Tyrann Mathieu: Kap took a step back, but he can still play

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Cardinals defensive back Tyrann Mathieu has spent his entire career playing in the same division as Colin Kaepernick, and he’s seen both the good and the bad.

Mathieu said on PFT Live that Kaepernick wasn’t as tough to beat in 2015 and 2016 as he had been in 2013 and 2014.

“I’ve had the chance to play against Kaepernick the last four seasons. The first couple years he was a winning quarterback. He did a lot of good things for his team. The last couple years, obviously, it felt like he took a step back as far as game-planning against him,” Mathieu said.

At the same time, Mathieu said, a smart coach should be able to find a way to get Kaepernick playing like he did early in his career.

“I’m rooting for him and I hope somebody gives him a call, somebody gives him a shot. He’s a hell of an athlete. He definitely can play quarterback in this league and if he plays in the right system I’m pretty sure he can take any team to the Super Bowl,” Mathieu said.

It’s looking increasingly unlikely that any team is going to give Kaepernick the chance to prove he can take another team to the Super Bowl.

39 responses to “Tyrann Mathieu: Kap took a step back, but he can still play

  1. You just wanted to ruin our day with another Kaep article. I think I’m going to be sick…..

  2. I’m going to say the same thing about him I say about any free agent doing nothing while waiting for a phone call from an NFL team. If you love the game and think you can still play, go to Canada and prove both. If you’re good, an NFL team will call you. I have nothing personal against this guy but the “poor blackballed Colin can’t get a job” narrative is getting old. Lots of people can’t get a job at the highest level of their preferred profession.

  3. Fox Sports 1’s Jason Whitlock sounds off on Colin Kaepernick supporter Spike Lee and why NFL teams are unwilling to take a chance on the controversial quarterback, calling the false racism narrative the ‘Tawana Brawley’ of sports

  4. Hmm, someone who has played defense against him for 4 years saying he has declined the last TWO years. Plus, he is saying that he needs the right system to be successful. Looks like two very good reasons not to sign him. Combine that with all the stupid crap he has said and it looks like he has worn out his welcome in the NFL. Sounds like he would make a good back-up, but my guess is that, if two teams have already inquired about him and nothing got done, then he either wants too much money or wants to start. Plus they would have to run a similar SYSTEM that he would be successful in. So again, the problem is most likely Kaep and NOT the NFL, Owners, etc. How is it that Kaep was so brave to speak out about all the injustices against minorities, but has been so quiet this offseason?? I wonder why?

  5. I would like to see him get an opportunity as well. Prove that he can play in the NFL or not. His win loss record the last two season he played was absolutely dismal. 11-29 last three season and 3-21 the last two seasons. 1-10 last season..

  6. The question is not wether he can play in the league. The only question is at what level and is it worth the blowback the team will receive. Others protested like him and they have jobs, probably because they can still contribute. Incidentally, I still have not heard HIM say he would not protest?
    Good to have another Kap story about a misunderstood individual. Keep pushing the liberal agenda!

  7. Please, please. We are being bludgeoned to death with this over done subject.
    He made his bed. He may play, he may not.
    Let’s move on..

  8. If this moron is signed by ANY team I will turn off the NFL again this year just like I did last year. I don’t need far left wing politics shoved down my throat while all I am trying to do is enjoy a sporting event. There are plenty of other outlets for that garbage if I want to hear it.

  9. I always look back at Kaep’s career ending in the 2015 game where Honey Badger and the Cardinals destroyed Kaep with 5 interceptions and one of the worst performances I’ve ever seen a QB play. From the beginning of the game to the end, you can see his confidence getting destroyed. My family watched that game and commented on how the Cardinals had completely exposed Kaep and his style of play. He never recovered from that day, and Honey Badger was a big part of it.

  10. So a random plyer mentions Keapernicks name and thats news here but. A serving member of our armed for es that ALSO plays FOR AN nFL team conducts a re-enlistment ceremony infront of not one but two full teams of nfl players supporting it and not a peep from this place.
    I understand pushing an agenda (even though it only gets you mocked)!but outright hatred for a story that celebrates people who defend your freedoms?

  11. I’m honestly shocked Disney’s ESPN hasn’t already hired Kap. He fights right in with their social justice platform. Maybe google is another landing spot.

  12. rogerdodger99 says:
    August 9, 2017 at 10:33 am
    Let it go Mike….
    But not you guys? You keep clinging and commenting on every article. CK are the highest commented articles every day. As long as the comments continue to roll in, the stories will keep coming.

    Fans need to let it go first. It doesn’t work the other way around. Stop commenting and the stories will go away.

  13. factschecker – Fans don’t have a choice which stories are posted and which ones aren’t. NBC is pushing a political narrative and you are deluded if you think they aren’t. Mike Florio has literally acted as Fidel Kaepernick’s personal agent. People respond because most deeply disagree with this narrative.

  14. This is especially interesting coming from a DB who has nailed Kaep for a pick six before.

  15. If Kaep had even half-decent skills he would be on a team. The fact is that Kaep is mediocre at best and is not worth the trouble his sideshow would bring to a team

  16. @ nhpats says:

    Why do we not see the same number of articles about RGIII or Ryan Fitzpatrick? What is PFT’s real motive here?
    I think RGIII playing injured was his fault and ultimately ruined his career. He took way to many hits and became shell-shocked like David Carr. As for Ryan Fitzpatrick, there’s not a single shred of evidence to suggest that he is worthy of being on an NFL roster. His career has resulted mostly in unsuccessful seasons filled with mistake prone, game killing results. The reason is those guys aren’t controversial.

  17. If anyone knows how far the unemployed QB has fallen it’s the Badger. I remember the 5 interception game. I remember thinking this guy is throwing the ball up with no idea who is going to catch it.

  18. jonwill57: As for Ryan Fitzpatrick, there’s not a single shred of evidence to suggest that he is worthy of being on an NFL roster.

    Fitzpatrick has thrown for over 3,000 yards 4 times in his career, twice nearly 4,000. Kaepernick has never thrown for more than 3,300 yards in a season. Fitzpatrick year before last threw 31 TD passes and had 3,900 yards passing. Kaepernick has thrown 20 TD passes ONCE in his entire career. Fitzpatrick has done it 4 times. To suggest Fitzpatrick isn’t worthy of being on an NFL roster is absurd, and its even more absurd to suggest Fidel Kaepernick is worth but Fitz isn’t.

  19. “dcpatfan says:
    August 9, 2017 at 11:14 am
    We know He can still play. He is being blackballed.”

    Dude Kaepernick’s is 2/23 over the last 2 years. Where are you getting the impression he can still play at an NFL level. He threw 5 picks in one game against the Cardinals. Who’s going to hire this guy after he’s pissed off 60% of all American citizens?

    The NFL is in the entertainment business. Kneeling during the National Anthem IS NOT entertaining to most Americans. He kneeled himself out of $10,000,000. Who can be that ignorant? Tell him to get a damn haircut too. That big ugly fro look when out decades ago.

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