Houston Texans Rumors: Team mulling over signing Colin Kaepernick

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Colin Kaepernick
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Colin Kaepernick /

The Houston Texans failed miserably in their 20-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts today but an interesting development has occurred in regard to the team considering signing free agent Colin Kaepernick.

The Houston Texans quarterback woes were back to square one as Deshaun Watson, the most dynamic signal-caller this franchise has ever had, is on the shelf for the remainder of the season.  He tore his ACL in practice earlier this week on a non-contact play.

After watching today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts, it’s more evident than ever that we need a quarterback that is going to have the ability to move the chains and keep this offensive engine moving.

But aside from that, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports had an intriguing tidbit to share about Colin Kaepernick:

This report was made before the start of the game but you better believe the Houston Texans are actually considering signing him at this point.  The quarterback play won’t get any better with Savage, T.J. Yates or Matt McGloin, so Bill O’Brien has to find a guy that’s going to be able to run this offense with the precision and athleticism that Watson provided.

Kaepernick is certainly that individual.  Shunned from NFL play since his kneeling protest in light of the brutal police violence against African-Americans, it’s going to only be a matter of time where teams will need to call on the QB to help the team win some games.

I know he’s one of the most polarizing figures in sports today but we need somebody in here that can help this team be successful.  Although I personally support what Kaepernick is doing, I still do stand and put my hand over my heart during the national anthem.

But those who’d rather have our season go down in flames — because they disagree with his political views — by not signing him is just a petty stance to take.

Rumor or not, the Texans need to sign this man because he truly is the best option available at this point and it would be a shame if the Houston Texans squandered this opportunity.

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When you think about it, it’s as if Watson was the shiny, expensive turbocharger in a four-cylinder engine and once it was taken away, the incredible horsepower that it once had been shot to hell.  It was horrendous — too many three-and-outs, no sense of urgency, the timing between Tom Savage and the receivers were off and there wasn’t much continuity in what the Houston Texans were doing.

Until the 4th quarter, this is exactly what I expected to see out of the Houston Texans but was proven otherwise.  But in the final seconds of the game where they were on the goal line, the team failed to get the ball in the end zone to score to beat the Colts.

All it needed to take was one score and this game would’ve been in the books for the team.  If Watson were out there, that would’ve been a cinch and he would’ve ran the play so fast it would’ve made all of our heads spin.

The decision is clear — this team needs to get off their laurels and do what’s right for this team despite the disagreement that may occur.  When he starts winning games for us, all of this talk will be put to bed rather quickly.  I’d suspect that he will be able to.

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I understand he has gone nearly a full season without hiking a down and he may need just a little time to get up to speed. But with quarterbacks of his stature, it won’t be for long.  That’s on O’Brien to ensure the system is aligned to his skill set until he gets fully acclimated.

Kaepernick, 30, went 196-for-331 for 2,241 yards (59.2 percent), throwing 16 touchdowns to four interceptions for a 90.7 QB rating through 12 games — 11 starts — in 2016.