5 reasons the Raiders may have passed on signing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Las Vegas Raiders, Colin Kaepernick: New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels stands on the field before their game against the Dallas Cowboys at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Why did the Las Vegas Raiders pass on Colin Kaepernick? The Patriot Way?

Raiders Head Coach Josh McDaniels comes from the Bill Belichick tree of coaching and the style in New England is a unique one.

The bottom line is under Bill Belichick, players are expected to give the media the bare minimum and to focus on football at all times. Belichick doesn’t understand social media, nor does he want to, and apparently journalism isn’t his favorite subject either if you’ve ever watched his press conferences.

While Josh McDaniels is definitely not the same person as Belichick he definitely picked up some of Belichick’s tendencies over the years and Belichick’s level of success cannot be ignored.

The “Patriot Way” as it is called is supposedly not as fun an environment but it usually leads to winning.

McDaniels may have figured that Kaepernick would not fit in with the new “Raider Way” he is hoping to implement in Vegas as the media would be a constant presence even more so than they already are if Kaepernick was on the roster.

The swirl of media attention would be thunderous, as it has been this week and that is only because Kaepernick was working out.

If Kaepernick actually gained a spot on the team the media’s presence would be even more momentous, and if McDaniels follows the Belichick method Kaepernick’s consistent social media presence would not be a fit. This leads to a possible second reason…