Skip navigation
Sign up to follow your favorites on all your devices.
Sign up

Yeah, so Andrew Luck isn’t helping to teach Colin Kaepernick

C. Kaerpernick49ers

About a month ago, we passed along a story about the notion that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck would be helping Colin Kaepernick learn the 49ers playbook because of his history with Jim Harbaugh.

It was one of those little lockout special stories that sounded nice. Apparently, there wasn’t much to it.

“Yeah, that was blown way out of proportion,” Kaepernick told Matt Maiocco of

The problem: San Francisco’s playbook is not as similar to Stanford’s playbook as you would think. Luck doesn’t know the 49ers playbook and basically the idea was a non-starter. Kaepernick has a tutor and his name is Alex Smith.

“Alex is pretty much up there and going through it like the offensive coordinator would,” 49ers running back Anthony Dixon said of Smith’s teaching sessions last week. “It’s amazing how much he knows. He know the ins and outs and all the crazy [details] we got. It’s great to hear.”

Smith just has to show he can translate that classroom knowledge to the field. Or Kaepernick will be playing sooner than later.