As sports fans, many of us enjoy lists – best QB in the NFL, toughest player in the NHL, most dominant pitcher in the NL. After reading a recent story and analyzing the ridiculous content within it, I have decided to create my own list; a list that will be growing in size, for sure, in the months and years to come.
This new list will be titled the “Slug List.” What’s the criteria to get on this list? Those people added will need to be a member of or somehow linked/affiliated with a Philly pro sports or college team. These guys and ladies (possible cheerleaders?) might make the list based on performance or a comment to the media. Some kind of monumental action or inaction that affects the team or fan base may just get someone put on the list. Any type of “slug” activity as defined by me, and you’ll likely be added at a moment’s notice.
Without any further ado, my first inductee will be none other than Former Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, otherwise known as DRC.
DRC who is now under contract with the Denver Broncos gave his old team and coaches quite a slap in the face this week. In fact, he gave an incredible eyebrow raising comment to the Bradenton Herald about his flaws as a CB. Here is his quote about the Broncos coaching staff, but a reflection of his time in Philly:
“They told me about my flaws. Nobody had done that, and it impressed me. They told me what I needed to work and how they would get me better instead of telling me about what I could do.”
These kind of quotes – when players throw former teams under the bus – really annoy me to no end because there’s no need for it. This wasn’t just a slap in the face to his former team, but to the fans as well. I guess we all weren’t yelling loud enough after those games when he botched coverage schemes or got burnt going man-to-man. In his mind, I’m sure if someone told him about those flawed plays, he’d have played much better after having only three interceptions in two years as an Eagle who was paid a tremendous amount of money. The article from the Bradenton Herald said, the Broncos see a wealth of talent in DRC, but are looking for consistency. You know what? They should keep looking.
In the end, how could it be possible that that not one NLF coach, not one coach for the Eagles or even the Cardinals, (the team he first played for in the NFL) didn’t mention his coverage flaws or what he needed to do to get better at his position. I guess DRC wasn’t at practice when the coaches were teaching Coverage 101. Of course, I wasn’t in the film room or on the practice field to witness anything, but I can tell you DRC is full of it. It’s not possible that he wasn’t coached on his flaws and how he could be more effective on the field.
Maybe he has sour grapes since the Eagles didn’t try to resign him as a free agent after this past season ended. Maybe he couldn’t grasp the concept of the Eagles defense and was bitter about it (frankly, like many of us fans, too). Maybe he’s just a slug. I’m betting on the latter. That’s why he’s my first inductee on the Slug List.