While it’s painfully (and depressingly) obvious that Colin Kaepernick is good enough to be on an NFL roster, there are still plenty of people in the football world who believe his unemployment has little to do with his political activism and everything to do with his ability to play football.
In order to set out to prove that, Sports Illustrated enlisted Albert “I need proof that racism exists” Breer to poll three anonymous execs and one coach to explain why the “Kaepernick is being blackballed” theory is nothing more than media sensationalism.
Instead of debunking that theory, though, the execs just confirmed what most people already knew: NFL front offices still stereotype black quarterbacks.
The first thing that jumps out when you read the anonymous quotes is that each of the four people bring up the name Robert Griffin III. The only similarity between the two quarterbacks is that they are both black and athletic. Kaepernick is a far superior pocket passer and has a much longer track record of success in multiple schemes.
“And so here’s my question: I understand the Kaepernick deal, why it’s news, but nobody’s talking about RG3?” one exec asks.
The answer is rather simple: Griffin is a bad quarterback who has never shown any signs of progress as a pocket passer and is incapable of staying healthy. Kaepernick is unquestionably one of the top-32 quarterbacks in the world and has improved as a pocket passer every season. Again, there is no comparison other than the color of their skin.
The second-most common argument we hear from the execs is teams would have to change their entire offense to accommodate Kaepernick. Here’s what the anonymous coach had to say:
“He’s not a pocket passer. So if you bring him in as a backup, and you’re not Seattle or Carolina, and you don’t have those things built in, it’s like you’re running a different offense with your 1s and your 2s.”
Excuse me. I’m gonna need a second…
There is so much wrong with that statement. The implication is that Russell Wilson and Cam Newton are not pocket passers, which has been debunked over the last two years – not by anonymous execs acting as a mouthpiece for a league that would rather employ domestic abusers than a guy who thinks police brutality is a problem, but by their statistical production and the hours of…