Believe it or not, NFL players have opinions, and they often voice them. Publicly. And very often they attach their name to opinions (instead of doing it under the condition of anonymity) about coaches and teammates that, if Terrell Owens said them, would get him relentlessly attacked in the media.
How common is it? Here are 99 different players not named “Terrell Owens” doing everything from complaining about their role on the team, to criticizing coaches, to criticizing teammates.
Jerry Rice: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1998-11-26/sports/9811260091_1_jerry-rice-moss-bettis
Rice, 36, loudly complained after getting only three catches for 27 yards and a touchdown in San Francisco’s 31-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints. He had spent a lot of the game watching fellow wide receivers Terrell Owens and J.J. Stokes.
“Maybe I’ve been spoiled over the years, but this is not 49ers football,” Rice said after the game. “Or maybe the Man’s giving me a sign.
“If you ask me if I’m having a good time, no. Is this something that might want to make you retire, hell yes. All I know is I’m not having a good time. Maybe it’s time for me to move on.”
Cris Carter: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-62624754.html
Carter, you might recall, complained that the Vikings did not do enough to allow him to retain his NFL receiving record. “I found it offensive, to tell you the truth,” Del Rio said. “I was shocked to see comments like that, and very shocked to see the comments he made toward Warren Moon. I mean, Warren has not been a bad meal ticket for Cris.
“I know Cris is an emotional guy and he got caught up in that. I don’t believe he would have said those things in a cooler moment. It’s not like it would be a major thing. . . . if I saw him, I’m sure I would just say, `Cris, what was that about?’ But it’s not like Cris hasn’t gotten the ball a lot the last couple of years.”
Receiver Cris Carter was giving what has become an annual, post-playoff-loss interview about the need for Vikings management to spend money and upgrade talent.
“We need some cover guys,” he said. “We made a couple of mediocre receivers [J.J. Stokes and Terrell Owens] look like all-stars today. If you can’t cover receivers and Steve Young is the opposing quarterback, you’re going to get picked apart. You’re going to get killed.”
Andre Reed: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-8263573.html
Indeed, these Bills seem more a team than in previous years. It all changed after the (regular season) Chiefs game when the Bills lost and their offense — struggling all season — hit its low point. Reed went public and said the Bills need to throw deep more, Thomas went to the coaches and said he had seen enough of the coaching staff calling worthless plays from the sidelines and that Kelly should be given back the play-calling duties.
“I spoke my mind,” said Reed, which is an understatement. Reed complained that other defenses had not only “caught up to our offense, but had passed it by. I had to say what I had to say about it because things weren’t going well. We were too conservative on offense too many times.”
Derrick Mason: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-157575937.html
The crowd became increasingly restless as that happened again and again, and Ravens receiver Derrick Mason complained after the game that he wasn’t given the chance to run longer routes and get open for the first down. “We didn’t threaten their defensive backs,” said Mason, who caught just two passes for 16 yards. “Just give me an opportunity to get by them and then let the chips fall where they may.”
Isaac Bruce: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-94302579.html
“I have been crying for the football, and then when I get it, I fumbled it twice and pretty much blew the game,” Bruce said. “Marshall (Faulk) is out of the game. Torry (Holt) is having a good game. I have to step up my game.”
Bruce had complained about not getting the ball enough, but not to Martz.
“I probably said something to one of my teammates,” Bruce said. “I didn’t go to Mike and get in Mike’s face. He has other things to think about. It was kind of out of character for me saying, `I want the ball,’ and stuff like that. I learned a long time ago that when you start doing that, that’s when mistakes happen. That’s when you start dropping the football.”
However, Bruce said there was nothing wrong with wanting the ball thrown his way.
“Why not?” Bruce said. “That’s what I do. I am a receiver. You can’t knock that. When I stop wanting, then I’ll walk away from this game.”
After the game, Bruce walked away from the locker room without talking to the media.
After the Seattle loss, Bruce complained that the offense wasn’t playing hard enough. Vermeil responded the next day by saying Bruce was paid to play and not to coach and should worry about himself. The two hashed out their differences Tuesday. “He’s probably just upset just like the rest of us that we’re not winning games,” Banks said. “You’ve got to come up with some type of reason why we’re not moving the ball.”
Torry Holt: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-19531860.html
St. Louis’s Torry Holt complained this week about the poor play of his team’s offensive line.
Tim Brown: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-69500372.html
Some thought the Raiders (4-10) were on the verge of mutiny last week when wide receiver Tim Brown and quarterback Jeff George criticized the play-calling. Oakland’s stars were openly wondering why the offense that worked so well early in the season had changed.
In truth, however, the Raiders are pioneering a new offensive concept: parallel game plans. From now on, Brown said, he will wear a wristband with his own plays written on it and, if he doesn’t like the plays called by the coaches, he will call his own.
“I’m not going to go out and get embarrassed like this the next couple of weeks,” Brown said. “If I don’t like the game plan, if certain things are not being called, then I’m going to have plays ready to run.”
The Raiders gained a season-low 179 yards, and Tim Brown complained about the game plan after catching three passes for just 21 yards.
Antonio Freeman: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-108295052.html
But Freeman, who occasionally complained about not getting the ball enough as the No.1 receiver and once publicly lamented former No.2 receiver Bill Schroeder’s inability to take pressure and coverage off of him, didn’t say a word about his limited involvement.
((https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-65470466.html): Give him the ball: WR Antonio Freeman complained again this week about not getting the football and insinuated it is because of the double-teams he faces while No. 2 WR Bill Schroeder isn’t respected. After those strong comments, it will be interesting to see how Freeman responds. )
Curtis Conway: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-4402730.html
Conway was asked what he thought after Sunday’s game, and he complained that some players have tired legs because of too much running during practices.
Herman Moore: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-62568335.html
The Lions‘ rangy, thoughtful receiver was about halfway through the seven deadly sins when he got to envy.
He had already displayed lust (for the feel of cowskin between his palms), greed (for the currency of catches) and gluttony (for wallowing in the media inquisition into his team’s latest crucial loss).
Long after the Lions dressing room emptied, Moore was answering and asking questions. After he complained about his unwitting transformation from leading man to best supporting receiver, someone asked Moore about Minnesota’s throw-a-rainbow-and-hope-for-gold approach to deep passing.
“If you have confidence in your receiver, you throw that ball up there,” Moore said. “When I saw the Vikings throw the ball up on those plays, I said, `Oh, God,’ because you know something big is going to happen.
Carl Pickens: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pickens-rips-coslet-recants/
“I don’t understand it,” Pickens said Wednesday, adding that he was not happy that Coslet would be back. The comments were recorded by a WLW radio reporter.
“We’re trying to win; we’re trying to turn this thing around out there. And they bring him back,” Pickens said. “What can you do? Obviously the players don’t call the shots around here.”
Anquan Boldin: http://www.espn.com/nfl/news/story?id=4645697
Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin says he’s “moved on” after Sunday’s critical comments directed at coach Ken Whisenhunt and his staff.
Boldin said he has no regrets about those comments.
“I said what I had to say and I’m done with it,” Boldin said on Wednesday. “For me, it’s not even an issue. That was Sunday and I’ve moved on.”
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver was held out of Sunday’s 41-21 victory at Chicago because of a sprained right ankle and complained afterward that “no one was man enough” to tell him he was inactive.
He said he felt good enough to play and only found out he wasn’t when he returned to his locker after warmups and discovered his gear was gone.
Plaxico Burress: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-9905447.html
Players aren’t heeding Coach Bill Cowher’s long-standing request not to air their complaints. In recent weeks, both Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress have complained that they’re not getting the ball enough, running back Amos Zereoue was visibly upset at being benched and linebacker Joey Porter said the defense isn’t blitzing enough.
“We have to switch up things and do stuff differently,” Burress said Sunday. “When teams see you do the same things for three, four years, it gets kind of repetitive, it gets old.”
Maddox said Burress wasn’t intentionally slighted.
“We tried to get the ball to him. We threw it his way four, five or six times. It was just one of those games,” he said.
Hines Ward: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-9905447.html
However, Ward said much the same thing following a 33-13 loss to the Browns on Oct. 5, protesting that he couldn’t help the team if the ball didn’t come his way.
Roddy White: http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/182664/roddy-white-wants-wins-a-ring-and-catches
“For me, at the end of the day, I want to catch passes,” White told ESPN.com. “I’m not out here just f—ing around just to sit around to just block f—ing people all day. It’s not what I want to do.
“I’ve contributed to offenses for this franchise for the last nine, 10 years. It always bothers me when I go out and don’t catch any balls in a game because it hasn’t happened in so long.”
Johnnie Morton: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-4352117.html
Lions receivers Johnnie Morton and Brett Perriman want more receptions. Morton has only one catch in two games. Perriman, who caught 108 balls last year, had just one reception last Sunday. “I’ve talked to Scott (Mitchell),” Morton said. “I don’t know what the problem is. I’m just going to get open; if he wants to throw me the ball, he’ll throw me the ball. Even one pass would be cool. I’m just having a problem having more carries (five end-arounds for 19 yards) than receptions.” Morton said opposing defenses are reading the Lions’ offense too easily because they know the Lions always pass to Herman Moore.
John Jefferson: https://www.upi.com/Archives/1983/01/09/It-wasnt-that-John-Jefferson-was-upset-last-week/8226410936400/
‘Since I got here, I just felt that I haven’t contributed,’ Jefferson said. ‘It wasn’t my fault. I just wasn’t able to.’
Michael Westbrook: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-620688.html
Washington Redskins wide receiver Michael Westbrook said yesterday he was frustratedby Sunday’s 24-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and he was clearly disappointed by his role in the game. Westbrook had just one reception for 15 yards.
“You’ve got 10 receivers in the league that had 100-yard games yesterday,” said Westbrook, who has a career-high 55 catches through 14 games. “I’m trying to make a strong bid for the Pro Bowl, and I caught one ball for 15 yards. How do you look at me as one of the top receivers in the league when I have one catch for 15 yards?”
Westbrook said he saw his limited role as a function of several factors. “It’s a combination of all that stuff: time to throw, game plan, what they have for me,” he said. Asked if he raised the issue with coaches yesterday, he said: “No. It’s not my offense. I’m just a chess piece.”
Santana Moss: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-9928863.html
“I am coming out there furious sometimes because I think every time I get out there I can beat somebody. But if I don’t get the ball, what can I do?” Moss said.
Antonio Brown: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/06/06/antonio-brown-complains-about-bruce-arians-mike-tomlin-on-social-media/
“Bruce Arians said he’s a special team guy he caint learn the plays hots n sites,” Brown said on Instagram. “Not Smart Enough.” (“Hots” are “hot routes” that apply during a blitz, and “sites” are sight-adjusted routes based on related factors.)
As to Tomlin, Brown said, “Coach T Bench me on a bye week; said two dogs one bone. God bless em #putsomerestpectonmyname.”
Roger Carr: https://www.nytimes.com/1982/07/26/sports/kush-with-the-colts-controversial-architect-of-change.html
Roger Carr, the talented wide receiver with a sprinter’s speed, has asked to be traded, too, although the Colts have not accommodated him. They think Carr, unlike some others, can help them this season. Carr can be eccentric, and the Colts are accustomed to his grumbling. This time, however, he is going out of his way to infuriate Kush and Irsay.
”Kush’s program is asinine,” Carr said. ”His scrimmages are stupid. I don’t know much about him and I don’t want to. He’s already said that it would be, ‘My way or the highway.’ Well, I want the highway.” Part of his protest, Carr said, might include taking his time learning the new playbook. He smiled mischievously.
Alvin Harper: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/sports/1997/12/02/outspoken-harper-released-by-redskins/2f1c0165-a539-44a1-bdb1-9f0d18c8c4ad/?utm_term=.343660b2635b
Harper’s frustration boiled over Sunday. “It’s ridiculous the way I’ve been used,” Harper said in a story that ran in yesterday’s editions of The Washington Post. “There has been nothing but a whole bunch of lies. They could have given me a chance.”
Jason Avant: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/article9233129.html#.VGt_PSggHS8
Veteran wideout Jason Avant said he thought the Panthers could have been a “little bit more aggressive” to give Gano an easier kick.
“I’ve been in the league a long time. I know two things. You never want to give a team a chance to win a game, with how much time was left on the clock. And asking a kicker to make a 50-yard field goal with the game on the line is rough sledding,” Avant said.
“If that’s the only option, yes. But if it’s not, you want to get as close as you can and think score and play to score a touchdown. Because I’d rather the team have to score a touchdown to win the game than to have to kick a field goal. It’s just a lot different. It’s a 30-yard difference.”
Earl Campbell: https://www.nytimes.com/1983/11/11/sports/nfl-matchups-reunion-of-unhappy-running-backs.html
Campbell, who ranks fifth in the American Conference with 708 rushing yards and has 7,703 for his career, said after the Oilers’ last defeat, 55-14 to the Cincinnati Bengals, that he was upset at having been removed by Coach Chuck Studley when the Bengals were ahead by 41-0 in the third quarter. He said he wanted to be traded after the season, and he repeated the request on his television show broadcast Tuesday in Houston. ”I think the best thing,” he said, ”would be for me to be out of here as far as playing football for the Houston Oilers.”
Shaun Alexander: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-16852.html
There’s the one who spent training camp this summer apologizing for having kept fellow Seattle Seahawks at a distance, creating the perception that the Pro Bowl running back was aloof or perhaps selfish. And there’s the other Shaun Alexander, the one who complained publicly Sunday that he had been “stabbed in the back” by Mike Holmgren because the coach didn’t call a play that would have let him win the NFL rushing title.
Jamal Lewis: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-152866278.html
Baltimore RB Jamal Lewis complained during the week about not getting at least 25 carries a game. In Sunday’s loss, he got 9 for 41 yards.
Corey Dillon: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-15118543.html
Dillon complained about his reduced role during the season and demanded to be traded at the end of the year. He also blasted several teammates, calling Willie Anderson a “bum” on national television and telling reporters he was embroiled in a “power struggle” with his new head coach.
Edgerrin James: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-152903090.html
A week ago, there was little for the Cardinals to feel good about. Receiver Larry Fitzgerald had pulled a hamstring, Edgerrin James had complained loudly about the coaching staff’s play-calling, their rookie quarterback lost his first NFL start and Cardinals fans were dreading the potential embarrassment of a visit by the mighty Bears.
Clinton Portis: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/09/AR2008120902829.html
“We got a genius for a head coach, I don’t know, I’m sure he on top of things.
He’s got everything figured out. Hey, that’s up to him. All I can do is when he calls a play is go out and try to execute to the best of my ability.”
“One day it’s, ‘Chip [block] on your way out,’ then if you don’t chip and you get out [into a pass route] and the quarterback gets sacked, it’s like, ‘Oh, you need to help this man out,’ ” Portis said. “So they don’t know what they want. They want you to chip, they want you to block, [quarterback Jason Campbell is] on his [rear] all game long, you’re trying to stay in and help, and then it’s, ‘Oh, you should have gone out, they was coming to you.’ ”
Stephen Davis: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-94337935.html
Davis was extremely frustrated after the game. Before he cut his interview session short, he said: “What we do best is run the ball. We’ve got to do more of that. We passed the ball when we had an opportunity [to run it].”
Garrison Hearst: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-72813711.html
”I want to feel more a part of the team by contributing,” Hearst said Wednesday, two days after first voicing displeasure about his limited role.
Thurman Thomas: http://articles.latimes.com/1991-01-18/sports/sp-297_1_thurman-thomas
Thomas, a second-year running back at the time, was asked on a Rochester cable TV show in what area the Bills might improve.
“Quarterback,” he replied.
LaDainian Tomlinson: https://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/football/new-york-jets-ladainian-tomlinson-criticizes-teammate-santonio-holmes-for-lack-professionalism-after-blow-huddle/mogUVFBslRuMrcuPobNzaP/
After the game, veteran running back LaDainian Tomlinson questioned Holmes’ professionalism.
“There were some guys in the huddle unhappy with Tone’s demeanor,” Tomlinson said. “When you have a group of guys fighting their butts off and one guy. (his) demeanor’s not with them, you’re going to get some guys telling (him) how they feel. That’s what you got today.
“It’s tough for guys to follow a captain that kind of behaves in that manner. When you’re a captain guys are looking at you and you’ve got to lead by example and you’ve got to play your tail off until the last play.”
Fred Beasley: https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Beasley-Barlow-have-history-of-animosity-2597996.php
Part of it is a culture clash. Barlow had rarely been outside his rough Pittsburgh neighborhood when the 49ers picked him in the third round of the 2001 draft.
When he moved across the country into an unknown environment, his response was to act brash.
“He came in thinking he was Jerry Rice or Terrell Owens, but he hadn’t done anything yet,” said Beasley, who was raised in Montgomery, Ala.
Matt Forte: https://www.nj.com/jets/index.ssf/2017/10/jets_matt_forte_critical_of_john_morton_offensive.html
“I only had four carries this game,” he said. “I don’t think we ran the ball enough with this weather being the way it was.”
Davonta Freeman: https://www.ajc.com/sports/falcons-freeman-super-bowl-would-have-stayed-the-game-would-have-got-mvp/RTiGkzGHP1bjjsm8LRC6aJ/
Said Freeman on SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this week regarding not only the decisions to pass and not run while in field goal range and leading by eight points late but also his curious second-half disappearance from the running game, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “I hate to go there but I was supposed to be the MVP this year of the Super Bowl, but it’s all good, we got another shot. . . . I don’t want to make this no competition thing with me and my quarterback. I’m just talking about from based off that game. Let’s [say] it like this: if I would have kept getting the ball, if I would have stayed in the game, I don’t know why I got out of the game actually. But if I would have stayed in the game, I would have got MVP. I’m looking at my stats and I see my numbers didn’t lie. Look at my numbers.”
Joe Mixon: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000865969/article/joe-mixon-unhappy-with-lack-of-carries-in-bengals-loss
The Cincinnati Bengals‘ offense earned 19 total yards in the second half of Sunday’s 29-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running back Joe Mixon has an idea about how the Bengals‘ offense could have gotten on track: Give him the ball.
“It’s frustrating. I feel like I’m seeing [Le’Veon Bell] got the ball 35 times, and I got it seven in the first half and then don’t touch the ball again,” Mixon said, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN. “[Jeremy] Hill only got one touch in the second half. It’s frustrating to us running backs. We feel like we’re in the room and we feel like we’re part of the offense. If it worked in the first half, why not do it in the second?”
Isaiah Crowell: https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2017/12/20/isaiah-crowell-upset-about-role-in-browns-offense/
“I’m sure that I can help my team more than I really do and more than I’ve been given the opportunity to do,” Crowell said, via ESPN.com. “Really, it just upsets me. Sometimes I feel disrespected about it, but I can’t even think about it. That’s the coach’s decision.”
Chris Johnson: https://abcnews.go.com/Sports/chris-johnson-unhappy-role/story?id=21459911
“No disrespect, I love Tennessee and would love to be in Tennessee,” Johnson told The Tennessean. “But I feel like I am wasting the prime years of my career if I am not used right. You feel me? It is crazy to look at backs around the league and see the opportunities they have.”
“I feel like if they are not going to use me the way I am supposed to be used and let me be the horse, then I would rather them let me move on,” the 28-year-old Johnson told the paper. “Their money would be wasted on me. I feel like if they are not going to use me right, let somebody get me that’s going to use me the right way.”
Jim Kelly: https://www.upi.com/Archives/1989/10/10/Kelly-says-Ballard-should-shoulder-the-blame/2687623995200/
Kelly suffered the injury, which could sideline him for four games, in the third quarter when he was hit by Colts defensive end Jon Hand.
‘It should have never happened,’ Kelly said of the hit. ‘(Hand) should have been blocked. Watching film, I don’t know what Howard was thinking. It seemed like he was looking outside to see if a guy blitzed or something… and not at the guy over him (Hand).’
Kelly said he was getting pressured from Ballard’s side throughout the game.
‘I think four out of our five positions (on the offensive line) are very solid,’ Kelly said Monday. ‘I don’t even need to tell you guys what position they might need to make a change in. I can’t stand up here and say they should do it or shouldn’t do it. I don’t make the decisions.
‘But something has to happen.’
Ben Roethlisberger: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000113063/article/ben-roethlisberger-questions-steelers-playcalling
“I just don’t think we called the right plays to get (Miller) the ball,” Roethlisberger told reporters. “There were a couple of times we called plays that we didn’t execute correctly.”
Something isn’t right in Pittsburgh. Big Ben is at his best calling plays from the no-huddle, but the no-huddle was scrapped for much of the final two quarters Sunday. Roethlisberger is running out of softly worded excuses for why.
“It’s tough for me to answer right now,” Roethlisberger said. “In the second half, we didn’t do much of it — and it’s disappointing. …
“The end of the first half, we were getting into the no-huddle stuff. That’s when we started moving the ball. Taking shots, taking the short stuff, whatever they were giving us, so that’s when we’re at our best and that’s what we need to do.”
Matt Ryan: https://www.12up.com/posts/5292123-matt-ryan-criticizes-kyle-shanahan-s-play-calling-during-super-bowl-li
Ryan referenced the play-calling was slow from Shanahan, and also questioned his decisions after the Falcons had gotten inside field goal range late in the fourth quarter with a chance to ice the game.
“With the way Kyle’s system was set up, he took more time to call plays and we shift and motion a lot…” Ryan said. “We talk about being the most aggressive team in football. And I’m all for it. But there’s also winning time. You’re not being aggressive not running it there.”
Joe Montana: https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/06/sports/pro-football-notebook-montana-young-garcia-golden-arms-but-also-cold-shoulders.html
But on his way out the door, Montana made it known that he and Young were not friends. ”Steve is on a big push for himself,” Montana said in a 1991 interview. ”And any time you have a competition, there is always that certain amount of animosity towards each other. I can say we only have a working relationship. That’s all it is. After that, he’s on my team, but as far as I’m concerned, he’s part of the opposition. He wants what I have, and I have to approach it that way. There is no other way to deal with it.”
Alge Crumpler: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/bobby-petrino-falcons-birds-article-1.229239
Then, after a 20-13 loss in Tennessee on Sunday, tight end Alge Crumpler ripped into Petrino’s offense by saying “(The coaches) keep telling us, ‘Trust us, trust us.’ We’ve been trying to trust them the whole time. … It just seems like the agenda that we have offensively is preparing the guys that we have in this locker room for the future. I’m not saying the coach isn’t trying to win the game. But there just seems to be too much going on.”
Ben Coates: https://www.newsday.com/sports/nfl-report-unhappy-coates-released-by-pats-who-blame-cap-1.397313
He caught just 16 passes in the first eight games of this season, a trend that
led the typically quiet Coates to sound off.
“If this is the way they want it, what’s there to say?” he said after going
without a reception in a 27-3 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 31.
“Just release me. Be my guest.”
Kellen Winslow II: http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d80bc717b/article/winslow-confirms-staph-infection-criticizes-browns
“I heard from Romeo Crennel and I heard from my position coach (Alfredo Roberts) when I was in the Clinic. I heard from my teammates,” Winslow told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “But I never heard from the main man – Phil Savage — and that really disappoints me. Sometimes I don’t even feel a part of this team.”
Bruce Smith: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-110655639.html
It’s time for Bruce Smith to go.
Smith decided to skip the chain of command and go right to owner Dan Snyder last week about his diminished playing time with the Washington Redskins.
“I can’t help the Redskins win if I’m not on the field,” Smith complained to reporters after last week’s loss at Miami.
Ed Reed: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-30520578.html
While Patriots coaches were praising Flacco, his teammate, safety Ed Reed, went on Sirius XM NFL radio yesterday and criticized his quarterback.
“I think Joe was kind of rattled a little bit by that [Houston] defense,” said Reed. “They had a lot of guys in the box on him. And, I mean, they were getting to him. I think a couple times he needed to get rid of the ball.
“He could have made audibles or anything like that, checks or whatnot.
“It just didn’t look like he had a hold on the offense. You know, it was just kind of like they were telling him [what] to do, throw the ball or get it here, you know, get it to certain guys. And he can’t play like that.”
Reggie White: https://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-7653569.html
According to Didinger, many Eagles are unhappy with their outstanding quarterback, RandallCunningham, who they feel is more interested in his personal stats than winning; and there is a clear division between the offense and defense, with the feeling that some of the top defensive stars, such as Reggie White and Jerome Brown, were coddled by Ryan.
White recently criticized Cunningham in print as not being a team player and held him partly responsible for the firing of Ryan.
Last year many players were alienated because others, including White and Brown, slacked off in practice, and because Ryan made it apparent in team meetings that he favored the defense.
Joey Porter: https://www.sportsnet.ca/football/nfl/dolphins-porter-0/
Joey Porter says he wants to be released by the Miami Dolphins because he was frustrated about his reduced role last season and doubts his relationship with coach Tony Sparano can be repaired.
Porter told the Dolphins’ flagship radio station Tuesday he wants to be waived rather than traded so he can join another team as an every-down linebacker.
“Knowing I’m unhappy and bringing that negative vibe to a team, you don’t want me coming to the stadium with that look on my face, ‘Why am I here?”‘ Porter told WQAM.
The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker’s campaign to be released went national with an appearance Monday on ESPN. A pledge from the Dolphins that he can play full time in 2010 is unlikely, and he told WQAM that wouldn’t salvage the situation.
“I wouldn’t believe them,” he said.
Porter said as his role diminished last season, he talked with Sparano only on Sundays and stopped speaking with football czar Bill Parcells or general manager Jeff Ireland. Porter was unhappy about being replaced by pass-rush specialist Cameron Wake in some situations.
“I’m an every-down player,” Porter said. “I’m supposed to be out on the field when the game’s on the line. I was on the sideline in the fourth quarter cheering. …
“My mind wouldn’t be there because I’m frustrated that I’m on the sideline. It’s hard for me to accept that after being in the Pro Bowl just a year ago. Now all of a sudden I’m taking a back seat — for who and for what?”
Tamba Hali: https://twitter.com/MikeGarafolo/status/888845930698608640
“watching both Steelers game from sideline and playing 15 and 7 in the last game I’m still ???. Am I needed in KC anymore?”
“Can someone explain to me how I played 58 snaps in the first game when we made the greatest comeback in Chiefs history?”
“I was told the reason I wasn’t playing was they wanted me fresh for the playoff.”
“Fans should know this. only played 7 snaps last year 2017 playoff game against the Steelers.”
Charles Woodson: http://www.espn.com/nfl/news/story?id=1695742
Woodson, a four-time Pro Bowl cornerback who could become a free agent, has been one of Callahan’s most outspoken critics. He has
called Callahan stubborn and said he lost the respect of his team.
“He’s really made this thing personal,” Woodson said Monday.
“When things get personal, it’s not a good situation to be around
people that it’s personal with. I won’t play for him.
“He’s not the type of person you want to be around. He’s just
really brought a really negative vibe to this team over the course
of the season.”
“I didn’t give him a chance to finish what he was saying
because I knew he was doing it out of spite,” Woodson said.
“There was no reason for me to sit in there and listen any further
to what he was talking about.”
What do you do about it as veteran players, Woodson was asked.
“You know what’s so tough about that? It’s I think we have a coach with a very big ego, you know what I mean?” Woodson replied. “And he’s not listening to those veterans. And that’s what’s sad about it. (https://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Callahan-ignores-Woodson-remarks-2579864.php)
Dre Bly: http://www.espn.com/nfl/news/story?id=2240566
“If we’d had production on offense, in particular the quarterback position, Mooch wouldn’t have been fired,” Bly told the Detroit Free Press. “If Jeff Garcia hadn’t gotten hurt, we wouldn’t be in this position today. Mooch wouldn’t have gotten fired.”
Garcia missed the first five games after breaking his leg in the final preseason game. He started twice — winning in Cleveland and losing to Chicago — but then missed the Minnesota, Arizona and Dallas games with soreness in the leg.
“We’re all at fault, but I just feel like Joey [Harrington]‘s been here four years, and being the No. 3 pick in the draft, he hasn’t given us anything,” Bly told the paper. “He hasn’t given us what the third pick in the draft should give us.”
A.J. Bouye: https://www.yardbarker.com/nfl/articles/jaguars_8217_aj_bouye_throws_coaching_staff_under_the_bus/s1_12680_25515353
“We just started playing soft. We started calling more zone, and they just knew what we were going to run. We were running back-to-back the same calls. … and they just had beaters for it.”
Sean Smith: http://www.espn.com/blog/oakland-raiders/post/_/id/20660/what-is-behind-sean-smiths-sudden-change-of-fortune-for-raiders
“Versus come in for a play here and be like, ‘Dang, I’ve been on the bench the whole game and you want me to come in [when] you’re not getting no practice reps all week and all of a sudden game day it’s, ‘Here Sean, go in for one play.’ And you get beat and it’s, ‘Oh, take him out.’ It’s like, ‘Man, what the f—?’ ”
Landon Collins: https://www.sbnation.com/2017/12/26/16820372/giants-landon-collins-called-eli-apple-a-cancer
“There is only one corner who needs to grow up and we all know who that is,” Collins said on 98.7 FM in New York, via Jordan Ranaan of ESPN.com. “That would be the only person I would change out of our secondary group. Besides, the other two guys, [Dominique Rodgers-Cromarie] and [Janoris Jenkins], I love those two guys. They play hard. They love what they do. That first pick … He’s a cancer.”
T.J. Ward: https://bucswire.usatoday.com/2017/10/22/tampa-bay-buccaneers-buffalo-bills-t-j-ward-bucs-safety-nfl/
“You got to talk to coach Mike Smith and Dirk Koetter, but I’m at my wits’ end,’’ Ward said, according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I’m tired of it. I mean, that’s not why I came here. I did not come here to rotate. I did not come here to be a part-time player. I came here to make this defense better. Be on the field 100 percent of the time. I destruct offenses. That’s what I do. I need to be out there. You got me in one minute, one minute. Last week, I didn’t even play the first half.’’
Daryl Worley: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article183929531.html
Worley expressed frustration with being in a rotation on Friday, ahead of Carolina’s Monday Night Football matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
“I don’t know how to put it into words. It’s frustrating, to say the least,” he said. “At the corner – we play a corner position where obviously you don’t want to be in a rotation because as an NFL corner, you want to be able to get in some type of groove, some type of rhythm.
“I mean, if you give up a catch or two, that doesn’t define who you are.”
Worley said he asked defensive backs coach Curtis Fuller and defensive coordinator Steve Wilks “for answers,” but that they simply have told him it was a rotation and nothing further.
“It’s the same old thing every week. We rotate, and then when we get to Sunday it’s kind of a toss-up,” he said. “Whoever makes the calls around here, whoever makes that call whichever one of us should be in the game, I guess they make it on Sundays. I don’t know who makes that call.”
Cary Williams: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/11566969/cary-williams-says-chip-kelly-overworking-eagles-practice
“I’m just going to be honest with you,” Williams said. “It’s hard to go out there and fight for 60 minutes when you’re fighting throughout the week to make it through one practice. I’m not the only one. I’m just the only one that’s man enough to stand up here and talk to y’all. It’s obviously, in my opinion, an issue in our starts.”