Wednesday’s visit with the Seahawks went well for Colin Kaepernick. And for the Seahawks. According to Jordan Schultz of HuffPost:
Note that Kaepernick reportedly said he’s content playing the backup role. That shouldn’t be overlooked.
Kaepernick has the talent to start
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There are a lot of people who say Kaepernick isn’t a very good quarterback. These are the same people who think Mike Glennon deserves a starting job. Glennon’s stats are markedly closer to those of Austin Davis than to Colin Kaepernick’s. Austin Davis, the other guy the Seahawks interviewed Wednesday. Here are the career passer ratings of all three.
Sure, I cheated and just used Davis’s stats with St. Louis. I’m not holding the Browns against him, sorry. Please don’t tell me Glennon shouldn’t be punished for Tampa Bay being a bad team. They weren’t the Browns. And have you seen the 49ers lately? My point isn’t that Glennon is terrible, it’s that Kaepernick is clearly better.
The fit matters as much as the talent
The talent is there, but what about the fit? Dan Quinn coached against Kap about a dozen times, so his insight is probably a bit more…insightful than the typical talking head.
Kaepernick isn’t without his flaws to be sure – he isn’t Joe Montana – but his strengths definitely outweigh his weaknesses. And he certainly fits the Seahawks system.
He fits the team as well as the system
It’s important to remember that Kaepernick is respected and liked in the league by the people that matter – the players.
It’s been well documented that many of the Seahawks star players support Kap. He’d fit in with the system, the team, and the city. When it comes to dollars, that’s the only real question left. Kaepernick has proven much more than guys like Ryan Mallett and Brandon Weeden, and they’re both making $2 million a year. The question isn’t if Kap is content backing up Wilson. Will he be content being paid like a backup? If he’s smart, the answer is yes, then see what 2018 holds.