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Colin Kaepernick Deserves to be a Starting NFL Quarterback

Colin Kaepernick Deserves to be a Starting NFL Quarterback


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At this point Colin Kaepernick is screwed. He’s screwed because he cares about a cause outside what the NFL deems to be acceptable for their players to talk about. Because of his stance as a political activist, which isn’t something I think he’d even call himself, he is being blackballed from the NFL

But seeing the Seahawks, who have been thinking about signing Kaepernick for some time, pull out of a deal due to his decision to kneel for the anthem got me thinking about the teams that are proactively making a detrimental decision for their franchise by not having Colin be their starting QB.

And yes, I did say starting. Because I firmly believe that this man could be a backup QB in every franchise. Oh, you don’t believe me? Do you know the 2nd string for the Browns? It’s Drew Stanton. Do you know how bad Stanton is? Hint: it is very bad. 49.7% completion rate and 6 TD to 5 INT over 5 games started in 2017 bad. And how about the Jaguars? Cody Kessler. Gross.

So, what teams should Kapernick be starting for in 2018 that are too afraid to bring him onboard due to his politics?

The Cincinnati Bengals

Over the course of his career, Andy Dalton has had his highs and lows. But a lot more lows than highs. Comparing his 7 seasons to Kaepernick’s 6, Dalton has a QB rating of 88.7 and Kaep has a rating of 88.9. Not only that, but Dalton’s Interception Percentage  is 2.6 compared to Kaeprnick’s 1.8. Sure, Dalton has 167 TDs to Kaepernick’s 72 over that time period, but I’m going to attribute a lot of that to AJ Green.

Andy Dalton

The Buffalo Bills

I honestly don’t think I could sum up the QB issue any better then the official site does. Don’t believe me? See the image included on the page of their QB depth chart below, which is titled “Depth Chart Placeholder”. Do I think Kaepernick could do more for the franchise than a stock photo of a field with their logo on it? Yeah. I do.

Moving on!

The New Orleans Saints

No, I’m not crazy and I don’t think that Brees is worse than Kaeprnick. But what i do think is that Kaepernick would be the better long term plan for the Saints than Kaep. Brees is almost ten years older than Kaepernick and will not be in the league for much longer, whereas there is a lot more the Saints could get from Kaeprnick over the next decade. And yes, I know I said I wouldn’t talk about the backup quarterback situation, but the backup in New Orleans is Chase Daniels. They should fix that.

The Jacksonville Jaguars

Just kidding Blake Borltes is supposed to be a starting QB and wipes the floor with Kaepernick.

if you haven’t already, please do yourself a favor and watch The Good Place.

The New York Jets

Why the Jets? Just because they’re a dumpster fire at quarterback and everything they do is wrong. This is their depth chart. And it’s not great:

Jets QB NFL

And those are just 5 teams (ok, 4) that Kaepernick could start for. If you really dig into it, the number of teams he could start for easily jumps over ten. So here’s to you, NFL owners. Thanks for diluting your product because you get uncomfortable over the fact that one man, who deserves a chance to star in your league, takes a knee to express displeasure over the direction of our country.

Mark was raised outside of Boston, so his favorite socks are red and the only Giants he'll ever like are the little ones. He currently manages a sales team in Arlington, VA and spends most of his time outside of work creating impossibly complex 8 game parlays that blow up in his face. It's so much fun. He has been writing about sports since starting his own blog, Don't Think Just Throw in 2014 and is excited to be a part of The Turf.

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