Kaepernick would be a fit for Miami
August 4, 2017
Sports fodder for a Friday morning …
Colin Kaepernick would be perfect for the Miami Dolphins. Then again, each time a starting quarterback twists an ankle or gets an upset stomach it takes about three minutes for social media to declare that Kaepernick would be the perfect replacement. Earlier this week it was the Baltimore Ravens. On Thursday, when starter Ryan Tannehill injured his leg, it was the Dolphins. Next week it will be two more teams. Kaepernick never had so many supporters. The same people that were saying a year ago that he was overrated, couldn't read defenses or throw from the pocket are now singing his praises each time a quarterback gets injured. It seems the less Kaepernick plays, the more fans love him.
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The Dolphins wouldn't miss a beat with Kaepernick replacing Tannehill. They could go 7-9 or 8-8 with either of them. Kaepernick and Tannehill are basically the same quarterback. Both are 6-foot-4 and weigh about 225 pounds. Both are 29-years-old, tall, thin, athletic and right-handed. Tannehill is 37-40 as a starter in the NFL and Kaepernick is 28-30. Tannehill's quarterback rating for his career is 86.5 and Kap's is 88.9. They both have strong arms and can throw on the run. Replacing Tannehill with Kaepernick would seem to be an easy decision. But here is the problem. Kaepernick is too good. His presence on the roster would create an immediate quarterback controversy. Seattle, Baltimore, Miami, it doesn't matter. The moment Russell Wilson or Joe Flacco struggled, the fans and media would be begging for Kaepernick. And you know Tannehill is going to struggle. That is the last thing any coach wants. Unless, of course, that is exactly what they want. The only teams that would bring Kaepernick aboard are the teams that don't like their starting quarterback.
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Taking an entire year off from football, though, wouldn't be the worst thing for Kaepernick. He could concentrate fully on his Colin Kaepernick Foundation and put his off-the-field life in order. He could also figure out whether or not he truly wants to play in the NFL. It might take a year away from football for Kaepernick to realize that social activism will always be there for him. The issues he believes in will always need him. Football, on the other hand, will not. And that window of opportunity is closing fast. Right now he is everybody's favorite replacement quarterback. Soon he will be forgotten. Plenty of athletes have returned to their sport better mentally and physically after taking time off. Kaepernick has led a whirlwind life the last handful of years, starting when he led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl. An entire year of traveling the world, doing positive things for all of the causes he believes in, just might be the best thing he could do right now. Then again, he could just sit the bench as a backup quarterback and listen for fans to chant his name each time the starter throws an interception.
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