By Danny Cox
Sometimes, the harshest of words come from the mouths of NFL players, and it can be about just any topic. Some players have strong opinions about the ideas from the NFL brass. Some will even call other players names to get their point across when necessary. Then there are even retired players with very forceful opinions about current players, and they aren’t afraid to express them.
Bears’ Lance Briggs calls Packers tight end an “idiot”
As if the war between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers needed to be escalated even more than it already it. Recently, Packers tight end Jermichael Finley came right out and said that the Bears are better off without injured linebacker Brian Urlacher.
Well, Bears veteran Lance Briggs doesn’t quite agree.
“He’s an idiot,” Briggs said Thursday, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “Just suit up and play ball. His comments aren’t going to change the outcome of the game, they’re not going to help him or anybody else play better. Doesn’t really matter.”
Finley, of course, than came out and clarified what he meant about Urlacher stating that he intended no disrespect. The Packers’ tight end says he believes Urlacher is a Hall of Fame player and person, but wanted it known he thinks that his current replacement – Nick Roach – is good too.
Vikings Jared Allen thinks playoff expansion is “stupid”
The ire of players, coaches, and fans of the NFL was raised the other day when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell spoke of possible playoff expansion to 14 or 16 teams. Numerous members of the media, including myself, and fans already have voiced their displeasure, but it wasn’t expected that many players would let their feelings publicly known.
Thoughts of fines or punishment didn’t stop Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen from expressing himself.
“It’s stupid,” said Allen, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I think that’s a dumb idea. The reason our league is so much better than other leagues, I think, is because of that competition. Every game means something.
“There’s 162 games in baseball. You’re like, ‘Eh.’ No one really watches until the end, right? Basketball’s the same way. There’s no real significance in every game. I think you damage the sport. … Our games become less significant every week if you know, ‘Oh, I can still lose half my games and sneak into the playoffs.’ ”
These are not only his opinion, but also all valid points and facts. If the NFL and Goodell aren’t going to listen to the fans, then hopefully they’ll listen to the ones that will be taking part in everything.
Eric Dickerson doesn’t want Adrian Peterson to break his rushing record
With three games remaining in the regular season, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has 1,600 rushing yards on 265 carries. That’s still a long way from the 2,105 single-season rushing record of Eric Dickerson, and the former NFL great isn’t so hot that Peterson could break it.
“I don’t want him to break it,” Dickerson told Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com. “I’ll be honest. I don’t want to see it. If anyone ever broke it, and if my son played football, I’d want my son to break it. But that’s it. No one else.
“Again, he’s a phenomenal player and seems like a good dude. If a player was to break it, I’d probably want it to be Adrian, but I like having the record. I don’t think it’s going to be broken.”
You have to admit, it’s a nice sentiment that Dickerson has about his son, but let’s face it…his son doesn’t play the sport. One day, it’s bound to be broken, but it sure doesn’t appear as if it will be this year. Although, stranger things have happened.
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on Examiner.com.