Dress For Success is a non-profit organization here in the Washington DC area – and probably in many other areas as well – with the mission to help women achieve economic success and independence. One way they try to help is to provide women with attire that is appropriate for women in the professional workplace. I am not here to endorse this organization – even though I think they have a laudatory mission – nor am I here to disparage them. I mention them only because the name of their organization, “Dress For Success”, has an interesting connection with a sports story today. Here is the deal:
- Dolphins’ QB Ryan Tannehill injured his knee in practice last week and it may require season ending surgery.
- The Dolphins signed Jay Cutler out of retirement to a 1-year contract for $10M to be their QB for 207.
- There were reports the Dolphins also considered Tim Tebow as an option for that job had they not been able to reach an agreement with Cutler.
So what does this have to do with “Dress For Success”? Well, there is another QB out there looking for a team named Colin Kaepernick and given the way his job situation has evolved, the most likely avenue for him to get a job in the NFL is to have a team lose its starter in training camp so that … Well, that just happened in Miami and he did not get an audition let alone a job. “Dress For Success” may have had something to do with that.
Last year, a reporter for the Miami Herald was interviewing Kaepernick prior to a game between the Dolphins and the Niners. The reporter – of Cuban heritage – asked Kaepernick why he wore a T-shirt with the images of Malcom X and Fidel Castro on it when he had a news conference to explain the basis of his National Anthem protest. You can read the article here – and I suggest that you do so – because I believe it explains why Colin Kaepernick did not get an audition with the Miami Dolphins.
Miami has a large Latino community with linkages to Cuba – and the vast majority of those folks do not consider Fidel Castro to be a worthwhile human being. In the interview with the Miami Herald reporter, Kaepernick demonstrated that he did not understand that situation nor did he realize that Fidel Castro is like a “third-rail” in Miami. He may have learned about the intensity of those feelings over the weekend; if he still does not understand them, then he needs to place a telephone call to Ozzie Guillen who can explain it to him with first-hand knowledge.
Kaepernick still has a shot to sign on with the Ravens; there has been talk of front office consideration of that move in the wake of Joe Flacco missing a few days of practice early in training camp. Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle had a piercing comment on the Ravens and their deliberations last weekend:
“The hilarity continues in the Colin Kaepernick saga. Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti, speaking before a group of fans, said of the reports of team interest in Kaepernick, ‘Your opinions matter to us. … We’re very sensitive to it, and we’re monitoring it, and we’re trying to figure out what’s the right tack. So, pray for us.’
Pray for us? I’m no theologian, but if Ravens’ fans are devoting valuable prayer time to asking the Lord to guide this football team in its quest for a backup quarterback, your life and your world are in terrific shape.”
Can I get an “AMEN !!” here?
Speaking of QBs who may be looking for a job, there is a possibility that Skins’ QB, Kirk Cousins may be a free agent next year – after playing on two consecutive franchise tags. People have speculated that he would be coveted by the Niners and the Bills because their current head coaches had been offensive coordinators in Washington when Cousins was there. And, of course, anyone who follows the NFL even casually knows that the Browns are always looking for a QB and they will have a boatload of cap room to dangle in front of Cousins.
Just for giggles, I wonder if the dominoes might fall in a different way:
- Ben Roethlisberger contemplated retirement in this off-season and decided to come back for the 2017 season.
- Just suppose that was a real soul-searching on his part and that he seriously considered retirement to the point that after one more year of wear-and-tear on his body, Ben Roethlisberger decides to hang up the jockstrap at the end of this season. I am not predicting this; I said, “Just suppose …”
- Now, put yourself in free agent Kirk Cousins’ position. The Niners and the Bills have coaches you know and like – – but their supporting casts, particularly their offensive lines, are less than stellar. The Browns have a coach who is supposed to be “great with QBs” – – but when push comes to shove, these are still the Browns and that is not good. And then, there are the Pittsburgh Steelers…
- With the Steelers, he could throw to Antonio Brown who is at the very least one of the top 5 WRs in the NFL. With the Steelers, he could hand the ball off to LeVeon Bell who is at the very least one of the top 5 RBs in the NFL. He would have a competent OL in front of him and a team that normally puts a competent defensive unit together.
- Cousins is going to make a ton of money wherever he signs a long-term deal and he has already made about $45M on the two franchise tags the Skins gave him. So, why would the Steelers be a bad choice on his part – – given that Ben Roethlisberger actually decides to retire?
Finally, let me close with another observation from Scott Ostler in the SF Chronicle:
“Fun fact: Scientists and statisticians say that on the opening day of NFL training camps every season, the total amount of weight lost by NFL players in the offseason exactly matches the total amount gained by other players.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………