Colin Kaepernick has the spotlight back on him after it literally went out in Super Bowl 47.
Since that day he has put up less than admirable statistics. In fact, in 2015 he mustered a sub par 78.5 QB rating and recorded seven total touchdowns to five interceptions in nine games. As a result those stats have now earned him a spot behind Blaine Gabbert. And yes in case you’re wondering, “who” would be the correct response to that statement.
But after taking a knee during the national anthem in the San Francisco 49ers opening preseason game, Kaepernick has worked his way back into the limelight. And I’m scratching my head as to why.
There is no question, his actions are covered under the first amendment. And every other athlete who has chosen a rendition of Kaepernick’s original posture is operating 100 percent within their constitutional rights. But no matter how hard he tries Kaepernick can’t mask that he’s a bad NFL quarterback. And it is not his fault because the reality is a dual threat quarterback has no place among the world’s best football players.
College is where these types of quarterbacks thrive and they always will, but in the NFL when you have a defensive lineman that possesses the equivalent speed and strength of a Rhinoceros, Kaepernick’s lanky stature stands little chance.
Of the 32 NFL teams there are seven are in the middle of what I like to call the “It’s only a matter of time experiment”. This list includes the following teams:
Now your list may vary depending on what you consider a dual threat quarterback, but of these seven teams, only two of them made the playoffs in 2015.
The Vikings and Browns already had their experiment busted as Teddy Bridgewater and Richard Griffin III each sustained injuries likely to keep them out for the season. Even Russell Wilson, who has continued to manage to keep the Seahawks’ franchise afloat has dropped off as of late.
Wilson has put up incredible numbers in the past, but has scored a single touchdown through two games this season as durability begins to be questioned.
In retrospect, Cam Newton is the only dual threat quarterback in the NFL that passes the durability test because of his sheer size and speed. But even with Newton you have to begin to wonder if the effectiveness of his 99.4 QB rating a season ago won’t wear out.
As a franchise, in today’s NFL you need a pocket passer if you want continued success. The durability and consistency of pocket passers are a safer pick and tend to hang around in the league for much longer than those who scramble for first downs every fourth play.
Although you can get injured at any position on the field, staying in the pocket and letting your skill players do the work is much more likely to bring longevity and more success. Don’t believe me just ask nine of the last 10 Super Bowl Champion quarterbacks. Or better yet ask Colin Kaepernick, because the last time the 49ers dual threat sensation took a knee in the field of play was Nov. 8 of last season.