Mularkey: Titans didn’t consider Kaepernick

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The Titans worked out four quarterbacks on Tuesday, none of whom were named Colin Kaepernick. On Wednesday, coach Mike Mularkey told reporters that the Titans did not consider adding Kaepernick, who according to Mularkey is not familiar with the team’s system.

Via, Jim Wyatt of the team’s official website, Mularkey said that Brandon Weeden got the job as the backup to backup Matt Cassel due to familiarity with the Tennessee offense, which per Mularkey is similar to systems Cassel ran in Houston and Dallas. Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com adds that Mularkey said that T.J. Yates (who also had a workout on Tuesday) also is familiar with the scheme.

Mularkey also said, via McCormick, that the game plan for Mariota isn’t as different as the game plan for Cassel, even though most would say there are obvious differences in the skills of the two quarterbacks and, in turn, the way they’d be used.

Mariota, who practiced on a limited basis in practice on Wednesday, could still play on Sunday, according to Mularkey. But that may simply be an effort to keep the Dolphins guessing as to who they will face. Which really shouldn’t matter if Mariota and Cassel are as similar as Mularkey claims they are.

None of this is a knock on Mularkey. It’s quite possible that these decisions were made much higher in the organization, given the obvious business considerations that flow from the possibility of adding Kaepernick.

49 responses to “Mularkey: Titans didn’t consider Kaepernick

  1. Or maybe, as other football people who aren’t driven by pushing a political agenda have said, he just isn’t a good enough football player to warrant the obvious distraction. Tennessee can’t be expected to change their entire offensive scheme for a week or two just to fit a backup QBs skillset. Bringing in people that know their system makes perfect sense if you look at it logically, and not through completely biased towards Kaepernick glasses.

  2. Just when you thought it was safe to read a Florio article again, the name comes up. You ever just think that CK may not be a fit for most offenses and you’re not going to retool your whole offense to bring him in?

  3. Did it ever dawn on people that Kaepernick has cost the NFL owners millions of dollars and they were not the focus of his protest? Seriously doubt he will ever be signed again. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence.

  4. “None of this is a knock on Mularkey.”

    why would the fact that they never considered CK be a knock on Mularky?…I think it makes him astute when it comes to evaluating QB’s

  5. If I am not mistaken the Titans use a run option scheme to take advantage of Mariota’ s mobility which fits Kaepernick more than it fits Cassell or Weeden. So all of you that are agreeing with this answer are being made to look less knowledgeable about football. This coach threw this out there because he knew there were enough Kaepernick haters who would run with it. Don’t fall for this.

  6. Yup just what you need to stabalize your team after getting crushed the week before, a radical who absolutely hates this country

  7. Does anyone doubt Kaepernick would’ve been one of the players kneeling this year, despite saying he would stand this offseason?

    He’s just not worth it.

  8. I don’t understand why all the angry commenters even read the Kaepernick articles? If it drives you insane when his name is brought up, why click on the articles written about him?

  9. It’s also quite possible that these decisions were simply football decisions, and that’s it.

  10. Kaepernick does not have an entitlement to an NFL quarterback job. No matter what the liberal activists think. Many of the liberals don’t know anything about football – only about race. There are dozens of players who are not in the NFL right now who think they were screwed for players that are still on teams who they feel are not as good. This is just like when better employees at a company are laid off but inferior employees are kept – whether due to things like union seniority or from being the bosses relative. That is what happens in life. The liberals can get together and buy an NFL team so they can hire anyone the want to – but I doubt that they would win anything if they base every personnel decision on race, left wing agreement, or political correctness.

  11. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. If PFT is so concerned about Kapaeenick’s lack of employment then give him a job writing for PFT. With his combination of football experience and his political views he would make an interesting guest commentator. Yes?

  12. This is absolute BS. The Titans run a spread to maximize the skill set of a mobile QB… Kaepernick would probably run this offense better than Mariotta.

    While the Titans’ ownership are certainly within their rights to not sign someone who has political views they disagree with (the protest argument lost its legs when Titan players protested and were not fired or reprimanded), framing it in terms of a football decision is nonsense. If you don’t want to sign him, fine, but have the courage of your convictions and stop pretending that it has anything to do with football.

    Those of you who say that Kaepernick isn’t good enough either haven’t watched him play or don’t understand statistics. Either will clearly show you the error of your ways… unless you’re just to pig-headed to admit the impetus behind your erroneous judgement.

  13. Wow…the crusade for Kaep continues. I guess it doesn’t matter if he fits the team’s offense or not. Any team that needs a QB will be villified by PFT if they don’t give the job to Kaep. What a joke.

  14. I don’t see why this is surprising. Even though Kaepernick is still probably better than Cassel, who’s been washed up for years, and Weeden, Holmgren’s crowning “achievement” with the Browns who was never good in the first place. Tennessee is a pretty conservative region and Kaepernick’s act would play very badly though, especially as a backup QB. And I think Kaepernick would only come back anyway if it was the perfect situation, which is probably never going to happen. I just wish coaches wouldn’t be disingenuous by saying things like Weeden was signed because of “familiarity with the offense” when Kaepernick is obviously a lot more similar kind of QB to Mariota than Weeden is. Just tell the damn truth. He wasn’t signed because no coach wants a media circus around a controversial backup QB. Just ask Tebow.

  15. Ya, the shadowy exclusive Order Of The Anti Kaepernick Conspiracy meets in secret in the former compound of the Illuminati to plot their course of action. Everyone else in the world thinks he’s a fine upstanding representative of the game. On and off the field.

  16. thejoneser – the Titans do not run a spread system, and on his best day Kaep could not run the offense as well as Mariota. For one thing Mariota can read a defense, Kaep can’t. For another Marcus does not run if his first read isn’t open. Mariota only runs on designed plays or if the play breaks down and even then keeps his head up looking for an open receiver. Kaep takes off at the first sign of trouble! Watched both of them their whole careers.

  17. I hear TOm Brady is having some injury issues… why hasn’t BB called up Kaepernick? He is a below average QB, and not worth the hassle….time to move on…

  18. whenwilliteverend says:
    October 4, 2017 at 5:34 pm
    Wow…the crusade for Kaep continues. I guess it doesn’t matter if he fits the team’s offense or not. Any team that needs a QB will be villified by PFT if they don’t give the job to Kaep. What a joke.

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    When you can’t completely stay clear of media attention regarding a player you have had nothing to do with, imagine what you would have if you ever had even the slightest thing to do with him. Even to inquire to his agent if he is available (which is unknown) is a recipe for trouble.

  19. It’s really not much different than Tebow. The player isn’t good enough for the distraction he brings. In Tebows case it was right wing religious hocus locus crap. With CK it’s left wing activism.

  20. “…the obvious business considerations that flow from the possibility of adding Kaepernick.” Well, this is progress. BREAKING: Reality is obvious.

  21. Please, somebody sign this guy. The entertainment value alone will be priceless. I can only imagine the newest collection of shirts and socks he has to aid in his protests.

  22. Don Trump says:
    October 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    I hear TOm Brady is having some injury issues… why hasn’t BB called up Kaepernick? He is a below average QB, and not worth the hassle….time to move on…

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    No way would Kaep ever challenge for Brady’s job. But if there was ever a coach that could figure out a weird trick or two that took advantage of Kaep’s very specific skillset it would be Bellichick. It would be funny to see him slipped into the lineup for a trick play or two. Followed by slipping him in for what turned out to be a plain vanilla that still worked because everyone was looking too hard for the trick.

  23. I wish we can do a poll on here for race because it’s pretty clear that those opposing kap are not melanin people, which totally magnifies the racism in this US of A

  24. Panoramic Wifi says:
    October 4, 2017 at 8:24 pm
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    Don Trump says:
    October 4, 2017 at 6:13 pm
    I hear TOm Brady is having some injury issues… why hasn’t BB called up Kaepernick? He is a below average QB, and not worth the hassle….time to move on…

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    No way would Kaep ever challenge for Brady’s job. But if there was ever a coach that could figure out a weird trick or two that took advantage of Kaep’s very specific skillset it would be Bellichick. It would be funny to see him slipped into the lineup for a trick play or two. Followed by slipping him in for what turned out to be a plain vanilla that still worked because everyone was looking too hard for the trick.

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    We know Kaep is fast. Can he catch?

  25. “Titans under fire for avoiding Kaepernick.”

    What? Please stop trying to create a story out of nothing it’s getting really old and childish. Why in the world would the Titans be under fire? Last I checked NFL teams have a right to decide who they employ, let alone interview, just as any other business. If this were to happen in a different profession it would not even be a story. Imagine me writing an article blasting some local company because they didn’t interview me for an open position, even though the company had never shown interest in my prior…that’s pretty much what your doing here. Glad that

    Society needs to stop with this notion of constantly trying to find others to blame beside the actual individual them self, it’s happening everywhere not just in sports.

    We’ve got these people in our society who keep wanting to spread the blame anywhere and everywhere when the truth is Kaepernick is not that good and he’s certainly not worth the media circus and headache he would bring. We’re talking about a player who wasn’t even good enough to stick with the 49ers and their awful QBs. If he played like Aaron Rogers do you think he would still be jobless? Answer is no. Low life Michael Vick was murdering dogs left and right and he still even found his way back because he could still play at a high level. Sorry but a backup QB with all the distractions and drama isn’t worth it. But lets blame the Titans…..

  26. People unfamiliar would assume that Kaep fits the Titans offense because he and Mariota are both mobile. They see that they’re both mid-80’s in speed on Madden, and think “oh, that’s a perfect fit!” Not knowing that Mariota runs when necessary. He’s not just automatically looking to run. That’s not at all the Titans offense. Oh, there are some designed QB runs, but those usually happen just a couple times a game.

  27. knownbutunkown says:
    October 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm
    I wish we can do a poll on here for race because it’s pretty clear that those opposing kap are not melanin people, which totally magnifies the racism in this US of A

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    @knownbutunkown – First off your comment is kinda stereotypical as you basically labeled all white people as racist, so then how are you not on the same level of those people? You know it’s actually possible that it doesn’t have to do with race, it’s that a lot of people feel that his actions were disrespectful, you might not want to accept it buts it’s actually the truth. Not everyone is a racist and and just because they have a different opinion doesn’t make them one, there can be legitimate reasons for someone’s opinion that have nothing to do with race. Yes racism is prevalent in our society but it should’t just be automatically used as an excuse for why someone doesn’t like certain behavior. It is possible for someone to be irritated and put off by an individuals actions without being racist you know.

    The sad part is that all we talk about is the debate about kneeling, and not the actual issue with police that it was aimed to expose. How do you expect to persuade people to your side when your just pissing off the majority of society? I’m not attacking the cause for their actions because i respect it, but their just hurting themselves by pissing people off rather than persuading them to their side. Your not gonna gain peoples support and respect by acting disrespectful, I don’t know why it’s being ignored during this whole thing. There are ways to send a message and still be respectful, for example the 1968 Olympics.

  28. I’ve been a Kaepernick supporter from day one, and I am not afraid to admit it. But this is ridiculous. This not a situation where he should have been considered. The Titans aren’t looking for a QB to come in and play- they are looking for a QB to carry Matt Cassel’s clipboard until Mariota comes back and Cassel can go back to holding it himself. Weeden won’t sniff the field unless Cassel also gets hurt. When Mariota comes back, Cassel goes back to the bench and Weeden goes back to selling Buicks, or whatever he was doing.

    Bringing Kaepernick into an unfamiliar system when all you plan to do is use him as a stopgap and then cut him when the starter came back doesn’t make any sense.

  29. Not saying Kaep is the answer, but Cassel & Weeden sure as hell aren’t the answers if you want a chance to win

  30. It wasn’t because kapernick wasn’t familiar with the Titans scheme that led to Titans not to even consider kapernick as a backup, it’s the fact that kapernick stinks as a QB and his personal conduct is reprehensible as the reasons why the Titans didn’t eve look at him

  31. Kaepernick wants to be a martyr, not a football player.

    If you know anything about the business of football if he was really interested in playing the agent would have him on a PR tour talking about his love of the game. The conspicuous silence by a guy (agent) who has a direct financial interest in getting this guy a contract is deafening.

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