In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to say I don’t like Colin Kaepernick, frankly, I have never liked Colin Kaepernick even before he started sitting on his rump during the National Anthem. Am I salty because Kaepernick led the 49ers team to knock my beloved Packers out of the playoffs 2 years in a row? Uh, no comment.
I think enough has been said about the NFL protests themselves but I do want to point out how asinine it is to protest the flag of a country which spilled the blood of an estimated 360,000-420,000 union soldiers to end the institution of slavery in this country. Do players have a right to protest? Absolutely, just don’t complain when ratings and game attendance drop and advertisers leave.
So there I am this last Sunday sipping my coffee and watching my Packers take on the Minnesota Vikings when I see Aaron Rodgers go down awkwardly on the turf then get carted off to the locker room. My worst fears were confirmed when it turned out that Aaron Rodgers had a broken collarbone and could be out for the entire rest of the season!
Almost immediately people on social media started clamoring for Green Bay to sign Colin Kaepernick, some people even started a petition. There is only one big problem with putting Kaepernick in the Green & Gold and that is his record running the type of offense that the Packers run. Kaepernick is not a pocket passing QB like Aaron Rodgers, he is a Read Option QB, to put that in simpler terms it is an offense where the QB decides while the play is developing what is the best thing to do with the Football, he might hand the ball off to the running back, he might keep the ball and run himself or he might pitch the ball.
When Kaepernick was at the height of his success many NFL teams were hiring college coaches that mostly ran the read option offenses and many of those teams had great success since many defense early on didn’t know how to defend it. Jim Harbaugh was one of those coaches who took his read-option offense led by Colin Kaepernick all the way to the Super Bowl.
As the league figured out how to better defend the read-option, the effectiveness of the offenses and their QBs like Colin Kaepernick and Tim Tebow dropped significantly. To the best of my knowledge, I do not know an NFL team that is running the read option as its primary offensive package. Sports Illustrated even wrote an article called “The Decline of the NFL’s read-option offense.”
One other aspect of the Kaepernick that many people are forgetting is the fact he was making starting QB money but got benched twice by two different head coaches and for good reason, he had a record of 3-16 as a starter between 2015-2016 seasons. Keep in mind this was a football team that was playing in the Super Bowl 18 months before that. During the 2016 season, the 49ers restructured Kaepernick’s contract with a clause that would allow him to opt-out of it if he chooses. He claims he was going to get cut, to which I would respond, duh you sucked.
Now, this week we find out that Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit against the league claiming there was collusion to keep him out of the league, claiming it was retaliation for “advocacy for equality and social justice” and NOT his god awful play on the field. Yeah, Good luck proving that especially when the Ravens who’s head coach John Harbaugh is the brother of the former 49er coach Jim Harbaugh flew Kaepernick to Baltimore to talk about signing him and his activist girlfriend then tweets out some racist picture of the Ravens owner and Ray Lewis. Sabotaging the potential contract.
At the end of the day, Kaepernick has made himself into a huge circus that no team wants, in fact, he is even a distraction for teams like the Packers when he is not even on the team! If Kaepernick was playing like Matt Ryan, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, and fit into the team’s offense I am sure there would be teams lining up to sign him despite the baggage. He isn’t playing well, he doesn’t fit with any teams offense and on top of that he is a walking media circus.