Would you want Colin Kaepernick on your team?
Have you noticed that as much as you hear people demanding that an NFL team sign former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, you never hear anyone demand that it be THEIR team?
The quarterback, who refused to stand for the National Anthem — motivated by what he called the "oppression of people of color in the United States" — is a hot button topic this summer. Several current players have taken up the cause including 11 Cleveland Browns who took a knee at the beginning of last week's pre-season game against the Giants.
You could make a case for Kapernick to be on all three local teams at least as a backup. Unless you think Geno Smith, Josh Johnson, Josh McCown, Nick Foles and Matt McGloin are a better option should a starter go down. All three teams have commented on the possibility.
Giants owner John Mara told MMQB: “All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue.” Mara, who for 24 years has worked for the team his family founded, said that “if any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game. It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, moreso than any other issue I’ve run into.” Back to Geno and Josh. Davis Webb is a long way away.
As for the Jets, who are going into this season with Christian Hackenberg, Bryce Petty, and Josh McCoun, General Manager Mike Maccagnan says they vetted all quarterbacks and from their standpoint, they focused on the players they thought would be the best fit for them. Keep in mind that the upcoming NFL draft is very quarterback friendly and should the Jets suck this season — which is a real possibility — they could have one of them.
The Eagles Malcolm Jenkins from Piscataway, called the "other" teams "cowards" for not signing Kaepernick, but he never mentioned whether he thought his team should take the leap.
If there were a team that's experienced in dealing with a quarterback signing backlash it would be the Eagles who signed Michael Vick fresh out of jail for involvement on a dog fighting ring. But even they're not interested. How can a quarterback deemed by the experts good enough to start in the National Football League not be in the National Football League? Maybe teams don't want to deal with the aggravation he brings unless they feel he's good enough to take them to a Super Bowl. Something Kaepernick has not done in the 2-12 season which is five years ago.
If you sign Kaepernick as a backup and your starter throws an interception God forbid a pick 6, fans and media will be calling for him to start, or will they?
The voting on Facebook resulted in 12 people wanting Kaepernick on their team to 42 not wanting him. The no's were much more passionate in their opinion citing things like ability and desire as well as the anthem.
Personally I don't think it's about the anthem. There are so many players taking a knee now that it really doesn't matter if one more does or doesn't. If the NFL had a problem with players not standing for the anthem, they would have addressed it. Don't you find it interesting that no other sports deal with this? Are NBA, NHL or MLB players taking a knee? Not yet.
I also don't think there's any collusion going on between the owners not to sign him. There's just too many people involved to keep that kind of a secret, especially with media outlets willing to pay for any info.
I think it's more about the distraction Kaepernick brings to a team that signs him in the form of all the media hype. Those trying to help him may actually be hurting his chances. Now if a team signs him it will be like they succumbed to the pressure.
I also don't think based on his performance he's worth dealing with the distraction. Vick with the Eagles eventually assumed a starters role and took the Eagles to the playoffs. I don't see Kaepernick doing that at this point in his career. Most teams know who their quarterbacks are going to be and those that don't are looking forward to next year's very quarterback friendly draft. If Kaepernick does play in the NFL this year, it will probably be if a team's QB goes down and they are desperate, and I mean REALLY desperate.
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