You're Telling Me The Backup Quarterback That Refused To Stand During The National Anthem Might Get Cut?!
PFT- Jay Glazer said on FOX that the 49ers are deeply concerned with Kaepernick’s decline as a player, which started last season when he struggled before getting benched, then got even worse this offseason when he lost significant muscle mass when he couldn’t work out following multiple surgeries.
“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team,” Glazer said. “I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends. It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio. No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”
Wait...what!? A player that has reportedly fallen further and further behind his mediocre competition in his battle to become starting quarterback might get cut? A guy that made more headlines off the field than on the field might be out of a job? That can't be right. I would have thought that creating a divisive, racial charged dispute and drawing an endless amount of negative attention to a team whose season doesn't appear to be too promising would be a sure fire way to lock up a roster spot. After all, Tim Tebow took up baseball so I can't think of anyone better to fill the league-wide void as the shitty player that is only consistent in creating distractions. Since when is that not an imperative role on the final 53?
Seriously though, Colin Kaepernick might be a genius. If he had any inclination that he was going to be released anyway then he might as well create a controversy on behalf of an entire race of people. You get cut for being a lousy quarterback then you're just considered a unemployed has-been, but if you get cut for being a lousy quarterback that happened to be proactive (relatively speaking) in the fight for equality then you're basically the modern day Malcolm X. Colin Kaepernick might not have much of a future in football, but he just changed the entire narrative of his career. No longer would he be a one-season wonder that washed out of the league, but a human rights activist that was martyred out of the league. The latter might not be anywhere close to being the truth, but - factual speaking- it's not entirely false. If Colin Kaepernick gets axed you could easily argue that the pseudo-commendable disturbance he created mere weeks before the season started is at least a little responsible. For someone that went from being one of the most promising young quarterbacks in all of football to a bubble player, you can't ask for a much better excuse for your termination than your self-promoted position as a African American spokesperson.