The NFL is watching Colin Kaepernick again and not for his politics

The San Francisco 49 ers ought to have horrendous this season but their controversial quarterback is near his best as free organization looms

Colin Kaepernick is likely not going to be the San Francisco 49 ers quarterback next season. This has less to do with his refusal to stand for the national hymn and more to do with the fact he will be a free agent this winter and the Niners need to find themselves a quarterback around whom they can build.

But he should be person quarterback in 2017. In a conference filled with retreads, flops and never-really-weres surely there is a place for a 29 -year-old near Super Bowl winner who can beat crews with both his arm and leg. In what has become an audition for his next responsibility, Kaepernick continues to show glimpses of why he was once-seen as one of the NFLs better young quarterbacks. Sunday he nearly extended a horrendous 49 ers unit past the Miami Dolphins in a game they had no business acquiring. On a final spring to the end zone, he came up a yard short as hour expired in a 31 -2 4 loss.

This came after he threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns while running for 113 on a 49 ers team that examines as if it has packed up for the season.

There arent 31 better quarterbacks in the NFL than Kaepernick. The combined function and shedding knowledge that once stimulated him nearly-impossible to stop, taking the 49 ers to one Super Bowl look and leaving them merely short of another “re still here”. Under Niners coach Chip Kelly, he seems to have found whatever it was that he lost in recent seasons. He is increasingly self-confident and attaining better decisions than he did in his two-year nosedive that might well have forced San Francisco to cut him were it not for the six-year $114 m contract he signed before the 2014 season.

As much as Id like to think I can jump-start right back in and be 100% on top of my play it was something that took a little bit to get into a pattern, get comfortable with everything thats happening within the offense, Kaepernick recently told 49 ers.com . Its arising more and more every week that I experience comfortable with whats going on, why were calling play-acts, how were trying to get happens done and be able to build on those.

In the six starts since he took over as the teams starter on 16 October, Kaepernick has hurled for 1,440 yards and 10 touchdowns against merely three interceptions. He has run for another 373 yards and a score.

Obviously, his market will not be huge next winter. NFL coaches hate distractions and Kaepernicks four-month anthem protest and accompanying pleas to talk about issues such as police savagery and the lack of economic opportunities for African Americans will turn off numerous crews. But there is also this about Kaepernick: he is bothered by nothing of the detest that has spouted his lane. Last-place week, he debated Fidel Castro with Miami Herald writer Armando Salguero, whose clas escaped Cuba when he was a child. In the back-and-forth, Kaepernick deplored Castros regime but praised some elements of the rulers tenure. Salguero wrote a tower, that wept Kaepernick apart and struck a nerve in their home communities that have all along abhorred Castro and joyously celebrated his death this weekend. Kaepernick was booed heavily when he took the field at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. And yet Kaepernick seemed to thrive as the boos poured down.

After the game, Kaepernick said he had praised Castros education and universal health systems while betraying his abuse. These are not topics numerous coaches crave their quarterbacks addressing in their postgame press conferences. But his talent will certainly attract others.

The 49 ers are awful right now. Were it not for the Browns, San Francisco would be the conferences worst. Kaepernick has yet to prevail as a starter and yet as he improves with each week, the Niners losing has fewer and less to do with him. He can help a better unit prevail plays. If this is indeed a tryout for next season, person will have noticed.

Quote of the week

Its been a long 12 weeks .

For the second straight week the quote in this space belongs to someone from the winless Browns. This time its coach Hue Jackson whose NFL resume says he deserves much better than this 0-12 season. He testified up to his news conference almost a half hour after the game purposed and seemed emotionally spent. He called the year thus far the hardest thing ever, and it is tough not to feel for a coach who is attaining do with an inexperienced unit with a flimsy offensive way that has allowed a rotation of quarterbacks to be injured. He called this unit a reboot from previous Cleveland regrets and acts as if he is certain they are building something with the Browns. Even if construct necessitates losing every play this year.

Quote of the week II

Weve got the best kicker in the conference, theres no doubt about it. But weve got to keep the young manner humble .

Ravens coach John Harbaugh rarely has to make tough decisions with his kicker Justin Tucker. Tucker has been magnificent in a year when many of his peers are refusing. On Sunday, Tucker made three field goals of more than 50 yards( 52, 57, 54) in Baltimores 19 -1 4 win over Cincinnati and became the first player in NFL history to represent three field goals of more than 50 yards in a half. Tucker likewise made a more pedestrian 36 -yarder as the Ravens moved to 6-5 and a first-place tie in the AFC North. Tucker is still perfect this season, hitting all 23 of his field goals and 14 of his extra details, and has 34 straight-out dating back to last-place season, the sixth-longest flash in league history.

Fantasy player of the week

The story of Drew Brees and his four touchdown extends on Sunday is really a fib about bitterness, feeling and retaliate. The Saints former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was returning to the Superdome for the first time since he helped to get New Orleans coach Sean Payton suspended for a year in the debacle that became known as Bountygate. Payton never genuinely did like Williams much, even though Williams designed the two teams swashbuckling defense that helped the Saints prevail a Super Bowl. The unit “ve never” fully recovered from Bountygate after Williams long moved onto the Rams. To show how much those old-time meanders still simmer reviewed and considered the zeal with which Brees and the Saints ran after a good Rams defense. Brees was 28 -for-3 6 for 310 yards, New Orleans had 555 yards of offense and receiver Willie Snead threw a 50 -yard touchdown pass to add the final knife in a 49 -2 1 win.

Stat of the week

Seven. The number of touchdown extends hurled by players who had never thrown one in the NFL. By this time of year one would not expect this quantity to be this high, especially with the No1 pick in the previous springs draft implied. But a wonderful confluence of solid manage by Rams coaches, an inopportune injury to Jay Cutler and some deception led to tallying extends from three players with zeros in the touchdown tower on their occupation evidence. Three of these touchdowns were hurled by Los Angeless Jared Goff, the top draft choice who had sat all season until he was ready before last weeks game against Miami. Another three received from Chicagos Matt Barkley who stepped in for Cutler and made up for four years of a touchdown-less occupation in one memorable afternoon. He would have had a fourth had receiver Josh Bellamy not plunged one wide open in the end zone late in the game. And so he finished the day with three TDs and a 27 -2 1 loss to Tennessee.

Oh and did we mention Willie Sneads touchdown pass? It would have been our Gif of the week were it not for …

Gif of the week

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Vontze Burfict continues his horrible season with this embarrassing flop.
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November 27, 2016

And they say soccer players flop.

Vontaze Burfict was always a risk that the Bengals dismissed. He came out of the draft with advises fixed about off-field both problems and a bia to pick up personal pollute in plays. He ran from a possible first-round pick to undrafted. Cincinnati took a chance on him, believing in his talent which is outstanding but he has continued to baffle with his demeanor. He missed this seasons first three plays after a suspension for bumpy play in the playoffs and last week he threw off devotees.Sunday he appeared to give a cheap push to Ravens receiver Steve Smith who reacted as any player would in pushing back. But surely neither Smith nor government officials expected to see a reaction fairly like Burficts: a dud that could tract him a persona on Broadway when his playing dates are done.

Elsewhere around the conference

— Tom Brady tied Peyton Manning for the most wins by a quarterback when he acquired his 200 th play as the Patriots came back to beat the Jets 22 -1 7. This despite again losing tight goal Rob Gronkowski, who left with a back injury. Gronkowski, who missed the previous play with a chest injury, had no catches when he departed.

— Seattle did nothing offensively in Tampa Bay, putting up merely 245 yards and failing to score a touchdown in a 14 -5 loss to the Buccaneers. Russell Wilson was the Seahawks leading rusher with 80 yards … to go with his 151 lead and two interceptions.

— Atlanta continued to impress with a 38 -1 9 pounding of the Cardinals. Matt Ryan was 26 -for-3 4 for 269 yards as he dominated the conferences top defense. Arizona fall to 4-6-1 and are seeming fewer and less like a playoff unit after acquiring the NFC West a year ago.

– Buffalo preserved their playoff hopes alive by thumping Jacksonville 28 -2 1 behind 103 rushing yards and two touchdowns from LeSean McCoy.

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