08-16-2006, 09:44 PM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: southeastern mass
Saban losing respect of team
On top of the Zach Thomas/Jason Taylor issue this is going on, maybe it's the same old dolphins after all.
SABAN'S TIPTOEING WITH WRIGHT RAISING EYEBROWS
Just as Bill Parcells' pussyfooting with receiver Terrell Owens has caused some league insiders to conclude the the Tuna has gone soft, we're hearing that some of the guys in the Miami locker room are starting to question whether the Nicktator has turned Milquetoaster as to defensive tackle Manny Wright.
Coach Saban, we're told, is losing respect among the troops for his perceived coddling of Wright, who is absent from the team due to clinical depression.
Perhaps sensitive to the perception that he's being too lenient, Saban lashed out at the media on Wednesday for suggesting that a Tuesday night meeting between Saban and Wright might have set the stage for a return.
"When we have medical issues of players, they are confidential," Saban said on Wednesday. "You get this information from other sources. I don't really think that's good for our club, but it's mostly inaccurate. The judgments that you make from the information that you get is totally inaccurate. It's wrong. It is what it is. Because I had a meeting with the guy doesnâ€™t mean anything. Does it? It's headlines in the paper today because you are drawing a conclusion to something that you know nothing about â€“ nothing. It's bad for our team. It's bad for our fans because they get misinformation. I don't think it says a lot about professionalism either."
The problem is one of the reports, from Alex Marvez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, was based on comments from Wright's agent, Peter Schaffer, which strongly suggest that progress toward a return was being made: "We're trying to find a way to get all the parties on the same page," Schaffer told Marvez. "The Dolphins are bending over backward in trying to help Manny out. I think Manny has turned the corner in terms of getting back on his feet and getting ready to play football and moving on with his life."
Our guess? Saban is trying hard to work this out without having to cut Wright free, but Saban is conscious of the possibility that the locker room will eventually wonder why he's going to such lengths to salvage a supplemental fifth-round draft pick.
With Owens and Parcells, we can understand why the Tuna would be inclined to be tolerant. If healthy, happy, and motivated, T.O. is one of the most effective players in the NFL.
Wright isn't, hasn't been, won't be.
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