I’ve had enough of the boo-hoo moaning from the recent free-agents to exit Philadelphia. First it was Dawkins, then Tra Thomas, now Mr. Glass, er, I mean L.J. Smith is complaining about his treament while a member of the Eagles. I’m simply amazed how child-like these supposed tough guys behave when they aren’t coddled by coaches and management. It makes me wonder if NFL franchises should hire people to stroke the fragile egos of these thin skinned superstars.
L.J. is upset because he was “treated like a number.” Here’s a snippet of his bellyaching:
“As a player, you never want to hear things through the media. Everyone’s wrong, and everyone obviously had to do the right thing to get to this point in the NFL, and you just want to be treated like that. You want to be treated like a man before an athlete. I think a lot of times in the NFL, coaches forget that. There so involved with the numbers and schemes, and they forget how to approach a player, and I just felt like a couple of times throughout the season last year, there were a couple of coaches who forgot that.”
Gee, L.J. sounds a little ungrateful considering the Eagles were gracious enough to pay him $4.5 million last season despite a deplorable 2007 in which he did nothing except nurse a hernia. They gave him every opportunity to come out and prove to all his naysayers that he deserved a long-term deal. L.J. responded with 37 catches for 298 yards and 3 touchdowns, and he missed three more games due to injury.
Maybe that’s why nobody wanted you in free-agency, L.J. The Birds treated you like a number because you played like one. Just another guy, not a Pro Bowler, not a star player. You’re lucky to be employed at all, so I suggest you keep your comments to yourself.
Smith did back off slightly:
“I don’t want to come across bitter or anything like that because as long as I’m in the NFL, that’s a blessing in itself,” Smith said. “I’m definitely grateful for my experience there — good or bad. However, it’s one of those things where the coach knows. He knows how he should have handled the situation, and I don’t have to tell him. But if I see him, there’s no hard feelings.”
Too late, L.J., you did “come across bitter.” If you weren’t bitter about not living up to your 2nd round draft status you wouldn’t have opened your mouth at all. The bottom line is you got passed on the depth chart by a 5th round pick from Cincinnati. Stop whining and play ball. Maybe then some team will give you more than an incentive-filled one-year contract.