Back in 2020, Pete Carroll said he regret not signing Colin Kaepernick. He even went further in his comments, saying Kaepernick was right about police brutality. Well, Coach you have a chance right now to right all your wrongs.
Colin Kaepernick is a free agent and you have Drew Lock as your only option. The Seahawks need a quarterback and why not give Kaepernick a shot to compete. Hear me out, you said some pretty strong things about Colin Kaepernick and seemed like you regretted your decision not to sign him. Well, make it right now. He is already working out with your star wide receiver.
Let’s first look at Pete Carroll’s Statements from back in 2020:
“I regret that we weren’t the one way back when that just did it just to do it, even though I thought that it wasn’t the right fit necessarily for us at the time,” Carroll said. “The reason it wasn’t the right fit is because I held him in such a high regard I didn’t see him as a backup quarterback and I didn’t want to put him in that situation with Russ. It just didn’t feel like it would fit right. That’s the way I felt about it. So I just wish it would happen, and I wish we would have been a part of it when the time was available then. We’re kind of set up right now, so football-wise, it doesn’t seem to fit us like I said. But there’s a lot of time here. We’ll see what happens.”
“He was right on it,” the coach said. “He was right on the topics about police brutality and inequality, and he was right on the subject matter at the time. That’s so obvious now where maybe all of the flak that flew about not honoring the flag and all the other things that were not even a part of the demonstration or what his intent was at all, that just skewed the whole discussion, I don’t think that’s around now. It’s different at this time frame.”
“I like our setup right now,” Carroll said when asked if the Seahawks would consider Kaepernick provided he was willing to be a backup. “I love the way Geno fits together in our role and all that, so it’s not really available at this time for us. But I wouldn’t hesitate — I’ve said this ongoing for years — if Russ ever got tangled up and couldn’t play or something, Kap would have been an extraordinary candidate to take over because of the dynamics of his play. We’ve always really cherished the unique qualities that players bring, and he had a unique style that we couldn’t [have] respected more. But as the backup, I hope he’s going to get a chance to do that because really he deserves to be playing.”
Read that last paragraph again. He said if Russ ever got tangled up, and couldn’t play or something, Kap would have been an extraordinary candidate to take over. SIR, Russ is gone! So does that mean Kaep is still an extraordinary candidate?
Let’s be honest here, what does it cost the Seahawks? Yesterday, there were rumors that Deshaun Watson will not talk with the Seahawks, and we know the 49ers are not going to trade Jimmy G to the Seahawks. So who is going to go to Seattle? Yes, they can draft someone and they should, but why not sign Kaepernick to a prove it deal. Let’s see if he still has it. Give him the preseason and make your decision. The ball is now in Pete’s court.