A Super Bowl-winning, All-Pro cornerback can offer a unique perspective into the abilities of respective NFL quarterbacks. The Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman is one of those, and he’s using his point of view—as the guy whose job it is to stop quarterbacks—to point out how insane it is that Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job in the NFL.
Kaepernick protested racial discrimination against African Americans last season by kneeling during pregame renditions of the national anthem.
“For you to say you have to check with sponsors and fans because this guy took a knee and made a statement?” Sherman recently said to USA Today, lamenting an often-cited excuse teams have relayed for not signing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and looking to obviously less-talented options. “Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing. But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now—whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible (any of Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, or Bryce Petty)—have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”
The defensive back also named the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff, who fell victim to a bone-crushing Sherman hit as a rookie, and the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles, who has three seasons as a starter under his belt with little sign of improvement, as quarterbacks that are not better than Kaepernick.
“Blake Bortles has shown you enough to where you don’t think Kaep would be a solid fit?” Sherman added. “Kaep has won games.”
Sherman picked off Kaepernick, his former division rival, to seal a trip to Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. That came a year after Kaepernick led his squad to the big game out of the NFC West.
“He played in Chip (Kelly)’s system last year and went 16-4 (TD-to-INT ratio) on a bad team. He played well because he’s a good football player. He may not be the best, but he’s better than a lot of these dudes starting.”