There are a lot of bad Colin Kaepernick takes floating around the interwebs. Remember the NFL expert who claimed there were 15 backups better than the former 49ers star? Or Albert Breer demanding that Kaepernick come out and say he wants to play, which no other free agent has ever had to do in the history of the NFL?
Well, former NFL QB Boomer Esiason might have both of those guys beat. His overall take — that the Packers shouldn’t sign Colin Kaepernick to replace the injured Aaron Rodgers — isn’t nearly as egregious as the ones I mentioned above, but how he got there is ridiculously ignorant on several different levels.
Here’s what he had to say during an appearance on the Toucher and Rich radio show Monday…
“Oh, Jesus. This guy’s like a tooth ache that just won’t go away … He’s not going to play for me and my West Coast Offense, which is what they run up there [in Green Bay].”
He’s implying that Kaepernick is not capable of picking up the West Coast Offense, which is odd considering he spent the most successful years of his NFL career playing for Jim Harbaugh, who runs a … wait for it … West Coast Offense.
Back to Esaison…
“There is no way in the world that Colin Kaepernick could go in there tomorrow, learn that offense and go out on the field and play next week. I don’t know what people are thinking about. I don’t know why they don’t understand that the NFL and offenses in the NFL are extremely difficult to pick up, and that’s why I give former Patriot quarterback Jacoby Brissett as much credit as I possibly can, doing what he’s doing what he’s doing with the Indianapolis Colts, and he’s been doing it on the fly.”
So Esiason makes the claim that it’s impossible for Kaepernick to pick up an offense on the fly (and remember, he’s played in a similar offense) before IMMEDIATELY giving us an example of a quarterback, and one that isn’t nearly as experienced as Kaepernick, doing exactly that! He just contradicted his own argument in a matter of seconds.
“The other aspect of all of this with Colin Kaepernick is how much does he want? And how much more is he going to let somebody else talk for him? When is he going to open his own mouth and say, ‘Yeah, you know, I want to play and this is how much I want.'”
There it is again. The “He needs to come out an say he wants to play” argument. Well…
I asked Colin, "Do you want to play football?"
His answer: An emphatic "Yes. I've never stopped. I'm ready right now. Working out daily." https://t.co/5UF9wnLaGT
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) September 17, 2017
“Everyone just assumes that somebody should just sign him because he went to the Super Bowl a number of years ago and they should write him a $10 million check because he’s some sort of activist.”
Now Esaison is just getting downright offensive. He just completely dismisses the commendable work Kaepernick has done in the community and shows exactly zero empathy for his cause. Kaepernick is just “some sort of activist” in Esiason’s world.
“I’m sorry. It doesn’t work that way. You’re either prepared to play and when you go in and you get an opportunity, you make the most of it. Remember, he’s the one that walked away from the San Francisco 49ers. He’s the one that said, ‘Hey, I’ll go walk away from my contract and the amount of money you’re going to pay me.’ At the end of the day, other teams decided to interview and didn’t want him.”
I’m actually impressed by the ignorance shown here by Esaison, who is paid to keep up with what’s going on the league.
Had he been paying attention, he’d know Kaepernick did not really have the option of staying in San Francisco. He was getting cut no matter what. Don’t believe me? Take it from 49ers GM John Lynch.
Via Pro Football Talk:
“Yes,” Lynch said regarding whether Kaepernick would have been cut if he hadn’t opted out, “and we had that conversation with him. So I don’t want to characterize it as he made a decision to leave here.”
Then Esiason says “other teams decided to interview and didn’t want him.” One team gave Kaepernick a try-out. One! Other team decided to interview him and didn’t want him.
So how about the grievance Kaepernick filed accusing NFL owners of collusion?
“This is just another thing in the media, it’s just another thing to promote what he’s trying to do, it’s another thing to put a black eye on the NFL. In my eyes, that’s what this is.”
Or maybe, just maybe, Kaepernick is just a qualified person upset that he is missing out on job opportunities due to discrimination based on his political beliefs. What a crazy thought.
Source : http://ftw.usatoday.com/2017/10/nfl-49ers-packers-boomer-esiason-colin-kaepernick