USA TODAY – Halfway through an extended chat with Richard Sherman this week, the loquacious Seattle Seahawks cornerback turned the table.
He wanted to ask a question. Always better when these interviews become two-way exchanges.
“So what do you think about Colin Kaepernick?” Sherman asked.
Oh, I’m thinking plenty.
“What is it about?” Sherman said. “It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’
“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.”
“For you to say you have to check with sponsors and fans because this guy took a knee and made a statement?” Sherman said. “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 – 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.”
Sherman cited a few examples, including the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Blake Bortles and the Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff, as starters that don’t measure up to 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.”
Poor Ryan Fitzpatrick. Poor Ryan Mallett. Poor Jets. Poor fucking KFC. Honestly Richard Sherman is super annoying 99% of the time but listing, by name, every quarterback in the NFL that stinks is absolutely hilarious. I don’t care how much money you make, as a competitor, at the professional level, hearing yourself get called out by an All-Pro for sucking at football has gotta sting, and it’s gotta sting hard. Well maybe not Fitzpatrick. He’s made enough money at this point, I think he’s fine. Plus he went to Harvard which people often forget. But those other guys – Mallett, Bortles, Goff, Hackenberg – gotta be a real gut punch waking up and seeing this notification on your phone. “Richard Sherman Says Blake Bortles Is A Bum.” Just shut that alarm right off and go back to bed.
[h/t USA TODAY]