Not Good Enough: 49ers Great Joe Montana Says Incompletions, Not Politics, Cost Colin Kaepernick Spot in NFL - NBC Bay Area

Not Good Enough: 49ers Great Joe Montana Says Incompletions, Not Politics, Cost Colin Kaepernick Spot in NFL

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    Storied football Hall of Famer Joe Montana tells NBC's Eric Hinton that Colin Kaepernick is most likely out of the NFL because of poor play, not his controversial stance of kneeling before the National Anthem last season. (Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017)

    San Francisco 49ers Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana is the latest to weigh in on why former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is still waiting on the sidelines for his next NFL gig. And Montana doesn't think Kaepernick's controversial decision to kneel during the national anthem is the primary reason he's persona non grata in the NFL. 

    Montana, in New York speaking as part of a partnership with FanDuel’s new fantasy golf offering, said he just doesn't think Kaepernick is good enough to be in the NFL.

    "People's stands are what they want to do and what they want to believe in. Whether you believe in what they do or not, they have the right to do it. Do I agree with it. Probably not," Montana said of Kaepernick's anthem decision. "Will it cost him a job? No. When you complete 40-something percent of your passes you can't play now. Even at 50 percent you have a tough time competing in that league. So I don't think (kneeling) cost him a job."

    According to Pro Football Reference, Kaepernick completed just under 60 percent of his passes while starting 11 games for the 49ers last season. His career passing completion percentage in six seasons is 59.8 percent.

    While Kaepernick has said his kneeling would not carry into the upcoming NFL season if he's back in the league, that hasn't stopped him from being vocal on social media. Most recently he tweeted on the 4th of July that he couldn't celebrate a holiday that "intentionally robbed our ancestors" of their independence.