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Mark Sanchez playing over Colin Kaepernick is maybe biggest black mark in recent NFL history

Alex Reimer
December 04, 2018 - 10:57 am

I understand it is tiring to hear social justice warriors caterwaul about Colin Kaepernick whenever Nathan Peterman, Cody Kessler or another terrible quarterback takes snaps in an NFL game. We have been having variations of the same debate for more than two years, and seemingly nobody has altered their position. You either support Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem to protest racial injustice, or you detest him for wearing Pig Socks and a Che Guevara t-shirt. The argument is staler than John Dennis. 

But don’t allow Kaepernick fatigue to cloud the reality: his continued unemployment is maybe the NFL’s biggest black mark in recent memory. The league’s owners are comfortable signing alleged or confirmed domestic abusers such as Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy, Josh Brown, Joe Mixon, Tyreek Hill, Reuben Foster, and probably soon enough, Kareem Hunt. But Kaepernick, who silently kneeled during the “Star-Spangled Banner” to advocate for racial equity in our criminal justice system, is too toxic to bring on-board. Look no further than the Redskins to see this abhorrent double-standard. Daniel Synder approved signing Foster just three days after his second domestic violence arrest in nine months. Yet, the Redskins had Mark Sanchez out there playing quarterback on ‘Monday Night Football.”

Sanchez was predictably awful during the Eagles’ 28-13 victory over Washington Monday. He completed 13-of-21 passes for 100 yards and an interception. The Redskins were shutout in the second half and gained 235 yards in total –– 90 of which came on one Adrian Peterson run. 

With Colt McCoy out for the year with a fractured fibula, Washington desperately needs another quarterback. The “Monday Night Football” crew ran down the embarrassing list of names Jay Gruden and Co. brought in for workouts –– EJ Manuel, Kellen Clemens, Josh Johnson, T.J. Yates –– and didn’t mention Kaepernick’s glaring absence. 

The Redskins’ decision to sign Sanchez shatters every supposed football argument for avoiding Kaepernick. Sanchez, who was never good, last started an NFL game in 2015. He hasn’t played  much at all since 2014, when he started eight contests for the Eagles. 

Kaepernick, meanwhile, started 11 games for the 49ers in 2016 –– posting a passer-rating of 90.7. He also took them to the NFC championship twice.

My pal Gerry Callahan likes to say Kaepernick doesn’t want to play anymore. That’s not true. He wanted to work out for teams this offseason, but scouts watched Johnny Manziel instead. Maybe the Redskins will call him next.

If any team picked up Kaepernick, obviously he would drop his collusion case. But as it stands now, he’s rightfully going through with it. Video of Sanchez getting sacked while under duress Monday should be all of the evidence Kaepernick needs.