Scapegoat Roundup: Pep Hamilton Fired, Colin Kaepernick Demoted, Actual Goat Eaten
Spoiler Alert: It's been a bad week for goats, scape or otherwise. On The Walking Dead on Sunday, Tabitha the goat stole our hearts and then wandered out of her protective pen and was eaten by zombies. Her showbiz career was brief, but meaningful. She will be missed, and was delicious.
And the NFL is not unlike the zombie apocalypse. One minute you're a living, breathing human, and the next you're the undead. For instance, today Pep Hamilton was fired as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, and to call him a scapegoat would not be overstating things. As if he was the reason that the team had been struggling. Look, wasn't Hamilton one of the hottest names in possible head coaching candidates just last month? Yes, he was. The former Stanford OC is now out, as head coach Chuck Pagano attempts to steer the ship between the rocks before he himself is fired.
Pagano's statement, via CBS Sports:
"Through the first eight weeks of the season, we have felt our offense hasn't performed at the consistent level that we need," Pagano said in a statement. "Because of this we've decided to go in a different direction and relieve Pep Hamilton of his duties as offensive coordinator. As head coach of this team, it's my responsibility to make sure I'm doing everything we can to put us in the best position to succeed. We thank Pep for his service to the team and wish him all the best."
Hamilton will be replaced by former Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski, who arrived in Indianapolis after being fired by Cleveland in 2013.
The Colts have lost three straight.
— Coby Fleener (@Coby) November 4, 2015
And as you know, on Monday the 49ers said that Colin Kaepernick had been benched and Blaine Gabbert has been promoted to
human sacrifice starting quarterback. Kaepernick's status as scapegoat is even more glaring than Hamilton's.
Yes Kaepernick has regressed this season, and yes, the offense is going nowhere. But here's a man who has taken the team to two straight NFL championship games, and one Super Bowl. At one point he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and touted as the man who was revolutionizing the game. You just don't go from that to where he is now without mitigating forces at work.
Jim Harbaugh made Kaepernick, and now that he's gone his creation is rootless and coming apart at the seams. Kaepernick is going through the same thing that Alex Smith did before him. He comes from a broken family, in the football sense. The 49ers lost virtually everyone of impact during the off-season, and once teams figured out Jim Tomsula's rather simple playbook, it was all over for Kaepernick. He's a crippled antelope on the Serengeti.
And the 49ers are also keeping him safe so they don't have to pay him if he gets injured.
Both Hamilton and Kaepernick are scapegoats. But the NFL is a zombie-eat-human world, and no one is safe. Not even the lovable ones.
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