Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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Ever since it was announced that QB Colin Kaepernick would be leaving the San Francisco 49ers, people have been speculating about his fate. Obviously he would get signed in free agency, right? He’s the best QB option available, isn’t he? Then, March 9, the official start of NFL free agency, passed. Then the rest of March…April…May…June…and now July has almost concluded and Kaep has still yet to find a new football home. I read an article today about the Baltimore Ravens needing another QB option with Joe Flacco sustaining a back injury that is projected to keep him out for at least three weeks. Of course, Kaep’s name came up because Ravens HC John Harbaugh knows about Kaep from his brother, Jim Harbaugh, having coached Kaep in San Fran. Oh, and they played against each other in a Super Bowl, so there’s that.

I decided, what the heck, I’ll project what will happen with Kaep, too. So here are a few spots I think he might end up:

7. Denver Broncos– I HIGHLY doubt GM John Elway would sign a guy with Kaep’s antics. And the salary cap probably isn’t conducive to a Kaep signing in Denver. And Elway seems to see something in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch that the rest of the world doesn’t see. But I don’t see what Elway sees so screw it, I’m putting Denver in here anyway.

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

6. Las Vegas Raiders– I know that they are still the Oakland Raiders for the next couple of seasons but I put Las Vegas there for a very specific reason: Kaep played his college ball in Nevada, and he was good (good enough to beat what was probably the best Boise State football team to ever take the field in 2010). Even though he would only be a backup to Derek Carr, I’m sure the Raiders could bring in some extra revenue by having the local boy ride the bench and play in preseason.

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Only after I retire, Colin.

5. Arizona Cardinals– If there is one thing that we all learned from the Cards’ 2016-17 season, it’s that Carson Palmer is not getting any younger. Granted, part of the reason he looked so bad last year was because he looked so good in the 2015-16 season. Regardless, he is 37 years old and I don’t think he is on the Tom Brady diet and workout routine that will allow him to play well into his 40s. Also, Bruce Arians is known as a QB whisperer (see Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and…well…Carson Palmer). What’s wrong with this possibility? Blaine Gabbert is listed as the 3rd QB on the Cards depth chart and there were several times where he looked better than Kaep in San Francisco. So this one probably isn’t very likely. But it would be fun to see Kaep playing for (theoretically) a contender again.

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

4. New York Jets– Nothing can save the 2017-18 New York Jets. NOTHING. If this team wins more than 2 games, with or without Kaep, I would be SHOCKED. That said, Kaep could be the interesting, controversial player that the Jets need to get any sort of fans to show up to view their train wreck in person.

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Chad, I think you’ve got my jersey there.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars– I honestly feel as though this scenario hasn’t been talked about at all even though it’s a pretty interesting scenario. Maybe it’s because the Jags have been dumping so much money into their defense that they likely don’t have enough for Kaep. But follow me for a second: Let’s say the Jags decide to finally give up on “franchise QB” Blake Bortles. Kaep would join an offense with 2017 first-round pick RB Leonard Fournette, promising young WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, and a solid o-line with 2017 second-round pick Cam Robinon, up-and-comer AJ Cann, veteran Branden Albert, and the highest-paid C in NFL history, Brandon Linder. That, plus the part about the money that the Jags have been pouring into their defense would make for an easy job for Kaep. But, then, that job is supposed to be easy for Bortles, too. He makes it look IMMENSELY difficult.

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Calm down, Colin. I’ll only be out for a few weeks.

2. Baltimore Ravens– (see the first paragraph of this article) He’d mostly be a temp in this scenario.

1. Retirement– Let’s be honest, this is far and away the most realistic scenario on this list. The league has turned his back on him because of his controversial pregame national anthem antics. The National Football League prides itself on being patriotic (hence the annual “Salute to Service” week), and Kaep certainly isn’t. The anti-Kaep sentiment doesn’t just run amongst NFL front offices, either. Fans of teams who have been working out Kaepernick have been protesting against his signing, including his most recently visited team (just a couple days ago), Baltimore.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on your thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s fate and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much appreciated like. As always, respectful, constructive criticism is welcome. If you are not yet a follower, join Team TheHaysWay so you can say that, unlike Kaepernick, you are on a team. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow!

Grab Bag #4: Thursday Night Football, NFL Wins, and Weather

Before I get into the meat of this post, I’d like to provide an update on my Teddy Ruxpin tweet from yesterday. Since my post last night, the retweet count on that tweet has increased to 25, and the like count is up to 147! Of course, I have to thank Dule Hill for that because he has WAY more followers than I do. His retweet is what has led to the success of my tweet. Also, I encourage all of you readers who have not seen it yet to check it out, and maybe add to the retweet and like counts! 🙂

Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers

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Arizona Cardinals @ San Francisco 49ers                Tonight @ 6:25 pm MDT

Tonight’s matchup is a big one for the Arizona Cardinals. They are off to a 1-3 start to the season, despite coming into this year with Super Bowl aspirations. (Sidenote: The San Francisco 49ers are also off to a 1-3 start, but every expected that. Actually, I’m a little surprised they aren’t 0-4.) In fact, my projections that I released at the beginning of this season had the Cardinals sitting at 4-0 through this point in the season (and the 49ers sitting at 0-4). Obviously, I was a little off. Anyway, the Cardinals will be going into Levi’s stadium, desperately desiring a win without their starting QB. Carson Palmer was ruled out for this game earlier in the week, so backup QB Drew Stanton will start in Palmer’s place. No need to fret Cardinals fans, you might remember (and if you don’t then this is a reminder) that Stanton went 5-3 when he needed to fill in for the injured Palmer in 2014. In fact, Stanton might prove to help the Cardinals, as Palmer was struggling before his injury. Regardless, playing the San Francisco 49ers does wonders for a team’s confidence (even the Los Angeles Rams have won 3 straight games since losing to the 49ers, 0-28). I expect this to be a better game than Cardinals fans would like, but I still see the Cardinals winning, 14-10.  The margin of victory could be wider if the Cardinals secondary steps up their game. Other than CB Patrick Peterson, the secondary has been a weak point for the Cardinals this season, and that includes S Tryann Mathieu.

Which team do you think will win in tonight’s matchup?

Projections Progress

Seeing as the NFL season is a quarter of the way finished, I suppose now is a good time to take a look at how accurate my 2016-nfl-win-projections-updated have been, thus far. So, these are the teams that I’ve predicted correctly, so far:

-New Orleans Saints (1-3)

-Cleveland Browns (0-4)

-Detroit Lions (1-3)

-Chicago Bears (1-3)

-Tennessee Titans (1-3)

-Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)

-Cincinnati Bengals (2-2)

-Dallas Cowboys (3-1)

-Green Bay Packers (2-1)

-Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)

Clearly, it’s easier to project the lower-end teams. Why? Well, the good teams end up stumbling in random games, which is hard to predict. The bad teams, however, always end up equalizing at the bottom, even if they are the reason for a good team’s stumble.

Which teams are doing better/worse than you thought they’d be doing?

Denver Weather

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The view of today’s gray sky from my dorm room.

Well, today started off quite dreary here in Denver. There was a fairly steady drizzle throughout the morning. Why am I mentioning this? Well, this is the first time it has rained since I’ve been here. I guess my roommate did something wrong, because today is his birthday, too. Unfortunate coincidence. But, It is now sunny again, and glimpses of blue sky are starting to show through the clouds. The weather can rain on the positivity parade if it wants, but in the end, happiness and positivity prevail!

What has the weather been where you are?

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on tonight’s game and/or on my win projections and/or on the weather (in Denver or elsewhere) and/or on the daily questions and/or on whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. If you are not yet a follower, become a follower to join the positvity parade that conquers all, including the weather! Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: August 5, 2016

“I didn’t come with a lot of energy the same way I came in the first game…I’ll come to the next game very, very hard.” -Leandro Barbosa, Basketball, Brazil

In honor of tonight’s opening ceremony, I chose this quote from Brazilian basketball player, Leandro Barbosa. Barbosa was a member of this season’s record-setting Golden State Warriors team. He also has a legitimate shot of leading Team Brazil to a medal. There are a total of 45 current NBA players participating in the Olympics this year, a new record. Countries represented by these players include: Argentina (notably: San Antonio Spurs SG Manu Ginobili), Australia (Dallas Mavericks C Andrew Bogut), Brazil (Barbosa), Croatia (Brooklyn Nets SF Bojan Bogdanovic), France (San Antonio Spurs PG Tony Parker), Lithuania (Toronto Raptors C Jonas Valanciunas), Nigeria (Detroit Pistons PG Michael Gbinije), Serbia (Denver Nuggets C Nikola Jokic), Spain (Minnesota Timberwolves PG Ricky Rubio), United States of America (DUH!). Almost all of the countries listed above have more than one current NBA player on their roster, I just listed one notable one for each country. In regard to the opening ceremony, it was really awesome to see US swimmer Michael Phelps bearing the US flag. I didn’t realize that Phelps had never been a part of the opening ceremony prior to tonight until NBC’s Matt Lauer mentioned it. It’s a good last hurrah for him. I watched the entire opening ceremony through Team Ireland. I am very proud of my Irish heritage, despite the fact that I have heritage from all over Europe, and I’m American-born. Being red-headed, many people automatically connect me to Ireland and I wholeheartedly embrace that. Don’t worry, Team USA still gets my priority as a fan, but Ireland is second in my heart, with third not even in sight. So there’s the Olympic fix for this football blog, now on to the football portion:

  1. The Arizona Cardinals extended their two biggest, veteran stars today. QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald are now locked up through the 2018 season with their one-year contract extensions. Palmer’s extra year is worth $24.35 million, while Fitzgerald’s is worth $11 million. The Cardinals are rocking training camp. They extended these two during the SAME WEEK in which they extended FS Tyrann Mathieu. Clearly, the Cardinals want to achieve similar levels of success to that of last season. With these resignings, I don’t see any reason why that can’t achieve and surpass that level.
  2. The Buffalo Bills continue to deal with injury issues. They are already without their 2016 first round pick, DE Shaq Lawson, and now, they have lost their 2016 second round pick, LB Reggie Ragland. Ragland suffered a knee injury while pursuing freshly-signed RB Reggie Bush in practice. The intensity of the injury is not yet known, though the speculation is that it is not good because it was a non-contact injury.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.