Miami Dolphins owner and real estate titan Stephen Ross has finally taken the correct stance when it comes to NFL players taking a knee during the playing of our national anthem.
At an event in New York where Ross was being honored with a lifetime achievement award he decided to whack the hornet’s nest and send a clear message to his ball tossing employees. “If you plan on kneeling for the national anthem this coming season, you better not.” This is a clear break from what he was doing last year when he was a heavy supporter of the disrespect shown by his players towards our great nation.
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Agreed, They can protest all they want on their own time, but when they're on the clock it's not appropriate. #NFLBoycott
— al_waisman (@fspilot1971) March 6, 2018
Of course, the whining players and their supporters will be upset about Ross’ statements, What do they care? It’s not like the player’s multi-million dollar salaries will suffer because they decide to disrespect our great nation. The very nation who has made them rich for doing what in most other nations is considered a hobby.
Don’t worry dolphins fans Stephen Ross is 77 years old he has to die at some point soon can’t own the team forever
— SANTI GALAN (@SGALAN34) March 6, 2018
The fact is NFL ratings have sunk like a rock once the mediocre player Kaepernick started this so-called movement because he needed a quick way to deflect from the fact that his playing was so poor that the Forty Niners had to bench him. One thing you do have to give Kaepernick credit for is the fact that he was the one man who was able to take down the NFL. After Liberals have been trying for at least a decade, this never was player was able to do it. He made millions of us die-hard fans stop watching the sport we so love like it has leprosy.
“Michael Vick, who became a Philadelphia Eagles teammate of McCoy in 2009 after spending time in prison on federal dogfighting charges.
“He’s 10 times better than Kaepernick,” McCoy said of Vick. “You’ll deal with that situation, that attention, that media aspect of it. The good, the bad attention you’ll get. Compared to Kaepernick, it’s like, he’s not really that good [enough] of a player to deal with.
“So people outside of sports don’t really know that. They see only one side of black guy standing up for a good reason [and] the NFL is against him, but I think it’s more than that. I think it has to do with some of that. But also, dealing with him with him on the team you’re trying to build together. There’s so many outsiders [that] can mess up a team. I can see both sides, I really can.”
McCoy opined Thursday that Kaepernick, who remains unsigned as the start of the regular season approaches Sept. 7, would not make the roster of “certain teams” in the NFL.
“You just got to look at all sides,” McCoy said. “Like, if I’m an owner or the GM of a team, do I want to put him on my team? Is he good enough to be on the squad, to even deal with everything that’s going on? That’s something that I don’t really partake in.””
If only Kaepernick would have used his influence for good who knows how far he could have gone.
“As Colin Kaepernick’s job hunt has crept into training camp, the parameters of debate have shifted. Just a few months ago, the contention was over whether or not Kaepernick was good enough to play in the league. That no longer seems to be the case. Last week, reports circulated that Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome were both interested in signing Kaepernick, but were met with resistance by owner Steve Bisciotti, who framed hesitance over signing Kaepernick as a PR concern.
“Your opinions matter to us,” Bisciotti said at a fan event, referring to fan opinion over Kaepernick. “We’re very sensitive to it, and we’re monitoring it, and we’re still, as Ozzie says, scrimmaging it, and we’re trying to figure out what’s the right tact. So pray for us.”
Kaepernick’s ability to play the position no longer seems to be in doubt. Players have spoken in support of Kaepernick, and most serious analysis reliant on game study arrives at the conclusion that Kaepernick is not just a competent quarterback, but is also better than he was when he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013. Cian Fahey, who catalogues quarterback performance at Pre-Snap Reads, found Kaepernick to have outplayed Ravens starter Joe Flacco.
And yet Kaepernick doesn’t have a team. It’s obvious Kaepernick is being frozen out for his political opinions, but it’s less apparent how extraordinary it is that a player like him can’t find a team. Back in March, Neil Paine and I wrote about Kaepernick’s situation and noted that it was strange for even a halfway decent quarterback to remain unsigned so deep into free agency. Four months later, it’s no longer merely unusual — it’s practically unheard of.
Here are the free agent quarterbacks from the past five offseasons, charted by their Total Quarterback Rating in the previous season and how many days they remained in free agency before being signed by a team. (The size of the dots represent the number of pass attempts.)
No above-average quarterback has been unemployed nearly as long as Kaepernick this offseason. The most comparable scenario — Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract showdown with the New York Jets last offseason — isn’t really comparable at all, since Fitzpatrick was the one exerting leverage over the team, not the other way around.
It’s easy to lose sight of the reality that good quarterbacks often never even reach free agency, let alone remain unsigned for so long. That’s especially the case for our discussion of Kaepernick, which has shifted from his merit as a player to concern-trolling and a consideration of business practicalities. So while Kaepernick is clearly an outlier on the chart above, the fact that he’s on it at all should be just as surprising.”
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