With the return of the NFL this past week, fans across the world were cheering for their favorite teams and players. Aside that, there were a selection of angry fans that had every quarterback under a microscope. While their isn’t concrete evidence that Colin Kaepernick is being black-balled from the NFL, it’s hard to argue as some NFL quarterbacks are as talented as Shane Falco.
Depending on who you talk to, it’s believed that Kap is out of the league because of his play. Last season’s total of 20 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions fully negates that notion. For most of the year, he was one of few bright spots on the 49ers, which was one of the worst teams in the NFL.
His stance against the oppression of brown and black people, particularly with law enforcement rubbed people the wrong way. Even though he went about it as respectful and peaceful as a protest gets, he continues to be maligned as if he is a criminal.
That said, until Kaepernick is on an NFL roster, we are going to lowlight performances of some the league’s worst quarterbacks.
Of course guys like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger and other top-tier quarterbacks are excluded for obvious reasons. This list is for the quarterbacks who are stealing checks and holding a roster spot that could belong to Kaepernick.
The argument that Kap isn’t good enough to play in the league is asinine. If guys like the one’s listed below continue to hold a roster spot, it’s hard to argue the logic against Kaepernick.
Here at TSFJ, we are for the people. So reading this may be theraputeic for Kap supporters. For those who don’t like Kap and think that he’s not worthy of a roster spot, just take a peek below to see five quarterbacks we hated in Week 1 and tell us your team is less committed to winning and more committed to being less competitive.
Let the fun begin, and enjoy.
The Player: Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
The Box Score: 16/31, 170 yards, 4 interceptions, 0.6 QBR
If we are being honest, Andy Dalton shouldn’t be lumped in the same group as the others on this list. His Week 1 performance was so awful that he’s entered the terrain of the run of the mill signal callers in the league. This past Sunday he wasn’t off on a few throws, he was historically bad. So, how awful was his performance? He tossed four interceptions and he had a QBR rating of 0.6. Since coming into the NFL, Dalton is a proven talent, but against the stout Baltimore Ravens defense, he looked more like former Bengal great (sarcasm) David Klingler.
The Player: Brian Hoyer, San Francisco 49ers
The Box Score: 24/35, 195 yards, 2 turnovers (1 INT, 1 fumble) 13.2 QBR
I can’t believe I fell for the jig. After watching the preseason, specifically against the Minnesota Vikings, I fixed my lips to say that Brian Hoyer is a decent option as a stop-gap quarterback for the 49ers. Against the Carolina Panthers, Hoyer revealed who he really was and that’s a mediocre quarterback. Although his box score isn’t as horrid compared to others, Hoyer did nothing to put the Niners in position to win the game.
The Player: Josh McCown, New York Jets
The Box Score: 26/39, 187 yards, 2 interceptions, 29.4 QBR
Josh McCown seems like a really cool guy. He’s not too bad of a quarterback, but he isn’t a good one either. Against the Buffalo Bills, McCown engineered three scoring drives that resulted in 12 points, but that wasn’t enough to get the victory. Outside of an aging Matt Forte, he doesn’t have much to work with on offense, but at the end of the day, all failures fall on the extension of the head coach which is the quarterback.
The Player: Scott Tolzien, Indianapolis Colts
The Box Score: 9/18, 128 yards, 2 interceptions, 6.3 QBR
Being benched for Jacoby Brissett warrants a spot on this list. Sorry Scott, you don’t deserve this.
The Player: Tom Savage, Houston Texans
The Box Score: 7/13, 62 yards, 2 fumbles, 7.8 QBR
The only Savage we acknowledge is 21. After an abysmal start in Week 1, the Tom Savage experience lasted as long as a Snapchat story. While on the field, I’m certain that defensive backs yelled “ISSA TURNOVER” every time he dropped back to pass. In two quarters, Savage had two lost fumbles and he failed to lead Houston to a scoring drive. After his cameo experience, the Deshaun Watson era is now under way until further notice.
Columbus, Ohio born. Ron is a first-ballot healthy hairline hall of famer. He spent the summer of ‘08 eating calamari pasta because of OJ Da Juiceman. He also loves to write about sports while listening to Sada Baby. Follow him on Twitter @Ron_Hamp