Joe Montana wonders whether Colin Kaepernick gets another chance

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Joe Montana has watched Colin Kaepernick’s career as closely as anyone. Like everybody else, the Hall of Fame quarterback wonders whether Kaepernick gets another chance in the NFL.

I’m not sure,” Montana told “I think [if] there’s an injury somewhere, he probably gets in. In most cases, you look at Tim Tebow — a great guy and everybody was talking about him. But what it comes down to is 40 percent completion or even in the low 50s, you can’t win in the league with that. You won’t be in the league very long. It comes down to his play as much as anything.

“Everyone thinks it is the stance he took; one of the things you don’t look for is distractions in the locker room. You can go back to Bill Walsh and as soon as there were guys that weren’t fitting in what he was looking for, it didn’t matter how good you were. You weren’t on the team for very long. You have to have people who want the same thing, fighting for the same thing and willing to put in the time.”

Some say it’s Kaepernick’s play that’s keeping him unemployed. Others say it’s his political stance. Montana seems to think it’s both.

Kaepernick, though, completed 59.2 percent of his passes last season, just off his career average of 59.8. He had 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. While his record as a starter was 1-10, he was on one of the worst teams in the NFL.

There are many quarterbacks on NFL rosters with worse resumes to be sure.

26 responses to “Joe Montana wonders whether Colin Kaepernick gets another chance

  1. The answer is no… but… it’s not only his protesting.

    59% career completion percentage on those loaded teams is embarrassing.

  2. Are they calling former players now on Kapernick’s behalf to see if anyone says something positive……leave Mr. Montana alone.

  3. Are we really going to ignore the career stats of 95% of the back-ups in the NFL? This dude is at least better than most of those jokers. Butt-hurt owners not wanting to cheese off they cheeto-in-chief

  4. So Old Joe says his exile has more to do with his completion percentage than his politics then supports this statement by giving false data? Oh yeah, he’s impartial!

  5. The only person who has yet to weigh in on this subject is CK himself. I don’t think CK is that passionate to play the nether NFL.

  6. It makes me wonder if teams just don’t think he’s working that hard at football. I have no idea if he is or isn’t. It just seems like at this point if it were just the politics of what he did and how it would affect the fan chemistry and the player chemistry and even a few owners that decided to black ball him. His play warrents someone trying to sign him. I am not saying he’s great but there more than a handful of qbs with jobs that are worse right now. unless he’s refusing to sign a one year deal or something like that.

  7. I just wonder how many of the backups that Kaepernick is allegedly better than can play in the pocket. All of them. Kapernick can’t. How many of them could pass for 50% completion and average less than 200 yds game during the season. All of them. How many of them would throw for 4 yds passing yds and -25 yds total offense against a terrible Bears defense. None of them. How many would make fans revolt against them being on the roster. None of them. The simple math these backup cost much less,produce about the same amount of the field and won’t do maverick agit-prop while being paid to do a job at his workplace.

  8. Sam Bradford didn’t play with an offensive line in 4 of his six NFL seasons… and… his receiving talent in st. louis was TERRIBLE.

    Sam Bradford could have won a Super Bowl in S.F. with that loaded team.

    71% with undrafted Adam Thielen and 5th round Stefon Diggs (Kyle Rudo

    With a loaded team… Kaepernick threw for 58% with 2 int and 2 fumbles in NFC Championship game.

    Shee-it!!! S.F. had 4 All-Pros on offense and 5 All-Pros on defense.

  9. I was never a fan of Kap, but he can play in this league. You have to wonder about his commitment to football though.

  10. Yeah look at Tim Tebow. They guy who had no business being an NFL QB and got chance after chance after chance. If only he and Kap had distinguishing characteristics that might imply there is still a bias of some type in the league….if only….

  11. Boom, it’s his play and not his stance. You can talk about the TD to INT ratio last year all you want, but he is a one read and run QB. Harbaugh and Roman got all they could out of him then the NFL figured him out. If you keep him contained he can’t beat you with his arm. He lacks the necessary touch to be a quality starting QB. He can’t read a defense. Everything is thrown at one speed. Talent trumps controversy and he doesn’t have enough to outweigh his potential for distractions. A low tier 2nd string QB at this point in his career.

  12. Since Kneelgate began, has Kapernick come out and plainly said he wants to play football and he’s 100% committed to the game and whatever team he plays for? No.

  13. RGIII. It’s funny how there aren’t articles all over the Internet about RGIII. A much better college player. Had a great 2012, a season far better than Kaepernick ever had for the 49ers. A more accurate passer and had a 90.6 QB rating with the Redskins.

    He doesn’t have a job. And nobody writes articles about him. It’s like he’s invisible.

    And, sure, RGIII was terrible in Cleveland, but Kaepernick was terrible the second-half of 2014 (76.9 QB rating), 2015 (78.5 QB rating) and last year despite his inflated QB rating due to his lack of INTs (1.1%) with his nearly NFL worst 19.94% bad pass figure (Brees and other top QBs were anywhere from half-to-two-thirds of that) while being his usual under 60% completion passer.

    Seriously, he was horrible from the pocket. Even in 2013, peak Kaepernick, his best year from the pocket was 80.9 QB rating. Face it, he made his living playing street ball. The NFL adjusted. Now he’s out. Just like RGIII.

    And yet we have our National Obsession with some scrub QB who requires a specialized junk offense nobody in the NFL runs anymore to be even mediocre.

    So let’s just move on, mkay? He’s Colin Kardashian of the Football Kardashians. All drama, little, if any, substance.

  14. I imagine Kaepernick’s as fed up with the situation as anyone.

    Let me ask you a question: You get a new job, feel like you’re making a difference for people you like, and they appreciate you for what you do. And not a pressure cooker like the old job. Doesn’t pay as much tho.

    BTW, you no longer gets as much hate mail and the death threats have tapered off. Even the most dedicated racists and haters are backing off.

    What would you do?

    Shame of it is that the bad guys probably won where the NFL is concerned. Ran off a talented QB. (And he is that no matter what the local Klan chapter says.)

  15. Do you think Denver is happy they didn’t trade for him? They were so interested last year but not anymore. The Niners should have traded him so at least they would have gotten something for him.

  16. I hope this jerk, colon krappernick, never gets another chance.

    It is one thing to be a MAN and to do your protesting on your own time – it is another to use your high paid position to protest while being on the clock of your employer.

    He’s a dirty grease ball black lies matter clown who doesn’t deserve the time of day – he has adopted a very racist position supporting the causes of that organization.

  17. Last three years he’s gotten worse and worse. Thank you niners for cutting that piece of trash. I want to win games not go on 10 game losing streaks .

  18. Montana threw 16 TDs in his first 493 attempts
    Kaepernick threw 16 TDs in 331 attempts last year
    Tebow threw 16 TDs in his first 271 attempts
    Montana’s opinion has it exactly backwards
    Tebow threw over 15 yards per completion and scored more often. He did that while scoring 15 times rushing. Those could have been passes.

  19. If you’re criticizing Tebow, you don’t know what you are talking about.
    Tebow’s 34 scores in his first 15.5 games and 13 plays and 549 touches would rank 4th for scores by a QB in 2016 and 2nd for scores per touch. He would rank 9th for TDs per pass attempt. Tebow is the fastest scoring first time starter in NFL history. Name another that scored more often per touch in their first 16 games.

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