McCloughan: Kaepernick is good enough to be a starter

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For months, General Managers in the media who think they know football because they cover it were happy to declare that quarterback Colin Kaepernick was unemployed based solely on merit. Those voices have become somewhat muted in the weeks since Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti made it clear that football reasons aren’t the only reasons for Kaepernick to not currently be playing football.

If there was any doubt regarding Kaepernick’s objective qualifications, consider the opinion of former 49ers and Washington G.M. Scot McCloughan, who has re-emerged in recent days on Twitter and who has been answering plenty of fan questions. A fan asked whether Kaepernick is good enough to be a starter this year, and McCloughan had a one-word answer: “Yes.”

McCloughan is hardly a slappy. He had key roles in building a near-championship 49ers team, a championship Seahawks team, and a better-than-they’ve-been-in-two-decades Washington team.

But, please, keep arguing that Kaepernick stinks. And, please, keep pointing to the fact that Kaepernick ranked 25th last year in the ridiculous, make-us-relevant QBR stat that ESPN concocted several years ago. Apart from the fact that the highest single-game QBR rating belonged to Charlie Batch for a 186-yard, two-pick performance before ESPN arbitrarily changed the parameters to conceal that particular humiliation, these quarterbacks were worse than Kaepernick under the QBR formulation for 2016: 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton, two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning, and Ryan Tannehill.

Right or wrong, and based on the Commissioner’s recent comments the right answer may be “wrong,” it’s now clear that Kaepernick would have a job but for an anthem protest that others continue to do in 2017 and that Kaepernick through his representatives has vowed not to do in 2017. Which means that, for multiple months in 2017 someone was trying to push to the public something other than the truth.

67 responses to “McCloughan: Kaepernick is good enough to be a starter

  1. Imagine 53 players using the owner’s platform (the team) to push their own social agenda while on the job. If it’s OK for one player, why not for all?

  2. Can someone please start an alternative site where news is available as quickly as it is here without the political narrative?

    This post will be gone in 3….2….1….

  3. “something other than the truth.” you mean like purposefully omitting Castro, pig socks, slave patrol remarks and no pocket passing ability in order to continue your agenda?

  4. He may be good enough to be a starter, but I can’t think of too many teams that have a worse starter than him, other than teams that have invested in a young guy they’re grooming. And he’s the kind of guy who needs the offense tailored to his skills and who wants to have a backup quarterback that can’t succeed in the system you’re currently running.

    Also, he hates police officers and loves Fidel Castro. So there’s that.

  5. A few scenarios for the fans:

    1 – He doesn’t get signed this year. All we hear about is Kap this and Kap that. He becomes a martyr and we never hear the end of it.

    2 – He gets signed, stands for the anthem and the players in the league that he resonates with feel he is abandoning his cause. Remember, his agent said he would stand if signed.

    3 – He kneels or protests in another way and goes back on his word that he would stand.

    I say someone should sign him and we can see how this plays out.

  6. “McCloughan is hardly a slappy. He had key roles in building…”

    But he is to you when it comes to pushing your narrative. Is CK good enough to be a starter? I don’t know, I’m not a former GM. Is CK being excluded from the club for being a half-wit last year? Maybe and if he is, you know what…TOO F’ING BAD!

    Please let this story die. Please?

  7. One time, I’d like you to mention other possible factors. At this point, I feel like you can’t. You are physically unable because your programming is preventing you.

    For instance, what salary is Kaep willing to accept as a backup? Take that number and compare to other backups and you’ll find that most of the teams have a pretty good football reason for not signing Kaep.

    For instance, my team has Kellen Clemens and Cardale Jones as their backups. I would say, right now at least, Kaep is clearly better than those two QBs. However, both have cap hits under $700k. Considering the Chargers are normally close to the cap, I could see how they wouldn’t want to bring Kaep in as a backup for say, $4 million.

    See that? No racism involved. No worrying-about-fans-reactions involved. Pure football business.

  8. “But, please, keep arguing that Kaepernick stinks. And, please, keep pointing to the fact that Kaepernick ranked 25th last year in the ridiculous, make-us-relevant QBR stat that ESPN concocted several years ago.”

    He stinks. Before the protests, he got benched for Blaine Gabbert for crying out loud.

  9. It’s not just the anthem. It’s the pig socks and the Castro shirt as well. He has done things that “regular Americans” think is offensive. He has the right to free speech, but he also has to be prepared to face the consequences of that free speech.

  10. NFL teams make business decisions every day. The NFL makes billions of dollars from television contracts. If having Kaepernick on any NFL team would cause ratings to decrease, then in turn revenue generated from television decreases. Which means less money for the owners. And less money for the owners means a smaller salary cap. A smaller salary cap means less money for the players.

    Robert Griffin is the same type of QB as Kaepernick yet remains without an NFL contract. Nobody’s pounding the table for Griffin. I guess because questioning why Griffin doesn’t have a job wouldn’t create as much traffic as questioning why Kaepernick doesn’t have a job.

    And where is Kaepernick? Does he even want to play football? His silence says he doesn’t.

  11. Who cares why he is unemployed? If he offends enough TV watchers and they start finding out things to do on Sundays other than watch football, these billion dollar businesses will pay attention and do whatever it takes to get their viewers back. If these multi-millionaires think I care about anything they care about, they are mistaken. It’s the same way for me with people from Hollywood, when they start with their whining about something, I stop watching them.

  12. Looks like Kaepernick’s self appointed cheer leader Mike Florio is back at it again. He finally found somebody to feed his confirmation bias: an ex-GM with the reputation as a drunk who’s been fired half a dozen times. Hilarious. Mr. Florio, with this kind of self righteous cheer leading for a below average player hated by the fans its becoming more and more difficult to take anything you say seriously. Your job is to cover the news. Not to be an activist or try and manipulate public opinion which you are trying (and badly failing) to do. Kaepernick’s limited ability is not worth the side show he brings. There is nothing nefarious or evil about that. I think what really upsets you is that you and the rest of the leftist media don’t have the poster child for your political views on an NFL roster to further the cause. And btw, it wasn’t just the anthem protest it was the pig socks and praise for a communist dictator Did you intentionally leave that out of our article Mike, or did it just slip you’re mind? You’re a joke and you have the journalistic skills of a 12 year old.

  13. Do you ever consider that Kaepernick is an a-hole and teams have concluded that his baggage outweighs his talent. Look what happened to the Ravens. Oh, that’s right you ignored Kaep’s girlfriend calling the owner a racist for not signing him because it did not fit your narrative. Of course, this comment will get deleted.

  14. Ok, lets say Kaep is better than 20 other starting QB’s currently on a team. I’m still missing the problem with Kaep not having a job because of his political displays while being on his employer’s clock. If I go to work and do my job my employer keeps me around. If I go to work and do my job while spouting off my politics, being distractive, and wearing clothing (see pig socks) others might find insensitive and offensive then my employer has a right to let me go.

    Kaep was paid for his contract. He was let go for his distractions. Others do not want to hire him because of those same issues. What is it some media members don’t get about that? Have you never had a real job before?

  15. “For instance, what salary is Kaep willing to accept as a backup?”

    Gee, I do not believe Florio has aver addressed that question in one of his daily rants.

  16. Only a dummy would believe a false narrative pushed by Obama, Libs & the lying media that all cops are racist. “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” #Cambridge PD acted stupidly” & “If I had a son” ALL false narratives used to divide us.

  17. Kaepernick’ s play declined as the WRs, Offensive Line, RBs, TEs, and Coaching staff around him declined. Which he had his agent structure his contract to allow the 49ers to sign and re-sign players to prevent that from happening- which they didn’t.

    Kap was the QB so he was the lightning rod for what became the Jed York clown show when Harbaugh left.

  18. “something other than the truth.” you mean like purposefully omitting Castro, pig socks, slave patrol remarks and no pocket passing ability in order to continue your agenda?”

    If any team signs him, they have to realize they will get called racists if they ever bench him. The girlfriend proved that with the Ravens. Not worth the hassle.

  19. Not only did he get benched for Blaine Gabbert, but there have been others who have protested the same way (without the Castro shirt and pig socks) and not only are they still on an NFL roster, many of them got new contracts. Fact is that if Kaep was good enough for a team to bring on the headache of the media circus, he’d be on a team right now, but he’s not. By the way, when did winning get thrown out of the equation? I though all that mattered in judging a QB are wins and he’s had 3 in the past 2 seasons and is below .500 for his career. So now we are just going off of stats? Changing up those requirements to fit your narrative I see.

    Also, I’m willing to bet a years worth of my salary that if Michael Bennett, who just sat during the anthem were to be cut for some strange reason, 31 other teams would be blowing up his agents phone as soon as the news broke….because he is a great player and worth the circus.

  20. Seriously Mike, it’s not just his dumb anthem “protest”. Wears socks depicting cops as pigs. The Castro shirt. The fact that he is a scheme QB, and nobody builds their offense around their back-up QB. Potentially the money he’d be offered vs the money he’d accept to be a back-up. The fact that the season is less than a month away and it’s obvious Kap isn’t the brightest bulb, he may not pick up the offense.

    Open your eyes.

  21. “Which means that, for multiple months in 2017 someone was trying to push to the public something other than the truth.”

    And you are honestly no better when you continue to ignore the complete truth. It wasn’t about Kaepernick being a protester as far as the owners were concerned it was fear of fan backlash. The source of the thinking fan’s antipathy isn’t because Kaepernick protested but because he is an ignorant dilettante who did his cause more harm than good. How do you just keep ignoring the pig socks, hate tweets, Castro bs and not voting in your pontificating?
    I have no issue with Stills, Miller, McCourty or any of the protesters that are informed, walk the walk and act with solutions in mind.

  22. Only a dummy would believe a false narrative pushed by Obama, Libs & the lying media that all cops are racist.
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    So sick of the right blaming everything on the left. Get a new scapegoat morons. CK is his own kind of db, nothing to do with Obama and the libs.

  23. Kaepernick stinks… If Scot McCloughan was a GOOD GM, he would still have a job. Wake me when you find a competent GM that has the same opinion. I’m so bored with the SJW bs. It is because of the constant barrage of bs like today’s stories that Kaep will never get a shot in the NFL again. We are so tired of hearing about it. Life is not fair – deal with it.

  24. Looks like it’s time to find a new site. Between the comment deleting and the constant soapboxing for a cop hating, no talent third string caliber qb it’s time to move on.

  25. “So sick of the right blaming everything on the left. Get a new scapegoat morons. CK is his own kind of db, nothing to do with Obama and the libs.”

    As a conservative, I agree with your post. Well said.

  26. We get it Florio, your families time in the U.S. has been short. Therefore your love of the flag and our National Anthem means little to nothing to you. When your descendants have given their blood and lives for this country that may change. That man had the right to protest, and others have the right to make him pay for it by not wanting to associate their businesses with him. It gives me great satisfaction to see you get all bent up about it.

  27. I agree he is good enough to be a starter, but he is too controversial to represent an NFL franchise. Again check FBI table 43, when you factor in violent crimes black are not disproportionately shot by police. Kap is an ignorant sucker for buying into the BLM nonsense.

  28. This terrible article is a microcosm of the huge disconnect between the elitist left wing media and not just the NFL fanbase, but the American public in general. Its also a microcosm for the activist journalism that has engulfed the mainstream media who now thinks it is there job to shape public opinion and further political causes instead of simply reporting the news in a fair and balance manner. I hate to break the news to you Florio, but its not working and as you can see from these comment sections, your biased opinion is not reflected in any of these forums. You have zero journalistic integrity and your abandonment of the very principals of your profession is shameful. Stop pushing your political narrative and report the news!

  29. -the NFL has marketed, promoted and generally been in bed with the military for YEARS. The NFL has jumped on the patriotism bandwagon, especially since 9/11. not that this is a bad thing. As a result of this and real love of flag and country, there are a lot of NFL fans who will step away from the game if they are insulted by a slight to flag and country. This means they will stop spending money on the NFL. The NFL cannot have this. and what the heck is wrong with this anyway? it’s a business decision. Freedom of speech does not protect you in getting and maintaining a job. Others can protest and get away with it because Kaep is the poster child for this. The other players that protest should compensate Kaep for being the guy who’s taking the lead, thus, taking all the backlash.

  30. “an anthem protest that others continue to do in 2017”

    These others are all good at football. Its really that simple.

  31. Amazing how quickly (under an hour) this story is already off the front page of all the stories when clunkers like the Zeke story has been sitting there for nearly 5 hours.

    Maybe Mr. F. is opening the door to the possibility he’s hitched his wagon to the wrong star on this whole situation and he is seeing the errors in his ways…maybe.

  32. I mean I’d take him over Jay Cutler.
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    Signing Cutler over Kaep had way more to do with Cutler and Gase as well as Kaep’s last visit to Miami and his choice of clothing. Unfortunately, the media won’t bring that up for some reason, they still put Miami as one of the teams who passed on Kaep because of his protests when that couldn’t be further from the case. The media seems to have more interests in black lives than Cuban lives.

  33. At 29, he is no one’s QB of the future. He needs a team that is a QB away from being a contender, or he’s a stepping stone to some younger guy on the roster. And no, you don’t accept distractions from backups, stepping stones or camp bodies. If he’s not a starter who is going to potentially put your team in the playoffs, why would you mess with him? Honestly, he should be starting in Denver. Otherwise, I’m not sure I see a fit in the NFL (including Baltimore, where Flacco is not done for the season).

  34. There is not a single person who picked CK for their fantasy team last year over Cam Newton, Eli Manning, or Ryan Tannehill. Not even with injuries, and not even when he was starting.

    The publicity/distraction just isn’t worth it. He MIGHT be better than some starters and IS likely better than some backups, but if he is a distraction to your organization, expensive, or doesn’t fit your QB game plan… he isn’t worth the time. HE put himself in this position with the pig socks, castro shirt, and some comments. This has little to do with kneeling for the anthem.

  35. Stop it please! The guy is obviously as good or better than half the quarterbacks that have jobs. People are pissed off because of his political stance. But until you have been a black man pulled over by the police in a routine stop you will never get it.

  36. “an anthem protest that others continue to do in 2017”

    These others are actually good at football. Thats why they have jobs in football. Its really that simple.

  37. The comments here tell the story about how the country views Kaepernick. The thumbs up and down confirm it. The essential core truth is that there are several sides to this story and none of them favor Kaepernick. The fans by more than 20 to 1 hate him. The owners don’t want to go near someone who is hated by the fans. His skills are problematic juxtaposed with what he wants, moneywise, to play. His protesting was one thing until the pig socks came into play. He really overstepped the line. You put all of these together and he’s not going to be playing for anyone ever. News blips will keep coming out about him for awhile but then they will fade and he’ll be like Bishop Pike, gone and forgotten. We do know who’s pulling the strings on the left though and more of the world is waking up every day. Thank you Mr. Apocalypse.

  38. Funny thing is … the media is fueling this Kap narrative … and the media is the actual ones that are preventing Kap from getting a job. He’s been pretty quiet since he stated he wanted to play and he would stand for the anthem … but the media keeps making this a big deal … the media is actually the reason no team wants the Kap-distraction.

  39. Funny thing is … the media is fueling this Kap narrative … and the media is the actual ones that are preventing Kap from getting a job. He’s been pretty quiet since he stated he wanted to play and he would stand for the anthem … but the media keeps making this a big deal … the media is actually the reason no team wants the Kap-distraction.
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    Exactly.

    And while I do not claim to be a part of any political party, I hate politics, I do find it amusing that the lefties will mock and make fun of the righties for the righties trying to blame the lefties for idiotic decisions that the current righty leader has made, yet the lefty media is quick to blame the righties for Kaep not getting a chance when they are the ones causing the biggest uproar and pushing owners further and further away from wanting to sign him to begin with because of the circus they are creating.

  40. The guy who got him benched last year is a third stringer….while I think he had every right to do what he did I really don’t think he is worth more that veterans minimum as a backup. And I fully understand teams don’t like the distractions for someone who is not worth it.

  41. Remember when Michael Sam was the best pass rusher on the planet but was “blackballed from the league because he is gay”? Yeah, this reminds of that. No team is going to pass on kaepernick if he can add to the win column.

    Personally, I hope someone signs him. Anyone. Please. I’m begging you. So that I don’t have to hear about him again this season

  42. Yes Kaep is a starter. Mara and Biscotti admitted they were protecting the brand because of him leading the protests. No he isn’t horrible. By the numbers in 59 games while he did have some “(6)high profile bad games he had 23 great games and 20 very good ones.

  43. Its so interesting to me that in this whole debate about Kaepernick, the same people who claim he should be given a job and allowed to express his views are the same ones who would cry to the hill if someone came in their workplace and espoused words or actions they found offensive.

    Just sayin…..

  44. League blackballed Ray Rice because he was a bad person. The narrative continued that he was coming off a bad season and wasn’t worth the hassle or PR nightmare.

    Seems the same is happening here.

    Only instead of being a bad person by beating a woman, Kaepernick is a bad person for espousing hate against police officers and his love for Fidel Castro.

    Let’s be honest here. The Kaperick juice ain’t worth the squeeze. No team that could actually use him is willing to put up with the hassle to win 2 more games and miss out on draft position.

  45. Kaepernick may indeed by good enough to be a starter on a desperate team in transition. It wasn’t going to be one in SoFL after he wore the picture of a brutal oppressor to an anti-oppression rally and then had a chance to walk it back during a conference but instead chose to ignore the hundreds of thousands who suffered at Castro’s hands including death. So Miami was out. Basically the NFL is utilitarian and will take the best player available unless it’s something really bad. Both the league’s and individual teams’ investigative units are paid a lot to get the dirt and I have to believe there’s more to this “boycott” than taking a knee… and that it might involve affiliations of his girlfriend. Bottom Line: there might be some toxic info we’re not aware of that’s keeping Kaepernick off a roster.

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