A light appears at the end of the tunnel for the Bears.
In one of my previous blog posts, I discussed the possibility of the Bears signing Colin Kaepernick. Since that post, the idea has gained a bit of traction, and a recent development has turned my hope into a very real possibility.
In a very odd and abrupt move, the NFL has announced that it will be hosting a workout of Kaepernick. The NFL has invited all 32 teams to attend and will also provide tape of the workout to the teams that chose not to attend.
The move seems to be in response to the relentless criticism from both fans and Kaepernick’s team regarding his lack of opportunities to be signed by a team.
Roger Goodell has maintained that the decision to sign players lies solely on the team organizations, and that the NFL is not preventing teams from looking into Kaepernick. The move seems to attempt to put the criticism of the NFL to rest and put the ball in the teams’ courts when it comes to deciding whether Kaepernick is worthy of a roster spot.
To be frank, the event appears to be more of a publicity stunt than anything else. The NFL is seeking to shift responsibility for the blackballing of Kaepernick from themselves to the team owners.
There are several things that point to the fact that giving Kaepernick an opportunity to play does not seem to be the main priority of the NFL.
The NFL gave Kaepernick’s camp very little notice and waited until he responded to alert the teams of the workout. The timing of the workout is also suspicious, as it takes place on a Saturday, when teams are least likely to have free time to come evaluate a player. The league has also been sheepish when it comes to releasing details regarding which teams are attending.
All these facts suggest that the NFL is organizing this event as a PR move. If Kaepernick accepted the invitation (which he did), nobody could claim that he wasn’t given a fair shake.
But if he denied the invitation, due to poor planning or any other reason, it might look like Kaepernick is at fault for not being signed to a team, as he is not taking the very opportunity that he has been asking for the past three years.
Regardless of the NFL’s intent, this workout will give teams a chance to evaluate Kaepernick, and the Bears should be on the top of this list. It is currently unknown if the Bears plan to attend but I’ll say this: it will never be easier for the Bears to pursue an out from their route to perpetual mediocrity.
Chicago is going nowhere fast with Mitchell Trubisky and despite the third-year quarterback finally looking like a professional athlete in the previous game, one decent performance against a below average Detroit defense does not erase the gaping holes in his game that lead so many fans to be dejected with the organization.
If the Bears do not even so much as attend this event, I will have lost all faith that this organization can put together a Super Bowl contender. This workout represents the perfect opportunity for the Bears to turn around this season.
If the Bears evaluate Kaepernick without blinders on, they will be able to see how much better of an option he is to Trubisky, award him the starting spot, creating momentum that will lead to improved morale and continued improvement within the organization.