Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Kap capped

With a season-ending injury to starting quarterback Alex Smith, the Washington Redskins football club signed Mark Sanchez to backup now starting QB Colt McCoy. Sanchez, age 32, has not played in more than two years and put together (to be charitable) pedestrian numbers when he was a full time starter with the New York Jets (2009-2012).

When a free agent QB signing has occurred over the past two seasons due to injuries/ineffectiveness of an NFL team's current signal caller, the knee-jerk reaction by many sports scribes and SJWs is to perpetuate the outrage over Colin Kaepernick's unemployment. And while I am typically ambivalent over Kaepernick remaining unsigned, I must admit that the Sanchez move is a head-scratcher. Not only has Kap seen action in an NFL game more recently than Sanchez, he is also a year younger. In addition, Kaepernick has flat out said that he is willing to accept a backup role. Naturally, we can all ascertain as to why he's still out of a job.

Natalie Weiner at SB Nation provided multiple quotes from NFL owners, GMs and coaches citing how they believe Kaepernick should be playing and indeed still has something to offer on the field. However, such sentiments ring hollow given he hasn't even been granted a workout since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 season.

Let me emphasize that I absolutely do not believe teams should be compelled to sign Kaepernick. But the fact he isn't even getting a look would seem to indicate that Kap's playing ability (which, again, many with influence over personnel decisions are lauding) remains a distant second to the uneasiness surrounding his activism.


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