Will recent Colin Kaepernick comments make a difference?


Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently sat down for a very rare interview with the I Am Athlete podcast. He said some things that perhaps opened some eyes. Maybe even changed some minds.

Will any of it make a difference?

For now, there’s no reason to think it will. In the 48 hours or so since the episode that featured Kaepernick talking with Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, and Pacman Jones debuted, there has been zero buzz about anyone potentially giving Kaepernick a tryout or a roster spot. Really, nothing has happened in the last five years to get the owners (not the coaches or the General Managers, but the owners) to view Kaepernick any differently.

If anything, his comments from Monday give the rich and powerful powers-that-be more ammunition to justify the ongoing shunning of Kaepernick. Consider this comment: “I know I have to find my way back in. So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup, that fine. But that’s not where I’m staying. And when I prove that I’m a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such.”

Anyone looking for another reason to not consider Kaepernick will seize on that remark as a red flag, a warning sign. They’ll be concerned that, if they give Kaepernick a shot, he’ll decide before they do that he has proven he’s a starter. And then they’ll have to worry about Kaepernick or his supporters agitating publicly or privately for a promotion.

It’s one of the reasons why teams weren’t interested in Tim Tebow as a backup quarterback, frankly. The Tebowmaniacs would have constantly jostled for Tebow to play, and Tebow would have quite possibly opted to aw-shucks his way through it, instead of making a clear and loud declaration that he’s the backup, and that the starter is the starter. In Kaepernick’s case, he’s calling his shot before he even gets one.

I’m not saying that’s a fair reaction to what he said. But what has been fair about any of the narratives that have been articulated to justify ignoring him over the past five years? Remember “he’s a vegan”? Yeah, that was one of them.

Still, the point is moot. No team is going to get tripped up over whether he expects to become the starter unless it’s otherwise considering him for employment. Nothing has happened to create the sense that anyone is considering him for employment. In the time since the interview landed, not a thing has changed. It will be a stunner if anything does.

13 responses to “Will recent Colin Kaepernick comments make a difference?

  1. I’ve never seen so much hoopla around a guy who’s been out of the league for 6 years…time to let it go

  2. In related news, Jeff George is also interested in continuing his career and would be willing to start as a backup.

  3. Yes please someone give him his shot so we can prove once and for all he’s not good and this crap every offseason can finally stop.

  4. Seattle or Carolina should sign him and give him the opportunity. If it does not work, he can be cut before the season starts. There are plenty of backup Quarterbacks below his talent level. The owners miss the positive PR of signing him.

  5. What would make people happy? That Kaepernick says; I would be happy being a backup QB and have no aspirations to be a starter? That’s ridiculous! If Kaepernick knew the NFL was going to screw him he never would have left the 49ers. Maybe they let him go after the next season, who knows. Jim Harbaugh took a losing franchise and made them winners, even a trip to the Superbowl, then management took that team and turned them into losers. Why does every ( I blame Kaepernick for everything) stand in judgement of him? Look at Deshaun Watson and his legal troubles and tell me why Kaepernick who took a knee for social injustice doesn’t get a chance.

  6. Record as NFL starting QB in final season before being blackballed:
    Tebow 8-5(w/playoff win)
    Kaepernick 1-10

  7. Why didn’t Kaepernick play in Canada? Montreal wanted him.

    It offered him a place to play pro ball and showcase what he had to offer.

  8. I have seen at least 9 QBs not currently in the NFL who actually want to play. They are in the USFL proving it every week.

  9. The man threw away any potential career he could have had in the NFL by alienating his employers and a significant part of his employers’ customer base. Sounds pretty stupid to me.

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