By Sports Illustrated Staff WriterBETWEEN the day before the 2016 NFL season, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in an interview that he thought the league could win a Super Bowl without Colin Kaepernick.
“I think it is the right time for him to come back,” Goodell said, according to a report in the New York Post.
“I don’ t think the NFL can win without him.”
The decision by Goodell to go with the idea of a suspension rather than a potential expulsion from the league came in a report by the San Diego Union-Tribune that detailed how Goodell and his bosses in the league’s front office viewed Kaepernick as an enigma.
The Union-Times, a Los Angeles newspaper, said that while Goodell saw Kaepernick as a player and player’s player, his bosses saw him as an undermanned offensive lineman.
In that report, Goodell said he believed Kaepernick had not done enough to show he could lead the 49ers to a Super Cup championship.
“As we saw the team win Super Bowl XLVII, I was disappointed that he couldn’t be a leader,” Goodell told the Union-Telegram.
“That was a mistake on my part.
They have a right to be disappointed with the decisions he made.””
The players don’t want him out.
They have a right to be disappointed with the decisions he made.”
In a statement, Kaepernick called Goodell’s assessment of his performance in the playoffs a “mistake” that was “ridiculous.”
Kaepernick said he wanted to prove to the NFL that he could be a great leader and a consistent performer.
“The way I want to play the game, I feel like the more I play the better I get,” Kaepernick said.
“And I know that I can be the guy that can lead us to a championship.”