ESPN's 538 outfit -- an elections predictions outfit which was notoriously wrong about the elections last year -- has gone full-tilt social justice warrior by championing NFL chowderhead Colin Kaepernick's quest for a quarterbacking contract.
He is unemployed, alongside quarterbacks Jay Cutler, Robert Griffin, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Blaine Gabbert, and Johnny Manziel. They share in common that they are millionaires despite not being very good at what they did for a living.
What distinguishes Kaepernick is he is a chowderhead who decided not to honor our National Anthem at ballgames last year.
He promised to do so this year, if someone would just hire him. Please.
So much for standing up for principle.
Well, technically it was kneeling.
His team went 2-14 last season, which is two better than 538 did because it had the Democrats taking the White House and the Senate, after giving Trump a 2% chance of winning the nomination.
But Iger does not care about accuracy, just social justice. And so 538 ran its numbers, and came up with reasons to hire Kaepernick. Everyone wants to please the boss, now don't they?
Last season, Kaepernick posted a Quarterback Rating of 55.2 — which is not great (he ranked 23rd out of 30 qualified passers) but also not terrible. (The NFL-wide average QBR was 61.3.)
You can see on the chart that Lee’s theory is credible: It’s hard to find a recent free-agent QB who played at Kaepernick’s level and lasted so long on the market the next offseason. Matt Leinart (2012) and Kyle Orton (2014) signed nearly 50 days into their free agency, but neither had played much the year before. Michael Vick wasn’t signed for 169 days in 2015, but he was also older and coming off a season (39.4 QBR) far worse than Kaepernick’s 2016.A rating of 55.2.
Manziel had a rating of 58.3 in his last full season (2015). And that was with Cleveland.
After Brock Osweiler posted a 72.2 rating, Houston dumped him on Cleveland, sweetening the deal by giving the Browns a second-round draft choice in 2018 -- the way Rodney Dangerfield's father tied a pork chop around his neck to get the dog to play with him.
Or so Rodney Dangerfield said.
But Kaepernick marketed himself well last season to the SJW crowd knowing his NFL days would soon end.
Defenses had caught on to his tricks. Just as they caught on to Griffin's. Hot shot quarterbacks burn out in the NFL because defense coaches watch film very, very carefully, and adjust accordingly.
There is no market for him in the NFL.
Crappy teams like the Jets would rather save money by drafting a rookie quarterback, who they might develop into a franchise quarterback.
But liberals love people who disdain patriotism.
Which is why 538 headlined its pity piece, "Yes, It’s Strange That Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Have A Deal Yet," when even a casual NFL fan knows the guy has no upside.
But there is a glimmer of hope.
Kaepernick can play football again, and not have to stand for the "Star-Spangled Banner."
The Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League holds the draft rights to him.
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