In Harris’ 1974 Rams season, he became the first black quarterback to start and win a playoff game. But prior to the 1977 Rams season, Harris was traded to the Chargers. Rams head coach Chuck Knox pleaded to retain him, but Rams owner Carroll Rosenbloom insisted on the trade.
Harris has lived the impact of ownership in quarterback decisions in general and in black quarterback decisions in particular.
Harris was a personnel executive from 1997 through 2015 for three NFL teams: the Ravens, Jaguars, and Lions.
“I think any major decision like this usually starts with the owner’s approval,” Harris said. “Each organization has a decision process that is different. Usually you discuss character alerts, injury concerns, financial costs. But the Kaepernick discussions are taking on another realm. Sometimes the discussion about a quarterback can stop on the personnel level. Sometimes with the coach. It can end at a lot of different places. But owner approval is always going to be a part of the scenario.”
“There is no question in my mind that he is a better choice than what some teams are currently playing with.”
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The Cowboys, led by second-year quarterback Dak Prescott and second-year running back Ezekiel Elliott, are looking to build off their stellar 2016 season. Dallas went 13-3, won the NFC East, and was the No. 1 seed in the conference. Prescott, the 2016 NFL Offensive Player of the Year, won the starting gig last season after Tony Romo went down with an injury in the preseason.