The San Francisco 49ers have brought in one of the best quarterback coaches in all of football in George Whitfield Jr. aka “The Quarterback Whisperer.” A coach that has an impressive resume as he worked with QB Cam Newton, QB Andrew Luck, QB Johnny Manziel, QB Ben Roethlisberger, and QB Donovan McNabb, Whifield will now have the opportunity to coach another good quarterback in QB Colin Kaepernick.
A short term span as the 49ers hired two coaching interns as part of the Bill Walsh coaching minority fellowship including former NFL offensive tackle Bob Whitfield (no relation), George will have his work cut out for him as he tries to improve Kaepernick’s mechanics.
Why was Whitfield chosen? For one, he has ties with 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh dating back to their days at USD. Coach Harbaugh spoke on Whitfield being at the 49ers facility for the duration of the off-season program as he said, “I thought it’d be beneficial for us to have him here. There’s no carte blanche, but we agree on a lot of things. “Haven’t found anything we disagree on. So it’s not like we’ve turned our quarterbacks over to George, but he’s going to augment and assist and I think it’ll be beneficial for us, beneficial for him and should be a win-win. Always looking for that.”
And while George Whitfield was garnering the headlines it was another Whitfield that caught my eye earlier in the day as Bob Whitfield was seen working with the offensive line on the tackling machine. A former NFL offensive lineman that played for the Atlanta Falcons (1992-2003), Jacksonville Jaguars (2004) and New York Giants (2005-2006), while playing his college ball at Stanford, Whitfield was seen displaying his violent hands as he showcased his drill.
With both coaches in the fold, it will be fun to watch them coach as they clearly have the resume to help the 49ers out in more ways than one.