- “If the Cowboys are making a real football decision, they should sign Kaepernick as their No. 2 quarterback”
Andy Benoit has praised Colin Kaepernick’s activism and criticized his play on the field.
On the 2017 Season Preview episode of The MMQB: 10 Things Podcast, Andy explained why Dallas needs Kaepernick, and Kaepernick fits in Dallas:
“We’ve talked Kaepernick on this show before, and I’m sure people believe that I have a vendetta against Kaepernick and whatever. I like him, I’m fine with him, I don’t like his style of play, I don’t think it fits many NFL offenses. But in Dallas’s case, where they have concerns at their No. 2 quarterback; Kellen Moore didn’t play as well as they wanted in the preseason, I think Kaepernick would be an excellent fit as a backup.
“I do think there’s a place in the NFL for Colin Kaepernick. It has to be on a team that would be conducive to letting him run around, and with Dallas having such a good offensive line, Kaepernick’s unrefinement in the pocket—and he’s badly unrefined—it becomes not only less of an issue, it’s much less of an issue, he has a clean pocket to play from now, but it gives him a chance to get refined and learn and get better.
“And the beauty of Kaepernick is that he gives your running game the same thing Prescott does, which is the threat of the quarterback running. So read-option is an obvious example of that, you have to account for the quarterback in read-option. But what Dallas does, because they’re an outside zone-running team, they incorporate their play-action and bootleg game in such a fashion that the back-side defensive end must have eyes on the quarterback no matter what. So there’s no back-side pursuit against Dallas’s running plays, because what if they didn’t hand the ball off to the running back, and what if the quarterback kept it and went around the edge? You get that with Prescott, that’s why he’s valuable to Dallas. You would get that exact same effect with Kaepernick.
“So, I think there are 15-to-20 backup QBs better than Kaepernick, Kellen Moore is not one of them. Kaepernick would fit what Dallas wants to do. If they’re making a real football decision, they should go sign him as a No. 2, but I don’t think they will.”
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