Just saw the story about Kaepernick settling w/ NFL. My creative juices are flowing today, so I thought I’d chime in with my two bits.
Yes, he’s got physical talent. But …………….. an owner also has to consider his leadership and his actual track record.
He took over in mid-season for a 49’ers team that had made it to the conference championship game the previous year and was 6-2 at the time. He kept them at that level of performance for the rest of the year, winning the conference championship and losing the Super Bowl.
The following year, they went to the conference championship game again. Year three, performance fell off the cliff and they missed the playoffs.
He exhibited a similar track record in his leadership of NFL players in the kneeling-during-the-anthem movement. After a year-and-a-half of his leadership, NFL ratings performance fell off the cliff.
So he’s got a proven track record that when he’s in a leadership position, he can keep your organization at the same level of performance for a year-and-a-half … and then performance falls off the cliff.
Why would any business owner be excited about that track record?
And if he points the finger elsewhere and says it wasn’t his fault, that claim might even be worse. Who wants a leader that never takes responsibility, just blames everyone else? In fact, that trait might explain the decline in performance. After a year-and-a-half of his corrosive finger-pointing, maybe people in the organization get burned out.
I think people need to take into account the leadership factor and the actual track record before claiming that he was “ blackballed”. Perhaps owners just didn’t want their team’s performance to stay at the same level for a year-and-a-half but then fall off the cliff.
ERpundit – 02/15/19