The article makes a good point but the players and coaches need to remember that they get paid big bucks to perform and when they don't, people have a right to criticize. Now we all know people go overboard but that's just natural, that will always happen.
Case in point...
I've always liked the Eagles, I've always like McNabb but I'm getting incredibly tired of people like him whining that the fans are too critical when they don't perform. If you get paid millions of dollars to do a job really well, you better at least do it better than average. McNabb for instance has blamed everybody but himself for the lack of getting over the hump the past few seasons but in reality the team did far better last season with Garcia starting. McNabb even has the nerve to go on tv and say people are racist & complain about black QBs more but he's not recognizing the fact that out of the two biggest black starting QBs, one was just arrested for dog fighting and the other (McNabb) couldn't hit a receiver this season if his life depended on it.
I agree people criticize far too early (see Chizik for instance: 0-2 start & people demanding his head) but I also think that the athletes and coaches need to perform to the level of their salary if they expect anything different. Some are given a lot of leeway because they realistically have no chance of living up to expectations (see Farentz for instance: $2.8 million/yr for 15-13 record) and some aren't given enough. I don't think it has to do with Race (see Charlie Weise & Loyd Carr) but I do think it has to do with the expectations for the given circumstance and the opportunities that are sometimes wasted by underachieving.
People will always complain but athletes and coaches need to realize that sometime's when there's smoke, there's fire.
A program isn't built on one player and it doesn't succeed because of one player, thus a program won't fail if it doesn't get that one player.
Yeah, the McNabb comments made me laugh. Until seven months ago, Peyton Mannign was easily the most criticized QB in the game-that what happens when you make the GDP of a small country to play a sport and have no championships to show for it. The argument that he has no star receivers also rings hollow: if you are so concerned about having playmakers, forgo up some of salary so they can sign marquee players.
What the hell does he expect when he signs a $112 million dollar contract-in the city that booed Santa Clause-and has underachieved for the duration of the contract? When you make NINE figures to play a sport...shut-up and thank God for the blessing bestowed upon you.
Compared to a few billion other people in the world that worry about stepping on a mine on the way to school, getting blown up by an IED on patrol or the few hundred million that worry about getting their next meal w/o getting shot by some warlord-being criticized for sucking at throwing a football to a received ain't bad.
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