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Jim Harbaugh reiterates his belief Colin Kaepernick will win “championships”

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Jim Harbaugh quickly became one of the best coaches in the NFL. His views still apparently aren’t enough to get one of his most famous pupils a job.

The former 49ers coach and current Michigan coach continues to bang the drum publicly for Colin Kaepernick, and Kaepernick continues to not appear on an NFL roster.

“I do believe that [he’s an NFL starter], yes,” Harbaugh said Monday on The Rich Eisen Show, via NFL.com. “He’s still in his 20s and has been very successful at the NFL level as a starting quarterback. My record is well-documented that I think he will win championships before his career is finished.”

Indeed it is. In March, Harbaugh said the same thing on PFT Live: “He’ll have a great career and be a great quarterback, win championships.”

Championships. Plural. Jim Irsay-style.

“He’s the ultimate competitor, very talented, and gives tremendous effort,” Harbaugh told Eisen regarding Kaepernick. “He’ll be the first one in the building, he’ll be the last to leave. And the one thing you can count on with Colin Kaepernick is, he tells the truth. I’ve never, ever heard him lie to me or anyone else.”

Truth has been an elusive concept, to say the least, when it comes to the reasons for Kaepernick’s inability to find another job. Until he does, it will be impossible for Harbaugh to be proven right or wrong regarding his viewpoint as to Kaepernick’s eventual accomplishments.

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  1. pantherpro says: Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM

    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!

  2. huskersrock1 says: Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM

    He said championships NOT Super Bowls, off to Canada for the Grey cup for you.

  3. dtp15 says: Jun 12, 2017 9:38 PM

    Which is why he got him one. Oh. Wait

  4. mannyiac says: Jun 12, 2017 9:39 PM

    Our daily Kaepernick update.I was starting to worry,it’s getting late.
    I agree,Kap can still win championships.There’s always the Grey Cup.

  5. nyneal says: Jun 12, 2017 9:40 PM

    Three things I know:

    Harbaugh is the biggest blowhard this side of Rex Ryan.

    Kaepernick is the biggest idiot this side of Rex Ryan.

    Florio has a man crush on Kaepernick.

  6. stoolerz says: Jun 12, 2017 9:40 PM

    Dude needs to worry about finally beating Ohio State. Urban owns him.

  7. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 12, 2017 9:41 PM

    Since when did JH become a stand up comedian?

  8. illmatic8582 says: Jun 12, 2017 9:41 PM

    Thank you, now try to tell that to the many Americans who have their head in the sand. Modern day hero is Kaep

  9. Adrian Beathisson says: Jun 12, 2017 9:42 PM

    There is no argument – Harbaugh is great coach but it sure can be difficult to defend some of his statements and actions.

  10. aliveguy24 says: Jun 12, 2017 9:44 PM

    What’s Tebow doing ?

  11. therealraider says: Jun 12, 2017 9:47 PM

    Ok.. Jim is starting to get a little squirly.

  12. sortssux says: Jun 12, 2017 9:47 PM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM
    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!
    ————–

    Pretty harsh words there. Do you have any facts to back up that assertion? It seems the owners will look the other way on about anything if the talent is there.

  13. therealraider says: Jun 12, 2017 9:50 PM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM

    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners

    —————

    You mean led by a bunch of patriotic owners?

  14. bert1913 says: Jun 12, 2017 9:51 PM

    harbaugh is starting to sound like trump

  15. mcjon22 says: Jun 12, 2017 9:59 PM

    And he will.

    As the proud owner of whatever team he plays in franchise mode of Madden.

  16. klutch14u says: Jun 12, 2017 10:09 PM

    The first comment says it all. Anyone that isn’t with them is just a racist. This is the way they debate

  17. reecan says: Jun 12, 2017 10:18 PM

    LOL

  18. reecan says: Jun 12, 2017 10:21 PM

    Jim is trying to justify his Pick over Smith, then it turned out Kaep was not able to adjust his play in the NFL after the NFL adjusted to Kaep. He thinks it makes him look bad. Only his comments are making him look bad.

  19. sire703 says: Jun 12, 2017 10:21 PM

    Can’t wait to see the comment section in this one…..

    Meanwhile, there’s an MLB pitcher set to be drafted that has plead guilty to molestation of a child. (Look it up it’s true)

    Anyone wanna tell me again why Kap shouldn’t be on a team again?

  20. f1restarter says: Jun 12, 2017 10:26 PM

    Even the owners understand that a championship won with a leader who hates America is a tainted championship.

  21. davemishsr says: Jun 12, 2017 10:26 PM

    NFL owners are as conservative as the day is long. Most were personally offended by Kaepernick’s protest. They also recognize that a very large percentage of NFL fans are offended by his protest. Kaep has every right to express himself but his employers have every right to limit such expression. He pushed the envelope and now he will pay the price. Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again. Ever.

  22. itsnotforme says: Jun 12, 2017 10:28 PM

    Yes Jim, and I have some choice land in Florida I’ll sell you really cheap too.

  23. daytontriangles says: Jun 12, 2017 10:30 PM

    He’s going to lead the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to victory!

  24. dickshotdogs says: Jun 12, 2017 10:30 PM

    I’m with the “racist owners.”

  25. tylawspick6 says: Jun 12, 2017 10:34 PM

    in the cfl?

  26. charger383 says: Jun 12, 2017 10:37 PM

    If the NFL had to depend on Kap fans, it would be bankrupt in under one day

  27. exhelodrvr says: Jun 12, 2017 10:39 PM

    Harbaugh is still trying to justify the decision to switch QBs.

  28. descendency says: Jun 12, 2017 10:41 PM

    dtp15 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:38 PM
    Which is why he got him one. Oh. Wait

    ———

    He won an NFC Championship in 2012. (Harbaugh didn’t say SB. he said Championship…). That said, I don’t think CK will play another game in the NFL. His talent just didn’t show after Harbaugh left.

  29. burtmustin says: Jun 12, 2017 10:43 PM

    I just looked it up. The championship in the Arena Football League is called the ArenaBowl.

    Colin and Johnny Manziel may face off each other yet .

  30. patfic5 says: Jun 12, 2017 10:46 PM

    16 mil. Left it. Lol

  31. alonestartexan says: Jun 12, 2017 10:46 PM

    He’d better hurry up before the CFL and the Arena Leagues fill up..

  32. firecracker87 says: Jun 12, 2017 10:56 PM

    I’ll have what Jim is smoking.

  33. ggreen657 says: Jun 12, 2017 10:58 PM

    I don’t think so, but boy, it would be a hell of a story.

  34. fumblenuts says: Jun 12, 2017 10:59 PM

    It’s over Krap….

  35. ecniner says: Jun 12, 2017 11:02 PM

    Another reason Harbaugh is not in the NFL anymore. Amazing for 2 years but declined after… no more tricks left after 2 years..

  36. matt14gg says: Jun 12, 2017 11:04 PM

    This would be a classic example of pandering. He’s making a nonsensical statement that can do him no harm and make him look “enlightened” even though he doesn’t truly believe it.

  37. thrifty says: Jun 12, 2017 11:23 PM

    Sure he will – in Canada, which is where he deserves to be playing.

  38. liontuss says: Jun 12, 2017 11:30 PM

    There is no argument – Harbaugh is great coach but it sure can be difficult to defend some of his statements and actions.

    Plus, the Ann Arbor socialists finally converted him.

  39. peytonwantsaflag says: Jun 12, 2017 11:41 PM

    So a non pro football coach is commenting on a non pro qb and this is on pro football talk why?

  40. peytonwantsaflag says: Jun 12, 2017 11:48 PM

    Thank you, now try to tell that to the many Americans who have their head in the sand. Modern day hero is Kaep
    ————–
    Hero? Really? The guy kneels then whines he can’t get hired then disappears. That’s not a hero, that’s a primadonna, that’s a punk, that’s a loser

  41. rolli1967 says: Jun 12, 2017 11:59 PM

    Kinda hard to win championships without a team to play on. Understandably, no GM is going to take a chance on a mediocre at best QB with the huge amount of distraction/controversy that Kaepernick brings to the table. Most NFL fans myself included, find his past disrespectful behavior regarding the national anthem disgraceful, disgusting, and aborrant.

  42. laserw says: Jun 13, 2017 12:17 AM

    Colon Krappernick best find something he is good at so he can win a championship.

  43. thenewguy12 says: Jun 13, 2017 1:10 AM

    If there is anything Jim Harbaugh knows about, it is winning championships.

    He has won them at every level, as a college player…..oh wait…..n/m.

    As an NFL player……nope not there either.

    As an NFL head coach, nah, he was thoroughly outcoached by his brother in the SB and called a timeout late in the game right as his QB had a four lane highway to the end zone.

    He is a phenomenal coach but he has that Marty Schottenheimer quality where he will get you right to the doors of the promised land but never seems able to bust them down.

  44. hexy27 says: Jun 13, 2017 1:44 AM

    You all vastly underrate the CFL. That is a passing league and he would fail miserably up there.

  45. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 13, 2017 2:37 AM

    Kap wouldn’t even win championships in the Arena league, let alone the CFL. He’ll have to join a semi-pro team to win championships.

  46. redpredator1 says: Jun 13, 2017 5:14 AM

    Sorry Jim… nice you wanna be loyal to one of your old charges, but Kaepernick just isn’t that good of a football player. True, he has some of the tools that you look for in an NFL passer, for sure. He’s got height, athleticism and a cannon for an arm. The problem is that Kaepernick never really established himself as a front line passer. Kaepernick’s career quarterback rating of 88.9 is nothing to write home about. Only once in his career has he thrown for 20 touchdowns, or better, and he’s not exactly the most reliable guy on the block when it comes to availability. Since taking over for Smith in 2011, Kaepernick has played a 16-game schedule just twice. So putting up with the distractions he would bring to a team gets you what? Not much.

  47. nyneal says: Jun 13, 2017 5:33 AM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM
    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!

    ——————————————————————-

    Another person who uses race to vilify all those who don’t like what Kap did in disrespecting our Anthem and our flag.
    It had nothing to do with race, moron. It had everything to do with him painting our law enforcement officials with a broad brush and using the NFL platform to disrespect the Anthem and our flag.
    It’s all on him.
    And these”racist owners” pay millions of dollars to the players, most of whom are black. And you paint them all as racists.
    You typify why there is a race problem in this country. You forget that blacks cause the great majority of their own problems with law enforcement. They commit more crimes than any other race, even by blacks against other blacks. Those are the facts.
    As for Trump, ask yourself why he won the election. You’ll no doubt say it’s because he’s white and the voters are all racists. Did you say the same thing about the overwhelming numbers of blacks who voted for O’Bama simply because he was black. They came right and admitted that, starting with the head sheep, Oprah Winfrey.
    I do not like Kap because he chose to disrespect the Anthem and our flag and paint all cops as evil and racists. If he were white and did that, I’d feel the same way about that. But of course, you have me painted as a racist too, no doubt. Because it’s the only way you think. If someone disagrees with a black person, you paint them a racist. It’s what liberals do.
    Well, I am not a racist. I just believe there’s a right and a wrong way to offer ones’ opinion on something. Kap chose the wrong way and he’s paying the price now. I am glad no one has signed him and I hope no one ever does. Let him go live in China or North Korea or some other country like that. He’ll find out what brutality really is all about and how fortunate he is to be living in the U.S.

  48. cubancigar10 says: Jun 13, 2017 6:11 AM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM
    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!

    —Panther says as he loots a local family neighborhood business on his way to picking up his welfare check.

    You are pathetic for being so negative towards successful people.

  49. phillyfinsfan says: Jun 13, 2017 6:31 AM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM

    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!

    ———————————————————————

    If Kap was completely Caucasian, he would still be blackballed. It has everything to do with disrespecting the men and women who gave their lives honoring our flag and protecting our way of life.

  50. noknoknokpenny says: Jun 13, 2017 6:35 AM

    Uh, you’re missing the point.

    Being publicly pro-Kaepernick helps Harbaugh recruit black athletes.

    Harbaugh would say that the moon is made of green cheese if it helped him recruit.

  51. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 13, 2017 6:36 AM

    yeah and vince young is gonna be in the hall of fame some day, too………..

  52. wny49er says: Jun 13, 2017 6:52 AM

    Finishing 3rd and 5th in the big 10 is going to get you fired Jimmy. Stop making stupid statements and figure out how to beat Ohio State.

  53. realityonetwo says: Jun 13, 2017 7:14 AM

    He’s not good enough to win in Canada, either.

  54. drocity says: Jun 13, 2017 7:25 AM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Jun 12, 2017 11:48 PM
    Thank you, now try to tell that to the many Americans who have their head in the sand. Modern day hero is Kaep
    ————–

    I have a different definition of hero, I guess. I am fine with his standing up (or kneeling) for his cause. But that is all he did. He spoke out a little. What else did he do? Was he active in the community? Did he get involved in any way? He couldn’t even be bothered to vote in the last federal election. Even as a protest vote or write in, or something. Just didn’t show up. That is not a hero, in my book. That is a poser and a coward. But whatever, to each their own, but I will never feel sorry for him regarding his lack of interest as a QB. He made his bed, he can sleep in it.

  55. omeimontis says: Jun 13, 2017 7:29 AM

    In order to win championships one must first get in the playoffs. The past 3 seasons, Kap has not gotten close to getting his team into the playoffs, wining 2 games as a part time starter in 2015 and 1 game as a part time starter in 2016. He won 8 games as a full time starter in 2014, although one can blame bad coaching for those losses, because those coaches were replaced the next season. Hopefully he can find employment with a team that has good coaching and bring a Lombardi Trophy to that team. I think his best bet right now is KC. Andy Reid is comfortable with having a black qb, and he seems to be giving up on Alex Smith. He has also gotten some cap space with the release of Jeremy Maclin. I would not be surprised if Kap ends up signing with the Chiefs.

  56. whenwilliteverend says: Jun 13, 2017 8:15 AM

    Jim also has belief in the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and Santa Claus.

  57. jammer88 says: Jun 13, 2017 8:15 AM

    “My record is well-documented that I think he will win championships before his career is finished.” Pssssst Harbaugh, chi-pet aka colin kaepernick’s career in the NFL is finished and chi-pet has only himself to blame.

  58. elyasm says: Jun 13, 2017 8:57 AM

    I’m sick ad tired of people suggesting that Kaep should play in the CFL. It is extremely dismissive and disrespectful to a talented league to suggest they would want anything to do with this guy. Maybe after a few years in the AFL he can earn a roster spot in the CFL, but it’s silly to think that such a tremendous opportunity should just be handed to a guy that has done nothing to show he deserves it.

  59. vinzclorth0 says: Jun 13, 2017 8:58 AM

    Flag football championships.

  60. fwippel says: Jun 13, 2017 9:20 AM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM
    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!

    =========================================
    You mean the same people who employ players, 70% of which are black, and help make them millionaires? If that were true, why would any respectable minority play in the NFL? Sounds like you’re calling out black NFL players for being a bunch of ‘uncle Toms’.

  61. bobbyd12 says: Jun 13, 2017 9:31 AM

    The only Championship Kap might win is most Big Macs sold at a McDonald’s. Hope you enjoyed your “kneeling.”

  62. nhpats says: Jun 13, 2017 9:41 AM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM
    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!

    ———–

    Playing the race card…..it’s what Liberals do when they got nothing…..which is the vast majority of the time

  63. weeteblog says: Jun 13, 2017 9:52 AM

    sire703 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 10:21 PM
    Can’t wait to see the comment section in this one…..

    Meanwhile, there’s an MLB pitcher set to be drafted that has plead guilty to molestation of a child. (Look it up it’s true)

    Anyone wanna tell me again why Kap shouldn’t be on a team again?
    **********************************************

    Not sure that is a valid comparison at all, but a 28-30 record as a starter, an 88 QB rating….177 YPG Passing…..all of that screams average QB. Add in that he he has offended most of the country with his stance on the national anthem……and why bother?

  64. saltineamerican says: Jun 13, 2017 10:15 AM

    pantherpro says:
    Jun 12, 2017 9:35 PM
    Not if all the Trump loving owners have anything to say! Kap we love you its too bad you are in a league led by a bunch of racist owners!

    ————————

    Sir:
    Name a team that would be in a better position to win with Kaepernick on the roster. Please cite specific reasons to support your position.

    Once you fail at this task, please cite evidence to support your statement about racism.

    The irrefutable facts are is that Kaepernicks limited and declining skill set is not enough to overcome the financial and contract demands that Kaepernick has put forth.

  65. fwippel says: Jun 13, 2017 10:16 AM

    weeteblog says:
    Jun 13, 2017 9:52 AM
    sire703 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 10:21 PM
    Can’t wait to see the comment section in this one…..

    Anyone wanna tell me again why Kap shouldn’t be on a team again?

    =========================================
    If Kaepernick had a right to be on an NFL roster, you’d have a point. Neither he nor any other player has a “right” to a job in the NFL. He should have thought about the consequences of his actions prior to proceeding with his actions. You can’t blame the owners for not wanting this distraction.

    Kaepernick had every right to protest in the manner in which he did, and the owners have every right to take his actions into consideration when deciding on whether or not to include him on their rosters.

  66. streetyson says: Jun 13, 2017 10:38 AM

    Alex Smith is still going to the playoffs each year and made the Chiefs a relevant contender again. Meanwhile, Harbaugh and Kaep took a perennially decent 49ers team out of contention and themselves out of the league. Enough said.

  67. r8dernation says: Jun 13, 2017 10:42 AM

    Let him go to Canada and protest Boxing Day.

  68. daveinco says: Jun 13, 2017 11:11 AM

    You should trust what JH has to say. With as much riding on his opinion being correct, he can’t afford to be wrong. Think of the consequences!

    If just one of these racist, Trump-loving owners would give Kaep the chance he is entitled to, then maybe, just maybe we can finally see a black starting quarterback in the NFL. The time has come.

  69. collectordude says: Jun 13, 2017 11:32 AM

    If just one of these racist, Trump-loving owners would give Kaep the chance he is entitled to, then maybe, just maybe we can finally see a black starting quarterback in the NFL. The time has come.
    ————————————————————–

    Doug Williams
    Warren Moon
    Jameis Winston
    Russell Wilson

    the list goes on. you dolt.

  70. youbettercallsaul says: Jun 16, 2017 12:39 PM

    Maybe as a Madden tournament champion?
    If he’s that hard up for cash, the squeegee guy near my office on Wilshire Blvd. could use a hand.

  71. moseszd says: Jun 16, 2017 2:57 PM

    I guess the Class Clown hadn’t been in the headlines recently so he needed to act up…

    Keep dreaming Harbaugh, it isn’t going to happen. Just like that failure AJ JEnkins isn’t going to become a ‘great WR’ despite you ripping everyone for pointing out how bad he was EVEN AFTER YOU TRADED HIM TO THE CHIEFS.

    I mean, seriously, you rip Baalke about talent, but not only defend the mediocre Kaepernick, but were all in for TWO YEARS with AJ Jenkins. The man has caught, what, fewer than ten passes in his NFL career.

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