Ever since Peyton Manning retired from the team two years ago, the Broncos haven’t been able to find stability at the quarterback position.
Names such as Brock Osweiler, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch have all rotated under center, trying to provide the team with offensive leadership. This season you can add Kyle Sloter to that fluctuating list of starting QBs, and Sloter is a rookie.
After Osweiler bounced to the Texans last year, the team moved ahead and named Siemian as their starter. Then backup Lynch went down this past weekend with a shoulder injury suffered against the Packers. So now that the team is in need of another backup, or more reliable starter for that matter, the inevitable question was asked to head coach Vance Joseph.
Vance Joseph asked if Kaepernick will be considered: “Every option will be considered.
Exactly Coach Joseph and GM John Elway. What about Colin Kaepernick?
Will they place a call to Colin Kaepernick, a player who can definitely help their team yet who is currently being blackballed by the League?
The Discussion on Colin Kaepernick Continues
While the move might make sense to most, it might not work for the team according to CBSSports.com which states “the Broncos supposedly like both of their young quarterbacks (Siemian and Lynch) and they probably don’t want to spend money on a quarterback who’ll eventually have no place on the roster as soon as Lynch is healthy.”
But it should make sense for the team as they haven’t been able to find the success under center that they have been seeking for the past two seasons. And with talented receivers such as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders and a crowded yet unsettled backfield, the team needs someone who can both throw and run. This would be a good fit for Kap, but there are some other challenges aside from the previously mentioned obstacle.
The team’s GM, John Elway, is a Republican who became enveloped in the continued intersection of sports and politics earlier this year. He attended Trump’s inauguration, sent a letter in support of Trump’s nomination of Neil Gorsuch on team stationary (although the team’s VP of PR, Patrick Smyth, noted it was his on personal letterhead and that “his endorsement is independent of the Denver Broncos.”) and spoke about a player’s right to protest.
“My stance is that everybody has their right to do what they wish to do and their beliefs are their beliefs. That’s why we live in this country. They have the right to display whatever they wish to display. I think one thing where we stand and where I stand with the Broncos is, ‘That’s OK and we will respect that and whatever you want to do is fine with us. But the bottom line is that can’t get in the way with our main goal. And that is to compete for world championships,’
“I just don’t want that pulling away from our team. It can pull (you) away, because it does get a lot of attention. The only thing that I would say to our players is to make sure it’s not hurting your teammate. If the questions and everything if the tenor changes of what goes on in these interviews and you’re not talking about our next opponent, you’re talking about what’s going on in the world that’s not the best thing for our football team.”
To his credit, Elway appears to be in support of protest as long as players both understand the ramifications and do something positive in regards to it, as evidenced by his comments in regards to Brandon Marshall below:
Brandon made a point last year, but he carried it forward. He just didn’t make a stand on the field. He went out in the community and did something and talked to different people. He talked to law enforcement and got involved. I was proud of Brandon. Not only did he show his support but he went out and did something in the community.
So now that Kaepernick has both made a point with his silent protest and put his money where his mouth is by donating $800,000 of the $1,000,000 million he pledged to “organizations working in oppressed communities,” does this give the team another reason to sign the blackballed QB?