Don’t cry any tears, but I have to announce the news: Colin Kaepernick still has no job offers in the NFL.
And not even an offer to do a workout!
So here’s the deal.
You’d think this guy would have learned from Randy Moss and Terrell Owens, but since he didn’t I’ll break it down for him…..
You can act like an ass-hat as much as you want, AS LONG AS your talent outweighs your douchebaggery.
For years, Moss and Owens were such prolific talents on the field that it didn’t matter whatever trouble they got into.
They were worth it.
But when their talents declined and their behavior didn’t improve?
The same thing is happening to ole Colin Kaep and he doesn’t appear to be smart enough to recognize it:
Here's more from Dan Wetzel, Yahoo Sports:
In every employment situation, the employee’s talents or productivity (whether proven or merely perceived by management) must outweigh their liabilities (whether proven or merely perceived by management).
If not, they aren’t employees anymore. Or never became one in the first place.
It could be salary. It could be demeanor. It could be nearly anything, employers can value different things. There is always a sliding scale.
If you’re the best at the company and worked without incident for a decade, you can probably show up late one morning and not get fired. If you’re the worst and have attitude problems, among other things, then you might be gone.
And so we come to Colin Kaepernick, his bizarre in all ways workout on Saturday and the apparent disinterest of the NFL in bringing him back into the fold.
At the heart of everything is the NFL’s perceived talent/liability scale of him. The wrong way to view Kaepernick’s employment hopes is to ask if he is a better on-field quarterback than the worst quarterback in the league, be it as a starter or a backup.
That isn’t the equation. It’s whether the NFL thinks his talents (and thus production) outweighs what it considers to be his problems.
Patrick Mahomes could begin kneeling for the national anthem and he’d remain the starter. Kaepernick can’t.
And Saturday likely didn’t change a thing.
That isn’t to say the NFL is correct in its assessment of his problems. It’s worth noting that kneeling for the anthem violated no NFL rules (it would have in the NBA or MLB). Yet it’s the league’s assessment.
Kaepernick had two chances to tip the scales in his favor Saturday, when the NFL invited him to a strange tryout of sorts for teams after over two and a half seasons out of the league.
One was to improve the perception of his talent. The other was to decrease the perception of his liabilities.
It doesn’t appear it went well. Twenty-five teams showed up at the Atlanta Falcons practice facility to watch him throw. Kaepernick, however, was understandably distrustful of the NFL. The session was put together hastily and Kaepernick had previously sued, and then reached a settlement, with the NFL.
It played into his decision to move the workout to a high school some 60 miles away. Only eight clubs made it there and just six watched him throw.
It’s clear that moving the workout alone was enough to turn off the majority of teams.
It appears Kaepernick never believed he was getting a fair shake from the league, and that is his right and there is plenty of reason for his suspicion. It is also his right is to apply for the job in any way that he wants.
He has to deal with that decision.
Kaepernick wanted to do it his way. The NFL wanted to do it its way.
Very sage Dan, I think you're right on the money!