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Anonymous NFL execs say they’re not blackballing Colin Kaepernick. They’re just racist.

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http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2017/08/kaepernick_isn_t_getting_blackballed_nfl_execs_say_they_re_just_racist.html

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With a week to go before the start of the NFL regular season, Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. In an “investigation” for Sports Illustrated’s MMQB—one that begins, helpfully, with the Merriam-Webster definition of blackball­—Albert Breer explains that Kaepernick’s “situation is more complicated than many want to concede.” Breer quotes three NFL executives and one coach, all of whom were “granted anonymity in pursuit of honesty.” None of the four said his anthem protests played a role in their decision not to offer him a contract. All four said that Kaepernick simply isn’t a good on-field fit.

Although Breer doesn’t seem to understand what these answers show in aggregate, you don’t have to be a scholar of critical race theory to understand what’s going on here.

 

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In three separate conversations, three different executives made the same comparison between Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III. On one level, it’s strange that they all said the exact same thing. On another level, it’s not strange at all.

Why isn’t it a scandal that Griffin remains unsigned? Because every advanced statin existence shows he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL last year. Also, the injury-plagued Griffin got hurt and missed 11 games after he’d been plugged in as the Cleveland Browns’ starter. It’s not Griffin’s fault that he injured his shoulder. Even so, he’s been bedeviled by injuries throughout his career and has only played five games in the past two seasons. I would not be super excited to sign Robert Griffin III circa September 2017.

 

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If you think race isn’t relevant here, take a listen to Breer’s anonymous coach:

"[Kaepernick is] not a pocket passer. So if you bring him in as a backup, and you’re not Seattle or Carolina, and you don’t have those things built in, it’s like you’re running a different offense with your 1s and your 2s. Mike Shanahan had a great theory on this—he wanted to draft Russell Wilson (in 2012), because if something happened to Robert (Griffin), the transition would be clean and easy. So Kaepernick almost has to be in a place where they’ll build a system for him, and teams don’t do that for backups."

Seattle and Carolina are quarterbacked by Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, both of whom are black. So Kaepernick is not being blackballed. It’s just that the only place for him in the NFL is as a backup quarterback on a team with a black starter.

As I wrote a few weeks ago, the idea that Kaepernick isn’t a natural fit for the NFL is based on the outmoded belief that black quarterbacks are necessarily “mobile quarterbacks” and that they need specially engineered offenses to showcase what they do best. But as SB Nation’s Stephen White has shown, “the overwhelming majority of passes that [Kaepernick] threw last year came from the pocket.” In addition, Kaepernick performed better from inside the pocket than he did while throwing the ball on the run.

 

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Near the bottom of his Kaepernick item, Breer quotes an unnamed AFC executive who says that “at the end of the day, we’re part of the ultimate meritocracy. So if someone feels like this guy can help win games, he’ll be in the league.” Ah, yes, the ultimate meritocracy, a league in which 70 percent of the players are black and the overwhelming majority of quarterbacks are white.

Thanks to Breer’s story, it’s now clear that some proportion of NFL decision-makers think Kaepernick and the league’s other prominent unsigned black quarterback are exactly the same. There’s only one word that describes that line of thinking, and it’s not meritocracy.

 

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In an unrelated story, 100% of the 'news' coming out of slate has been proven to be SJW partisan bullshit.

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that stance seems to totally dismiss a QBs playing style and claiming acknowledging it is racist.  The Golden Calf of Bristol was a poo passing read option QB that was white.  He found himself out of the league quick because few teams had use for a gimmick backup QB with drama too.  Unless read option is built into your base O.....teams flat out don't have a use for a vet who is primarily a backup read option QB.  Backup gets inserted and they need a new scheme.  Also, CK isn't in the grooming window so teams don't want to invent a read option scheme for a band-aid QB.   Would rather have a poo QB who fits what they want to build and them yank the poo QB when a guy that can run the scheme is ready. 

Kapernick's QB coach who he had the most success with says he is out of the league because he can't play......and the NFL can simply adjust to the read option if that is the bulk of what a QB brings after awhile.  

Carolina and Seattle don't want him because of what the protesting brings.  Those are the only 2 teams where CK legitimately makes sense based on scheme and his talent.   They don't want him because he brings drama that would overshadow much of what there team is doing.  Also worth noting, has CK even acknowledged what he is willing to be?  Will he take backup QB money to come in and literally hold the clipboard with no chance at competing?  Because that is what the 2 teams that he makes sense being a part of would want. 

You could argue Kansas City too.  But CK has as history with Alex Smith and you could argue the QB room matters. 

People can't have an honest discussion about the protesting overall and impact......but lost in that is people no longer can have an honest discussion about CK as a player in the NFL. 

 

 

 

and for the record, I think Carolina should want Kaepernick.  He would be an ideal backup to Cam.  Cam goes down for part of a game or misses a game and we could run a heavy read option scheme with short passes (and we now have CMC as a huge bonus for that) and play defense.  I think THAT would have odds more better success than present day Anderson.   If Cam misses extended time we would be fugged either way though. 

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19 minutes ago, CRA said:

that stance seems to totally dismiss a QBs playing style and claiming acknowledging it is racist.  The Golden Calf of Bristol was a poo passing read option QB that was white.  He found himself out of the league quick because few teams had use for a gimmick backup QB with drama too.  Unless read option is built into your base O.....teams flat out don't have a use for a vet who is primarily a backup read option QB.  Backup gets inserted and they need a new scheme.  Also, CK isn't in the grooming window so teams don't want to invent a read option scheme for a band-aid QB.   Would rather have a poo QB who fits what they want to build and them yank the poo QB when a guy that can run the scheme is ready. 

do you know how i know you didn't read the article?

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but lost in that is people no longer can have an honest discussion about CK as a player in the NFL. 

lol that's rich

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1 minute ago, GOOGLE JIM BOB COOTER said:

do you know how i know you didn't read the article?

I read the 4 paragraphs hand picked and posted in the OP.    I'll be happy to go read the entire article...figured there probably wasn't too much left in it since you posted so much from it. 

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3 minutes ago, CRA said:

I read the 4 paragraphs hand picked and posted in the OP.    I'll be happy to go read the entire article...figured there probably wasn't too much left in it since you posted so much from it. 

find an adult to read it to you

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Just now, GOOGLE JIM BOB COOTER said:

find an adult to read it to you

Given it was a Slate article I managed to get through it.  

Okay, I read it.  Didn't think it was a good article.  

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15 minutes ago, GOOGLE JIM BOB COOTER said:

 

lol that's rich

it is proven everyday that people can't have an honest discussion about CK the player right now.   Not just fans but media, NFL, fans.....everyone. 

topic impacts the CK the player discussion too much.  Emotional topics tend to do that. 

Pick a team that should sign CK not named Carolina or Seattle then and why.  What would they bring him in to be.  The pros and cons of it (not talking about protesting as a con and attention, just football related)

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Just now, CRA said:

Given it was a Slate article I managed to get through it.  

Okay, I read it.  Didn't think it was a good article.  

you are indistinguishable from the "anonymous executives" mentioned in the article. any quarterback with any semblance of athleticism runs read option in the nfl or otherwise uses his legs to take advantage of the defense when the opportunity presents itself and any coach in 2017 who can't make use of the concept without "making it your base offense" doesn't belong in the league.

tbh a lot of the criticisms of kaepernick seem to better fit a different, currently starting quarterback. but alex smith is white so he manages to avoid the "one read, read option" label.

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