Mike Kafka – A Winner


What would you say if I offered you a young quarterback with all the physical traits and all the intangibles you could want in a starting NFL quarterback? What if I told you this player was a winner and had proven it at the high school level and the college level? What if the only thing holding this player back was the lack of an opportunity he deserved?

Despite an unorthodox throwing motion, Kafka just wins. Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Despite an unorthodox throwing motion, Kafka just wins.

Well Jaguar fans can finally rejoice – David Caldwell snatched up Mike Kafka off waivers when the New England Patriots released him on Tuesday.

Sitting behind Tom Brady, Kafka never really got a fair shake after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles. Like the Eagles, the Patriots couldn’t figure out how to use Kafka and how to incorporate him into the offense despite his undeniable skill set.

His track record as a winner is irrefutable – 35-8 in high school and 11-8 as a starter at Northwestern. Heck, Kafka even carried a team of unknowns on his back during the East West Shrine Game. Down 10-6, Kafka led his team down the field for a game winning touchdown near the end of regulation. He outshined other generational quarterback prospects like John Skelton and Max Hall.

He had one of the most impressive combines and was at the top or near the top of most measurables and drills in 2010. And no one can question his intangibles and leadership.

"“I think once you meet him, I think you’ll see he’s a smart guy. He has some of the intangible things – the leadership, he’s a tough kid.”– Andy Reid"

National media and local talk sports radio have been clamoring for the Jaguars to add some leadership and toughness to the quarterback position. It seems that David Caldwell has obliged to the requests of both insatiable, passionate fans and those who wanted a tough, gritty, winner at the quarterback position.

– Daniel Lago

Yell at me on Twitter @dlago89