Several NFL franchises – including the Saints, Steelers and Jets – are in trouble at quarterback, whether due to injury, illness or ineffectiveness. Nevertheless, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent.
Donovan McNabb believes that needs to change.
“Kaepernick should have been back in the league two years ago,” McNabb said on The Zach Gelb Show. “This is starting to get embarrassing. It’s starting to get embarrassing because owners need to stop trying to blackball this young man and give him an opportunity to play and fulfill his dream. His message was sent. It had nothing to do with the military. His message was sent, and it’s time to move on. But the problem is people are so worried about the backlash when there is no backlash. Focus on trying to win ball games and get a quarterback in there who has experience.”
As of now, the aforementioned teams will be relying on some combination of Teddy Bridgewater, Taysom Hill, Mason Rudolph, and Luke Falk.
Kaepernick is better than all of them.
“You start to nitpick quarterbacks who cannot play in this league, and when given the opportunity, they prove that they can’t play in this league,” McNabb said. “Find somebody who can play football at the quarterback position to help your team win instead of allowing your ego to mess everything up.”
If you think Kaepernick, 31, isn’t good enough to play in the NFL after missing the last couple of seasons, well, watch the film. Not his film. Everyone else’s film.
“He could play a whole lot better than what (we saw) on Monday night,” McNabb said. “Listen, no matter how you look at it – and everybody wants to feel like they’re the smart guy in the room when it comes to football organizations. When you’re down to your second or third quarterback, the first thing you’re thinking about is, ‘OK, who else can we call to bring in here on Monday or Tuesday?’ Why not have an experienced guy that has played the game and played it at a high level? He’s been out two or three years; some of these quarterbacks just came out of college and can’t play football. Some of these guys have been backups for eight or nine years, and when they start, they look awful. Let’s call it how we see it.”
“Listen, I’ve been a part of this game for over 20 years in the NFL,” McNabb continued, “and I’ve seen guys who, everybody wants to hype up like they’re great football players, and then they get out there on the football field and they’re awful. Get somebody in there who has a resume and can help your football team win.”
McNabb is just the latest high profile former football player to vocalize support for Kaepernick. McNabb's former Eagles teammate, Terrell Owens, also recently spoke out about giving Kaepernick a chance.
"He should have already had an opportunity," Owens told 95.7 The Game. "You see these situations with quarterbacks, these opportunities arising, there's no reason why he shouldn't get an opportunity. Me personally, I don't think he's going to get that call. It's just a sad situation. Look at Josh McCown coming out of the booth to get an opportunity, a year ago Jay Cutler coming out of the booth to get an opportunity. You can't say that Colin Kaepernick isn't better than these guys."