Originally Posted by KDWilliams85
Remind me again as to why Hunter is the goat? Oh, I remember now. He has severe character issues stemming from play or lack thereof. Regardless of injury or talent, he is still a cornerback. A young one at that. He has time to turn his career around in Dallas and be that CB that he was drafted to be.
Haste to play him at a position he clearly doesn't won't give potential or guarantee any type of success. Yet you all seem to think it will.
[View Full Quote]As for his contract, his contract guarantees him having a spot on the team. He gets a nifty severance package if he has that spot taken away. Parcells won't play him as a FS until it's necessary. It's rather presumptuous to claim that he's going to play it any way you look at it. Plus, you believe that he lacks the size against the incumbents. Did you stop to consider that he may not match well as a FS either? He's still the same old Pete Hunter if he's against Steve Smith or Randy Moss. Him being a FS doesn't make him bigger or stronger.
His placement at the depth is pretty much set. Glenn, Newman, and Henry have been the designated starters and nickel back. Hunter has no motivation or opportunity to gain the position he seeks. Parcells has pretty much named his starters and Hunter so happens to be none of them.
Professionalism... that's you, my friend. As most of the board would agree, Hunter has no such attribute. Bummer for him, huh? I guess he's a problem in the locker room for being somewhat arrogant, brazen, and at the same time ambitious.
Hunter is far from a failure. He's been on a squad for three years. That's quite a long time for someone who was drafted in the later rounds and hasn't impressed the staff. Give him some credit. There are FA's out there who would love to be in his place. So what he hasn't lived up to expectations. He's obviously performed well enough (with the exception of his injury) to remain on a squad. Failure, I think not.
This is the only time he's spoken out. He's infuriated because the Cowboys wants something out of him that he's not ready to give. That doesn't make him a selfish player. That doesn't make him a headcase. Him holding out of camp or another AB incident would make him as such. He's just spoken out about the situation. He hasn't acted on it yet.
It's great that you present a "natural" flow of ambition. People are happy to make a squad period. It's when people who think their mouth is their way of talking (Terrell Owens, Randy Moss) gets them into their problems. They have skills to back it up but their mouth is what gets them in trouble. Hunter hasn't done that yet. He's not the defensive equivalent to Randy Moss or Terrell Owens.
"Hit the road Jack"... how intolerant. If you think about the guys who hadn't produced a Pro Bowl season after three years for the Cowboys, who would be gone? It takes time... Hunter hasn't had much of it. Who knows what kind of season he would have had if he wouldn't have gotten hurt. He could have came on like a hurricane.
You can deem me an idiot all you want. But, you all are a little bit hasty to play him off. If he were 35 and in this boat, I'd agree with ya.
I'm not sure why you feel everyone has to embrace Hunter the same way you do. Hunter stuck his foot in his mouth a bit this off season. He wanted to be traded. That alone will get under most fan's skin. He at first rejected the idea of playing FS. He seems to be coming around to the idea, but is taking a slow boat to get there.
He has no one to blame but himself. Apparently he thinks higher of his abilites than the team does. That's fine and I approve of that to a degree, but don't become a distraction while doing it. For comparison he is the defensive version of Freddie Mitchell right now. He is someone who thinks he is all that and a bag of chips.
If he was as good as he thinks he is we would not have gone out to improve CB as much as we did. This is not Deion coming back from turf toe. This is a guy who was a project. He could at least be realistic about his chances and opportunities.
He's foolish not to jump all over the move to FS. First of all he'll get more playing time there barring injury. The idea really is to get on the field as much as possible. There are 3 guys ahead of him on the depth chart because they have more talent. Sometimes that's just a fact of life.
The same cannot be said about FS where there is a glaring vacancy. His failure to recognize that makes me wonder if his head is in the game.
Look at La'Roi Glover. He still wants to be the starter but he's willing to do whatever it takes for the team to get better. He realizes he's going to be on the sidelines some and he is not making waves about it. That despite being the unquestioned best player on the defense for the last couple of years. Only Roy Williams and Dat Nguyen of 2003 come close to the excellence he has given.
In other words, he actually has some skins on the wall and room to gripe. Instead he is coaching the rookies and doing his job.
When you compare that to a guy who at first refused to change positions and at one time wanted to be traded it paints Hunter in a somewhat dubious role. Trust me when I say he'll be lucky to even have a job with the Cowboys in 2005. You don't put black marks for poor attitude in the Coach's ledger and overcome it unless you are really special.
Project players have little bargaining room. If he doesn't shine between now and the cutdown to 53 he's probably looking for work. His contract won't change that a bit. He better hope some of the other CBs are hurt or don't perform. I never bank on that.
Silly move on his part and if it bites him in the backside he has no one to blame but himself.