Dec. 22, 2010
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CSNBayArea.com StaffMike Singletary plans to start Troy Smith at quarterback against the St. Louis Rams in Week 16, according to a national report. The NFL Network's Jason La Canfora first reported the story via his twitter page Wednesday afternoon. Mike Singletary refused to reveal the name of his starter on Tuesday, even though he said he had made his choice. When asked why he wouldn't announce which Smith it would be, he responded, "because it's something I don't want to announce right now."
CSNBayArea.com 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco reported on his Twitter page this morning that offensive coordinator Mike Johnson said he didn't know who the starter would be Sunday in St. Louis.
MAIOCCO: Singletary chooses QB for Rams game, but wont tell who it is AlexSmith started the past two games for the 49ers, and has startednine games this season. He has completed 60.1 percent of his passeswith 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He is averaging 6.6 yards perpass attempt, and has a passer rating of 79.2. He has been sacked 21times while attempting 298 passes.
STATS: Alex Smith 2010 splits Troy Smith 2010 splitsTroySmith started five games in the middle of the season. He completed 52.4percent of his passes with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Heaveraged 8.1 yards per attempt, with a passer rating of 80.2. He wassacked 16 times with 126 pass attempts.
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NEW YORK — A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League.
The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in what he called a protest against oppression of people of color.
He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so far, no NFL teams have signed him for the upcoming season.
The gathering in Brooklyn featured about 75 mostly minority officers wearing black T-shirts reading "#imwithkap."
One exception was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film, "Serpico."
He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.
"He's trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers," said the now 81-year-old Serpico.
Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after the rally, spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.
"Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we're going to have these issues," he said.
I hadn’t considered the notion of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles bombing quite so badly Thursday night, so I hadn’t considered the notion advanced by Pro Football Talk Friday morning that Jacksonville might be a great place for Colin Kaepernick.
That’s because I long ago stopped considering the idea that Kaepernick’s exile from football was, or is, about football. It isn’t. He is the example for future player/miscreants, and trotting his name out every time a quarterback in the new NFL vomits up a practice game on national television is simply perpetuating a lie.
Until someone gets so desperate that it isn’t any more.
That’s the problem with being so definitive about Kaepernick’s perpetual ban. It only takes one owner with a willingness to stick a middle finger up to the objections and say, “I own a football team, not some branch of the USO” to end this national spitfest once and for all. And yes, I say owner because this is an owner’s decision, solely and completely. In the hypothetical of Kaepernick the Jaguar, it will be made not by Doug Marrone, who is merely a coach, or by Tom Coughlin, who is only the general manager, but Shahid Khad, one of the brightest and quietly more powerful owners in the league.
But the odds still scream No Kaep For You, because it would mean that exhibition games matter for judgmental purposes (which they don’t), that Bortles is somehow worse than half the quarterbacks in the NFL (he is part of an amorphous blob of non-producers whose numbers are growing as the differences between college and pro football offenses expand), and that owners easily break away from the herd once the herd has decided on something (Khan is not a rebel in the Jerry Jones mold by any means).
In other words, I remain unconvinced that there is a place for Colin Kaepernick in a new and nastier NFL. And he’s probably better off.