Just when you thought there was no chance Richie Incognito would resurface in the NFL, the Oakland Raiders proved everyone wrong.
Incognito is back in the NFL after a year off, signing a one-year deal with the Raiders on Tuesday.
Incognito has been a Pro Bowl player, but it seemed like his time in the NFL was done after some erratic behavior in 2018 that included some serious legal charges.
Incognito’s 2018 was troubling in many ways. And that’s long removed from the Miami Dolphins locker room bullying scandal that made him famous to even casual fans.
Last year, Incognito said he was retiring from the Buffalo Bills, then shortly after that said he was looking forward to reporting to the offseason program. The Bills cut Incognito despite their holes on the offensive line. Later in the offseason, Incognito profanely ripped Vikings coach Mike Zimmer after Zimmer said his team wasn’t interested in signing Incognito.
All of that was minor compared to stories about Incognito’s threats to others, first at a gym and then at a funeral home.
Incognito was detained for an involuntary mental evaluation after he allegedly threw tennis balls and a dumbbell at a person at a Boca Raton, Florida, gym last May. Incognito reportedly told police when they arrived that he believed he was an NSA agent. He said he thought ordinary people were government agents tracking and recording him.
Then last August, at a funeral home in Scottsdale, Arizona after his father’s death, Incognito allegedly said he had guns in his vehicle and “would shoot people.” He allegedly damaged property at the funeral home. In April, Incognito accepted a deal to avoid jail time in the case, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct.
Incognito made the Pro Bowl in all three of his Bills seasons from 2015-17 (after another season in NFL exile in 2014, after the Dolphins scandal). The Raiders presumably think Incognito can still help their offensive line.
Incognito has had the type of NFL career that would be hard to find a comparison for. And it’s not done yet.
Kaepernick was a back-up for the S.F. 49ers during his rookie season in 2011. That was his only stint as back-up. He replaced 49ers Q.B.Alex Smith beginning in 2012, leading the 49ers to The Super Bowl. The following year, Kapernick led S.F. to a title division. 2014 saw him break several QB records while continuing to excel despite a depleted team. During the 2015 off-season he underwent three operations that kept him sidelined for the 2015 season. He was scheduled to return for the 2016 season at some point,but those plans were derailed by The NFL due to the 'controversy' that came about when Kaepernick took a knee during the anthem.
The settlement isn't based only on loss of pay but primarily on collusion by the NFL which prevented Kaepernick from earning a living.
During a game that Kaepernick played in 2016, he was benched once again after being sacked five times and had four passing yards. He was the first QB in history wth 5 sacks and fewer than 5 yards in a game.
But, the quote was `not bad for a backup quarterback.' He was a starter for five seasons, as I pointed out. Being temporarily benched is not the same thing as becoming a second string quarterback. If that was the litmus test, half the quarterbacks would be labeled 'second string.' As his coach said of 2016;" Colins stats weren't bad for a player recovering from surgeries on his right thumb, his left knee and a torn shoulder labrum, a player who was leading an offense full of castoffs and afterthoughts." Chip Kelly, Kaepernick’s coach with the 49ers during the 2016 season said “He’s big, athletic, he can hurt you both throwing and running, “The last couple of years, he was banged up. I think he is going to be better next year than he was this past year because physically he will be better.” All of Kaepernicks coaches agree and his teammates concurred. Here is the article from Sports Illusrated(and again my first response was to clarify he was never 'just a back-up quarterback) www.si.com/mmqb/2017/03/30/nfl-colin-kaepernick-free-agent-quarterback-looking-job
Following his departure from the 49ers in 2016, Kaepernick went unsigned through the off-season and 2017 training camps, leading to allegations that he was being blackballed because of his on-field political statements as opposed to his performance.The Seattle Seahawks brought Kaepernick in for a visit in May 2017, but did not work him out or offer a contract. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, "He's a starter in this league. And we have a starter. But he's a starter in this league, and I can't imagine that someone won't give him a chance to play." The Baltimore Ravens considered signing Kaepernick as a backup to starting quarterback Joe Flacco before the 2017 season. The team did not go through with this as their owner Steve Bisciotti reportedly believed the signing would result in heavy backlash and criticism from the general public, a claim that was refuted by the team. The Seahawks set up another visit and workout with him in April 2018, but the team postponed it indefinitely after he would not say whether he would continue his national anthem protest or not.And even if he were 'just a back-up , he'd be a good one. But, Kaepernick had not had an NFL tryout since becoming a free agent in 2017. He still practices 5 days a week and is in prime health. The fact is, he isn't playing not because he's sub-par, but because of his stance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Kaepernick
Career awards: 2× WAC Offensive Player of the Year (2008, 2010) (college) NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game (181 yards) NFL record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single postseason (264 yards)
Other Awards 2017 GQ Magazine Citizen of the Year 2017 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award 2017 American Civil Liberties Union Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award 2017 Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative Citizenship honoree 2018 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award 2018 Harvard University W. E. B. Du Bois Medal
Last Edit: Nov 16, 2019 23:19:38 GMT by redsoxgirl
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The Titans upset the Patriots last week and then today they beat the Ravens in an even bigger upset. What a letdown for the Ravens. They had the best record and were a favorite to get to the super bowl and they ended up getting destroyed in this game.
Well, it's Green Bay at San Fran next week, and I'm sure it will be a nail biter for me! The 49ers beat us bad earlier, and I really don't like going out west to play. We do much better at home in the cold! I don't have a lot of confidence in my Packers, but I do hope they find a way to win.
The Titans are on a roll! But KC really came back in a big way to beat Houston today; I couldn't believe it. They were losing 24-0!!
Next weekend will be interesting, that's for sure.
I'll have to catch at least the first half of the game (and commercials!) so I can rout for ex-Patriot Jimmy Garofallo now with the 49ers. I have also borrowed from my library a Kevin Rafferty documentary on the most exciting football game ever, titled "Harvard Beats Yale 29-29". The 1968 game where Harvard entered the last 42 seconds of the game 16 points behind and tied the game. Even Tom Brady's last minute comebacks never approached that.
The owner of the XFL, Vince McMahon, suspended the rest of the season and said the XFL will be back next year. Though some of his WWE wrestling shows are still going on. Smackdown will be live tonight with no fans at the arena and Wrestlemania is still scheduled for April.