None of them is named Colin Kaepernick. And none of them seems capable of keeping the Texans’ season from coming completely undone.
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The Green Bay Packers likewise are in a downward spiral since their superstar quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, was hurt, potentially ending his season. The Packers, too, opted against signing Kaepernick. Their coach, Mike McCarthy, bristled at merely being asked whether adding Kaepernick was an option.
The issue has overshadowed everything that has happened on the field this season. Kaepernick, who has not commented publicly for months, has remained unsigned and has Chuck Howley Authentic Jersey filed a grievance accusing teams of colluding to keep him out of the league.
Said defensive tackle Malik Jackson: I’m excited for that man. All these quarterbacks are paid with no playoff games. I wish I was Blake.
The next task for Bortles and the Jaguars is formidable. The Patriots will be playing in their 12th AFC championship game with Brady as their quarterback and Bill Belichick as their coach. That duo is seeking its eighth Super Bowl appearance and sixth Super Bowl victory.
But calling Bortles the other, lesser quarterback in a game played by Brady is not likely to offend him. He has heard far, far worse, after all.
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I’m just happy to win, Bortles said Sunday. I have no animosity toward anybody that’s ever said anything. I’m happy to be able to come here and do this with this team, happy to be able to continue to play for another week. There’s a lot of guys sitting at home on the couch watching this that I’m sure [are] wishing they could play. I know in past years, I’ve been. So to continue to have an opportunity to go play is pretty awesome.
Dede Westbrook, WR, Jaguars: Jacksonville is expected to be activated off the injured reserve list in time to play in Sunday’s game at Cleveland. The rookie had an impressive preseason and with the Jaguars’ receiving corps hurting, Westbrook represents a player with big upside for the remainder of the season. While Westbrook’s confidence is sky-high, there are also reports he won’t play a significant part in Jacksonville’s game plan.