Colin Kaepernick rolled into the Qualcomm Stadium entrance in San Diego last night with the full blowout. The scene was set for the next stage of what has become the dominate national media topic, perfectly set on a platter for a polarized society. The subplot of the game was that Kap needed to show some life on the field to give the Niners, or any other NFL team, a reason to keep him on the roster and place itself at the center of the eye of a season long publicity hurricane.
Kaepernick didn’t back down last night, instead he attempted to refine the message. The optics were better. Instead of sitting for the national anthem, he knelt. He was joined by teammate safety Eric Reid and flanked by long snapper and former Green Beret Nate Boyer, who has publicly supported his right to protest.
He was roundly booed, but it wasn’t the Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome scene some had envisioned.
— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) September 2, 2016
More importantly, he was at least serviceable on the field, completing 11-18 passes for 103 yards, albeit in the fourth preseason game against players who will be cleaning out there lockers tomorrow.
Today in the Herd, Colin said that Kaepernick made a couple of nice throws and showed enough to save his job.
“This now is a football issue. Is he good enough? After what I saw last night, I think I’d Keep him.”
Right now, Chip Kelly doesn’t have any better options. Kaepernick also showed some self-awareness and maturity in statements he made during the press conference about making an effort to change the perception of his message.
“He said he’s gonna donate $1 million to charities to aid communities in need. OK, that’s a direction, that’s a real cause. I like that. He also kneeled last night, he did not sit. To be more respectful. Serious move. That’s well thought out.”
If anything came out of last night, it showed that the Kaepernick situation can be manageable for the organization. Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane also sat for the national anthem before before the Seahawks/Raiders game in support of Kaepernick. More may join.
Kaepernick was hardly sprinting off the field dodging batteries last night, he stayed after to sign some autographs. Tune in next week.