There have been a number of reasons teams have given for not signing Colin Kaepernick — his inconsistent play, lack of need at the position, the potential distraction he may cause, fear of backlash from fans, etc. — but no team has yet to flat-out lie in their defense for not signing him.
After Carson Palmer suffered a broken left arm in the Cardinals’ 33-0 loss to the Rams Sunday, head coach Bruce Arians was asked about the possibility of signing free agent Colin Kaepernick.
Rather than stick with the usual “we’ll consider all options” or “he’s not being considered at this time” approach, Arians’ response was pure nonsense.
“We’ve never had more than two on our roster since I’ve been here,” Arians said Monday, per ESPN. “We liked Blaine Gabbert so much that we kept him this year. So, we’re really where we always are. We may look for a practice squad arm.”
Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.
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The only problem with Arians’ reasoning — besides the fact he tried to argue Blaine Gabbert is a superior quarterback than Colin Kaepernick — is the lack of factual evidence supporting his statement.
The Cardinals haven’t just carried three quarterbacks this season, they’ve carried three quarterbacks at some point in every season under Arian’s tenure since he was hired as the team’s head coach in 2013.
This season the Cardinals have trotted out Palmer as the team’s starter with Drew Stanton serving as his backup and Gabbert at third-string.
In 2016, Palmer and Stanton were the team’s primary quarterbacks again, with former seventh-rounder Zac Dysert spending two weeks on the active roster serving as the team’s third-string quarterback.
Prior to the start of the 2015 season, the Cardinals traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Eagles for former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, who spent the entire 2015 season with the Cardinals behind Palmer and Stanton as the team’s third-string quarterback.
In 2014, not only did the Cardinals keep more than two quarterbacks on the active roster, but four different quarterbacks actually saw NFL action, as Palmer, Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas all appeared in multiple games.
Lindley also spent the entire 2013 season with the Cardinals, serving as the team’s third-string quarterback.
While Arians may claim the Cardinals have “never” carried more than two quarterbacks, that is simply not the case, as the Cardinals have nearly always carried three quarterbacks, with the 2016 season being the lone exception.
If Arians doesn’t want the Cardinals to sign Kaepernick, that’s his decision, but responding with alternative facts is probably not the best method to go about it.