Click here for my Friday column on Colin Kaepernick, suddenly a hot commodity.
Fitzpatrick has his good points, but ‘very good’? Not sure about that. And you’re on the right track about one thing: Hue Jackson could be just what the doctor ordered, when it comes to Kaepernick. The last time he had a coach who understood offense and the QB position, I seem to remember Kaepernick doing all right.
Nothing like sports agents creating self serving media drivel for popular consumption. The daily posturing is un-watchable….like the Niners and Kap really.
It was always the right move to move on from sad sack Alex of course, with that dink and dunk joke of a passing game he’s “mastered”. At least Kap got us to a Super Bowl before the league figured him out. He needed to become a decision maker and pocket passer. Harbaugh knew it and moved in that direction but it didn’t take with him. I’m sure it’s not an easy thing but the point is that he couldn’t do it over a few years time. He never showed improvement. I doubt Jackson or Kelly will be able to help at this point. Just ship him out Trent and move on.
Brother Grant has Colin going to Cleveland as half of the ‘dream team’ of Hue & Kap.
I predict much joy in the news conference.
Then Colin will take a look at his offensive line.
Unless he suddenly has an ability to read an NFL defense and has developed the ability to put any kind of touch on passes (consistently) that require it he will remain what I have long since said he is: A tremendous athlete who can play at the NFL level who wants to be a QB (or has people telling him that is what he is).
Call it the Curious Case of Kordell Stewart all over again. Great athelete, even had success as a receiver yet was convinced he was a QB. Had his team on the brink of a Championship (AFC title loss to the Patriots if memory serves correct) and was replaced by Tommy Maddox. Fortunately the Gm had enough foresight to see that neither K.S. or T.M. was the long term solution so they drafted a QB and the rest is history. Note: the same GM also drafted another college QB and turned him into a receiver. Said GM has two rings and a third appearance.
My point is that this organization could use a lesson in what it takes in this current NFL landscape. They want to think that they are still the teacher when they are much more a pupil at the moment. And frankly not a very good one at that.
This is the most even, well-written piece I’ve seen that favors a Kaepernick trade. But, even as you’ve soured on Kaepernick, you have to realize that you’re aligning your view of the player with Trent Baalke, and against Jim Harbaugh, Hue Jackson, and John Elway. One drafted him, and the two others want him, wanted him, and are prepared to part with draft capital to obtain him.
Are you sure you agree with Baalke on the talents of any offensive player, let alone Kaepernick? I know you find the man grating and petulant, but you’re also all in with the assessment of the player?
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.