The Seattle Seahawks are in the market for a backup quarterback, and head coach Pete Carroll said Monday that the team is considering a pair of high-profile veterans in Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.
Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless reacted to the news on Tuesday's episode of Undisputed, and Sharpe explained why Seattle is the perfect landing spot for Kaepernick.
Kaepernick would be comfortable in Seattle's system
“I think he would be a great fit, because it’s a similar system that Seattle runs that Kaepernick came from.
And if you look who have been some of Russell backups while he’s been in Seattle - Tavaris Jackson, Trevone Boykin. Now Trevone Boykin’s situation has gone kind of sideways, and we don’t need to rehash his story. But I think this would be a great fit.
Also, when you sign Colin Kaepernick … and Tony Dungy said ‘teams are looking at Colin Kaepernick like they look at Joe Mixon and like they looked at Michael Vick.’ We know what Michael Vick did, we know what Joe Mixon did.
… In order for you to sign this young man, the general manager and the head coach must be on firm ground.”
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The Seahawks will have to be prepared for backlash, but they can handle it
“You know what’s going to happen, Skip. You’re going to get a couple of fans that protest. You’re going to get a couple of radio stations, or maybe TV stations, that want to boycott. And when his introductory press conference [happens], one’s going to sit on one side, and the other’s going to sit on the other, and they’re going to have to answer questions. ‘Why? Do you realize what he did?'
And so, basically, you guys are joined at the hip. When Joe Mixon did his first press conference, Marvin Lewis was sitting right at his side. That’s what you have to be willing to do.”
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Seattle is a stable franchise with a clear No. 1 QB in place
“I believe that this organization, and because that locker room - the leaders that they have, the Shermans, the Bobby Wagners, the Michael Bennetts - they’re very outspoken. And, if you remember when Colin Kaepernick had his protest, they protested similarly but had a different gesture.
Michael Bennett said he had the utmost and profound respect for Colin Kaepernick and the stance he was taking.
I think it would be very, very good. Russell Wilson is the clear No. 1. I don’t think he has missed a start since he was inserted as the starter. But I think this is a great opportunity for Colin Kaepernick to go in there [and] stay in a system that’s familiar.”
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Kaepernick is healthier now than he's been in years
“If he doesn’t sign with Seattle, he’s going to have to change the narrative - because people have the perception that this is the only way Colin Kaepernick can play. And when he gets to a team, he’s going to say, ‘this is the perception, but perception is not reality. I can show you that I can still make throws from the pocket.’
Don’t handicap him and make him just stand there. What made him dynamic was his legs, so don’t take that away from him. Go through your progressions, and if you take off running, when we get to the sideline if we have to come off and punt the ball, ‘what made you come off that progression? Explain that?’
And I believe that Colin Kaepernick can do that. I talked to him yesterday. He’s been training. He said ‘this is the first time in two years I’m not rehabbing, I’m training.’
Rehabbing and training is something different.”
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It's an ideal fit for Kaepernick
“I’m with you, and then some. I think this would be the perfect fit. It’s sad that the opening occurred because of Trevone Boykin’s legal issues, which could be significant.
All of a sudden, a slot opened up in the perfect place for Colin Kaepernick.
What locker room has been more outspoken in favor of him more than this one has? The leaders in this locker room, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, have been very vocal [in support]. All of them have been very outspoken about how, in their eyes, Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFL.
What better landing spot for Colin Kaepernick than here, where this locker room would welcome him with more open arms than maybe any locker room?