John Lynch: Colin Kaepernick should say he’s committed to football

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San Francisco General Manager John Lynch says he’s sure Colin Kaepernick is committed to being an NFL quarterback. But he thinks some of his colleagues around the league are less convinced of that, and Lynch has urged Kaepernick to let the world know how much he wants to play.

Lynch said on KNBR that he has spoken to Kaepernick and urged him to give an interview in which he explains how important football is to him.

“I think the way you could best help yourself is not to have someone talk for you, not have statements, but go sit down and give an interview and let people know where you stand because he makes a compelling case as to how bad he wants to be in the league when you talk to him,” Lynch said.

So far, Kaepernick has stayed largely quiet about his future in the NFL. Although he has an active social media presence, his posts are almost exclusively about subjects other than football. Lynch said he believes Kaepernick does have a future, but that other teams want to hear Kaepernick say how much he wants to play.

“I would tell you with my conversations with Colin, he is fully committed to wanting to be in this league,” Lynch said. “I gave that opinion to Colin myself: ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?’ At a position where the guys who succeed at the position are the guys who live it, breathe it, the CEOs at that position. And I think there is a perception that football is not at the top of the list.”

Kaepernick has done a lot this offseason to help causes he cares about. He hasn’t done a lot to help his own cause of getting another shot at playing in the NFL.

83 responses to “John Lynch: Colin Kaepernick should say he’s committed to football

  1. John Lynch is right,colin needs to say this just like all the other free agent qb’s do every offseason..

  2. If you don’t think Colin is a top 64 QB in the NFL you don’t watch the tape. I’m the first guy to say no more second chances when a guy beats his wife or worse but seriously this is still going on? Colin kaepernick almost won a super bowl and you guys act like he is a bum. How many QBS would put up a positive TD:INT ratio on a team as bad as the 49ers last year? I would say at most 20.

  3. He should have said “There’s great Poutine in Quebec! Try to get on with Montreal.”

    These guys: Quebec Montreal Poutine Fantastique!

  4. If he was ever fully committed to football in the first place the knee garbage would’ve never happened.

  5. yeah i find it kind of strange that all this stuff is going around about Kaep, but no statement from him, or even his agent, has been given. sick of hearing about this guy. hes so irrelevant, its funny at this point.

  6. No one is saying he’s not one of the best 64 QB’s out there they’re saying he’s not high enough on the list to be the headache he will be the minute a teams starter throws a pick. Who doesn’t get this?

  7. The problem with Cap talking is that so much that has come out of his mouth has been self serving CYA, stupid and plain dead wrong. He never had a social conscience until he sat for an anthem after being benched. Maybe in all his life as a football quarterback he never experienced that and when it did happen he hadn’t the experience of that kind of adversity to know how to behave or act. And now that bill has come due.

    In a very well considered, unrehearsed, recorded interview with non-softball type questions, I might change my mind about him. Right now all I have to go by is what he has said and done that has been recorded.

    And as for treating like a bum mr. patsx, his stats last year came in garbage time. The defences had him figured out and they just sat back in the 3rd and 4th qtrs and let him eat up the clock while he played catch-up. Kind of skews your beloved td:int ratio, doesn’t it?

  8. patsxsaintsfan says:
    Jul 1, 2017 3:29 PM
    If you don’t think Colin is a top 64 QB in the NFL you don’t watch the tape. I’m the first guy to say no more second chances when a guy beats his wife or worse but seriously this is still going on? Colin kaepernick almost won a super bowl and you guys act like he is a bum. How many QBS would put up a positive TD:INT ratio on a team as bad as the 49ers last year? I would say at most 20.

    One of us watched all his games AND charted his throws. It wasn’t you. So, two things:

    First: Mark Sanchez pulled an 88+ with Kelly’s low-risk, dink-and-dunk junk offense. And Foles, something like a 127 where he threw just 2 INTs to 27 TDs.

    Kelly’s system minimizes the chance of failure (turnovers) and artificially inflates QB ratings. Kaepernick, career-wise, is betwen Sanchez (lousy back-up) and Foles (lousy back-up) in Kelly’s system. In short, doing well in Kelly’s system is meaningless.

    Second: As Kyle Shanahan pointed out, if a team signs Kaepernick the team has to install TWO SEPARATE OFFENSES since Kaepernick can’t play in standard pro-offense.

    Simply put, Kaepernick is abysmal from the pocket. His life-time QB rating in a non-read option offense is 78.5 (including under Harbaugh mid-2014 and on). His QB rating from the pocket is under 80 (even in the read-option) is under 80, including his peak year (2013) where it was 80.9.

    He has only been successful as a passer when he’s playing yard-ball and passing outside the pocket (115+).

    Nobody in the NFL, now that Kelly was fired, runs the read-option. NFL defenses have long figured it out and it no longer produces good-scheme results.

    In short, you looked at a QB rating and pontificated without actually knowing just how bad at being a ‘real’ NFL QB Kaepernick is.

  9. patsxsaintsfan says:
    Jul 1, 2017 3:29 PM
    If you don’t think Colin is a top 64 QB in the NFL you don’t watch the tape. I’m the first guy to say no more second chances when a guy beats his wife or worse but seriously this is still going on? Colin kaepernick almost won a super bowl and you guys act like he is a bum. How many QBS would put up a positive TD:INT ratio on a team as bad as the 49ers last year? I would say at most 20.
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    Kaep threw almost all those td’s when tbe 49ers were already getting blown out. You want to watch how bad Kaep was last year, go watch the Bears game. At the time the Niners pulled him for Gabbert, Kaepernick was 1-of-5 passing for 4 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 39.6. He was also sacked five times for 25 yards, leaving the Niners with negative-21 net passing yards and a 24-6 deficit at the time of his departure. Trust me, man, as someone who watched him religiously and would always stick up for him, he’s not that good anymore. The defenses have figured him out.

  10. Colin got to give his personal opinions numerous times on National TV.

    Now apparently the silent majority has replied and he is not happy.

    Too bad.

  11. Amazing how the haters are forever chomping at the bit, waiting for something… anything… to hate… so their day will be complete. What a pitiful display.

  12. Once again, Kaep hurt the entire league. Name another industry in which an individual can hurt the entire industry and still find employment in that same industry.

  13. gonna try this again…

    number1hawkfan says:
    Jul 1, 2017 3:59 PM
    No one is saying he’s not one of the best 64 QB’s out there they’re saying he’s not high enough on the list to be the headache he will be the minute a teams starter throws a pick. Who doesn’t get this?
    – – –

    He’s only a “headache” to a certain segment of the fanbase.

    His teammates and coaches in SF respected him. Have you noticed how not one former teammate has spoken out against him? He’s one of the most respected players in the league among the players.

    I feel like certain fans keep promoting this “headache” or “off-the-field distraction” false narrative/fake news when his teammates either supported him or didn’t care.

    The MSM (mainstream fans) just don’t get it.

  14. Have you noticed how not one former teammate has spoken out against him?

    Why would anyone do that? Even if they disagreed with him, they would stand to gain nothing and be ripped to shreds by sycophantic media outlets. Even Chip Kelly admitted that the locker room was split when it came to those agreeing and disagreeing with Kaepernick’s protest.

  15. The Giants owner, a right wing turd is afraid of minorities exploiting him for more money. Mara is teaching n instilling his selfish ideals onto younger owners, gm’s about how to quash n silence the freedom of speech. He’s a bad person.

  16. “His teammates and coaches in SF respected him. Have you noticed how not one former teammate has spoken out against him? He’s one of the most respected players in the league among the players.”

    Yeah, he’s surrounded by enablers. That’s not news.

  17. Andrew Luck is proof that no matter how good you are, you can’t win from flat on your back, and you can’t win without a semblance of a running game. Luck is starting to get a “bust” moniker, even with receivers 10 times better than Kaepernick has had the last 2 years. Yes, Kaep has been a letdown, but the amount of piling on here on PFT is ludicrous. There’s no more context. It’s more about the hate for his social stance, regardless of what side of that argument you come down on. I’m not a 49’ers fan AT ALL, but all these “conscience of America” holier-than-though expert posts are as tiresome as the continual coverage of Kaepernick’s saga. Let it rest. Football will be here soon enough.

  18. His teammates and coaches in SF respected him. Have you noticed how not one former teammate has spoken out against him?

    Most of his former teammates are smart enough not to get involved. Can you imagine the backlash someone would face if they publicly opposed Kaepernicks ludacris thoughts?

  19. Hes not! He is wealthy and people in the know know that KAP will not embrace a backup role and as a backup that is the #1 trait you have to have the ability to embrace and be ok with being 2nd fiddle and having your competitive juices smashed every single sunday

  20. When he wore pig socks a short time after 5 officers were murdered in Dallas by a BLM supporter his career was over. Recently equating police to slave-hunters just affirmed that.

  21. bannedfromchoirpractice says:

    Amazing how the haters are forever chomping at the bit, waiting for something… anything… to hate…
    ===================================

    Hate? Like our police men and women? Or our country?

  22. maestro1899 says:
    Jul 1, 2017 5:04 PM

    He’s only a “headache” to a certain segment of the fanbase.

    His teammates and coaches in SF respected him. Have you noticed how not one former teammate has spoken out against him? He’s one of the most respected players in the league among the players.

    I feel like certain fans keep promoting this “headache” or “off-the-field distraction” false narrative/fake news when his teammates either supported him or didn’t care.

    The MSM (mainstream fans) just don’t get it.

    ———————

    And yet here is another article. I think people are getting it just fine.

  23. The article says:

    “Although he has an active social media presence, his posts are almost exclusively about subjects other than football.”
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    That’s an understatement. He doesn’t actually “tweet” himself, as if to show he’s not saying anything.

    He’s active all right, all his posts are re-tweets of radical activists busy stirring up the “hate pot”.

    Trust me, the only thing he’s proving he’s committed to is activism. The kid is on a mission, football is secondary.

  24. His cop hating rhetoric and the pig socks are a HUGE factor in why so many people despise the guy now – WAY more of a factor than simply taking a knee for the anthem, though that’s not minor either.

    Colin should reach out to the police and go on some ride-alongs and learn what the job is all about. I’m sure many cops would be happy to show him the ropes. If he’s afraid of “white cops”, he can ride with some brothers of law enforcement. There are good cops of all race and creed, far far outweighing the occasional rare bad apple. He might just gain a better understanding and develop respect for our men in blue. Or not. But it would be well worth his time to try.

    Back to this story – Lynch is absolutely right, Kap *should* be being more vocal about his desire to play, yet he isn’t. Maybe, just maybe, he doesn’t have that burning desire to play? And if he doesn’t, that’s yet another reason why teams would have no interest in his services.

  25. Lynch urged him to give an interview in which he explains how important football is to him. Really … it is only important only because it would give him the continued opportunity to knee during the playing of our National Anthem.

    Kaepernick should forget about football and run for a House of Representative seat in his district so that he could bring his political agenda to the floor of Congress and be the first congressman with a huge Afro hair-do …….

  26. During my substantial decades of human experience, most of the people crying out “Haters!” are the haters themselves.
    They seem to hate any opinion that differs from their own.

    Just an observation……

  27. What was he protesting for anyway? There are no obvious injustices in America, right? I mean everyone is treated the same way right? The color of your skin has nothing to do with how certain official entities treat you, right? There are no unjustified shootings taking place anymore, right?

  28. Leave the social rhetoric aside. How has Kaepernick prepared for the 2017 NFL season? He has not engaged a QB tutor; he is training at a health spa! He has not spoken about his desire to play but has let the public speculate on his dedication to his craft. He has not been throwing with NFL receivers or learning the intricacies of his craft. No GM wants a backup who has shown no desire to play or to perfect his skills. Kaepernick is basking in the martyrdom created by the media while doing nothing to become a quality player. Notice that none of his supporters point to his intense workouts or his long sessions with QB gurus; instead they parrot the words of a health spa trainer who never played QB. The debate is not about the player – it’s about politics. Kaepernick has become an abandoned footnote – a zone read QB who could not transition into a long term NFL player.

  29. I’m not just getting sick of seeing this story line about Colin Kaepernick, I’m getting madder and madder by the day. Those who are supporting Colin are attempting to twist the arm of the NFL to hire him. And today I see a story, that someone thinks he can sue the NFL for ‘race discrimination’. Law professors, no less. Which is lunacy.

    I can tell you right now, I enjoy watching football a lot, despite the craziness and aggravation of the past few years. I don’t miss a game that my team plays and I’ve been known to watch Red Zone when my team is not playing, but, if someone hires Colin, I’m going to give it up entirely, because they may end up being able to strong arm, some team to put him on the roster, but they can’t force fans to support that.

  30. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jul 1, 2017 4:45 PM
    Amazing how the haters are forever chomping at the bit, waiting for something… anything… to hate… so their day will be complete. What a pitiful display.

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    I don’t have to wait for anything to hate, CK took care of that when he wore socks dipicting police officers as pigs .

    Maybe it makes me pitiful , but excuse me if I take issue with a guy doing that when literally as I type this my Wife, my sister , and my brother in law are all out on patrol as police officers.

    If that makes me hater , so be it.

  31. Does anybody honestly think that a guy who took a knee in protest but can really, really play QB would be unsigned at this date in the ultra-competitive NFL?? Come on.. He is 3-16 the last two seasons starting and 11-24 the last three seasons. He had a woeful 69.4 QBR in 2013 when the Niners had the great defense and running game and went 12-4 on their way to the Super Bowl.. I hope he gets a shot so we can put all this fantasy that he can QB to sleep..

  32. So can anyone name an industry in which an employee can hurt the entire industry and then get hired within that industry? This site certainly can’t and typically deletes my comments never mind their lack of profanity, personal attacks, etc. Can anyone imagine doing something that effectively hurts your entire line of work and still having an employer in that profession offer you a job? I can’t.

    To me that is the entirety of the question. We can argue stats, records, race relations and so forth. None of it touches the real issue–Kaepernick’s protest was one of the factors in reduced NFL TV ratings in 2016. It wasn’t the only factor and may not have been the biggest factor. It was, however, a factor and Kaepernick put his name on it. Kaepernick hurt every one of the NFL’s 32 employers and those employers aren’t inclined to forgive and forget.

  33. Anybody who watched him knows he was garbage in every meaningful second half of every game he played. He couldn’t even move the ball. Sure, he is a headache, but he is not a top 64 QB in this league. He is fast, but lacks instincts to fool guys and have pocket presence.

  34. Lynch acts like if a GM knew how much Colin wanted to play, the GM would sign him. Lynch knows how much he wants to play and is a GM, but won’t sign him.

  35. @ topside – It doesn’t make you pitiful in the least. It makes you a reasonable person.

    And the interpretation of the opposition to Colin, as hate, is unwarranted. I don’t hate Colin, but I oppose his anti-American, anti-white, anti-police message. And I think anyone who pays to buy a ticket to pay his salary while he maligns the NFL audience, should have their head examined.

  36. Keep giving attention to a person that hates America….but even though he absolutely sucks as a quarterback he could’ve never made that money any other place….he should be very very thankful!I would love to shove his pig socks in his damn mouth.

  37. I am not a Kap supporter, but there is a false narrative going around that he put up his pretty good looking stats in garbage time. First off, that’s not what I heard. I heard that he actually looked pretty good in the first half of games in 2016, but totally stunk in the second half.

    So I decided to look up his 2016 stats, by quarter, and here’s what I found;

    Q1 – 581 yards passing, 71.9 comp %, 9.08 YPA, long of 31, 4 TD’s, 2 INT’s, 9 sacks, 107.6 QB rating.

    Q2 – 736 yards passing, 72.9 comp %, 8.66 YPA, long of 65, 7 TD’s, 1 INT, 8 sacks, 121.5 QB rating.

    Q3 – 287 yards passing, 34.9 comp %, 4.56 YPA, long of 45, 1 TD, 1 INT, 13 sacks, 48.8 QB rating.

    Q4 – 624 yards passing, 55.2 comp %, 5.38 YPA, long of 35, 4 TD’s, 0 INT’s, 6 sacks, 82.0 QB rating.

    As we can clearly see, he was good in Q1, excellent in Q2, bad in Q3, and mediocre in Q4. Take away Q4 and he still had a nice 12 TD’s to 4 INT’s ratio.

    The problem with Kap is he essentially blew games in the Q3 by playing so poorly, drive after drive after drive going 3 and out, taking 13 sacks, and allowing the opposition to build a big lead. But was it all his fault? Some of the blame should be shouldered by the coaching staffs half-time adjustments. Those often play a key role in poor starts to second halfs.

    By the looks of Q4, Kap was still playing bad, but he was in garbage time at this point, allowing him a nice 4 TD to 0 INT ratio against obviously soft prevent defenses, so those who say he made all of his good-looking stats in garbage time are partially correct, but mostly wrong.

    The true narrative is that Kap looked good in the first half of games, but for whatever reason collapsed in the 2nd half. The interesting question is why?

  38. Either Colin Kaepernick is a championship QB, or Jim Harbaugh should be making $50 million per year. The super bowl and NFC Championship games, back to back are in the history books.

  39. He gave our Ravens defense a run after the lights went out in SB 47. How the “mighty” have fallen!

    He is still a fair-to-mediocre QB. Maybe not top 62, but one who could come in to help out if a starter were lost and the back-up were shaky. Worth no more than vet minimum.

    But that is significantly overshadowed by the kneeling & pig-socks schtick. I can’t see how the NFL would blacklist Ray Rice, whose so-called domestic violence issue was merely warding off an attack by his whacko fiancee, while allowing a bum like Kaepernick the opportunity to play. NFL ratings were hit by his stupid protest of nothing real last year – it would be worse than that in 2017. That’s the real reason for the blacklisting.

    Blacklisting him is a good thing for NFL fans.

  40. This guys is Terrell Pryor 2.0 as a QB. He should look into the WR position and keep his antics off the field. Maybe then he can get a second look..

  41. It is a little comical that the media has done more work to get him a job that he doesn’t really seem that on fire to get himself. It appears that the competitive motivation of winning on the field no longer interests him in anyway shape or form. What does interest him is having a nationally televised live blog/soapbox each week with NFL reporters and getting paid to hang out with the guys on the team.

  42. He’s certainly more than qualified to be a backup on a majority of teams to say the least. Could probably start on the Jets, Browns, Bills, maybe others. He’s plenty good enough to help teams. He doesn’t need to do interviews and proclaim his love for football. He’s unemployed mainly because of racism in general and the conservative politics of NFL owners.

  43. Even if he is one of the top 64 QBs in the league right now, with new talent coming into the league all the time, there is no reason to believe that within a year there won’t be other deserving QBs who have a potentially higher ceiling than Kaepernick and who deserve his roster spot so that they can be given an opportunity to develop.

    That explanation doesn’t fit the narrative the media is trying to create, of course, but it seems reasonable to me (and most football fans).

  44. If you’re interested in the guy, call him up and ask him. How many times did Lynch publicly say he wanted to be a GM before he was hired? Lynch makes no sense here.

  45. “Colin Kaepernick should say he’s committed to football”

    Pretty sure that’s what the collective of teams have said by not wanting him as a player on their team. They are all committed to football, rather than the side show antics of a less than adequate liberal player attempting to prolong an othwise ending “career” by piggybacking his liberal politics on the popularity of the NFL to generate otherwise nonexistant popularity and/or interest.

  46. What would I ever do without my Kaepernick fix?!

    The guy might have top 64 QB talent, but he’s got about a 64 IQ too. He took a knee on the flag, and everyone in the NFL, fans included are taking a knee on him. Period. Full stop.

  47. titimium says:
    Jul 2, 2017 11:07 AM

    He’s unemployed mainly because of racism in general and the conservative politics of NFL owners.

    ———————————————————————

    Yup. Racism. That’s it. Nevermind that 70% of players in the NFL are black.

    He signed his own death warrant with the pig socks and the tweet comparing police to the runaway slave patrol. NFL owners, GMs, and coaches don’t want to deal with the media circus that he would bring with him, and he’s not good enough to make them ignore it.

    He doesn’t need to say he’s committed to football. He needs to show it, and right now he’s showing the exact opposite.

  48. titimium says:
    Jul 2, 2017 11:07 AM

    He’s unemployed mainly because of racism in general and the conservative politics of NFL owners.

    ———————————————————————

    You are right. Kaepernick is a racist who doesn’t want to play with white guys who stand for the National Anthem and honor our flag.

  49. Kaepernick is committed to all of the Black veterans that have fought for this country going to to the Revolution to the present conflicts in the Middle East. From Crispus Attucks to the last victim in Iraq/Afghanistan, all of those that returned home as slaves, indentured servants or second-class citizens are the people Colin is committed to. They would salute him for his stand, or lack thereof.

  50. The problems this country has are the same problems that have been around since the beginning of time.No amount of activism will change it.If he was sincere about his stance he would have taken it up before he got all his money.Then for him to change his stance by saying he will not kneel, says alot about his sincerity.His networth is about 20 million,pretty easy to be an activist.

    Now compare him to Pat Tillman,that man died for his beliefs.

  51. I don’t quite see why San Francisco 49er could sign him back… And Kaepernick would be a great at fit for the New England Patriots too and back up aging Tom Brady and be Brady’ security blanket…

  52. He wants to politick from the QB position of team (silly enough to sign him). That’s his commitment. He does it on my team and I will skip the 2017 season.

  53. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    doni609 says:
    Jul 2, 2017 12:52 PM
    My god, for such a nobody this guy gets more press than Tom Brady. Only one question……….’who cares’?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Who cares? Read the comments. The “mercenaries of hate” care. A lot. Keep Hate Alive!!!

  54. Everyone is cool until their discriminated against in some way including non minorities if they lose their job to a black, brown, or foreign person. It’s all just football until someone gets taxed for a stadium they don’t want anyway or their favorite player snubs them while seeking an autograph. Everyone is on their little pedestal until life impacts them. We need stars to champion causes that ill society, period. No one is telling Bono to hang up his microphone to go into philanthropy full time. The bias is merely a mirror being held up to the scourge we all face.

  55. Hmm, I’m wondering if he can make more money as a paid protester. With that arm of his, he could easily take out some storefronts with rocks or whatever else the Antifa use from a far away distance. Soros, line 1.

  56. The scourge we all face is in our own neighborhoods,that’s where it starts.Not some athlete,didn’t charles barkley once say “I’m not a role model”?Kaps adoptive parents are white!!! Why is he or anyone else,for that matter,even speaking up?How many kids in each of our neighborhoods are hungry,need guidance,getting killed.But kneeling is the answer…get real.

  57. “Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.”– Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852.

    Sad, but still true in 2017.

  58. I’ve supported Kapernick’s stance and admire the work he’s doing. At a certain point, folks will come to the conclusion that right now, at this point in his life, he probably couldn’t care less about being a football player.

    He’s made money. Unlike plenty of others before him, he’s not allowing football to be his identity or main purpose in life. Sure he used football as a platform, but life as football player has a short shelf life.

  59. Not worth alienating corporate sponsors and half your fan base just to sign a backup QB. Once he wore those socks with the pigs dressed in police uniforms it was really over for him.

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