Colin Kaepernick was never a distraction in the locker room and was apparently everything you would want in a franchise quarterback, former head coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday.
“He came to work every day, extremely diligent in terms of his preparation, in terms of his work ethic,” Kelly said on Adam Schefter’s podcast. “I really enjoyed Kap. I’ve talked to Kap three or four times since. I think he’s a really good player and a really good person, and I really enjoyed coaching him.”
Kelly went as far as saying that the National Anthem controversy was never a distraction.
“He explained to all the players his thought process and mindset of what he was doing,” Kelly said. “And there were some players that agreed with him and some players that didn’t agree with him. But after that point, we heard from the outside about what a distraction it is, except those people weren’t in our locker room and it never was a distraction. [Kaepernick] never turned it into a circus or whatever people think.”
Kaepernick is still unsigned, but Kelly adding his voice to the topic may convince teams to bring him in for a workout.