Colin Kaepernick, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and current free agent, may not yet be sure where he’s headed next season, but he’s nevertheless making his free time count.Over the weekend, the football player was spotted in New York City standing outside a parole office, handing out two boxes of his own custom-made suits to those who could use them for upcoming job interviews.
Kap’s good deed is in partnership with 100 Suits, an organization that aims to provide suits and workwear to men and woman preparing for job interviews, as well as tailoring and grooming services. – WMUR
The ballad of Colin Kaepernick is an interesting one. He came on the scene like a bolt of lightning and brought the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl under coach Jim Harbaugh. Once Harbaugh was ousted, Kaepernick was out of the spotlight as quickly as he entered it, and that’s when things started getting testy. He notoriously kneeled during the national anthem during last year’s games as a protest towards the treatment of African Americans and minorities in the US. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, that is the first and sometimes only thing people will bring up when discussing Kaepernick. “He kneeled during the anthem and he was wrong!”. That’s the consensus among a lot of people, and they don’t take into account that this was something Kaep thought long and hard about for a long time, and discussedwith his family and friends before finally deciding to take a stand. For someone with very little to gain besides hate and contempt to do something like he did seemed honorable to me, and while I may not agree with the action of kneeling during the national anthem, I respected his right to do it.
With the kneeling controversy dying down and Kaepernick himself saying he will stand for the national anthem this year (if he finds a team), it seems like the media doesn’t have much use for Kaep anymore. That’s a shame, because all he’s done over the past year is donate close to a million dollars to charities and social causes, including Meals on Wheels, Life After Hate Inc., Silence is Violence and the above mentioned 100 Suits. This is also all being done while Kaepernick is out of a job, as NFL teams don’t want the stigma of signing someone with a negative image in the media (unless they beat their wives or girlfriends or stockpile assault weapons). Again, the Kaepernick story is unfortunate but not surprising, as a person can only stand up for what they believe in if it’s convenient for everyone else too. I stand by Kaepernick’s charity work, and I look forward to the donations he’ll be making in the future.
Chips Ahoy – Chip Kelly is the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
Kelly, fired last year at the end of his third season coaching the Eagles, has been hired by the 49ers today.
Although Kelly’s tenure in Philadelphia will be remembered mostly for his disappointing 2015 season, in which he was given full personnel control and didn’t know what to do with it, he did have success in his first two seasons with the Eagles. In San Francisco, G.M. Trent Baalke will pick the players, and Kelly will coach them. Coaching is what Kelly does best.
The first question is whether the quarterback Kelly coaches will be Colin Kaepernick. It appeared that Kaepernick’s tenure in San Francisco was coming to an end when he was benched last season, but Kelly’s offense could be suited to Kaepernick’s skill set, and it’s now possible that Kaepernick could remain.
Any time you can snag up one of the best coaches on the market, you have to be pleased. So what if he’s a racist and he’s slowly losing his mind. He’s walking into hell, anyway. So maybe being a crazy racist is just what the 49ers need. As much as Jim Tomsula was fun to watch and his mustache was majestic, he was clearly overmatched. The 49ers had a historic overhaul coming into this season, and they performed as well as expected. Now that Kelly realizes he can’t coach AND make all the personnel decisions, maybe he’ll be more grounded and do a better job. The most important question is obviously what do you do with Kaepernick. I was under the impression that he was as good as gone, but he’s a pretty excellent fit for Kelly’s offense. Finally a beacon of hope in what was once a depressing wasteland.
Vernon Davis Has Been Traded, Colin Kaepernick Has Been Benched & The 49ers Aren’t The Greatest Team In The World Right Now
The trade represents the full-circle journey the 49ers have taken, from the ranks of the NFL’s worst, to one of its best, now back to darkness and desperation.
Hours after the trade, reports circled that the 49ers have decided to bench struggling Colin Kaepernick in favor of Blaine Gabbert this week. The quarterback of the present and future will hold a clipboard. The team is crumbling.
That picture pretty much sums up the 49ers season. They had the worst offseason in recent memory, losing so many key coaches and players that you knew it’d be impossible for them to have anything close to a decent season this year, and that’s exactly what’s happened. Now another key veteran is gone in Vernon Davis, and their $100 million quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been benched in favor of a guy who the Jacksonville Jaguars thought was expendable. It’s a shocking fall from grace for a team that was in the god damn Super Bowl 3 years ago, but that’s what happens when ownership thinks they know how to build a team better than a guy (Jim Harbaugh) who lives and breathes football and has instantly turned around programs and franchises everywhere he’s went. Is it shocking that Michigan is ranked 16th in the country and the 49ers are going through one of the ugliest seasons in ever? It shouldn’t be, and unfortunately, unless they score some serious talent in next year’s draft, it won’t be getting better anytime soon.
Coming off easily the worst year of his young career, Colin Kaepernick finds himself at a crossroads this year. He just signed a huge contract, lost his head coach and most of the offensive staff and now he’s getting into a Twitter fight with someone named Stephen Batten. Not exactly the start to the off season 49ers were looking for. Kaepernick might honestly be the worst athlete in history in regards to taking criticism. If he’s playing great, he seems like a fun guy to be around and interview, and we’ve already seen how great he can be when he’s on. When he’s playing bad? Moody city, population Colin. He snapped at reporters all season long and looked generally lost on the field, which was a big reason why the 49ers went from the NFC Championship in January of 2014 to 8-8 and home on the couch in January of 2015. I’m glad Kaepernick is already hitting the weight room and studying film, but the biggest thing he needs to work on is his attitude. Do you think you’d see Tom Brady trading jabs with some random guy on Twitter after a bad loss or a bad season? Kaepernick needs to study the off the field habits of the great quarterbacks who have been successful in this league and try his best to emulate them. If he doesn’t, it’s going to antoher long season for the 49ers.