Last week, the Houston Texans launched into a two-pronged effort to a) restock their quarterback depth chart after star quarterback Deshaun Watson was injured and b) not signal anybody named Colin Kaepernick.
They succeeded by bringing in Matt McGloin, who was final seen finishing a whopping eight pbades in 2016 for the Oakland Raiders. Few have been shocked he was accessible. Houston’s spin was that this was a third-string place and coach Bill O’Brien knew McGloin from their days collectively at Penn State.
Days later the Texans reduce McGloin, who was apparently so dangerous within the few apply reps he obtained that he was fired with out ever seeing any recreation motion. (Tom Savage went simply 19-for-44 in Houston’s 20-14 loss to a dreadful Indianapolis workforce Sunday). So a lot for these fond days in State College for O’Brien and McGloin.
“Colin Kaepernick’s a good football player,” O’Brien stated Monday. “Hasn’t played football in a while.”
True, not since final yr when he was a starter in San Francisco. Except, the day after O’Brien’s remark, McGloin was jettisoned and the Texans signed Josh Johnson, who hasn’t accomplished a move in a regular-season NFL recreation since … 2011.
He hasn’t even seen the sector since 2013. Ten years out of the University of San Diego, he has performed in simply 29 video games.
Johnson threw 22 pbades this preseason and appeared OK. Of course, the New York Giants nonetheless reduce him and nobody else picked him up.
Look, the Texans, and each different NFL workforce, are absolutely inside their rights to not need to rent Kaepernick. There isn’t any obligation to take action. Unless the choice was a part of an organized league-wide collusion plan, which Kaepernick alleges in a lawsuit, then it’s authorized. They may even say they received’t as a result of they don’t like his protests or his grievance in opposition to them.
Kaepernick selected to take a seat after which kneel a yr in the past, absolutely conscious there could be backlash. This is the backlash.
Still, he stood up for his beliefs.
It’s be good if the Texans did the identical.
Just admit the franchise isn’t going to signal Kaepernick beneath any circumstance. Stop dressing up these ridiculous signings with equally ridiculous excuses.
Make a press release about what the group believes in. Plenty of followers will applaud it. Others will admire the honesty. For enterprise functions, it would even make sense to keep away from Kaepernick. If so, clarify that. And whereas some followers would get offended, many others could be ambivalent.
Protests have been by no means a giant factor in Houston. No Texans participant had even knelt for the anthem till a pair weeks in the past, when some 40 of them did in response to workforce proprietor Bob McNair saying he didn’t need “the inmates running the prison.” That was a self-inflicted wound.
So too, in soccer phrases, is that this.
Is Kaepernick the savior? Probably not, however who is aware of? He wasn’t pretty much as good the previous few years as earlier in his profession, when Jim Harbaugh coached him and the Niners made the Super Bowl. He’s possible higher than what they’ve although. And his potential is undeniably better. Savage has been horrible and backup T.J. Yates nonetheless can’t beat him out.
The third place could be an ideal spot to usher in somebody like Kaepernick and see what he nonetheless has for per week or so. If the priority is he hasn’t performed a lot soccer currently, then have him play (or at the very least apply).
When a workforce is taking weekly flyers on Matt McGloin and Josh Johnson, when a workforce is flailing about looking for some method to proper the ship on a as soon as promising season, then in soccer phrases what the heck is there to lose? Why simply quit?
Would having a one-time starter on the third string break chemistry? If so, drop Kaepernick as shortly as McGloin obtained dropped. Would Kaepernick’s mere presence divide and distract the locker room? That wasn’t the case in San Francisco. And if it did happen, then, certain, reduce him.
If he thrives, then play him. Watson is the person right here, so nobody thinks Kaepernick is the long-term reply. And Watson is a cell quarterback, so it’s not about reinventing the wheel.
The different choice is the season’s continued descent into the dumpster – Three-5 and fading quick.
The Texans need to fake that they’ve an badysis system that retains discovering gamers extra appropriate than Kaepernick. That identical system gave them McGloin who they then instantly realized was incapable. So, perhaps change the system. Or be trustworthy and inform the gamers, the followers and everybody else that you just’d quite have anybody apart from Colin Kaepernick as your quarterback. Say you’re OK with dropping as a result of the nationwide anthem signifies that a lot to the group.
At least you would say you’re standing up for one thing, outcomes and public opinion be damned. Like Kaepernick is doing.
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