Ravens head coach John Harbaugh may be in the minority in this opinion, but he thinks Colin Kaepernick will find himself a starting quarterback job in the NFL.
Speaking at the annual NFL Owner's Meetings in Arizona, Harbaugh defended the former 49ers QB, who drew scathing criticism last season for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.
The Ravens coach told assembled media that Kaepernick – who played under Jim Harbaugh in San Franciso – is a good person and has the talent to succeed in the NFL.
Harbaugh says he's a "little surprised" Kaepernick doesnt have a job yet. Ravens coach says Kaep will get a job, 'super talented'— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 28, 2017
John Harbaugh on Kaepernick: "I absolutely think he's going to be signed... I think he's going to be starting."— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 28, 2017
Harbaugh says Kaepernick 'is a good person.' Adds 'it wouldnt be a problem for us' his political stances— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 28, 2017
Clearly, Harbaugh doesn't agree with the theory that teams haven't signed Kaep because he's just not that good. But he also panned the idea that the QB is being "blackballed" because of his politics.
Harbaugh says not to use the 'generic, stupid' term'of blackballed to describe Kaepernick situation. "I absolutely think he will get signed'— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) March 28, 2017
The definition of "blackballed" is obviously at issue here. Have all 32 NFL franchises determined they won't sign Kaepernick under any circumstances? Probably not.
But just because he's not being "blackballed" per se doesn't mean that his political expressions – or more accurately, public opinion of those expressions – haven't made finding an employer more difficult.
There's also the fact that, while talented, Kaepernick hasn't won many games the past few seasons. Blame that on his style of play or the team around him, but Kaep didn't show he can be the difference-maker on a struggling team.
Despite all that, Harbaugh's faith in Kaepernick finding a job isn't just an endorsement of the QB, it's also a statement of faith in the NFL. That teams values players for their talents on the field, and don't begrudge them their political expression off it.
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