Jon Gruden thinks Colin Kaepernick will be back on a roster soon

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Raiders coach Jon Gruden may know something the rest of us don’t.

Or maybe he was just rambling.

While no one has made a move to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Gruden invoked a number of unemployed quarterbacks when asked about the former 49ers starter.

“I think there’s a lot of intrigue there,” Gruden said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “His performance on the field wasn’t very good, on tape. I think, Robert Griffin, a rookie of the year, surprised he’s out there. Tim Tebow, takes a team to the playoffs, there’s some surprise that he never came back. You know, Johnny Manziel, he’s out there.

“Back to Kaepernick, you know he got beat out by [Blaine] Gabbert, to start the [2016] season. I think that says something. [But] I am surprised he’s not in camp with somebody. He probably will be soon.”

Considering the claim of collusion, that doesn’t seem particularly likely, but Gruden’s explanation does have a few other threw holes. Basing an evaluation of Kaepernick on 2016 without the context that he was coming off surgery during the offseason and had lost a lot of weight seems thin.

Despite that, he reclaimed the starting job from Gabbert after five games, and threw 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions while posting a 90.7 passer rating for a team that lacked offensive talent.

So while Gruden’s train of thought seemed to derail, the notion that even he thinks Kaepernick should be in a camp underscores what’s happening here.

46 responses to “Jon Gruden thinks Colin Kaepernick will be back on a roster soon

  1. Jon Gruden is correct! Particularly given all the QB’s that have floundered time and time again, or who have little to zero starting experience and success. The old narrative in the NFL continues to roll along. I keep saying it all the time. Most of these NFL execs and front offices are, lets just say, not very wise, particularly given the amount of time they have been around the league. But wisdom is wisdom and it does not matter the area. Either you have it or you don’t. Most people just follow the status quo.

  2. The owners and General Managers serve one customer, and that’s the fan base.
    We’ll see if any fan base will accept a marginal QB, along with the current social issues that most seem as unacceptable.

  3. Jon Gruden just told you why Kap’s not playing. He has bad tape, and was beat out by Blaine freaking Gabbert.
    Anything else you add to the story after that is just opinion and speculation. And the people who post on this site have made it clear time and time again that the majority does not agree with your agenda or rhetoric.

  4. I mean, if all the GM’s/Coaches looked at each others comments, they would come to the realization that no one thinks he is good enough for THEIR team, hence all teams. Pretty much all of them that have come out and said something along the lines of “He’s good enough to be on a team, but we don’t need/want him”. So who is he good enough to be on if all these GMs/coaches think he is, but not for their team?

  5. I’m sorry, but I literally laughed out loud, after I read the headline! Eric Reid is still not on a team, and seemingly with more talent than Kap (?). AND, he also followed the same comments to the media, that Kap did, so what does that tell you??

  6. Just not on the Raiders right Chuckie? Why doesn’t Gruden sign him instead of put the onus on others to the distasteful act of signing him?

  7. Raiders coach Jon Gruden may know something the rest of us don’t.
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    I guarantee he knows at least one thing that you don’t Darin. Jon knows that Colin is just not very good. Once defenses learned what Colin did well they adjusted.

    Unfortunately, Colin never evolved HIS game and doesn’t seem interested in doing so now. No amount of crying collusion can change that.

    If Colin were truly interested in playing, he would be in Canada right now lighting up scoreboards and daring the NFL to ignore his success. And you know what? Some NFL team would’ve probably already brought him back by now.

    But rather than go out and put in the hard work to be successful, he would just rather let the media whine and cry about why he isn’t playing.

  8. Well big Jon You could prove it real fast. I’m sure if You said lets make Him a Raider Kap would jump at the chance. I’m sure if You asked for Him, soup bowl haircut would go along with it.

  9. Fact: Kaepernick got beaten out by Gabbert. You can quibble all you want to but he did get beaten out by Gabbert. And while pouting on the bench over his demotion the Anthem protest was born. The only thing Kap was protesting was being a bench warmer until the media noticed and asked him why he wasn’t standing during the Anthem? What was he supposed to do? Admit he was just pouting? No! So he made up some bunk and that’s the real story.

  10. This is an actual football story and many people here insist on making it about politics. Whatever.

  11. We need Robert Mueller to help us figure out whether there is collusion or not, not only in the case of Kap, but also in the cases of Tebow and Manziel. These guys have better resumes than Blain Gabbert too and yet they are not employed. RGIII has no case for any collusion because the Browns gave him a shot after cutting Manziel.

  12. Has Kaep even came out and said he wants to play or is it just his lawyers using this as an excuse for a lawsuit. Perhaps is Kaep was serious he’d be working out and doing something to get back on teams’ radar. Gruden can say that all he wants but if that’s the case why isn’t he the one to give him a job?

    Kaep apologists are quick to mention his kneeling as the reason he doesn’t have a job but neglect to talk about the pig socks and the shirt idolizing Castro. Put all those together with a QB who was mediocre at best in his last season is why he’s unemployed. Plus he’s going to want a ton of money and be guaranteed to be the starter. It’s not going to happen.

  13. The basic premise of collusion is that teams are conspiring, collaborating in some fashion to keep him out of the league. That really doesn’t seem to be the case. What is happening is that teams are using common sense and good business sense to determine that signing him isn’t worth it. That isn’t collusion. That’s just good business sense. To believe that these billionaires need to collude to come to the same conclusion individually is rediculous.. and more importantly from a legal standpoint going to be difficult to prove.

  14. The majority of these comments are conservative Trump supporters. I am not that and couldn’t care less if any player kneeled during the anthem to bring light to a specific social issue. Good for them using their 1st amendment right. With that said, Kap is simply not a good QB and I don’t think that is pointed out enough. Yes, he’s better than a lot of backups, but he’s bottom 5 vs starting QBs and probably won’t accept that kind of pay at this moment.

  15. The dilemma here is… He is a camp arm (at best) … So when he gets on a roster the team who cuts him will be scrutinized to no end. So why sign him in the first place? The answer is, you don’t. RG3s character is better. Manziel’s potential is better. Tebow already had enough chances….. so of the 4. Kap is 3rd in line.

    Let some injuries happen and we will see what transpires.

  16. I want to point out one singular thing, regardless of how you feel about his performance. Has everyone forgotten that Kap had multiple offseason surgeries and couldn’t lift or participate in camp. Gabbert started the first 5 games and was predictable bad. Kap still wasn’t 100%, but was good enough to play. People always saying he got beat out for the job like it was an honest competition. It wasn’t any competition. The guy wasn’t healthy. The HC said he wasn’t and he didn’t start because of it. Said that he would start when he was healthy enough, and sure enough he did start when he was healthy enough. People’s memories blow my mind. Anything for a narrative. Sheeple just saying what their leader says. PLEASE think for yourself and acknowledge the facts. Once you’ve done that if you still don’t like him then that’s great, but thank you for using your own brain to form your own thoughts. #blindzombienation

  17. OK it’s official Jon Gruden has just given the rest of the NFL owners the OK to go ahead and sign CK. That’s what they have been waiting for the last 2 years is Gruden’s stamp of approval.I say be a man of your word Gruden and make Son of Al sign him to your roster.That way you can cement yourself as the most vanilla, middle of the road politically correct toadie in the NFL.

  18. Gruden already regretting mentioning Kap I’m sure. He even threw in some niceties at the end, but still being portrayed as a villian by the media. Does this shed a little light on why he isn’t on a roster? All this resulting from just 1 question/comment, imagine if he was on your roster and you had to run all your communications through the PC filter before responding every day, and the media at your facility 24/7 hoping for a slip-up to use against you.

  19. Yes, Keap deserves another chance IF he agrees not to kneel or or protest during any formal NFL setting. Every other person gets another shot at their profession and this is a small window with lots of sacrifice years before they get on an NFL field. YES, he deserves another shot or two or three, just like the rest of the “bums” who get bounced around from team to team. (just joking. those QB’s who get bounced are often not bums. they have often found themselves in the wrong position like Nick Foles did before he got with the Eagles.

  20. Hopefully Kaepernick won’t be on the Raiders roster, but then seeing how they already acquired a cancer like Lynch (and are keeping him), I guess adding another team disrupter couldn’t do much more damage.

  21. Blah Blah Blah. The only players JG should be commenting on are the ones which he is bringing into the Raiders.

    Unfortunately for CAP the press is so all over this story that no team can take him. It will just be a media hurricane which no team needs.

  22. You know how sometimes a comedy will do a bit where a guy keeps getting hit by a hammer, and after ten seconds it’s annoying, then after twenty seconds, it’s infuriating, and then after thirty seconds, somehow it’s hilarious again?

    That’s how I’m starting to feel about this website’s pathological obsession with Kaepernick articles? First, it got a little annoying. Then, after Kap had spent a year out of the league and we’re reading about him during the playoffs for some reason, it was maddening. Now I kind of have to admire that NBC absolutely refuses to go a week without a Kaepernick article, even though he has been out of the league since 2016 and OTA’s don’t even start for four months. They just will not let this thing die.

  23. rkt4mayor says:
    March 27, 2018 at 10:26 am
    Fact: Kaepernick got beaten out by Gabbert. You can quibble all you want to but he did get beaten out by Gabbert. And while pouting on the bench over his demotion the Anthem protest was born. The only thing Kap was protesting was being a bench warmer until the media noticed and asked him why he wasn’t standing during the Anthem? What was he supposed to do? Admit he was just pouting? No! So he made up some bunk and that’s the real story.

    This is an interesting theory, but it isn’t true…Gabbert was named the starter on 9/3/2016 (you can look it up), while Kaepernick started protesting during the preseason…his switch (from sitting during the anthem as he had the prior 2 preseason games) to kneeling happened on 9/1, 2 days before the starter announcement.

  24. Can I point out the the team he QB’d to the Super Bowl and a Division Championship game as well as the team he “did so well” with despite weak support,in an area which is about as liberal as it can possibly get, GAVE UP ON HIM. Nobody got a better and longer look at him than the Niners. By the way, he’s suing the NFL.

  25. Kaepernick has a shining example to follow in Doug Flutie. He set out to prove the NFL wrong and he did. He didn’t whine and sue because he is vertically challenged.

  26. We need Robert Mueller to help us figure out whether there is collusion or not, not only in the case of Kap, but also in the cases of Tebow and Manziel. These guys have better resumes than Blain Gabbert too and yet they are not employed. RGIII has no case for any collusion because the Browns gave him a shot after cutting Manziel.

    RG3 has no case after being cut by the browns, but Manziel has a case after being cut by the browns, And Tebow has a case after being cut by the Jets, Pats and Eagles.

    Ok. All four of these guys are not very good. Hey, Kap came in threw some tds had a 90 rating with very little talent around him. Really? How many wins in those games? Jimmy G showed what a good QB can do with that same talent, that’s a level Kap isn’t up to anymore.

  27. Griffin is a skilled QB who has YET to get with a good team. Something many give QB after QB a pass on. RG3 when put in a system that fits what he had already masted in college he was remarkable. As the buzz supported during his rookie year. After coming back from injury and a coach who really was not sold on RG3’s style of expertise which was effective, could not wait to get back to dialing up plays the way he wanted. I get that. Thats what many coaches are about. Not doing the best with the talent they have, but doing things their way. Unfortunately, Shanahan had losing records in DC for two straight years, prior to RG3 coming there. Shanny record in 2010 and 2011, they finished 4th out of 4 in the division. RG3 comes, they win the division. From last to first. The guy got injured and they changed the system to do what they wanted to do. RG3 comes, he was just like Watson but without the defense. RG3 won the last 7 games of the season in must win situations. He ran the table in the division. After such an injury, it takes a couple years to get back to 100%. HE IS BACK TO 100%!! And we all know what kind of team the Browns were when he joined them. And he was the only QB out of the 10 the Browns trotted out there the last two years who led that team to a win!!!!!!!! He needs to be picked up by the Texans this year to back up Watson, and the Texans, I promise you will not miss a beat and be in the thick of the SB run in 2018!!! RG3 beat out Andrew Luck when healthy in college and as a Rookie. it happened. And put him on a solid team like the Texans. I think this league would be in for some exciting football.

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