Thursday, 26 April 2018

If I Were a NFL Owner

First, I wouldn't be.

Second, if I had to be a NFL owner (in the scenario here)....I would question the wisdom of putting a syndicate together to spend $750-million to buy some team like the Atlanta Falcons.  It would be a silly and crazy impulse.

Third, so I go to this scenario and buy the team, and come to this hypothetical scenario.....would I sign Colin Kaepernick of knee-fame? 

No.

Consider the history here:

1.  Colin Kaepernick while showing promise at the University of Nevada (yeah).....he ends up in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft.  Numbers-wise, he has some potential.

2.  Colin is supposed to be the back-up quarterback for the Forty-Niners for all of the 2012 season.....but sadly....half-way through the season because of injuries, he is thrown to the starting position.  With a bit of luck.....he leads the team onto the championship for 2012.

3.  The 2013 season is a repeat.  What you'd consider a fine performance season.

4.  There is debate about 2014, 2015, and 2016.  The team doesn't reach the same level of play.  Maybe it's Colin's fault.....maybe not.  By 2016, we reach the knee-episode, and the interest in keeping him around isn't that great.

I will admit....other than one game in 2012 and one game in 2013....that was probably all I saw of the guy.  He's a decent quarterback with running/passing skills (something that half the quarterbacks in the NFL can't do). 

My view is that he's got two issues.  If you look over the various quarterbacks in the entire NFL (starters and back-ups), and the twenty-odd quarterbacks to be drafted.....he's probably in the number 30 to number 40 range.  There's probably six back-up quarterbacks around the league who are better than Colin, and at least one of the incoming draftee guys are better. 

The second issue is that he seems to be thinking prior to the game, and during the game about social justice type topics.  If I were the owner, I'd want a guy who is thinking over the game, players on the team to support, and the brand of the team itself.  He's not that guy. 

If he is signed?  He'd make a remarkable number two back-up quarterback for some team.  But you would be sitting there with fans wondering on which game he'd go and take a knee, and the hype with the media and fans.  It's not worth the hassle. 

So I'm glad I'm not an NFL owner.

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