Clipped from: Washington Post editorial by Tony Kornheiser, 5/23/05
I wonder what Joe Gibbs is thinking when he can't get Sean Taylor to
return his calls. I wonder if Gibbs is thinking, "Is this what I came
I wonder what Sean Taylor is thinking when he doesn't return Gibbs's
calls. Maybe the message got garbled. Maybe Taylor thinks it's not
really Joe Gibbs. Maybe he thinks it's "MTV Cribs." Or maybe he thinks
it's Tony Roma's: Famous for Ribs. Or maybe Taylor never picks up his
phone messages. Or maybe Taylor is just a dope.
I wonder what Gibbs is thinking when he hears Taylor's personal
spokesman, Mr. Clinton Portis, say something like: "Sean has had the
spotlight on him all year. Sean just needs to chill."
So Sean can't return phone calls from a Hall Of Fame coach?
Chilling means no calls?
"I'm sorry. Mr. Taylor is chilling now. Why don't you try back in the fall?"
I wonder how long I would last at this newspaper if I didn't return
calls from Len Downie, the executive editor? Whaddya think, five
How well would it go over if I had Wilbon explain, "Everybody wants
something from Tony right now, and he just needs to chill."?
I wonder if Gibbs ever thinks to himself, "Do I really need these Miami guys?"
The last time I looked, if the guy's your boss, you return his call.
You don't blow him off like a telemarketer. Personally, I don't know
about this "spotlight" on Sean Taylor thing. I'm not that familiar
with what Sean Taylor looks like, because most of the time I see him
he's wearing a football helmet. I don't think Sean Taylor has anywhere
near the "spotlight factor" in Washington as, say, Ted Kennedy. Me, I
couldn't tell Sean Taylor from Elizabeth Taylor, especially if both of
them had on white diamond earrings. I think it's possible Sean Taylor
overrates his importance to our lives.
But I wonder about the University of Miami players -- the guys from
the place they proudly call "the U." They don't seem to be happy where
they are. Portis was terribly unhappy with Gibbs's offense last
season. Taylor is unhappy here now. Edgerrin James is threatening not
to report to the Colts. Jeremy Shockey wasn't happy working out in New
York with the Giants, the team that pays him. So he left and went back
to Miami to work out with "the U" guys. Look at Kellen Winslow Jr., a
U guy who so famously said he'd make the Redskins regret not drafting
him. Winslow's contract specifically forbids him from riding a
motorcycle. But he rode one anyway, wrecked it, and now he's out for
the whole season.
The U guys are an island unto themselves. They appear to value each
other more than they value the teams they play for. They play very
well on Sundays. But they don't appear to be particularly responsive
to their teams on other days. It's almost like U guys enjoy getting
into scrapes with management. It's almost like a contest to see if
they can force the teams into subservience and publicly punk them. I
wonder how long it'll take Santana Moss to find something wrong here.