if Kaepernick will remember he’s a quarterback first, the 49ers will be better for it.