Editorial: The ego
of NFL front office personnel is hurting the game.
In just the last couple of days we have seen two examples of
the egos of NFL front office personnel against their own players hurting the
By Bill Smith
1. The Terry Glenn case.
1a Glenn wanted to play but the Cowboys wanted
to rid the team of the Parcells' players.
The excuse they gave was that the risk of injury again this year forced
them to ask him to sign an injury waiver.
According to the owner Jerry Jones, it was “standard procedure.” However, I have been watching the NFL for
over 50 years and I have never heard of a team demanding that a player sign an
injury waiver in order to play under a contract that was in place at the time.
Glenn agreed to a compromise—He reached an agreement on a split contract with
the Cowboys Friday, July 25. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, But there was a problem. A compromise would not get another Parcells'
guy out of town. So JJ refused to sign
the compromise the deal that reportedly his front off negotiated in good
faith. He cut Glenn.
Conclusion: No rational person would think that any
combination of Patrick Crayton, Miles Austin, Sam Hurd, Isaiah Stanback, Mark
Bradford, Mike Jefferson, Daniel Polk, and Danny Amendola can begin to provide
the production that Glenn can. So why
did JJ cut him? The answer is one
word—Ego. JJ is trying to get the public
to see him as the big cheese in Dallas
again. He fired both Jimmy Johnson and
Bill Parcells because they were getting too much attention. Like a third grader that had his favorite toy
stolen, JJ pouted. It may be hard for
Cowboy fans to understand but he would rather lose in the playoffs and be the
Big Man of the team than win and allow people to credit a Parcells' guy.
go to Miami. If Parcells can find someone that can get the
ball to him, Glenn will have another very good year.
2. The never ending saga of Bret Favre.
general manager Ted Thompson told the media that when Favre called him and
expressed interest in playing in 08, he was ready to fly to Mississippi to welcome Favre back. Less than a month later, Thompson made it
clear that if Favre came back, he would be second string to Aaron Rodgers. Is that the same Aaron Rodgers that has never
started an NFL game? Why yes it is! Is that the same Rodgers that was hurt 3 time
including once in practice while wearing the red no contact jersey? Of course it is! Granted Rodgers looked good in the game at Dallas, but so did Brad
Johnson. The Bills gave Johnson a big contract and he never was heard of
again. How is that Rodgers thing working
out for you so far, Ted?
has also said that in no case will Favre be released per the QB's request. Why won't Thompson release him? Because he doesn't want Favre coming back in
Game 1 with the Vikings and beating the Packers on what was scheduled to be
“Favre jersey retirement day!” If Favre
can't beat out Rodgers, what's the harm in letting him go where ever he wants?
2c Thompson is demanding a 1st
round draft choice in exchange for Favre.
Even though Brett has not missed a game since high school, he won't get
that high a choice for a player that old.
But I have some more news for Thompson.
After what has been a lack luster career, he wouldn't get a first round
choice for Rodgers either.
Thompson drafted Rodgers. Rodgers has to
prove he is a NFL quality starter before his contract runs out. If he proves to be a bust, Thompson will be
looking for work soon. NFL stands for
“Not For Long” if a coach fails to win early or for a GM if his high draft
Packers are ready to win now with a quality QB.
While it is a very young team, the critical Packers leaders are within a
couple of years of the end of a championship window. That group includes LT
Clifton 32, RT Tauscher 31, CB Harris 34, and CB Woodson 31. You can bet that
those player want Favre back because he gives the team the best chance to win.
Thompson look at the fans of the Pack with a straight face and tell them that
the team is better with Rodgers under center than Favre? No.
But of course, that doesn't matter because the Pack has “moved on” and
is going with the kid. I predict that
the first time Rodgers throws 3 picks in a game, the fans are going to be
calling for Favre and Thompson's head on a stick, not necessarily in that
Ted—A Favre in the hand is worth 2 Rodgers in the bush.
That's what I think
What do you think? Let us know in
the comments section.
Bill Smith is a
former coach of several semi-pro teams and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for http://BrutusReport.com. He has
also published several novels on http://ebooks-library.com/index.cfm and