If Mariota misses time, why not Kaepernick?

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It remains to be seen whether Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota will miss time after injuring his hamstring against the Texans on Sunday. If he does, here’s a radical thought: The Titans should add Colin Kaepernick.

Here’s reason No. 1: Kaepernick already should have been on the team.

Remember when some in the media were pushing the “all about football” angle regarding Kaepernick’s unemployment? You know, before Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti made it clear that it’s definitely not all about football? One of the arguments made in support of not signing Kaepernick was that his skills and abilities don’t match the skills and abilities of the offense run by the starter.

And, of course, the mobile Marcus Mariota has been backed up by a stiff-legged pocket passer named Matt Cassel.

Mariota spent much of the offseason recovering from a broken leg suffered last December, but it was Cassel and YouTube trick-shot artist Alex Tanney getting the reps. (They now have slow pro-style Tyler Ferguson on the practice squad.) Even Robert Griffin III would make more sense, given the team’s offense.

At this point, it makes less sense to add Kaepernick, if Mariota’s hamstring will require him to sit for a few weeks. The Titans can’t afford to fade behind the pack in the division, which currently has three teams at 2-2 and one at 1-3.

It would make too much sense for the Titans to make the move. Which likely means they never would. Whether it’s Kaepernick or Griffin or someone else with fleet feet (JFF), they need someone other than Cassel if they hope to run the offense the way Mariota does.

69 responses to “If Mariota misses time, why not Kaepernick?

  1. Cause Kaep has 1/100 of the in pocket passsing ability of Mariota and ZERO of his ability to read a defense…..
    face it, kaep is not a good QB and the league knows it

  2. Well, if Mariota is out for a few weeks, would that be enough time for Kaepernick to learn the offense well enough to be an upgrade over Cassel?

  3. For one reason: Nashville, Tennessee is definitely not a welcoming place for that.

    Another reason? Kaepernick is never playing in the NFL again. Period. Never going to happen. As in finished. Done. Turn out the lights.

  4. Because he kneeled for the National Anthem and started this whole fiasco….any team that signs him would be dumb…I hope Kap never takes a snap again for that matter!!!

  5. I can see the logic in Kaep being similar in some ways to Mariotta. A few points to consider, however.
    1. How long to learn the offense?
    2. He has not played well in two+ years, only played well on the bench. If Cam was rusty, how rusty would Kaep be in a new offense?
    3. Imagine the outrage in the media if, after being beat out by gabbert, he got beat out by Cassel.
    4. Who do the Titans cut to make room for him, and his salary?

  6. Middling talent + divisive political stance = no employment. It’s really not that difficult an equation to figure out. He’s not that good and (right or wrong) signing him will alienate a significant portion of your fan base. It just doesn’t make good business sense to ignore the cost/benefit analysis.

  7. Player A:
    177 yards per game, 1.04 TDs per game, QB Rating 88.9; 33 rushing yards per game, .18 rushing TD’s per game, .57 fumbles per game, .43 INTs per game

    Player B:
    226 yards per game, 1.5 TDs per game, QB Rating 92.1; 23 rushing yards per game, .22 rushing TD’s per game, .61 fumbles per game, .71 INTs per game.

    Wow, strip the name away and you find that Kaep and Mariota are the SAME player! Kaep will throw for less yards, but will turn the ball over less and stay healthy.

    Unbias stats…aka facts.

  8. If Kaep was a slam dunk signing, he’d be on a team. Even people here complaining about the protest would get over it, if Kaep brought in W’s. But he doesn’t. He isn’t good. And for NFL boycotters who don’t agree, please remember you’re spending time on a football blog. Like heck you’re not watching the games.

  9. At this point, it makes less sense to add Kaepernick, if Mariota’s hamstring will require him to sit for a few weeks.

    It would make too much sense for the Titans to make the move.
    ______

    Well, at least you’re consistent.

  10. Because starters who go 1-10 don’t make the team better. Clearly the guy has regressed and a QB who is 3-16 is a bad player and his “intangibles” pull others down.

  11. Since Al Davis died, there is not one owner left that has the stones to do something that runs contrary to popular opinion and follow what he thinks might be best.

    Right or wrong, Al followed his gut and made no apologies for it. He lived with the wins or consequences. He was wrong as much as he got it right.

    Name one owner out there that would dare depart from the corporate group think.

    Sheep.

  12. Kaepernick = RISK, BIG RISK

    Who knows what this guy would do next if given a second opportunity.

    Who could afford to take such a RISK?

  13. My favorite part about this thread is that all you Titan fans just discovered that your “franchise” quarterback is the Kaep equivalent only with more turnovers. Thumbs down all you want, but read the stats from above. Numbers don’t lie, your agendas do however.

  14. As a Texans fan, I’d love to see Kaepernick with the Titans. I imagine the Jaguars would be happy, too.

  15. Has Kaep offered to work for the league minimum..? Do we even know if terms are unworkable? As it is, it’s hard to even get sides to talk in that situation, because if word gets out it’s like a continual axe at the neck of the turkey: If you hire him, it lifts momentarily, but will be ready to chop if you don’t start him soon enough, or if you bench him too quickly, etc. etc. If you talk to him and don’t hire him, then *chop, you’re just flat-out racist.

    I guess an NFL GM would have to be fairly certain that a 3-17 QB (since 2015) is good enough to bother wading into those waters. Not many are.

    Speaking of which, Blaine Gabbert has a better record (and QBR) than Kaepernick since 2015… Why not lure him over from the Cardinals? I think his current cap hit is what, $800,000?

  16. Well if anybody on the free agent market fits the Titans’ scheme and gives them a run/pass option that Mariota provides, it’s most definitely Kap. Love him or hate him, he’s the best quarterback available and easily the most competent in terms of running an offense like the Titans’.

  17. Paul Allen departed from Microsoft which is as corporate as corporate gets. He still has more money than most NFL owners combined. The Seahawks took a look at Kaep, and decided not to hire him. We had 9 players sit the Anthem yesterday with nothing but support for those guys from the “upstairs.” That tells me that not hiring Kaep was a football decision, not political. Al Davis is one of my favorite people in the history of the league, but he was not the Moral Standard for anything except how running backs are supposed to carry the football.

  18. October 2, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Player A:
    177 yards per game, 1.04 TDs per game, QB Rating 88.9; 33 rushing yards per game, .18 rushing TD’s per game, .57 fumbles per game, .43 INTs per game

    Player B:
    226 yards per game, 1.5 TDs per game, QB Rating 92.1; 23 rushing yards per game, .22 rushing TD’s per game, .61 fumbles per game, .71 INTs per game.

    Wow, strip the name away and you find that Kaep and Mariota are the SAME player! Kaep will throw for less yards, but will turn the ball over less and stay healthy.

    Unbias stats…aka facts.
    /—-
    Kap will also throw for less TDs (1.05<1.5 which translates to 17 TDs for Kap vs 24 TDs for Mariota over a full season. That is SIGNIFICANTLY less). Also, Kap has less than a 60% completion percentage because he's not accurate and has no touch (every pass is a 95mph fastball). He can't read a defense and leaves a lot of plays on the field because he takes off and runs if the first read is taken away. Defenses figured him out which is why he previously was benched for Gabbert after throwing for 4 yards in 2 quarters!!!!
    Sorry but NO team is going to pay what his agent wants with all the distraction he brings. Backup QBs are supposed to be nearly invisible. Kap is anything BUT invisble.

  19. quintorisjones says:
    October 2, 2017 at 11:33 am
    My favorite part about this thread is that all you Titan fans just discovered that your “franchise” quarterback is the Kaep equivalent only with more turnovers. Thumbs down all you want, but read the stats from above. Numbers don’t lie, your agendas do however.

    Speaking of agenda’s, yours is lying pretty well. Mariota wouldn’t be on a team either if he had the baggage that Kaep carries.
    There…does that make you feel better?

  20. We’re talking about a guy in Kaepernick who has made NO effort to actually try out for any team, not even Canadian League teams when they asked to speak to him. Kaepernick is just sitting there waiting for an NFL team to call him – that’s entitlement, and it’s poison. Kaepernick has won just three games the last two-plus seasons where Cassel has won twice – and in considerably fewer starts – in that span. Kaepernick’s game is dumbed-down zone read nonsense, not an offense that he can win with.

  21. Because Kaepernick is bad for business

    Because Kaepernick is likely not in Football Shape

    Because Keapernick does not know how to read an NFL Defense

    Because the Titans don’t want the distraction

    How is that for starters?

  22. Since Al Davis died, there is not one owner left that has the stones to do something that runs contrary to popular opinion and follow what he thinks might be best.

    ———————————————————

    Jerry Jones wanted to draft Manziel. Popular opinion definitely thought even at the time that was a bad idea

  23. Great idea. Keapernick would have Delanie Walker as an ally to really turn off the paying Titan fans. Titan up !

  24. Theory- Kap DOESN’T want to play in the NFL any longer… He is much more powerful unemployed, he gets way more attention for his cause. If he plays & performs poorly it’ll ruin his political mojo. Less pressure & more political traction if “nobody will hire him”

  25. quintorisjones says:
    October 2, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Player A:
    177 yards per game, 1.04 TDs per game, QB Rating 88.9; 33 rushing yards per game, .18 rushing TD’s per game, .57 fumbles per game, .43 INTs per game

    Player B:
    226 yards per game, 1.5 TDs per game, QB Rating 92.1; 23 rushing yards per game, .22 rushing TD’s per game, .61 fumbles per game, .71 INTs per game.

    Wow, strip the name away and you find that Kaep and Mariota are the SAME player! Kaep will throw for less yards, but will turn the ball over less and stay healthy.

    Unbias stats…aka facts.

    ————————————————————————————

    And anyone with common sense can figure out your hero Kaep was able to pad his stats in garbage time….when the game mattered he SUCKED….they should keep track of stats padded in garbage time vs real game time …. unbiased FACTS

  26. r502 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 11:26 am
    Since Al Davis died, there is not one owner left that has the stones to do something that runs contrary to popular opinion and follow what he thinks might be best.

    Right or wrong, Al followed his gut and made no apologies for it. He lived with the wins or consequences. He was wrong as much as he got it right.

    Name one owner out there that would dare depart from the corporate group think.

    Sheep.

    —————-

    LOL, you mean like taking a kicker in the first round?

    Stones Smarts

  27. stiffarm13 says:
    October 2, 2017 at 12:31 pm
    quintorisjones says:
    October 2, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Player A:
    177 yards per game, 1.04 TDs per game, QB Rating 88.9; 33 rushing yards per game, .18 rushing TD’s per game, .57 fumbles per game, .43 INTs per game

    Player B:
    226 yards per game, 1.5 TDs per game, QB Rating 92.1; 23 rushing yards per game, .22 rushing TD’s per game, .61 fumbles per game, .71 INTs per game.

    Wow, strip the name away and you find that Kaep and Mariota are the SAME player! Kaep will throw for less yards, but will turn the ball over less and stay healthy.

    Unbias stats…aka facts.

    ————————————————————————————

    And anyone with common sense can figure out your hero Kaep was able to pad his stats in garbage time….when the game mattered he SUCKED….they should keep track of stats padded in garbage time vs real game time …. unbiased FACTS

    —————————–

    Absolute truth. He was behind by halftime in 10 out of the 11 games he played in. The problem is that people who grabbed him off the wire in their fantasy leagues late last season think that this means he can actually play. Let’s not forget the cautionary tale of 2015’s garbage-time hero, Blake Bortles.

  28. He does damage to teams he’s not on, I suspect he’d do more damage to the team that signs him.

    Hopefully the owners are more steadfast than ever in not signing him…

  29. quintorisjones says:
    October 2, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Player A:
    177 yards per game, 1.04 TDs per game, QB Rating 88.9; 33 rushing yards per game, .18 rushing TD’s per game, .57 fumbles per game, .43 INTs per game

    Player B:
    226 yards per game, 1.5 TDs per game, QB Rating 92.1; 23 rushing yards per game, .22 rushing TD’s per game, .61 fumbles per game, .71 INTs per game.

    Wow, strip the name away and you find that Kaep and Mariota are the SAME player! Kaep will throw for less yards, but will turn the ball over less and stay healthy.

    Unbias stats…aka facts.

    ———————————————

    Shocked no one has mentioned yet… but you are looking at career stats right now. Kaepernick has been getting worse for the past 3 years. If he was still running over defenses like he did when he went to the superbowl, he would still have a job.

    Mariotta on the other hand has gotten better every year he has been in the league. Big difference.

  30. quintorisjones says:
    October 2, 2017 at 11:22 am
    Player A:
    177 yards per game, 1.04 TDs per game, QB Rating 88.9; 33 rushing yards per game, .18 rushing TD’s per game, .57 fumbles per game, .43 INTs per game

    Player B:
    226 yards per game, 1.5 TDs per game, QB Rating 92.1; 23 rushing yards per game, .22 rushing TD’s per game, .61 fumbles per game, .71 INTs per game.

    Wow, strip the name away and you find that Kaep and Mariota are the SAME player! Kaep will throw for less yards, but will turn the ball over less and stay healthy.

    Unbias stats…aka facts

    ———-
    I’m sure quintoris isn’t biased at all.

  31. God I wish someone would pick up Kaep and play him so that all the talking heads out there can see for themselves why he wasn’t in hte league. HE SUCKS

  32. Seriously Florio? It was never all about football, and you, me, the wall, and everyone else knows it was always about a combination of lack of stud QB skills and owner’s concern regarding potential alienation of the fans (and their $$). Owners are now running scared with a large portion of their fan base showing disgust for the anthem protests, and no owner is going to hire the person that started it all.

  33. The Colin Kaepernick Foundation donated in April $25,000 to Assata’s Daughters, a Chicago “direct action” resistance organization honoring Assata Shakur, who escaped prison and fled to Cuba after being found guilty in the 1973 murder of Officer Werner Foerster.

    I think the above puts a nail into his playing again in the NFL.

  34. The constant, incessant harping here on Kaepernick reminds me of Niedermeyer during the Delta House trial: “He said that’s it! Are you deaf”?

    Think of the NFL as Niedermeyer, PFT.

  35. Just stop!! Teams don’t want Kaepernick and no it’s not because they are racists, he’s just not that good and doesn’t fit with most teams. Must we have his name thrown out there every time a qb gets hurt. You should seriously sign up as his agent as much as you keep trying to keep him relevant.

  36. I don’t know or have ever met Steve Biscotti, but if I was an employer doing due diligence on hiring a candidate, and that candidate’s girlfriend tweeted that I was a slave owner, I would RUN, not walk away from that candidate.

  37. putting aside the overwhelming reason of he’s not good enough….do you really think that after this ridiculousness week (and cost to NFL pockets/reputation!) of kneel, don’t kneel, kneel now, stand later, lock arms somewhere in the middle, and just stay in the locker room that a team wants to bring in the third ring of this 3 ring circus that started it all?!?!

  38. If Kap really wanted to play, he wouldn’t have passed on playing in the CFL.

    I think we’ve had enough of the “sign Kap” stuff every time a QB goes down. This is the wrong crowd to be preaching that to, PFT

  39. Because Titans fans aren’t down with Fidel, Cops Are Pigs socks , and “the flag is just a piece of cloth”?

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