Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is considered controversial by many. But when has that ever stopped the Dallas Cowboys from signing a good player?
The Dallas Cowboys have a need at backup quarterback and Colin Kaepernick is a free agent. If this were a video game or fantasy football it would be as easy as signing the player. However, after a year of being the biggest story in the NFL, things aren’t that simple.
The purpose of this article is to debunk some of the false narratives that have been spread about Kaepernick, in order to show why he should be signed by Dallas. This includes the false portrayals of him asking for too much money, not being good enough to play in the NFL, being a public enemy, and not fitting into a new team’s locker room.
Each topic will be addressed in a manner that shows the fictional narrative that is swirling around the news and invalidate it with the facts. Thus, portraying the truth about Kaepernick and proving he is worth signing.
On the field
The false portrayal in the media has been that Kaepernick isn’t good enough to play in the NFL. Critics have said he’s the reason for the 49ers poor records in recent years and doesn’t have the tools to be a good quarterback.
The truth is Kaepernick is a good starting quarterback in the NFL and would be a great backup for Dallas, if they signed him. In 11 starts last season, he threw for 16 touchdowns versus 4 interception and ran for almost 500 yards. Coupled with the fact the 49ers leading receiver, Jeremy Kerley, only caught 64 passes for 667 yards and 3 touchdowns, you can say Kaepernick had a good season.
In an article for Bleacher Report, analyst Doug Farrar broke down Kaepernick’s tape from the 2016 season and stated where he improved.
"“Kaepernick was doing two things his naysayers insist he can’t do: adjusting to pressure in the pocket and making accurate deep throws despite that pressure.”"
Furthermore, Pre-Snap Reads NFL Analyst, Cian Fahey, charted every throw Kaepernick made last season and calculated his accuracy and the effect of his poor receivers.
By looking at the film and statistics, you can see Kaepernick was mislabeled as a bad quarterback in 2016. This was due to the 49ers bad record and bias against his protest. The truth is Kaepernick is a good starter in the NFL and would be a great backup for the Cowboys.