NFL commentator Rob Parker has caused some controversy after saying on a radio show that the only reason Colin Kaepernick isn’t playing in the NFL is because he doesn’t have any talent. Mike Tomlin, who was called out for not signing Kaepernick on Monday Night Football last week, took to twitter and said he would’ve signed him if given an opportunity.
The “colin kaepernick steelers 2022” is a tweet by Deadspin’s Rob Parker, who ripped Steelers’ Mike Tomlin for not signing Colin Kaepernick.
Highlights of the article:
- Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was chastised by Deadspin’s Parker, Rob for not signing veteran quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
- Despite former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores’ lawsuit against the NFL’s hiring methods, Tomlin, one of the league’s longest-tenured active coaches, hired him earlier this year.
- Although Parker made some valid points, Tomlin’s suggestion that Kaepernick should have been acquired to replace Ben Roethlisberger is ludicrous.
Colin Kaepernick, the former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, hasn’t played in the NFL since April 1, 2021. Unless anything extraordinary happens in the coming months, the 2012 NFC champion is set to reach an even 2,000 days and counting.
Media critics and Twitter users have spent the past five years asking why no club has signed Kaepernick or even brought him in for a tryout, even those with depleted quarterback rooms. The most recent NFL figure to be blamed for not bringing the Nevada quarterback into his quarterback room? Mike Tomlin, the head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has a strange history when it comes to the veteran quarterback’s extended free agency.
Mike Tomlin was chastised by Deadspin’s Parker, Rob for not signing Colin Kaepernick.
Should the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Mike Tomlin and Colin Kaepernick have signed him? | Joe Sargent/Getty Images; Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic
Parker, Rob of Deadspin wasn’t kidding when he wrote a blog on April 1 criticizing Tomlin for never signing Kaepernick. Since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017, the 2011 second-round selection has not played in any professional league.
At first sight, Tomlin and the Steelers’ decision to sign Kaepernick may seem illogical. Why would the Steelers have signed the veteran quarterback at any point in the previous five years when they had Ben Roethlisberger under contract and, for the most part, still performing at a high level?
According to Parker, the answer to that question has less to do with Roethlisberger and more to do with Brian Flores. Flores filed a complaint against the NFL and its 32 clubs less than two weeks before Super Bowl 56, accusing them of conducting “fake interviews” and discriminatory tactics against minority coaching applicants. Despite this, in February, Tomlin signed the former Miami Dolphins coach as a senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach.
Although Parker praised Tomlin’s move to employ Flores as a “great gesture,” he expressed his dissatisfaction with the Super Bowl 43 champion’s lack of support for Kaepernick.
“Tomlin was a successful coach with clout and a championship ring. He was part of a group that had a history of going against the trend and being open to new ideas. Kaepernick and Tomlin are fraternity brothers. It sounded like the ideal situation. Instead, Tomlin turned his back on a guy who, in the end, will have a greater influence on the world than a nearsighted coach.”
Parker stated that if the Steelers had signed Kaepernick, the effect would have been “massive and just.”
“After all, Kaepernick’s sole offense was caring about others and staging a personal, quiet protest,” Parker added.
Parker did bring up some important points regarding Tomlin’s complicated relationship with Kaepernick.
Mike Tomlin, asked about Steelers not being on reported short list of teams attending Colin Kaepernick workout, notes the team was working on a short week & didn’t have a good flow of information. When asked about the workout before it was moved, declined to say.
— Jacob Klinger (@Jacob_Klinger_) November 19, 2019
In recent years, most coaches and front-office staff have avoided the Kaepernick subject. When asked whether the club has contemplated signing Kaepernick or bringing him in for a workout, the usual response is, “we’re moving ahead with who we have on the roster right now.” Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, recently told reporters that he feels Kaepernick deserves another chance, but that it will not be with the Super Bowl 48 victors.
Tomlin, on the other hand, has been a little more forthright about his goal to keep Kaepernick away from the Black and Yellow.
Despite the fact that the sports world couldn’t stop talking about Kaepernick’s national anthem demonstrations in 2016, Tomlin remained silent in Pittsburgh. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the experienced head coach had no reaction, a far cry from Roethlisberger and Steelers offensive lineman Alejandro Villanueva, who both thought the then-49ers quarterback should have stood for the national anthem.
Three years later, in November 2019, Kaepernick did a workout in front of interested NFL clubs. In November 2019, the Steelers were one of seven teams that did not send any coaches, scouts, or front-office staff to the quarterback’s workout.
According to PennLive, Tomlin mentioned the short week — Pittsburgh had just faced the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football a few days before — as well as problems between Kaepernick and the NFL as reasons for the team’s absence. Kaepernick’s camp was denied permission to video the exercise by the NFL, and the quarterback refused to sign a liability waiver. As a consequence, instead of holding the event at the Atlanta Falcons’ training complex, he conducted it at a nearby high school.
“I’m not commenting on our planned free agency plans, who we choose to work out with, or how we choose to participate,” Tomlin added. “For us, it’s simply a question of general policy.” The situation of Colin Kaepernick is no exception.”
The Steelers were without Roethlisberger at the time, who had missed the most of the 2019 season due to an elbow injury.
The notion that the Steelers should have signed Kaepernick as a possible Roethlisberger replacement is absurd.
Should the Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Colin Kaepernick to take over as quarterback in lieu of Ben Roethlisberger? Getty Images/Jared Wickerham
For years, sports media experts and social media users have argued that Kaepernick should be signed as a starter, not a backup. Last year, EA Sports’ Madden NFL 22 awarded him an 81 overall rating, which was tied for 14th among quarterbacks at the time of release.
Parker, on the other hand, had a different concept. He thought the Steelers should have signed Kaepernick sooner rather than later and placed him in a position to replace Roethlisberger when the two-time Super Bowl winner retired.
Why would the Steelers — or Kaepernick, for that matter — choose such a path?
When Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017, he was already a well-known quarterback. Those aren’t the guys that stay on the bench for two or three years while the current starter retires. Consider Jameis Winston, who spent a year with the New Orleans Saints as the backup quarterback to Drew Brees. Winston may have chosen to sign elsewhere if Brees had returned for the 2021 season.
It’s pointless to rewrite history here. Roethlisberger has no plans to retire in 2018, and he had no plans to retire after the 2019 season. It would have been pointless to sign Kaepernick at the time and expect him to wait until he was in his early 30s for Big Ben to put up his cleats.
In November, Kaepernick will be 35, and he hasn’t played in five years. Why are we still discussing him? The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have long since moved on from Kaepernick. Clicks and retweets be damned, it’s time for the press and social media to join them.
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