Is anything going to really happen to Fletcher Cox because he missed the first day of OTA’s and possibly the rest of the week as well?
And in reality, is it really that big of a deal that Cox is missing practices without shoulder pads in May? No, you need Cox showing up in August and September– not now.
But it’s really the psychology of the whole thing that pisses me off.
Fletcher Cox isn’t in OTA’s right now because he doesn’t give a shit about them and that drives me up a wall. Why else would he not here right now? It can’t be contract related, so what else is it other than the sheer unwillingness to be there with your teammates. You’re paying this guy $17 million a year to play football and you know what? He doesn’t care about that. As long as Fletch is happy, Fletch will continue to do what he wants and not what’s best for this team.
What kind of precedent does this set for everyone else when the best player doesn’t show up to the first day of work? Does this mean everyone can now skip? No. Voluntary means mandatory to most athletes unless of course you’re the big bad Fletcher Cox.
Why else is this important?
The Eagles will have 2 new starters along the defensive line this season, in Timmy Jernigan and Chris Long or even rookie Derek Barnett. What example does this set for the rookie? Once you get paid, you can do whatever you want? I don’t want that kind of attitude around this football team. This is a very “me-first” mentality from Fletch when the rest of his teammates are here busting it.
Why no outrage over Jason Peters and Donnie Jones not being here? It’s Donnie Jones and Jason Peters is probably playing his last season in the NFL. Peters needs to be conserved while Cox needs to learn the tendencies of his new teammates.
Overall, Cox missing OTA’s this week isn’t going to affect the outcome of the Eagles season. But in this scenario, I just think it’s deeper than that. He doesn’t care about being here regardless of the contract and that irks me. It’s not about getting reps, it’s about being with your teammates, battling with them, setting a precedent and oh yea, cashing that huge check the team is paying you.
Also, posting snaps of partying in Missouri isn’t the best look either while your teammates are grinding, but whatever, guess this is a non-story.