Before we get started, I feel the need to offer a quick word of apology. I’m about to spew a bunch of mind vomit about Cox all over you. So, I’m sorry. With that out of the way, let’s get to the vomit. My initial reaction to Cox skipping OTA’s to “spend time with his family” was one of anger and vitriol. Now that I’ve had almost a day to process it, I’m still angry and vitriolic! Didn’t see that coming, did ya? Seriously though, I’m outraged. Well, as much as anyone can be “outraged” about such a mundane thing that doesn’t directly affect his or her life. But I’m definitely pissed off about it. It makes me angry on so many levels. The fact that he signed a $100 million contract last offseason should be reason enough to be incensed. $100 f*cking million! But there’s so much more that bugs me. Fletcher Cox is one of the leaders on this team, whether he likes it or not. That’s the price you pay when you become the highest paid player on a team. There are certain expectations that come with that. Reasonable expectations. Like, you know, earning that money. This is the first time the rookies and new free agent additions will be here, what kind of example does it set when the highest paid player on the team isn’t there? More importantly, why wouldn’t he want to be there. And I swear, if I hear one more person say “voluntary means its voluntary, he doesn’t have to be there,” I’m going to punch that person in the face. I’m acutely aware of what the definition of “voluntary” is — I got it. But Fletcher Cox had many other opportunities to plan time with his family. The season ended January 1st and there is still a good amount of free time before training camp begins – family time didn’t have to happen now. Again, $100 F*CKING MILLION. Alright, enough of my mind vomit, I could go on for days, but if you don’t already agree with me – or with my buddy Jack Fritz or also has strong feelings on Cox (hehe) – you probably never will. So let’s move on and talk about something other than Cox (hehe).
I lied about moving on, I have one more quick Cox anecdote. This one won’t annoy you…I think. As part of my job producing the WIP Midday Show, I answer the phone to screen the callers before they go on the air. It’s something I’ve come to really enjoy because I get to know the callers on a more informal “off the air” type of basis, but also cause I get to talk to a a lot of people with a bunch of differing opinions each day. Anyhoo, the phones were buzzing yesterday, and I spent three hours saying, “What do you want to say about Cox?” over and over again. Halfway through the last hour of the show, I said that exact phrase and the caller I was speaking to busted out laughing. It was only then that I realized my phrasing, and more importantly, the absurd amount of times I’d said it so far that day. I can’t believe it took that long! Hahaha. Good times. Crap, the mind vomit is back, isn’t it? Let’s move on.
Fletcher Cox got all the pub, but Jason Peters and Donnie Jones also decided to skip the “voluntary” OTA’s. So just to be clear, the only three players (on the entire team) who won’t be participating in the OTA’s are: the Punter, the oldest (non-Special Teams) player on the team, and Fletcher Cox. *Note: Marcus Smith also chose not to attend, but I’m not counting him as a “player” for obvious reasons.*
Let’s knock out some quick notes, as all this ranting about Cox has tired me out. If you’re interested in the guys who actually did show up to OTA’s, here’s Jimmy Kempski with his practice notes from Day 1.
What’s that? You want more notes from yesterday’s practice? Luckily, I can provide that for you. Well, BLG can.
Jonny Page says Carson Wentz’s mechanics already look improved. That means it’s true. Jonny is smarter than you and me. Mostly because he’s British.
Speaking of Brits…I got nothing transition-wise here. My bad. What I do have is “fake news” about Jordan Matthews.
You know what’s not fake news? This report about Cowboys defensive end David Irving.
Alright, that’s all I got for ya. Well…almost — Twitter Time:
When you sign a contract with $63,299,000 guaranteed, u don’t miss voluntary practices. Totally unacceptable #eagles
— Jon Marks (@JonMarksMedia) May 23, 2017
See? Jon gets it.
Seems odd given his standing, but early word on Marcus Smith’s absence is that he simply opted not to attend voluntary session.
— Tim McManus (@Tim_McManus) May 23, 2017
Marcus Smith don’t give AF…apparently. He’s going to be out of the league in two years. You heard it here first. Unless someone else has said it and you heard it. If that’s the case, I apologize for lying to you.
The face you make when you finally get to go up against the defense today 😎 OTAs, let’s go! pic.twitter.com/xJFAoq1IZR
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) May 23, 2017
Let’s F*CKING go!!!
Doug Pederson mentions Patrick Robinson, Rasul Douglas, Jalen Mills when asked about the CB position. Ron Brooks at nickel. #Eagles
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) May 23, 2017
This is fine…This is fine.
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) May 23, 2017
Alshon Jeffery is huge #Eagles
— Eliot Shorr-Parks (@EliotShorrParks) May 23, 2017
It’s pronounced “yuge.”
An honest Sheldon Richardson rips Brandon Marshall. Says locker room is better now: “Let’s just say there are 15 reasons why it’s better”
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 23, 2017
Dayum. Sheldon ain’t f*cking around. He is not a Brandon Marshall fan.
Following conversations with dozens of players, we’re making changes to our celebrations policy: https://t.co/1NLdEJjsGD
— Roger Goodell (@nflcommish) May 23, 2017
Took you long enough, Rog. But I’ll take it. Make the NFL fun again.