Those stats are fine, but they don’t really tell the whole story. In two of his best games, statistically, last season (vs NO and ATL) he didn’t start moving the ball until his team was already down by 18 and 21 points, respectively. He was a disaster against the Bears, the Bucs, and the Bills. Yes, his TD-INT rate is really good, but he was also top 5 in QB fumbles with 9 in 12 games. To his credit, he only three of those were lost. He averaged 186 yards per game, which put him 30th. That puts him below Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum, Bortles, Osweiler, Eli, etc. (in many cases, well below their average). His 16 TD put him 25th in the league, his TD per game average at 20th in the league.
So yes if you put that altogether, he’s statistically better than a handful of the starters out there, but the question any team would have to ask is whether or not he’s enough of an upgrade over the crap they have to put up with the media circus that’s going to follow him?
I have nothing against his protests. I respect his and anyone’s right to do as they please during the national anthem. Like Robert, I think playing the anthem is kind of weird in general. I don’t really respect that in the middle of his protests he also didn’t bother to vote in the election, but whatever. I will admit, however, that even though I think he was always overrated, I’m surprised he hasn’t been signed. But I still think protesting him not being signed is ridiculous.
I also admit that Kaep has always come off, to me, kind of pompous. And I think that’s part of his problem here. Especially when you look across the Bay and see Derek Carr, who comes off as a great, humble dude. I don’t know how much Kaep cares about playing football. And that’s fine, he could do way more good for the world as an activist anyway, should he so desire.