NFL : Did Colin Kaepernick Cook His Own Goose?

NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick will once again stand for the playing of the National Anthem. That is what ESPN reported on 03/03/17. However, the excuse given for Kaepernick’s change of behavior is something out of a political playbook.

“Kaepernick no longer wants his method of protest to detract from the positive change he believes has been created, sources told ESPN.”

Yeah, right. We are supposed to believe that Kaepernick’s current status as an unemployed free agent has nothing to do with him ending his protest.

Did Kaepernick cook his own goose last season by refusing to stand for the National Anthem?

Sports writer Mike Florio believes that it is possible. He writes the following.

“This year, Kaepernick will be available as a free agent. A signing with the Browns won’t happen. . . It’s unclear why the Browns won’t be in the Kaepernick business. Ultimately, one of the factors could be business related, given the polarizing nature of his National Anthem protests of a year ago. Kaepernick’s political stance could be a factor for multiple teams, given that each franchise ultimately must attract customers to buy tickets and/or to watch games on television. In a swing state that recently went red, signing Kaepernick could alienate half of the fan base, or more.”

Sports writer David Steele believes that Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams. After defending Kaepernick’s playing ability, Steele writes, “Of course this isn’t about football. It’s about maintaining the status quo, or what NFL teams believe that to be. It’s about not ruffling feathers, or at least the feathers NFL teams care about ruffling.”

Sports writer Andy Benoit believes the opposite. He writes, “There has been a deluge of veteran quarterback moves since free agency opened on March 9. Several teams still have dire needs at the position. And yet we’ve barely heard a peep about free agent Colin Kaepernick. There’s one conspicuous reason why, and it has nothing to do with him not standing for the national anthem last year. It has everything to do with him not standing firm in the pocket.”

I know nothing about Kaepernick’s playing ability. What I do know is that professional athletes are professional athletes because sports fans are willing to buy tickets in order to watch professional athletes in action. The owners of NFL teams know that, too, which is why they are reluctant to hire a player who might drive away fans.

If NFL teams don’t want Kaepernick, then the problem is his, not theirs. Nobody in the NFL owes Kaepernick a job.

Perhaps Kaepernick’s goose isn’t completely cooked. He could always try out for a team in the Canadian Football League. After all, that league doesn’t play the USA’s national anthem at the beginning of games.

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  • stan25

    After last season’s disaster, the team owners are taking a good look at their bottom lines. They can’t afford Kaepernick and what he represented. Now if the owners got together and forced Roger Goodell to resign, the league would be a lot better. In other words, the free market forces won out in the Kaepernick debacle.

  • yetanotherjohn

    Gee, who could have seen this coming?

  • Brett Buck

    I have been a 49ers fan for 30+ years. Kaepernick’s problem is that he hasn’t gotten one iota better since his first game. Running was a great gimmick but he never learned or grew as an NFL quarterback, and hows absolutely no potential to be any better. He is, apparently, dumber than a sack of hammers. The National Anthem protests were just a symptom, he couldn’t perform the simplest defensive reads, and apparently *counting how many people were in the box* was beyond him. In practice, apparently, Harbaugh was in the huddle calling the plays – which explains why the 9’ers were getting endless delay-of-game penalties ; Kaep couldn’t call the plays EVEN WHEN THEY WERE SCREAMING THEM IN HIS EAR.

    Of course, being utterly incompetent (despite some obvious physical gifts) added to the controversy has made him radioactive. The protests themselves were like he read the cliff notes version of the Life of Malcolm X. The fact that the ratings for the entire league dropped partially because of it (proven by poll after poll, despite the NFL’s desperate attempts to come up with alternative explanations/excuses) and he is DONE. And good riddance.


      I have to agree with a lot of what you have stated. How does Tom Brady still remain elite with diminishing arm strength and no ability to outrun anyone?

      I watched a program some years ago that demonstrated how Brady and Belichick get together every Tuesday and dissect the upcoming team. This is why they run it fifty times one week and five the next. It always seems as if they have an extra man on the field and succeed with receivers that no one else even considered; free agents, late round choices and guys that are 5’7″.

      Ryan Clark of the Steelers mentioned they were the only team you could not prepare for and described facing them in a playoff game and they ran plays they had not run all year and in the most recent Super Bowl they ran formations and plays that had only been run 10 times all year.

      They were asked why no other team could accomplish this and they were at a loss for words, but added that the Patriots gave a much higher priority to the ability to quickly learn new plays and formations within a short period of time and make on-field adjustments. A lot of players simply do not want, or can, play for the Patriots.

      The league is littered with quarterbacks with a lot of athletic talent, but a lack of brains. Do Vince Young, JaMarcus Russell (yeah, drinking codeine everyday didn’t help), Andre Ware, Ryan Leaf or Akili Smith ring a bell?

      • Scalia

        Andre Ware. Another wasted draft pick by the Lions.

        • WHO’S THE BUSTER

          I will never forgive them for the Aaron Donald mistake. You knew Fairley was leaving and should have known that Suh had no interest in staying and you pass on Donald to pick Ebron? Donald will be in the Defensive Player of the Year discussion for years.

          Who picks tight ends in the first round? Losers.

          I do have to admit, however, that Quinn does seen to have a clue.

          • Scalia

            Yeah, I would take Donald over Ebron any day. They’d better hang onto Quinn.

      • Brett Buck

        I didn’t follow some of those guys antics, but Leaf and Russell, while never likely to be confused with brain surgeons, might have been OK, but they were too busy screwing around partying and not paying attention. Johnny Manziel, same thing.

        Kaep never seemed to be getting himself in trouble off-the-field all the time, he worked pretty hard, but was incapable of grasping it. Compare that to some of the greats – Montana, but even more so Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott, either of whom worked their asses off and could be head coaches in the NFL if they wanted to.

  • pennywit

    If Colin Kaepernick played at Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers level, or even at Eli Manning level, I suspect teams wouldn’t care whether he stands, sits, or riverdances during the National Anthem. But if somebody doesn’t perform on the field, his team is less willing to deal with the fallout from his political speech.

  • Retired military

    “Did Colin Kaepernick Cook His Own Goose?”
    Yes. The NFL Teams don’t need Prima Donna Drama queens aka Kaepernick.

  • jim_m

    Kaep is finding out that the people outside his gated community don’t agree with his anti-American, SJW act, nor do they agree with the communist politics of him and his girlfriend.

    The bad news would be that the fans come back this next year, which would show that people care what the league and the players stand for publicly. The worse news would be that they don’t come back at all and they have been put off by the anti-American crap and by the idiotic management of Roger Goodell, who apparently believes it’s OK to beat the crap out of your girlfriend but he will go to the mat if he thinks you might have done something which makes him look bad but doesn’t effect the outcome of a game.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    If the Browns don’t want him, he’s done: “The Browns have had six different players take snaps and throw passes at quarterback on the 2016 season. …In order, those players are Cody Kessler, Kevin Hogan, Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III, Terrelle Pryor, and ‘Clipboard Jesus’ Charlie Whitehurst.”

    • pennywit

      The Browns are a football team?

      • Walter_Cronanty

        Just watch the draft. We’re number ONE!

  • TheyTukRJobz

    Well, if you look at Canada’s past treatment of Native Canadians, perhaps Kaepernick would sit for “O Canada” as well. I’m afraid that there is no country where football is played professionally where there hasn’t been past mistreatment of minority populations or colonial populations.

  • Brucehenry