Quarterback Controversy to start NFL Season

on September 2016 | in Sports | by Dario Passarelli | @PapaDart | with No Comments

The start of the NFL season is now upon us and everyone will be following the quarterback circus that has arisen for a number of teams. For example, it would be great to concentrate on the New England Patriots and see how backup Jimmy Garoppolo will do in the first 4 games of the season while Tom Brady “officially” ends Deflategate by serving his suspension. We could also take the time to talk about the seemingly maligned and seemingly often-injured Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys. He hurt his back during preseason and will miss 6-8 weeks. There is plenty of keep an eye on here as Dallas may not even place Romo on the Injured Reserve list, hoping he can come back sooner rather than later. In the meantime, they also signed QB Mark Sanchez (previously of the Denver Broncos) as a backup for rookie Dak Prescott who will lead the Cowboys until Romo returns.

Speaking of the defending Champions Denver Broncos, they open the season against their Super Bowl opponent Carolina Panthers on Thursday night. The Broncos’ biggest question was who was going to step into Peyton Manning’s shoes after he announced his retirement. That question was answered last week as they released Sanchez and are going with 7th round pick (that’s the whopping 250th overall) Trevor Siemian. Thankfully, the neophyte won’t have to throw for a gazillion yards like we were used to seeing Manning do, as the Bronco’s won last year on their defence and their QB making the simple, risk free plays. Siemian and the Broncos are in a far better situation than say the Minnesota Vikings who lost their starting QB Teddy Bridgewater when he tore his ACL and really have no depth at that position. Not only is he going to miss this entire season, but possibly the start of next year as well. The Vikings were desperate and it is always difficult to pull off a fair trade when you are in a position of weakness. So the 1st and a 4th round pick they sent to Philadelphia for Sam Bradford was quite a steep price. At this moment, the coaches haven’t said who will start Game 1 Bradford battling veteran Shaun Hill is an interesting story to follow as well. Back in 2014, both QB’s were actually on the same St. Louis Rams team as Hill replaced Bradford when he was injured.

With all these quarterback stories going on, it is unfortunate that the biggest QB story as we start the season isn’t even football related. Ever since San Francisco 49er QB Colin Kaepernick sat down during the US national anthem the story has not only failed to go away, it has grown considerable. Truthfully though, that is a very, very good thing. Maybe not for the NFL (and all of you know I really couldn’t care less about those that run the league) but definitely a positive step for every American whether they realize it or not. Now I am not saying that everything Kaepernick did was positive, as him wearing those “pig” socks in protest of the police was absolutely childish and immature. I can say that about him, and still praise and respect his “protest” and what it stands for. A concept many people find hard to accept. Those same people took his protest as being anti-military, anti-America and anti-anything else they wanted to promote. Shame on you for taking this peaceful protest out of context just to suit your own needs. The greatest part about his sit down is that it got people talking. The only way to solve racial issues in any country is to have open dialogue. Kaepernick himself didn’t intend his statement to be anti-military and therefore TOOK THE TIME to talk to veterans and ask them how they felt. For the next preseason game, under their advisement, he dropped to one knee rather than sit down. This may not have been a huge gesture or changed anyone else’s opinion on the subject but give him credit for being open to communicate and see the other side.

President Obama’s response in the video above is a far cry from how Donald Trump viewed the situation. This isn’t a statement as to who would make for a better President, but I am against bullish, divisive and an all-or-nothing statement such as Trump’s response, “I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.” If you haven’t figured it out yet, this protest is about making this place a better place live better, no matter how good we may think it already is. So the biggest QB story to start the 2016/2017 NFL season isn’t about who’s in and who’s out, it’s about who sits and who stands. It will be interesting to see whether this story goes away once we kick-off the season or if it grows and grows as more people join the movement. Stay tuned.

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