Is Kaepernick a victim of broken GPS or NFL boycott?


Colin Kaepernick photo courtesy San Francisco 49ers

Like most politicians, President Trump likes to take credit for things he didn’t do. Add Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment to the list.

Monday, during a speech in Kentucky, our POTUS said the quarterback who turned taking a knee into a political statement hasn’t found a job in the NFL because owners “don’t want to get a nasty tweet from President Trump. Do you believe that?’’

Ah, no.

Same can be said for film director Spike Lee’s assertion that Kaepernick’s continued unemployment “Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens.” Lee implied the former 49ers’ quarterback was blackballed for his refusal last season to stand for the National Anthem. If that’s so, what’s the hold up on Robert Griffin III, Jay Cutler and the “Amish Rifle,” Ryan Fitzpatrick.

They all stood tall for the anthem but are now sitting in the unemployment office right next to Kaepernick. Is there an unannounced boycott against experienced but inferior quarterbacks this month?

Ah, no.

As conspiracy theories go, Kaepernick being blackballed ranks right up there with Obama tapped my microwave oven. There is a reason why all these guys are looking for work, and it has nothing to do with their musical appreciation for anthems, or lack thereof, and everything to do with the number 63.

Last year not one of them completed 60 percent of their throws in a league now demanding 63 percent as the acceptable minimum. With so much emphasis on the short passing game, accuracy is at a premium now more than ever.

Two of the Unemployed Boys, RG III and Cutler, have career completion percentages over 60 but losing records and dwindling performances the recent years. In 2016, Cutler was 59.1 percent and Griffin 59.2 percent so they, like Kapernick, are unemployed.

How accurate was Kaepernick last year? He was at 59.2 percent. What is his career completion percentage? Try 59.8. These days that will get you fired, whether you take a knee or jump with glee.

As one veteran NFL personnel man whose opinion I trust told me this week, “The outside distractions are a factor for some teams with Kaepernick, but the real factor is the tape. Put on the tape.”

As one veteran NFL personnel man whose opinion I trust told me this week, “The outside distractions are a factor for some teams with Kaepernick but the real factor is the tape. Put on the tape.’’

What he was alluding to is that since Jim Harbaugh left the 49ers and took the read-option to Michigan, Kaepernick is 11-24 as a starter with a completion percentage of 59.2. In his first two years, when he was making plays primarily on the run even when passing, he was 17-6 with a completion percentage of 60.1, which is the Mendoza Line of football.

Sink below that and you’re on your way out.

In the three years Kap ran the read option he rushed for 1,578 yards, third best in the NFL among quarterbacks, and threw more than twice as many TDs as picks (50-21). Yet, even at that, his 60.1 completion average was 23rd in the league. The downside of his game has gotten worse the more he’s been contained in the pocket, where, frankly, he resembles Tim Tebow more than Tom Brady.

Since the start of the 2015 season, Kaepernick’s completion percentage is 59.1, or 32nd in a league with only 32 teams. See the problem? Quarterbacks with broken GPS systems tend to spend a lot of time looking for work. Just ask Fitzpatrick, who was 56.6 percent last season and is now looking for his seventh team in a 12-year career.

So is Kaepernick being blackballed for his political stance, or has he been stymied by the wild balls he’s been throwing? The latter, plus the fact that many teams in need of a quarterback are on hold to see what develops on Draft Day and in the trade market — which is more the problem at the moment.

If Kaepernick is still unemployed in June or July, then you can talk about a possible boycott for taking an unpopular political stand. But, at the moment, that’s a charge that’s really fake news.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Rasputin
    March 23, 2017
    Reply

    So you’re saying the NFL deserves absolutely no credit for finally deciding to appeal to their patriotic American audience rather than flip it the bird. Sadly, you may be right. On the other hand, your own source acknowledged his antics “ARE a factor for some teams”, so perhaps the truth lies somewhere between the simplistic categorical position you espouse here and the one you rail against.

    Similarly, while Obama probably didn’t tap your microwave, it appears his administration did inappropriately surveil you and illegally disseminate your personal details throughout the government, at least if you were a member of the Trump campaign/transition team. I’m guessing you weren’t though, even if you do love quoting cherry-picked one liners from Republicans.

    PS – I bet I’m loving the way this whole Kaepernick thing turned out a lot more than you are. Remember when you were on the media bandwagon trying to hype him up as a hero, lol?

  2. Tim
    March 23, 2017
    Reply

    Rasputin…. its surprising you have drowned in your own super patriot piss by now. what a maggot you are, not only to suggest that standing for justice for all people with a non violent demonstration s unpatriotic, but for infusing your stunted political views into this discussion. Dufus.

    • Rasputin
      March 24, 2017
      Reply

      Tim, players and people in general are even expected to stand for OTHER nations’ anthems, and kudos to the national US soccer teams for pointing that out and stating clearly that all players will be standing for the national anthem in international play. It’s about basic respect. Pissing on the USA itself of all things and the principles that truly bring about justice isn’t standing for justice and doesn’t do anyone any good. It’s a self indulgent publicity stunt motivated by half-backed racial propaganda. Kaepernick’s subsequent idiotic comments praising the oppressive Cuban Castro regime shows how shallow and unserious he is. Piss off, you drooling moron.

  3. TIM_
    March 24, 2017
    Reply

    President Trump never said it was because owners are afraid they would get a tweet from Trump, as you say in your fake news column that he said.President Trump only quoted a sports news story that said that. He correctly predicted that the fake news writers would do just as you did, by saying “trump claimed”. he was responsible. You libs are so predictable. You are all just hatefull liars.

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