Why is it that supporters of Colin Kaepernick have gotten so desperate, that they now celebrate at the mere mention of a team that is "considering" signing him? It's probably because people that believe in what is fair, true and right tend to be optimistic.
And given his accomplishments and obvious talent, it only seems plausible that he'll be in an NFL training camp competing for at least a backup spot in a league that is starved for competent quarterback play.
But as we've seen over the past few months in this continuing Twilight Zone episode, better known as "Colin Can't Get a Job", things tend to get more bizarre by the day.
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At this point, his supporters are as shook as Chris Washington in Get Out, with his detractors playing the role of Georgina, saying, "No no no no no no no no no no no no, aren't you something?" when the specter of him being blackballed pops up.
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Over the past few days, folks were all giddy over the latest lip service being paid to the former 49ers QB by NFL decision makers. Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said, "In terms of a player like Colin, I would have no hesitation bringing him into the organization."
And some of you fools immediately rushed over to the NFL online store to pre-order that Kaepernick Chiefs jersey.
Yesterday, the biggest news in Baltimore was Ravens coach John Harbaugh saying, without being prompted, that Kaep was on their radar given his team's glaring need at the quarterback position with Joe Flacco dealing with a back issue that could sideline him for over a month.
"I've known Colin through my brother for many years," said Harbaugh. "And we talked and then got to know him very well when he scrimmaged here. He and I have been talking throughout the summer a number of times. We had some great conversations on the phone and it's really been a pleasure to talk to him and get to know him. I like history and politics too, and we've had some debates, and it's been fun. And he's a great guy. He's a guy right now that's being talked about. We'll just see what happens with that. Only speculation right now. He's a really good football player and like I said, I do believe he'll be playing in the National Football League this year."
And the celebration erupted in Charm City. Colin's supporters that are Ravens fans were on Facebook as if they'd won another Super Bowl, popping Natty Boh tall boys and raising their brews to offer lofty toasts.
To football observers, this made sense right? With Ryan Mallett as the team's de facto starter with Flacco on the shelf, bringing in Kaepernick was a no-brainer from a football perspective.
News coming out of their palatial training facility in Owings Mills, Maryland yesterday pointed to the fact that assistant coaches were handling some QB duties during practice drills due to them being short-handed.
With only 2 healthy WBs, Ravens were using assistant coach Matt Weiss at QB for running drills. They need to add another QB
Aside from Mallett, Dustin Vaughan was the only other quarterback on the roster as of yesterday morning. You remember him, don't you? I'm still bangin' his cut from a few years back and singing, "Every word in this song's gonna be about you!"
Oh, damn. That's Raheem DeVaughn. My bad.
Well, of course you know how Dustin Vaughan gets down right? The guy from West Texas A&M who went undrafted in 2014 and has yet to appear in an NFL game after being signed and eventually waived by the Cowboys, Bills, Steelers and Eagles?
So bringing in Kaepernick under these circumstances seemed like the logical thing to do. Harbaugh and Seattle's open-minded Pete Carroll are among the few active NFL coaches who were willing to discuss the quarterback's football skills and politics in a public conversation.
And Greg Roman, the team's offensive coordinator, worked with Kaep - who had 2,241 passing yards, 16 passing touchdowns, 468 yards rushing and a pair of scores on the ground last year - previously in San Francisco.
Carroll passed on Kaep, saying that he was an NFL starter. But you mean to tell me that an NFL team serious about winning wouldn't want to have someone who once led a team to the Super Bowl, a player with the skills to start on a moment's notice, as an insurance policy occupying the #2 spot on the depth chart?
As Conor Orr of nfl.com wrote yesterday in looking at the potential Kaepernick signing,"Outside of a capable backup, Kaepernick also could be a tremendous practice asset coveted by many defensive-minded head coaches for his ability to provide different looks to the starting defense throughout the week."
This potential move made more common sense than Thomas Paine!!! So what did the Ravens wind up doing? They made moves like Major Payne instead.
Ain't you gon' dance?
Early this morning, Baltimore addressed their gaping deficiency by signing David Olson, formerly of the Kansas City Phantoms of the Indoor Football league. THE INDOOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE!!!
It's obvious, with this move, that the Ravens have absolutely no interest in upgrading their quarterback situation. Nor are they, and never were, seriously interested in bringing in Kaepernick.
To mention that he was being considered, and then turn around to sign Olson is just another slap in the face to people holding out hope that some NFL squad would do the right thing.
It ain't happening.
Olson spent four seasons at Stanford as a backup, then transferred as a graduate student to Clemson. He never threw a single pass for the Cardinal and completed one of the three passes he attempted for the Tigers.
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His career passing yards total in college? Minus-one yard. To say that he's a significantly worse QB than Kaep is like saying that water is wet, that Trump's a childish buffoon, that Mary J. Blige is the Queen of Hip Hop Soul.
As SB Nation wrote:
"Just four years ago, Kaepernick was a starter in the Super Bowl, and in his most recent season in the NFL he finished with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.
But signing Kaepernick would’ve immediately meant a quarterback competition in training camp. He would’ve been pitted against Mallett, and if he won the job, the pressure would be on Flacco to step up his game.
Flacco is due to count $24.55 million against the salary cap in 2017 but finished last season with 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. His 83.5 passer rating was 24th among starting quarterbacks, one spot behind Trevor Siemian.
In October, he finished a 24-16 loss to the Jets with no touchdowns, two interceptions, and 56.8 percent of his passes completed. Now imagine Flacco having a game like that in 2017 with Kaepernick standing on the sideline.
Harbaugh would have decisions to make, and he’d have to explain those decisions to the media."
Oh and ICYMI, the Ravens signed a dude who quit football to be a realtor and played in 2 games in college over a Super Bowl QB https://t.co/t8nwfddeqV
God forbid someone in the NFL would have a decision to make about doing something that makes their team better, that gives them a greater chance of winning, that brings in a proven player with a legit resume.
John Locke, the late 17th century English philosopher, political theorist and physician, widely regarded as one of the most enlightened thinkers of his day, once said, "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."
A popular saying is that after all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done. And then of course there's the popular axiom that says that actions speak louder than words.
NFL teams want to talk the talk about considering Colin Kaepernick, but not a single one has yet proven that they're willing to walk the walk. The sad thing is that had he beaten up a woman, got into a bar fight, smoked crack or shot someone instead of taking a knee, he'd be in training camp right now competing for a starting job.
The next time you hear an NFL coach say he's considering signing him, don't believe the hype. Because every man is the son of his actions. And the NFL is obviously the son of a real, certified asshole.