Kaepernick makes plenty of sense for Jacksonville

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Forget about last year’s anthem protests, which Colin Kaepernick has made clear through intermediaries he won’t repeat. Focus only on his skills, and how they would fit with a team that hopes build an offense around running the football.

That’s what the Jaguars want to do. And Kaepernick, who averaged 6.8 yards per attempt a year ago, allows them to do that. (On PFT Live, Josh Norris referred to Kaepernick as a fantasy-football “cheat code,” given his ability to consistently pick up extra points with his legs.)

Yes, plenty of work would have to happen on the fly to adapt the offense to Kaepernick, with the zone read and other Kaepernick-friendly plays being added and other plays being scrapped. Coach Doug Marrone doesn’t seem to care about that, if it means getting him someone who will lead the offense. Given Kaepernick’s accomplishments and the career accomplishments of Blake Bortles and Chad Henne combined, isn’t Kaepernick the obvious choice?

Before assessing whether he’d be the right choice, it’s important to know who’d be making it. Marrone made it clear last night that, when it comes to options not on the roster, his hands are tied. A year ago, G.M. Dave Caldwell would have been the one making the call, without question. Now, it appears that executive V.P. of football operations Tom Coughlin is running the show.

Would Coughlin want Kaepernick? Before the draft, few would have expected Coughlin to provide a second chance to troubled Oklahoma receiver Dede Westbrook, but Coughlin did. So maybe he’d give a second chance to a guy who shouldn’t need one. Especially since that could be the team’s best chance to win games in 2017.

If the Jaguars want Kaepernick, they may need to move quickly. For the Ravens, Ryan Mallett‘s latest preseason performance could be the thing that gets Baltimore to finally close the deal with Kaepernick.

67 responses to “Kaepernick makes plenty of sense for Jacksonville

  1. That assumes the Kaep Circus makes any sense to begin with. Does any team really need the baggage? It’s hard enough to win in the NFL without this mega-distraction.

  2. Will someone please sign this loser so we can be done with this made up drama! Maybe he shouldn’t have voided his contract and he still would have had a job, Canada loves ex nfl Qbs. Just saying.

  3. I’d rather have Kap than Bortles any day,
    and I don’t like Kap.

    Sometimes it can simply be about football.

  4. Why replace one lousy QB for another lousy QB? Who knows if Kaep even wants to play anymore.

  5. Would Jacksonville have the same issues with Kaep’s love affair with Castro that Miami did? The pig socks and race baiting girlfriend do not help either.

  6. Please enough with the Kaepernick to the Ravens. Putting all the other stuff aside he doesn’t fit their offense. You said it yourself in this article. For Jacksonville they have to put in Kaepernick friendly plays and scrap others. Ravens won’t do that for a backup. We also don’t know Kaep would accept being a backup. And right now, with only weeks to go and two preseason games it would be a bad knee jerk reaction to pull in Kaep in lieu of Mallett. So just please stop making this connection..

  7. Forget about last year’s anthem protests, which Colin Kaepernick has made clear through intermediaries he won’t repeat

    I will if you will.

  8. I’ve seen trade scenarios for Alex Smith too.. That one would be surprising (from both teams’ perspectives), but it will be crazy to see what Mahomes can do under Andy Reid.

  9. The Jags would then become the media darling. They’d get a ton of favorable coverage from political football writers like Doug Farrar and Mike Freeman.

  10. Kap is compounding your mistake. He’s go skills, but he’s no leader. Get Tebow. He will get done what needs to be done during an interim when you can draft or trade for the real deal.

  11. Kaepernick makes plenty of sense for Jacksonville

    In your mind he makes sense for all 32 teams. But the experts, you know the people hired to run teams, beg to differ.

  12. Better to be a “social justice warrior” (ie., someone who fights against hate and discrimination)than someone who supports hate groups and Nazis or bash those fighting against hate.

  13. How nice of you to decide how a team should rearrange itself in order to accommodate your cause celebré.

  14. Why is the media so concerned about whether or not Kaepernick is employed in the NFL? There are plenty of careers out there. He’s just not good enough for NFL teams to take on the locker room baggage that he brings. They would take a chance if he was an all-star still, but he isn’t. It’s that simple…

  15. Well, Kap can’t be any worse than Bortles. But do you REALLY want to change your offense for a guy whose biggest selling point is he’s not as bad as Bortles? Oh, and that he was one play away from winning the Super Bowl before the league figured out how to stop him (cover his first read and put a spy on him when he takes off to run). Not to mention that he’s an under 60% completion passer and not known as a hard worker (Gabbert watched over 4x the film vs Kaep) and 2 years ago he was benched for Gabbert when he threw for a total of 4 yards in 2 quarters. Combine those issues with all the media hype and distraction he’ll cause, is it any wonder why he can’t find a job?

  16. granadafan says:
    August 18, 2017 at 11:15 am
    Better to be a “social justice warrior” (ie., someone who fights against hate and discrimination)than someone who supports hate groups and Nazis or bash those fighting against hate.
    +++

    So if you’re an “SJW,” it’s fine to go grab a billy club and go beat the crap out of someone?

    How about let’s keep this discussion to football. Would that be too much to ask?

  17. Granted I don’t watch many Jags games and just happen to watch the one last night because there wasn’t anything else on but out of the 3 QB’s that played last night Brandon Allen looked the best. Henne had two back to back passes that should have been touchdowns but it seemed to be that Allen was the most efficient albeit against the 3rd string defense.

  18. Poor Doug Marrone….

    Can you imagine if Kaepernick was on the roster?

    “So coach, did you talk with Colin about whether or not he will stand for the National Anthem this week?”

    “So coach, Kaepernick doesn’t seem to be a good fit for your offense. Did he indicate he will protest if you bench him for Henne?”

    “So coach, Kaep blah blah blah….”

    Sure. Kaep won’t be a distraction.

  19. > Will someone please sign this loser so we can be done with this made up drama!

    You really think they’ll stop pushing him after he’s signed? Every incomplete pass, every interception, every loss will be analyzed through the “are they setting him up to fail” lens. God help us if he’s benched or even worse, cut.

  20. Why does everyone need to be a Social Justice Warrior? Why is no one a Social Justice Mage or a Social Justice Paladin?

  21. Ok putting the protest stuff aside for a sec. Why on gods green earth would a team scrap their offense an install a new one to fit a mediocre QB who has been labeled as lazy and has no heart for the game? Oh and was benched for Blane freaking Gabbert!

  22. What is CK actively doing to further his cause of getting back into the NFL? Is he working with private trainers? Has he instructed his agent he will take somewhat less in $$$ and accept a #2 QB position in hopes of competing and winning the #1 slot? I don’t believe simply putting out the word that he is done with his Anthem protesting stance will accomplish his goal of returning to the NFL, unless that isn’t his immediate goal, of course.

  23. So, here’s my question. Where is Kaep? Is he working out, and keeping in football shape? Does he even want to play football? Or is he content to play the “Martyr” role by having the media advocate for him?

    If you really want to play football – show some passion. Don’t call out teams for not being interested – but invite a friendly face from the media to visit you working out, and talking about your passion for football – how important football is to you, how you are keeping in shape for when the call comes, etc.

    My opinion is he really isn’t interested in playing anymore – which is fine, because if you have options, you should do something that makes you happy. I don’t think football is it for him.

  24. Its not as deep as Miami, there is still a significant Cuban population in Jacksonville. Best bet if they sign Karp would be to move the team to England to get away from that fallout.

  25. Honestly when I read the earlier stories about how Bortles needed to go I knew they were a set for this one I knew I would see shortly.

  26. granadafan says:

    Better to be a “social justice warrior” (ie., someone who fights against hate and discrimination)than someone who supports hate groups and Nazis or bash those fighting against hate.

    ————

    How ironic – and hypocritical.

    A social justice warrior supports hate groups like Black Lives Matter, the Black Panthers, etc. They don’t fight against hate, they encourage it.

    SJW’s are no different than Nazis.

  27. The irony of the Kaepernick situaion is the people who are shouting the loudest, the media, are the ones that “Tebowed” him. Like Tebow, the media became obsessed with Kaepernick and wouldn’t stop talking about him, which created the “distraction” NFL owners routinely refer to in these situations.

  28. Cap makes no sense anywhere except after Goof throws three interceptions on week one.
    The Rams are pathetic enough to sign Cap.

  29. Why does everyone need to be a Social Justice Warrior? Why is no one a Social Justice Mage or a Social Justice Paladin?

    That’s 7th Level Cleric thinking…

  30. Hey, maybe you guys should read Elway’s comment on Kap. Elway’s a die hard Republican and his take is completely objective. He would take Colin in a second if he needed a QB with one stipulation, can’t hurt our main team objective: winning. He may not agree with Kap’s views, but he respects his right to express himself as long as he doesn’t cause the team to lose focus on winning. In other words, he would at least sit down with Colin and get assurances that his political/community activities would be muted during work hours.

  31. I watched about 10 minutes of the game last night and Henne hit two different receivers right in the hands in the endzone. Both were dropped. I don’t think Kaepernick’s overthrows are going to help them catch it any better.

  32. They would be better off tanking and getting choices next year among Darnell, Rosen, Allen, and Jackson. Kapernick would only be a band-aid. He’s not a long term solution for any team. They should go with Henne for 2017.

  33. How about an article about how hard he is working to stay in shape, how he is working with qb coaches to improve his game, how about an actual interview with him on PFT live? I have seen nothing from him on what he wants nor his efforts to get a job as qb in the NFL.
    How about an article on how he should replace garrapolo at NE?/ He had a terrible game last week?

  34. As the protests from uneducated “oppressed” players who received special treatment in college and high school and free tuition over regular students, once the kneeling becomes the norm they will find something else to piss the fans off over.

  35. I did watch the start of the game last night.

    I know he once threw 35 TDs in a season, but he clearly isn’t the same player. That one miss to a wide open WR was the kind of throw that gets you benched.

    They were foolish to pick up his option. They likely won’t play him at all this year since the 2018 option is guaranteed for injury only. It will be like the last year of RG3 in Washington.

    Bortles won’t play simply due to the money. But finding a warm body that gives him the same production or better….won’t be that hard. I mean, his own WRs think he sucks.

  36. granadafan says:
    August 18, 2017 at 11:15 am
    Better to be a “social justice warrior” (ie., someone who fights against hate and discrimination)than someone who supports hate groups and Nazis or bash those fighting against hate.

    ============================================================================================

    Not for PFT fans. They make it very clear what side of the spectrum the majority here stands on. (HINT: It’s the side that voted for the guy defending people at the white supremacist / nazi rallies)

    Thumbs down for proof 🙂

  37. pastabelly says:
    August 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm
    They would be better off tanking and getting choices next year among Darnell, Rosen, Allen, and Jackson. Kapernick would only be a band-aid. He’s not a long term solution for any team. They should go with Henne for 2017.

    ** I don’t know. If your plans are to tank the season then adding Kaep may not be a bad idea. He will get you a 1-15 / 2-14 record. Now if you still want to have some fans left after you tank, you might want to look into RGIII instead.

  38. “Better to be a “social justice warrior” (ie., someone who fights against hate and discrimination)than someone who supports hate groups and Nazis”

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Kaepernick DOES support a hate group. It’s called Black Lives Matter.

    And don’t bother trying to say that BLM isn’t a hate group. These are people who go around chanting “what do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!”.

    If advocating for the murder of police officers isn’t hate speech then I don’t know what is.

  39. Disagree wholeheartedly. It;s not just a few “Kaepernick-friendly plays being added”, it’s nuking their entire offense scheme in order to fit within Kaep’s limited zone read skill set. D. Coordinators began to figure out Kaep and plan accordingly–and his numbers, unsurprisingly, took a nose dive.

  40. patsrule59 says:
    August 18, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Kaepernick DOES support a hate group. It’s called Black Lives Matter.

    And don’t bother trying to say that BLM isn’t a hate group. These are people who go around chanting “what do we want? Dead cops. When do we want them? Now!”.

    If advocating for the murder of police officers isn’t hate speech then I don’t know what is.

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    David Duke supports Donald Trump, therefore all Trump supports are racist based on your logic. Understand your sample sizes.

  41. “Forget about last year’s anthem protests, which Colin Kaepernick has made clear through intermediaries he won’t repeat.” oh so I take it the things he was protesting last year somehow magically are all over and don’t happen any longer? I mean why else would he not be repeating his protest this year should he be hired? Could it be he actually doesn’t care about the “cause” he was pushing and was only looking for attention because he lost his starting job and looking for a way to deflect the fact he stunk it up on the field so doing the “protest” would take away from his lousy play? hmmmmm no thanks Florio, let’s NOT forget about last year’s Anthem protests!!

  42. Better to be a “social justice warrior” (ie., someone who fights against hate and discrimination)than someone who supports hate groups and Nazis or bash those fighting against hate.
    _____

    Except that’s not what sjws do. Nobody supports hate groups or Nazis. SJWs are brainwashed communists but instead of using class to divide they us w identity politics. Honestly, sjws create more racism than anyone else in America. Stop deluding yourselves and realize how going around stereotyping others based on their identity is bigotry.

  43. Progressivism is communism repackaged. Instead of dividing by class they use identity politics to divide by race, gender, sexual orientation, etc..

  44. pastabelly says:
    August 18, 2017 at 12:34 pm
    They would be better off tanking and getting choices next year among Darnell, Rosen, Allen, and Jackson. Kapernick would only be a band-aid. He’s not a long term solution for any team. They should go with Henne for 2017.

    ———————
    If they are looking to tank for the draft then signing Kaepernick suddenly becomes an excellent choice. I would sign him to a two year deal if that was the plan. Draft the QB after the first year then you have the second year to develop him in camp while you grab another high draft pick.

  45. Kaep called out police violence against people with brown skin. Guess who is supporting him? Frank Serpico – the guy who called out NYPD police corruption and almost got killed for it. Read the book about him – the Pacino movie is okay, but not as good.

    The big question is “why is this still a thing.” Recently some orange guy said there were “many sides” to the violent act of a racist driving his car into a group of people speaking out against racism. There weren’t “many sides,” there were two. Right and wrong. That orange guy has some friends in the NFL — Dan Snyder, Stan Kroenke, Robert Kraft, Bob McNair … they all paid over $1M a piece to fund his inaugural bash.

    The golden rule is whomever has the gold makes the rules. Kaep is being taught that there’s still a rule against uppity black men speaking out against authority.

    I’m not saying that Trump, Snyder, Kroenke, Kraft, and McNair hang around with Vladmir Putin to discuss theories of racial superiority. But given the choice of palling around with those guys, vs the guy who almost died fighting systemic corruption in the NYPD … Kaep has a better class of friends. He has more character. And he’s better than a lot of the QBs starting pre-season games.

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