Connection to Colin Kaepernick wasn’t a factor in Vikings passing on Jim Harbaugh

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It became even more obvious over the weekend that Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh continues to have a high degree of loyalty and affection for former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, given that Harbaugh carved out an opportunity during the Wolverines spring game to give Kaepernick a chance to conduct an in-person throwing session for NFL scouts. Harbaugh’s gesture has sparked questions regarding whether the Vikings’ decision not to hire Harbaugh was influenced in any way by the possibility that Harbaugh would have tried to bring Kaepernick to Minnesota.

The question of whether Harbaugh would give Kaepernick a job isn’t a new one. We’ve raised it before. It also was a point made when Tim Tebow got his fantasy-camp opportunity a year ago in Jacksonville. Urban Meyer was the only coach in America that would have given Tebow a shot, and Harbaugh may be the only coach in America who would give Kaepernick one.

That said, Harbaugh didn’t propose Kaepernick as a quarterback on the roster when meeting with the Vikings. At most, Kaepernick’s name emerged as a potential option for quarterbacks coach, if/when he decided to abandon his desire to play.

More importantly for present purposes, the Kaepernick angle did not cause the Vikings to go in a different direction. Putting it another way, Harbaugh isn’t the coach of the Vikings for reasons completely unrelated to his views on Kaepernick.

So there’s the answer, for anyone who was wondering. The league’s general aversion to Kaepernick did not cause the Vikings to become averse to the idea of hiring Jim Harbaugh.

10 responses to “Connection to Colin Kaepernick wasn’t a factor in Vikings passing on Jim Harbaugh

  1. Of course not. Harbaugh can have some input, but he wasn’t going to be the GM. Besides, Kap’s style of play would not have complimented Cousins. Kap could go to a team where the starter is more mobile. Not that any team is going to give him that chance either. If Kap would sign for $3 mil, I would absolutely have his a backup on a team with another mobile QB as the starter. The NFL can’t find 32 good starters, let alone 64 good QB’s. At least half the NFL back-ups are pure garbage.

  2. I dont think anyone thought that was an issue…. Besides giving someone a forum to demonstrate their ability is a lot different than hiring that person. Hiring shows a lot more commitment.

  3. Not much doubt he’d be on the roster by now, whether Jim brought it up then, or not.

  4. Since for some, the NFL universe revolves around Colin Kaepernick, how could it not have been a factor?

  5. highdimension2015 says:
    April 4, 2022 at 3:06 pm
    Not much doubt he’d be on the roster by now, whether Jim brought it up then, or not.
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    GM’s sign players. Coaches coach players. Thus endeth todays football lesson.

  6. Yes, coaches NEVER have a say in personnel decisions . . . oh wait . . .

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