Stephen Ross may be getting a chance to put his words into action

Of all American cities that host NFL franchises, Miami arguably will be the most difficult city in which to sell Colin Kaepernick. His decision last year to wear a T-shirt containing an image of Fidel Castro and then to double down with factually inaccurate comments about the man who is reviled by many in South Florida will make it very hard for South Floridians to embrace Kaepernick.

But if he helps the Dolphins win, that shouldn’t matter, right? Don’t take my word for it (as if you ever would). Here’s Dolphins owner Stephen Ross from just last week on the issue of whether Kaepernick is being shunned by NFL teams due to his political and social activisim.

I would sure hope not,” Ross said last Thursday, via Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post. “I know a lot’s been written about it, but you know owners and coaches — they’ll do anything it takes to win. If they think he can help them win, I’m sure — I would hope they would sign him.”

When Ross said what he said, he surely was aware of the possibility that his own starting quarterback, who entered camp with an already-impaired ACL, could end up being injured. Which would then put Ross in a position to turn his words into action.

If the worst-case scenario happens for the Dolphins, will Ross make a football-only decision about Kaepernick? More specifically, will he ignore the potential criticism of Kaepernick from fans and media along? Will Ross ignore the issues that could arise in the locker room between Kaepernick and linebacker Kiko Alonso, a Cuban-American who said last year that there is “some bad blood there for me with Kaepernick” after his comments about Castro?

Kaepernick has said his comments about Castro were taken out of context, but Ross can’t make the same claim about his own words. He has, as a practical matter, called on his partners to make a decision about Kaepernick without regard to anything but winning. Ross now may get the chance to do that which he wanted to see others do.

26 responses to “Stephen Ross may be getting a chance to put his words into action

  1. I find it funny that the “Cuban Community” won’t except Kapernick because of his t shirt, when some of the snoodiest racist people are Cubans who wouldn’t DARE see their son or daughter date a blk man. Get OVER yourselves. Che and Castro have said HORRIBLE things about African Americans…. O well, they’re gone and buried. Kaps right to say whatever he wants.

  2. CK is not going anywhere, especially now that his GF compared Ravens owner Biscotti to a slave-owner. Which NFL owner wants to be next up to be called that?

  3. how is wearing a t-shirt taken out of context??? Kaepernick thought he would parlay his attention and he kept proving to the world what an idiot he is…

  4. I think you only even consider Kaepernick if Cutler says, “no way.” Cutler is better and knows Gase’s system already. Neither Kaepernick, nor anyone else should get a call until you’ve exhausted the efforts on Cutler. Jay keeps this team in the wild card hunt. Moore may, also. I don’t believe Kaeperinick or anyone else in free agency right now can do that. Maybe make a play for Osweiler after the Browns cut him? But you definitely have to go after Cutler first.

  5. The real question is if the hiring of a player is a competitive or business decision. If it is solely a competitive choice Kaepernick may be signed; if it’s a business decision in any way, he won’t be. Moreover, would Kaepernick want to go to South Florida knowing he will be publically reviled by a large part of the community and likely subject to potential harassment by the fan base. Would any person want to endure the derision that awaits him in Miami? I doubt it. Moreover, given his penchant for stating erroneous facts and defiant attitude, would the relationship be combative from the beginning further straining the relationship between Ross and the fan base?

  6. You’re ignoring what he said: “If they think he can help them win, I’m sure — I would hope they would sign him.” Do the Dolphins think he can help them win? Most teams seem to think not.

  7. Sorry, but Kaepernick isn’t worth the distraction he’ll bring as a backup QB, which by the way, is why he remains unsigned. If he were to apologize for demeaning police officers, dishonoring military personnel and veterans, and honoring a mass murderer, he’d have a job shortly thereafter. Actions have consequences.

  8. Why would Ross go after Kaep if he could get Cutler? To make a political statement?!? Sorry, that is just dumb. Kaep might be a better QB – but you do what is right for your team, not what is “politically correct”. You take Cutler if he is willing because he knows the offense.
    Why does every decision have to be politically correct nowadays?!?

  9. Matt Moore had a QB rating of 105.6 last year with 8 TDs and 3 picks. The Miami offense was more proficient with Moore at QB than Tannehill. Moore won 2 of 3 starts. Kaepernick won 1 of 11 starts in which SF scored 20 or fewer points 7 times. Moore made 1 million dollars last year. Kaepernick made 13 million dollars. The bleeding hearts for Kaepernick are talking about what he accomplished 4 years ago. Kaepernick’s production in the last two seasons does not warrant starter consideration & his political views make him an unnecessary distraction as a backup.

  10. The true question is; can Kaep run the offense without a complete re-write? I would say not, regardless of what the media says.

  11. This is such a non-issue that it’s not even funny anymore. Bringing in Kaep doesn’t make football sense for so many reasons. There would only be 5 weeks to learn a complicated system, he’s not a better passer than Matt Moore, the Dolphins are 3 deep at WR and Kaep only looks at one read and then takes off, and you know, the whole Castro thing.

    If they bring anyone in it makes more sense to bring in Cutler. He knows Gase’s system, he’s a better pocket passer than Kaep, he’s less of a media distraction and of course, he doesn’t support Fidel Castro in a city with the largest Cuban population in the US.

  12. Matt Moore had a QB rating of 105.6 last year with 8 TDs and 3 picks. The Miami offense was more proficient with Moore at QB than Tannehill.
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    Moore beat the Jets with Bryce Petty and at their lowest point of the season. They beat the Bills in OT off of a miracle FG kick and it was Ajayi who won that game. They got smashed by the Pat’s only scoring 14 pt’s while they scored 24 pts in FoxBoro with Tannehill and Moore put up 3 pts and relied on special teams play (from both teams) to hold on against Cardinals after Tannehill threw 3 TD’s against the 8th ranked passing defense and went out with a 21-9 lead.

  13. Matt Moore had a QB rating of 105.6 last year with 8 TDs and 3 picks. The Miami offense was more proficient with Moore at QB than Tannehill.
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    Also, Tannehill had a 104 QB rating in the final 8 1/2 games he played in.

    The Steelers took Ajayi away and made Moore beat them, and he couldn’t. Tannehill was 2-0 vs the Steelers including a win in Pittsburgh.

  14. Moore is one of the best back-ups in the league, and if Tannehill needs surgery (which he probably should) I say we roll with Moore this season.

    But anyone who says Moore is better than Tannehill clearly hasn’t watched any actual games.

  15. Can’t stand this hyper-sensitivity and focus on Kaepernick. I don’t think that he’s a very good QB, but this fascination with pushing the “being blackballed” story is really annoying. To me, I don’t care if he stood or knelt for the National Anthem. I think it was disrespectful, but it’s America – (lucky for him) the land of the free. It was a bigger issue for me when he disrespected our police officers with the pig socks and comments he made generalizing and stereotyping police brutality. Didn’t like it and it makes me question both his maturity and his intelligence. So no, if I was an owner, he’s not a guy I would want on my team. I don’t think that’s being black-balled, just a bunch of smart owners and front offices thinking alike.

  16. A man that stupid can’t possibly succeed playing QB in the NFL. Some would already say he has, I would disagree. Without the legs he’d be garbage. Which means instead of QB, he should be a RB, maybe. Maybe he could transition to WR, he has great size and speed for that.

    But not QB.

  17. dg0122 says:
    August 4, 2017 at 10:13 am
    how is wearing a t-shirt taken out of context??? Kaepernick thought he would parlay his attention and he kept proving to the world what an idiot he is…
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    Because it was a Malcolm X t-shirt that just happened to have Castro on it.

    And X was against this same garbage. Castro was against the US because of political reasons. The problems that are being addressed today are every bit as bad as they were 55 years ago.

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