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Rex Ryan was (is?) interested in Colin Kaepernick

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The 49ers have their own version of Tim Tebow, only better.  His name is Colin Kaepernick.

Two nights ago, Kaepernick bolted 78 yards for a touchdown on a simple Tebow-style shotgun read option.  The former Nevada quarterback faked a handoff to LaMichael James, the defensive end crashed inside to clog the hole, and Kaepernick darted through the spot where the defensive end had been.

Just like Tebow.

On Sunday, Jets coach Rex Ryan danced dangerously close to the tampering line by making it known, in unsolicited fashion, that Ryan was interested in drafting Kaepernick in 2011.

“Again, some people think the Wildcat has come and gone.  No, it hasn’t. If anything, it’s just the opposite.  I saw the kid from San Francisco, Kaepernick,” Ryan said, via comments distributed by the team.  “He runs a 4.4 or something.  I was really intrigued by him when he came out because I thought we were going to lose Brad.  [The 49ers] drafted him before we could, but I was interested in him.  He went for a 70-yard touchdown run the other day.  You’re seeing these guys and it’s hard to defend some of that stuff.  When you have the ability to throw, as well as run, it makes it tough.”

It’s unclear whether Ryan was just riffing, or whether he was sending messages to one or more people.

To Mark Sanchez, possibly:  “Don’t get too upset about the fact that we traded for Tebow.  We thought about drafting last year a guy who runs faster and throws more accurately than him.”

To Tim Tebow, possibly:  “It would be a good idea run faster and throw more accurately.”

To 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, possibly:  “If you’re really all in with Alex Smith, why not give us a chance at taking Kaepernick off your hands?”

To Colin Kaepernick, possibly:  “If you don’t like being stuck behind Smith, why not ask to be traded to the Jets?”

To the rest of the league, possibly:  “Go ahead and assume that the Wildcat is dead.”

Regardless, chances are it wasn’t an accident that Rex publicly lamented the fact that the 49ers got Kaepernick in the second round of the 2011 draft before the Jets could get a crack at him.

Especially since the Jets didn’t even have a second-round pick in 2011.

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65 Responses to “Rex Ryan was (is?) interested in Colin Kaepernick”
  1. walker615 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:09 AM

    How on earth is that remotely close to tampering?

  2. seaner44 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:12 AM

    Does this guy ever shut his yap?

  3. musicman495 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:12 AM

    Maybe what the Jets need more than a third QB is a new coach.

  4. keramidas21 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:13 AM

    Or maybe he just thinks he is a good player?

  5. sterlingrodgers says: Aug 13, 2012 12:13 AM

    Shut up, Rex.

  6. knucklebucket says: Aug 13, 2012 12:14 AM

    Keep talking Rex.

  7. bennyb82 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:15 AM

    It could be Rex sending a message…or it could be that Rex is just spewing crap out his mouth to sound like he has a clue about what he is doing with Tebow.

  8. mancave001 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:16 AM

    “On Sunday, Jets coach Rex Ryan danced dangerously close to the tampering line by making it known, in unsolicited fashion, that Ryan was interested in drafting Kaepernick in 2011.”

    ——————————

    I’m no Ryan or Jets fan, but…huh? How does Ryan talking about something from the previous year’s draft have anything to do with “tampering?”

  9. Corey Jeppesen says: Aug 13, 2012 12:17 AM

    Good article. Enjoyed the creativity.

  10. rajbais says: Aug 13, 2012 12:18 AM

    Rex, just plead insanity!!!

    Then make a three-way trade where Mark
    Sanchez goes to either Arizona, Jacksonville, Seattle, or Denver to succeed Manning; get Kaepernick, and make sure San Francisco gets a 3rd Round pick!!!

    Then dump Santonio Holmes and pay him 2 years worth of pay!!!!

    Let’s face it Rex!!!! You hate offense!!! Just run it only!!!!

    Looking back you should have coached the Falcons and Mike Vick because their defenses weren’t bad under Wade Phillips, Jim Mora, Jr. and Ed Donatell as they ran it 24/7 with “DVD” ( (Warrick) Dunn, Vick, and (TJ) Duckett))!!!!

    However, could you imagine how much fire Rex would have caught with Vick’s dogfighting???

    It would have been way uglier than today with the Jets!!!! Rex Ryan = today’s version of Barry Switzer!!!

  11. jimmygrahamchrisivory says: Aug 13, 2012 12:19 AM

    Wow, Florio. You nailed all of the potential ‘message being sent’ scenarios. Sanchez would’ve had his bags packed by now if NYJ drafted Kaepernick last year because I think Rex would’ve been ridiculously enamored with the idea of CK starting for him.

    I honestly want to see him get a chance to start, hopefully soon, whether that’s in SF or the Jets I don’t know. If Alex Smith was to ever get injured, there shouldn’t be any meltdown amongst 9er fans since Kaepernick is nowhere near as conservative as Smith and a better arm. His ability to run is just another reason why he’s more dangerous than Alex.

  12. saintsfan1111 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:34 AM

    A run first QB will never win the superbowl.

  13. rollerino1 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:37 AM

    Wow. Sanchez needs to tell his agent to start looking for a new team next season.

  14. gocaps8 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:44 AM

    Must have nice feet

  15. dmackdaddy says: Aug 13, 2012 12:44 AM

    49ers are pretty stacked at QB right now. Alex Smith has to bring it this year cuz CK7 looks good and Josh Johnson as well. And Scott Tolzine is called Baby Drew Breeze by his teammates.

  16. pop562 says: Aug 13, 2012 12:54 AM

    Nice job Rex, just throw your QB under the bus…or is that your way of telling them to try harder.

  17. norcalmafia says: Aug 13, 2012 1:00 AM

    Like I said the Niners are deeeeeeeeeep….Most of our back ups are better then the Seahawk starters!Get ready for the pain you northwest lames!

  18. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 13, 2012 1:01 AM

    Ha, this article is rich! Rich with common sense breakdown analysis that this is tampering!

  19. piemasteruk says: Aug 13, 2012 1:08 AM

    How is this in any way dangerously close to tampering? Is a coach not allowed to compliment a player from another team without infringing the tampering rules? Ryan has already learned the hard way via Darrelle Revis that it’s not a good idea to compliment your *own* players too much…

  20. goldrush36 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:11 AM

    C’mon Harbs do it Andy Reid style. I like CK’s character but he comes from a historically terrible conference for QB’s transitioning to the NFL. That and Tolzien is a much much better passer

  21. ac1412 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:19 AM

    Rex Ryan doesn’t know what he wants… Go niners!!

  22. elleclouds says: Aug 13, 2012 1:21 AM

    Wasn’t this the same team crying about the Dolphins not playing them straight up and using the wildcat was a cowardly tactic? I guess imitation is the best form of flattery.

  23. norcalmafia says: Aug 13, 2012 1:21 AM

    Yea except Kapernick can actually throw a football.

  24. thepunkyqb says: Aug 13, 2012 1:22 AM

    Rex Ryan is dillusional. He can’t even think straight because all he thinks about during OTA’s are shooting more off-the-cuff videos of his wife and her feet.

  25. lightcleric says: Aug 13, 2012 1:29 AM

    M-E-S-S MESS MESS MESS!

  26. italianhorse11 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:33 AM

    Rex you lost some weight so I know your starving. Here is the deal we send Kaepernick and pizza for say 1st round pick….come on!

  27. madenatewell says: Aug 13, 2012 1:34 AM

    Tiki is flabbergasted anyone still cares about Tebow.

  28. nolesnthenfl says: Aug 13, 2012 1:34 AM

    I wouldn’t get too emotionally vested there Rex. I mean let’s be real about it it was Minnesotas 3rd string defensive line and safeties. Your boy Tim Teblow was able to do that last year against Minnesotas starters…

  29. zillabeast says: Aug 13, 2012 1:37 AM

    I would LOVE for Rex to take Kaepernick off our hands. We have an even better backup waiting in Scott Tolzien. The real heir apparent to Alex.

  30. discosucs2005 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:50 AM

    Still annoyed that the 49ers lost a pick because of Briggs but plenty of teams have tampered with our players (including Rex with Crabtree) and nothing has come of it.

  31. hifive123 says: Aug 13, 2012 1:58 AM

    Yeah. No.

  32. rangenius says: Aug 13, 2012 2:08 AM

    Usain Bolt would be better than Tebow in that role too, right Florio?

  33. rangenius says: Aug 13, 2012 2:09 AM

    This bashing of Tebow goes deeper than just Tebow as a player. I think Florio has some kind of conflict with Tebow as far as religion… The hate he spews is evil.

  34. 49ersgiants4life says: Aug 13, 2012 2:10 AM

    Makes sense why they drafted lamichael

  35. lostsok says: Aug 13, 2012 2:14 AM

    Ryan would have just ruined Kaepernick. Colin is lucky he went to a team with real coaching.

  36. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:15 AM

    Kaepernick, in the right situation will be a star. He has an incredible work ethic. I don’t think he’s a WCO QB though, and that’s what Frisco runs. He’ll be a star with the Jets.

  37. djlons20 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:22 AM

    BS. whatever you are on in something mad serious…dude for real “The 49ers have their own version of Tim Tebow, only better. His name is Colin Kaepernick.” Kaepernik has nada to his nombre hombre

  38. citynative says: Aug 13, 2012 2:36 AM

    Wouldnt be the first time the Jets tampered with the Niners in recent years. Anybody remember when Crabtree was drafted and held out?

  39. andrewproughcfe says: Aug 13, 2012 2:46 AM

    49ers traded up 9 spots to land him. It’s possible that the Jets were thinking of trading up high into the 2nd round, but the 49ers made their move first.

    49ers wouldn’t have traded up 9 spots if they thought he would still be there for them at the 13th pick in the 2nd round, so somebody must have had their sights on him. If not the Jets, then who?

  40. 49ergeorge says: Aug 13, 2012 3:32 AM

    Go Niners!

  41. walter0247 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:39 AM

    That “only better” part had me loling. He has played one preseason game and was drafted in the 2nd round. Yeah Tebow isn’t that great, but for the integrity of everything football, just don’t.

  42. carolinaking says: Aug 13, 2012 5:19 AM

    shoulda coulda woulda…….. you’re stuck with two non-franchise qb’s now

  43. s11ekans says: Aug 13, 2012 5:26 AM

    No comment until Hulkhogansays gives his personal analysis.
    Get a life of your own.

  44. ricflairsays says: Aug 13, 2012 5:42 AM

    If that funny named quarterback can’t beat Alex Smith for a starting job, move on. WOO!

  45. jpb12 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:55 AM

    Rex always wants ‘something else’… Guy needs some Adderall.

  46. Mike Florio says: Aug 13, 2012 6:01 AM

    Any expression of interest in a player under contract with another team is, under the league’s rules, tampering.

  47. baymac408 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:18 AM

    Yea we stacked!!! At more then just QB!! Niners fans it’s on !!!!matter fact it’s been on since last preseason!! We are gonna get it in this year!!! Stand Up!

  48. wikipediasaidso says: Aug 13, 2012 6:24 AM

    “You’re seeing these guys and it’s hard to defend some of that stuff. When you have the ability to throw, as well as run, it makes it tough.”

    No kidding, Rex?

    I’m sure Kaepernick will be glad to know with all the dual threat QBs who have made a legitimate mark on the game over the years that you could compare him to, you saw him coming out in the draft as the next…Brad Smith.

    If you have a reasonably capabable QB who can read defenses and hit the throws first, and is a bonafide rushing threat on top of that, you don’t have to call it the Wildcat. You can just call it “the offense”.

  49. lrjets says: Aug 13, 2012 6:35 AM

    Methinks Rex should look for an O-lineman or Jim Brown wouldn’t fare well on the Jets O.

  50. EJ says: Aug 13, 2012 7:13 AM

    I told my little brother that Kaepernick was more than just a second round Quarterback, he just needs coaching. Any team with a top flight QB coach can groom CK into a formidable starting QB. The kid has major potential, especially learning to switch plays at the line, Colin is smart too, I’m sure anything he is taught will stick. Many teams didn’t see what Kaepernick had to offer and passed on him. S.F. was the smart team, and they only had to burn a second. A first rounder for a second round pick, not bad.

  51. heyguru1969 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:13 AM

    Regardless of what people think, Kaepernick is not a run-first QB. Look at college stats, and you’ll see there’s only been 1 person in history who has thrown for 10,000 yards and rushed for 4,000. So it was at Nevada and not Alabama. I guess Jerry Rice couldn’t play because he was a small-schoool guy. We’re still talking every QB who’s ever played at any level. Kaepernick still has room to grow, but he’s going to be a star.

  52. s11ekans says: Aug 13, 2012 7:30 AM

    Now let’s go get a god damned snack!

  53. pjamdragon says: Aug 13, 2012 7:44 AM

    Basically, Rex wants anyone other than what he’s got, because his team blows. And he knows it.

  54. discosucs2005 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:06 AM

    To the 49er fans that think Scott Tolzien is our future, who are we going to cut? Obviously not Smith or Kap. Josh Johnson is the only other option, but does anyone think we signed him just to be a camp body at QB? He’s Harbaugh’s guy from SD. I’m not saying I don’t want Tolzien on the team, but I just don’t see it happening.

  55. mataug says: Aug 13, 2012 8:33 AM

    Especially since the Jets didn’t even have a second-round pick in 2011.

    And what would prevent the Jets from trading back into the second round to pick him ?

  56. jetsarestacked says: Aug 13, 2012 8:40 AM

    anything to keep the rex/jets in the news so you can write another article. you boys have been doing this same schtick for 3 years now. move on to something else already.

    unbelievable.

  57. getyourownname says: Aug 13, 2012 8:41 AM

    A year or so ago, there was a show about Belicheck and the NE season in 2009 (?) – the year the Ravens beat them in the POs. It showed Belicheck and Brady preparing for the game watching game tape and commenting how much they admired Ed Reed.

    So, was this tampering too? Come on guys, get a grip. You’re moving from Drama Queen to Drama Empress.

  58. deadeye says: Aug 13, 2012 8:53 AM

    I really wish the Jets could acquire Kaepernick from the Niners. Then we’d see some hard core Jest meltdown this season.

  59. billsfan1 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:54 AM

    doesnt seem like tampering to me, sounds like he was praising a kid and acknowledged that he liked him.

  60. mgdsquiggy17 says: Aug 13, 2012 9:48 AM

    “The 49ers have their own version of Tim Tebow, only better. His name is Colin Kaepernick.”

    Really Mike? He hasn’t even started or won an NFL game yet. While I do think CK7 will be better then Tebow I think it’s a little early to say a guy is already better when he hasn’t even started and won an NFL game yet.

  61. fground says: Aug 13, 2012 10:06 AM

    Kaepernick ran a 4.53 at the combine – fast but not Michael Vick fast.

  62. redandgoldhitman52 says: Aug 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    not a bad idea to trade colin. we’ll get a 1st or 2nd rd pick. i was really impressed with scott tolzien. he looked like tom brady the way he got the ball out quickly with pin point accuracy. i think scott tolzien might be our 2nd string qb come week1. next 3 pre season games will be a battle for johnson and colin to secure a job for 3rd string qb. harbaugh might keep colin since 49ers have 2 years invested in colin.

  63. goldrush36 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:24 PM

    discosucs2005 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:06 AM

    To the 49er fans that think Scott Tolzien is our future, who are we going to cut? Obviously not Smith or Kap. Josh Johnson is the only other option, but does anyone think we signed him just to be a camp body at QB? He’s Harbaugh’s guy from SD. I’m not saying I don’t want Tolzien on the team, but I just don’t see it happening.

    _________________________________________________

    So then you believe JJ was brought in on his salary to be a #3? Good luck with that. Not saying he is gonna get cut for sure, but I certainly don’t see him sticking at that pay rate unless he takes over the #2 gig and Harbaugh has passed on plenty of “his” guys. It’s the nature of the business. He was brought in to see if he could beat out the other guys and if not.. adios

  64. musicman495 says: Aug 13, 2012 11:44 PM

    raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 13, 2012 2:15 AM

    Kaepernick, in the right situation will be a star. He has an incredible work ethic.
    ————————-
    If all you needed was work ethic, James Brown and his cape would be in the Hall of Fame in Canton, OH.

    As for “Baby Drew Brees,” tell Big Mouth Donte that Daddy Drew Brees is going for 450 and 3 TDs on him in November.

  65. ceadderman says: Aug 14, 2012 1:03 AM

    “His ability to run is just another reason why he’s more dangerous than Alex.”

    Statements like this is why it’s hard for other fans to take 9er fans seriously and make true 9er fans cringe.

    That run that Kappy sprang was a designed play. Roman saw the DE crash the lane leaving a gaping hole and called for the Keeper.

    That’s one.

    The second is Smith is just as dangerous with his feet that Kappy is. It’s one of the reasons fans were fed up with Smith who seemed to Run at the drop of a hat rather than taking shots downfield.

    How many NFL games has Kappy run in a game winning/tying Score? Smith has a number of them under his belt. Stop trying to work Alex Smith into your hater diatribe cause it’s old and pathetically worn out. Kappy should thanks the Football Gods that he landed on a team that has a solid Head Coach a Line that is starting to come into its own and consistency at the OC position. Cause Alex Smith wouldn’t be as hated today if he had had any of that in his first 6 seasons.

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