The Pittsburgh Steelers lost starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season on Sunday (Sept. 15), leaving the team in a precarious situation.
The only available signal callers on the roster are unproven second-year guy Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges.
Not a recipe for success, if winning this year is the goal.
It would seem the Steelers need to fill their quarterbacks room with some experience. If only for the insurance against injury.
There is a 31-year-old ex-QB on the market who is looking for work. In his career, he’s led a team to the Super Bowl and another conference championship game. When we last saw him in meaningful action, he threw 17 touchdown passes against only four interceptions.
Does that sound like someone the Steelers should at least call for a tryout?
That someone is Colin Kaepernick.
The embattled ex-QB has been looking for a job for years but has been blackballed by the league because of his fight for equal treatment for all people under the law.
So instead, the Steelers, and every other team that desperately needs competence on their rosters in the form of quarterbacks, look to failed quarterback experiments of the past and journeymen retreads. All because of fear of the potential backlash from a segment of their fan bases.
According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Steelers have signed Paxton Lynch to their practice squad as a quarterback. Lynch, of the nine career NFL games played and underwhelming performances in said games.
Still, there are many who will beat the drum and continue to ask, Where is Kap? Why hasn’t any team called him? Surely he’s good enough to get a tryout?
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