In an interview with USA Today’s Jarrett Bell, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman shared his thoughts on Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti wringing his hands over the idea of signing Colin Kaepernick.
At a fan forum on Sunday, Bisciotti answered a question about potentially signing Kaepernick by hemming and hawing and admitting that he was hesitant to do so because he worried about how fans might react to Kaepernick’s political beliefs. Never did he address the fact that with Joe Flacco injured, Kaepernick is a better quarterback than any of the Ravens’ current options, something you might assume would be the determining factor in such a situation. To Sherman, this doesn’t make much sense:
“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.”
Even if you don’t agree with Sherman—although an All-Pro cornerback’s assessment of quarterback play seems pretty trustworthy—I think we can all find joy in that vicious Jets burn.