Michael Vick: Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Have A Job Because Of His Play, Not His Protest (AUDIO)
Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick is not one of those people who believes Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest is the reason he’s currently out of the NFL.
On Monday, Vick joined Jason Whitlock on Fox Sports Radio 1. During the interview, he suggested the reason Colin Kaepernick is job-less right now is because he hasn’t played well enough in the past two years to warrant getting a call from an NFL squad.
“It has nothing to do with him being blackballed,” Vick said. “The gesture that he made last year when he took the stand to do what he did, listen, we all appreciated it, we respected it, and it was a good thing. I really think the stand that he took has nothing to do with him not having a job playing in the National Football League right now.
And being frank, Colin didn’t have the best two years his last two seasons. It wasn’t as productive as what we’ve seen him do. And maybe it was due to coaching changes and musical chairs in the positions around him and players, but I think in terms of him getting back on the field, it’s going to have to be a team that suits his skill set and what he does well: mobility inside and outside of the pocket, making plays with his feet, maybe a little bit of the wildcat — whatever they want to call it — mixed in, but it has to be some kind of scheme that helps Kaepernick and that team in terms of productivity.
Any other type of offense I don’t think will help him right now because it’s going to take him so long to adjust and learn the system, protections, blitzes, what to look for, receivers, that type of camaraderie doesn’t happen overnight.”
Vick did acknowledge that he’s shocked no team is willing to give Kaepernick a shot as a backup, and he wonders if teams are clueless about his commitment to actually playing the game.
“We don’t know his commitment, his dedication to the game right now. Unless you talk to Colin personally, you probably won’t know. I still think his heart is in football. He’s fairly young,” Vick said. “He still has football left in him, but it’s still predicated on what teams want in the quarterback position.”