NFL Employees Are Still Using Coded Language Around Black Quarterbacks

Kyler Murray (l.), Lamar Jackson (c.) and Patrick Mahomes

Kyler Murray (l.), Lamar Jackson (c.) and Patrick Mahomes
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During the spring of 2019, former New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman made an announcement during the pre-draft process after falling in love with a certain prospect. “After the three series I watched, I saw a professional quarterback. So when I was in perfect love, ” They said About Daniel Jones at the Senior Bowl.

The Giants ousted Jones from Duke — a school where football ranks fourth on the depth chart behind men’s and women’s basketball and lacrosse — with the sixth overall pick. To date, “Danny Dimes” holds a 12-25 record in games he has started. It would be a pity to call him mediocre.

Like Gettleman, I set out to make an announcement:

This week, we were quickly reminded that all the “progress” on the field when it comes to black quarterbacks in the NFL is best done on a surface level. Stories and Quarterback Rankings were issued in which a defensive coordinator stated that Jackson would never be a top tier/tier 1 quarterback, and Mahomes played “streetball”. And then we got to know the Arizona Cardinals put a bet Murray’s new contract – which is a five-year deal worth $230.1 million – required him to At least four hours per week of self-study Because they think he’s either stupid, not ready, or both.

These are examples of coded language that has always been used to attack black quarterbacks. They are never intelligent because they rely on pure athleticism. They are not “leaders of men”. And their ability to make is directly related to their not being ready. But most importantly, for many people, they don’t See Like a quarterback.

This is what coaches, general managers, talent appraisers, scouts and executives will say when they get to speak freely under the protection of anonymity. And that’s how they really feel about the most exciting and dynamic player in the league (Murray), the man who is one of the two unanimous MVPs in league history (Jackson), and the quarterback that every young man who is the position model. His game after plays (Mahomes).

If that’s how they see black quarterbacks with MVPs who are on the cover of Madden and that’s why the Arizona Cardinals regularly play on national TV, can you imagine what they’re doing about other black people in the NFL? I think?

This is why Brian Flores is suing the league and the Black coach cannot be hired. That’s why we still don’t have a majority Black boss. This is why we can count the number of Black GMs and team presidents on a few fingers.

This is why Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are at home and not at training camp.

And finally, this is why Deshan Watson has the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history. Because outside the summer of 2020, he made sure he was always a non-threatening “company man” who made white people feel comfortable, which has played a part in why the good ol’ boys’ clubs that run the NFL don’t There is a problem with the alleged behavior that led to more than 20 sexual misconduct lawsuits. Because to him, his sins were more than forgivable – if even immoral.

The plight of the black quarterback has a long history, and as this week proved, it’s still an uphill battle for the melanized signal callers. But in the case of Jackson, he was targeted since his college days, despite having the only football player named Tom Brady, who was voted unanimously by voters as the best player in football.

outside of Bill Polian Fights began even before he could be a pro, once asserting that Jackson’s NFL future should be as a wide receiver. Never forget that despite Jackson winning the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards (along with the Heisman Trophy), ESPN Magazine decided to go with sam darnold as the cover boy for their 2017 College Football Preview edition instead of the current winner. I think Darnold had See A quarterback and Jackson was not, even though he was even better as a junior than he was as a sophomore. He somehow finished third that year for Heisman. And when the 2018 NFL Draft rolled around, Jackson had to sit in the green room as he was the final pick of the first round, after white quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Darnold, Josh Allen, and (major bust) Josh Rosen, were his. Front was selected.

Jackson has more Pro Bowl selections than them all. if he was whiteHe would have been No. 1 overall that year.

Last year we learned that Jackson was negotiating his deal. People automatically thought it was a bad move He doesn’t have an agent, just as it’s impossible for a black man to play quarterback in the NFL and know how to read/bargain his contract. Fast forward for now, and For what a quarterback like Jackson could ask for, the market has turned up the numbers.And then realized how much more he would earn from his upcoming deal because he doesn’t have to pay commission to anyone.

Each time a new obstacle is placed in front of the black quarterback, they figure out how to overcome it. And like clockwork, the goal posts move quickly. This week was a great reminder of that. Because so many people who watch, coach, and control the game of football, black men will always be seen as black quarterbacks, and will never be seen as “quarterbacks.”

“Even if you’re in a Benz, you’re still in a ****a coupe” – Kanye West “All Falls Down” (2004).

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