I’m going to cut straight to the chase here with this one.
Yes. Yes the Colts should absolutely sign Colin Kaepernick, but only in the event that Luck misses regular season time. If he does, Kaepernick could be the savior of the Colts playoff hopes.
I have been open about my belief that teams should not sign Kaepernick because of the negative publicity he would bring as a backup quarterback, but the Colts are a special case. Colin Kaepernick might just be the hero that Indianapolis deserves.
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Brett Mock (@bamock on Twitter) over at Stampede Blue wrote a great article about why the Colts should not sign Kaepernick, which was admittedly the inspiration for this piece. His argument centered about the dangers of rebuilding the offense around Kaepernick. While I agree that a total rebuild of the offense for Kaepernick would be totally catastrophic, that would be unnecessary for success with the former 49ers signal caller.
Installing a college offense is not necessary for the success of the Colts. I agree that there should be a small adjustment for Kaepernick. Throwing in a couple pistol formations into the playbook could do nothing but help the offense. Sure it may be hard for the players to learn, but that is what preseason is for.
The pistol is an incredible supplementary formation in any NFL offense with a mobile quarterback. We have seen players such as Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, and even formerly Colin Kaepernick excel in the pistol. Plays such as the zone read and shovel option are great plays to mix into the offense and confuse your opponent, not to build an offense around. I have been pushing for the Colts to run more pistol since Luck was drafted, now they could have a great excuse. I understand that making these changes are way more complicated than I may make it seem, but it is feasible.
Kapernick is still incredibly talented. He led his team to the Super Bowl quite recently, and I believe he can at least be serviceable as a starting quarterback in the NFL. If he displays commitment and focus, he can fit in any NFL offense. In the 2013 season where Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, his supporting cast in terms of weapons were weaker than he would have now in Indianapolis. Kaepernick’s mobility also takes pressure off of the offensive line.
When speaking of college style offense for the Colts, we have to remember one thing. Andrew Luck is not Peyton Manning, he is not Tom Brady, he is not Drew Brees. He is fast. Andrew Luck is damn fast for a 6’4″, 240 pound behemoth of a man. Luck’s otherworldly playmaking ability and accuracy will mesh well with a more mobile play style, as he will be able to extend plays like Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson do. Andrew Luck and the pistol are a match made in heaven.
Would Kaepernick be a Pro Bowl level player for the Colts? No, but the Colts are not asking him to be that.
Signing Colin Kaepernick would not only benefit the Colts in the short term, but the long term as well. Hopefully Andrew Luck will be cleared for week one and this article will mean nothing.
Ben Pfeifer is the Managing Editor of the Colts, and a national writer. Want to continue the discussion? Contact Ben Pfeifer on Twitter @doctortruthboi and @cover32_IND.