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A couple of Broncos sound off on Kaepernick’s lingering unemployment

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains apparently overqualified to be a backup, underqualified to be a starter, and ultimately unemployed. Two players from the team he nearly joined a year ago sounded off Tuesday regarding his man-without-a-team status.

“I think it’s crazy,” Broncos tight end Virgil Green told reporters. “Kap is a great quarterback. He is a smart quarterback. He is very competitive. It is kind of shocking that he is not on a team, but at the same time, there are a lot of different opinions and viewpoints out there, and they don’t all agree with Kap. It’s something that I think he has to deal with, but ultimately, I do think he should be a quarterback in the National Football League.”

Green opted not to elaborate on why Kaepernick isn’t signed, but at this point most who aren’t hiding behind flawed assumptions, half-truths, embellishments, and distortion of his abilities because they don’t like what he did one the sideline before games last season knows why he’s not working.

“Maybe the owners are scared of having that distraction on the team or maybe fans boycott the games, or whatever case it may be,” Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall told Vic Lombardi of Altitude Sports Network in Denver. “Honestly, if everybody really sat and looked at the reasons why he did it. He didn’t hurt nobody. They act like he hit his girlfriend or got a DUI or something like that. It’s almost like they’re shunning him worse than they do the people that get arrested, and I think it’s ridiculous. . . .

“Colin, he’s done so much for the community. He was named top 100 most influential person [by Time magazine]. I think, why wouldn’t you want that? That exhibits leadership.”

But what about the claim that he’s not good enough?

“He’s taken a team to a Super Bowl,” Marshall said. “He had 16 touchdowns, four interceptions on a terrible team last year. I saw something where he had a 90 passer rating, higher than Philip Rivers and Eli Manning. I see these stats and numbers, and you know they say numbers don’t lie, right? So I mean, what’s the real issue is the question.”

The real issue seems to be that teams that may have considered him to be the starter (like the Broncos, Browns, or the Jets) didn’t regard him to be good enough to overcome the perceived negative of having an agitator on the team. Right or wrong (and an argument could be made that Kaepernick would attract more fans than he’d alienate), having Kaepernick’s career on a stake sends a strong message to any other players who may be inclined to step out of line in the future.

Likewise, teams that may have considered Kaepernick to be the backup (like the Seahawks) don’t regard him to be bad enough to fit in the No. 2 or No. 3 spot, given the extra attention that necessarily will be foisted on the team. It could become a bit like Tebowmania, where Kaepernick fans stomp and shout for him to play if the starter in any way struggles.

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44 Responses to “A couple of Broncos sound off on Kaepernick’s lingering unemployment”
  1. elyasm says: Jun 6, 2017 6:20 PM

    The reception on this site casts some serious doubts on the theory that he would attract more fans than he would repel. I’m sure the reception would be different somewhere like NPR, but those people (for the most part) don’t watch football.

  2. thrifty says: Jun 6, 2017 6:23 PM

    Brandon Marshall is biased and a TERRIBLE quote. He needs to shut up and earn back the respect he lost last year.

  3. weimdog says: Jun 6, 2017 6:24 PM

    He has ONLY himself to blame. Choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 6, 2017 6:27 PM

    I would have used the term “spout off” instead, but maybe that’s just me.

  5. polegojim says: Jun 6, 2017 6:28 PM

    All the conspiracy theories. Fact is, Kap is just not that good of a QB… back up at best. He’s RG3… Slash… college type.

    Harbaugh got the best out of him and those around him. Harbaugh is a unique talent himself.

    Fact is… most HCs aren’t skilled enough… or don’t want to work that hard. They want everything colored within the lines.

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 6, 2017 6:30 PM

    Didn’t Mike Freeman say that Squid was the “most disliked player since Rae Carruth” among league front office personal? Going to take a lot to overcome that. You can’t ascribe that perception to his protest either, since he’s abandoned that in search of further employment.

  7. decon49 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:31 PM

    those garbage time tds really helped us win a lot of games last year

  8. denverscott says: Jun 6, 2017 6:32 PM

    He’s unemployed, get over it. Plenty of time to develop some more pig socks.

  9. margoadams says: Jun 6, 2017 6:34 PM

    Kap is not smart enough to be an NFL QB.

  10. mpry says: Jun 6, 2017 6:34 PM

    I only need to know 1 thing: The racist anti-American is still not signed.

    I’m lovin it

  11. abninf says: Jun 6, 2017 6:35 PM

    If you notice, the people commenting on Kaepernick that get the vast majority of media coverage are the ones with the opinion that reflects the small minority .

  12. ctiggs says: Jun 6, 2017 6:35 PM

    I agree Kap is a beast and would be an upgrade over most NFL teams especially when he comes back to my 49ers. #nobodyhasitbetter

  13. stexan says: Jun 6, 2017 6:38 PM

    Muhammad Ali took a political stand and was vilified in almost exactly the same way – sometimes the exact wording – as Kaepernick today. One big difference – Ali actually broke the law.
    I’m not saying Kap is the Ali of QBs, but saying he’s not good enough is absolute nonsense.

    Same old lies and hate, different century.

  14. mrcmos says: Jun 6, 2017 6:38 PM

    I truly believe that Kap would have been more effective in taking a different means of protesting his cause.

    He was on a national stage and it offended many, many people including NFL owner’s.

    He was a complete moron for doing his protest this way. He is now paying the price for his actions. Plain and simple.

    Again, this is just my opinion on why he doesn’t have a job yet.

  15. MD says: Jun 6, 2017 6:44 PM

    This is ridiculous. The Broncos did their best to sign this knucklehead to a $12m/year contract last year and they couldn’t “come to terms”. From the at-the-time reigning Super Bowl Champions! To work alongside Elway!

    Buh bye.

  16. ctiggs says: Jun 6, 2017 6:44 PM

    Kap us getting blackballed by the weak minded. As a veteran i careless he kneeled for the anthem. At least he is paying attention. Alot of people are texting, talking, or walking around. I dont like he admitted he didnt vote. I also agree that he clearly won as people are still complaining about him a year later thats powerful. I do not like him singling out the police. I think the police is a VERY small variable to the problems in ALL poor communities. Its jobs, support systems,and garbage resources for the most part. I guarantee if you take a kid born in the hood or out in the middle of the appalacia country, and raise him in a rich suburb, they will more than likely turn out to be an outstanding citizen.

  17. mongo3401 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:51 PM

    There is no gray area or conspiracy. The kid pissed off white America. Plain as the nose on your face people and he knew what he did would piss people off. Move on. No story here

  18. dawgbite says: Jun 6, 2017 6:52 PM

    Let’s put the “he led a team to the playoffs” nonsense to bed. He took over for Alex Smith late in the season and he played well on a good team. The league didn’t get a book on him until the end of that season. Just like Derek Anderson, he played well during one season, but he hasn’t adapted once the league figured him out. Good QBs get opportunities. Look at Cutler, he was a locker room cancer, but kept getting chances. He’s not a starter and doesn’t have the talent to warrant the headaches he would bring.

  19. mpry says: Jun 6, 2017 6:52 PM

    There is no comparison to Muhammad Ali.

    Kaepernick insulted our and his country and equally as bad, defends criminals because of and only because of, their skin color.

    1 he defends criminals. Criminals who attack police officers

    2 he only defends them because of their “race”. Which is the definition of a racist and the complete opposite of what MLK preached. Kaepernick is rejecting MLK. He rejects judging people by the content of their character, and not by their skin color

  20. VR30 says: Jun 6, 2017 6:55 PM

    I do not disagree with Kaepernick’s view I only have an issue with him being the person to do it. In the 2016 preseason when he was out of the spotlight and there was discussion of him being cut makes me awfully suspicious. When you pair this with the previous player allegations of Chip Kelly’s racism it becomes too much for me to ignore. I do not disagree with Kaepernick in regards to police brutality , but I do not think he has the talent or respect necessary to be worth the media storm he will bring to a team.

  21. epaminondas says: Jun 6, 2017 7:01 PM

    IMO the GM’s and owners took what Kapernick did and said about the nation PERSONALLY.

    It required no further discussion

    Especially as the facts turned out over Brown and the results grew.

    They probably think he is just bad news.

    Right or wrong that’s the way I see it

  22. patriot420blog says: Jun 6, 2017 7:05 PM

    only people that are anti american and racist are the people who say Kap deserves the back lash he is receiving

  23. sammievee says: Jun 6, 2017 7:18 PM

    The league redefined the ‘read-option’, defenders were allowed to hit the qb who was pretending to keep ball after handing it off. Kap was never the same, he knew the future, took the money and has been hiding since. He had a good future when he was protected by the rule, that future evaporated as soon as the rule was redefined/clarified by NFL.

  24. dudermcrbohan says: Jun 6, 2017 7:25 PM

    Kaep is smart, he just happened to offend a lot of people who aren’t (and who are blissfully unaware of such)

  25. stexan says: Jun 6, 2017 7:27 PM

    mpry says:
    Jun 6, 2017 6:52 PM
    There is no comparison to Muhammad Ali.
    Kaepernick insulted our and his country and equally as bad, defends criminals because of and only because of, their skin color.
    1 he defends criminals. Criminals who attack police officers
    2 he only defends them because of their “race”. Which is the definition of a racist and the complete opposite of what MLK preached. Kaepernick is rejecting MLK. He rejects judging people by the content of their character, and not by their skin color
    —————————–

    Ali refused to be drafted into the military in large part because of race – your definition of a racist, not mine. Of course, the real racists were the ones he was protesting against. He and Kap can in some senses be called racists because you can’t respond to racism without being involved with it.
    And Ali didn’t just defend “criminals”, he WAS a criminal; he flat out broke the law and told everyone why he did it.

    He didn’t disparage the military, neither has Kap. You and your pals have done that. Those are (some of) the lies I’m talking about.
    The hate is evident to everyone he cares to look.

  26. deneb1973 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:28 PM

    Leaving aside the football arguments (he fits only three teams’ offensive schemes); also leave aside his performance, the divisive impact he may have on the locker room and conflict would definitely have on at least a part of an enraged fan base. The FIRST news conference he holds has the potential to destroy a team, embarrass the owner, his coaches and the NFL. Can anyone predict the claims he would make during an interview? Once hired and interviewed, it will be too late to protect against being viewed as an enabler of his anti-police message. No team can take that risk for a player with marginal, specialized skills. Add in his apparent lack of preparation (health club workouts?) and desire and it is a no brainer to avoid him. He travels to his own drummer and while that is not a problem in most professions, Kaepernick has made it clear that hiring him is also to give him a pulpit to spew his divisive political and social agenda. Police, veteran and patriotic organizations will ensure a circus atmosphere wherever he goes … for a man who did not even vote!!! He is a marginal player who seeks to become a political martyr – not a football player secretly (he has not said publically he wants to play) trying to find a job. By the way – two players on a 90 man roster are hardly an endorsement by the “players” on that team.

  27. georgeexley says: Jun 6, 2017 7:35 PM

    OMG, The guy just isn’t worth the distraction ! That simple !

  28. paulus72blog says: Jun 6, 2017 7:37 PM

    Can we just stop talking about him? Please?!?

  29. jamaltimore says: Jun 6, 2017 7:42 PM

    guess what Rg3 is unemployed. He is a better than Kap but no one seems to care? why is that as they were both the revolutionary QB’s who were going to change the NFL? Maybe RG3 would have been better to stand against his country than to stand against his wife? More press for those who are pushing the america sucks message.

  30. collectordude says: Jun 6, 2017 7:50 PM

    Geez. Will every player who has an opinion be quoted on this site?

    The guy can’t play and will be forever unemployed.
    kaepernick sucks plain and simple.

  31. edenprairieballer says: Jun 6, 2017 7:51 PM

    Brandon Marshall? Isn’t this the turd who kneeled for the National Anthem last year?

    He is just sticking up for his Commie buddy.

  32. manderson4150 says: Jun 6, 2017 7:55 PM

    Maybe his buddy, Jim “about face” Harbaugh could use him…..

  33. bernieknowsfootball says: Jun 6, 2017 8:02 PM

    Hey, he spit right in the face of our country, that’s a lot worse than a DUI !!!

  34. ctchiefsfan says: Jun 6, 2017 8:09 PM

    Muhammad Ali took a political stand and was vilified in almost exactly the same way – sometimes the exact wording – as Kaepernick today. One big difference – Ali actually broke the law.
    I’m not saying Kap is the Ali of QBs, but saying he’s not good enough is absolute nonsense.

    Same old lies and hate, different century.
    ———————————————-

    There’s a BIG DIFFERENCE. Ali PROVED he was a champion long before his political statements. Kaepernick hasn’t proved over the course of 6 years that he is anything more than mediocre. Ali talked the talk that made boxing a HUGE sport for several years. And Kaepernick has done WHAT??? Pretty much nothing. And no team wants the headaches that will come with picking up someone that is nothing more than mediocre who has a ton of political baggage.

    Kaepernick…..YOU AIN’T NO ALI!

  35. MMGeneral says: Jun 6, 2017 8:11 PM

    I wasn’t offended by his protests last year, but I am offended that he said he’s stopping the protests this year because it worked and change has occurred. Is he paying any attention?! What’s changed other than his employment status? Was he ever sincere?

    Also, Mike, I’m with you but you have to chill out on this story. You’re not helping him at all. You’re making it more complicated for teams to take a look at him without being accused of just doing it for show.

  36. stexan says: Jun 6, 2017 8:25 PM

    So the only people that are entitled to opinions are Boxing Champions/World Series/Super Bowl etc., winners?
    I’d say that leaves out everyone on this board, including Florio and his bunch. Not to mention our current Prez.

    Kap has been, and could be again, a serviceable QB in the NFL. He has the skill set and desire to play and compete. He’s not on a team because the owners are afraid of a right wing political backlash.
    A backlash that was whipped up by people that have deliberately, and repeatedly, lied.

    That’s not the way this country is meant to be.

  37. whoknowsnothing says: Jun 6, 2017 8:38 PM

    If Kap was really a good QB, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. So please let’s all take a knee…. seat and move on to the next subject.

  38. harrietknutczak says: Jun 6, 2017 8:40 PM

    …and Kaepernick’s apologists remain over-represented in the domain of public opinion.

  39. gdalehogdogger says: Jun 6, 2017 8:51 PM

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Kap had every right to kneel during the national anthym, however, he has to be able to deal with the reaction to his action.

  40. saltineamerican says: Jun 6, 2017 9:10 PM

    Virgil, exactly which team would have a better chance of winning with Kaepernick at the helm and why?

  41. charger383 says: Jun 6, 2017 11:07 PM

    fans that pay the bills don’t want him

  42. breadmeatcheese says: Jun 9, 2017 10:51 AM

    once harbaugh left for greener boogers, kaep quit trying.

    glorious ‘fro though.

  43. Thomas says: Jun 10, 2017 5:52 PM

    “oh, he brought so much awareness to the issue of police brutality. He just wanted to make a difference”. What a pile of manure. The issue of police brutality was well publicized as it is today. And nothing has changed. He made no difference except to ruin his own career.

    Pig socks? Disrespect our flag? Our police? Our country? Good lick in Canadian football.

  44. veloman75 says: Jun 11, 2017 9:47 PM

    The 49ers wanted to cut Kaepernick after the 2015 season but he was hurt which guaranteed his money. In 2016, the 49ers wrapped him in bubblewrap and put him on the bench so they could cut him at the end of the season. Keep realized this and acted up to force their hand. The rest is history. You reap what you sow.

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