I applaud former Chiefs coach Herm Edwards’ passion and I agree with his concept of team. I am also a firm supporter of people like LeSean McCoy or anyone else in the NFL (or the real world for that matter) being able to speak their mind. Hello First Amendment, how are you today? The caveat here is that there is a time and a place to do these things and, in my opinion (whatever that’s worth), McCoy got it wrong. He could’ve taken this opportunity to be the bigger person, be an adult, and move past any past perceived slights. He didn’t have to say anything inflammatory on such a public stage. It’s a spotlight grabbing move and one that is made far too often in the NFL whether it’s by a player, owner, or commissioner. Bad form.
In this dialogue, Stephen A. Smith made a comment that stuck with me as he backed McCoy’s comments: “It’s a different world and it’s a different age.” When has this not been said from generation to generation? Let’s be honest, it doesn’t have to be that long of a time span, it could be year to year. The only constant in this world is change and the way we approach social mores this year is probably different than how we dealt with them last year or will next year. That statement is a cop-out because it implies that you (the royal you) don’t understand what’s happening now when in fact it’s likely a slight variation of something that’s happened hundreds or thousands of times before. If you don’t know where you came from, how can you tell where you can or should go? Make no mistake, I’m not saying we shouldn’t be open to changing the way we approach things. On the contrary, we should constantly be questioning our approach to most things. That’s the only way to ensure we’re headed in the right direction. I’m almost ashamed to say I agree with Skip Bayless here but his point about how Tom Landry dealt with his racial issues with the Cowboys supports my stance.
To this day, I still believe it’s the name on the front of the jersey, not the back, that’s important.