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  1. Lord Sun

    Lord Sun New Member

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    Hambrick Felt Uncomfortable In The End


    BY MICKEY SPAGNOLA
    DallasCowboys.com Columnist
    June 25, 2004, 5:30 p.m. (CDT)

    IRVING, Texas - Say this for Troy Hambrick. He might have changed teams. He might have laid low for a while. But he sure hasn't lost his gift to gab.

    Hambrick, released by the Cowboys in early May and signed by the Oakland Raiders within a week, surfaced at the Raiders' mini-camp this week in Alameda, Calif., and immediately addressed why he basically angled for his release from the Cowboys after they selected running back Julius Jones with their first draft choice this spring, a second round pick:

    "It was like being a nun in a nightclub."

    You go, Troy.

    In true family tradition, and who would ever forget his brother Darren's infamous line when explaining his quarterback-school absence, "What do voluntary mean?", just a little interpretation is needed. Hambrick basically is echoing what agent Jordan Woy said nearly a month ago, that his client just didn't feel comfortable any longer at The Ranch. That he felt out of place.

    More than anything, Hambrick probably saw the writing on the wall after producing just 972 yards and five touchdown on 275 carries during his first season to be a full-time starter in the NFL. The four-year veteran started taking roll, and figured the room was a tad crowded for a veteran guy scheduled to make $628,000 if he was no more than a backup.

    "I got attached to the Cowboys, and it's hard to shake that bond with the guys I was involved with," Hambrick said. "I just thought maybe it was time to move on. They were going in a different direction."

    So to move on, Hambrick pushed one of Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells' hottest buttons: He discontinued participating in the team's off-season workout program a week after the draft, even though Parcells said he would have no problems bringing Hambrick to training camp.

    But it was Hambrick who wanted out. He has been around long enough to understand a team's first draft choice will get every opportunity to win a starting job. He also knew Parcells was counting on fullback Richie Anderson to be the third-down back, and possibly even take some carries as a tailback after being asked to shed 10 pounds in the off-season.

    And at the time, Hambrick also knew the Cowboys had two young running backs, Erik Bickerstaff and ReShard Lee, they were envisioning as grooming candidates for the third guy - not to mention Aveion Cason returning from knee surgery. (Bickerstaff since has been lost for the season, tearing his Achilles in an on-field practice session.)

    Hambrick didn't like his chances to make the squad, not as a starter and certainly not as a utility backup or possible backup fullback since the Cowboys already had Jamar Martin, traded for third-year veteran Darian Barnes - a special teams player, too - and signed rookie free agent Lousake Polite.

    "I didn't feel the energy," Hambrick said. "I just said to my agent, 'You know, after going through a Bill Parcells training camp, I think it might be time to go to a more veteran squad where they treat the players better.' Training camp with Parcells is rough and ragged."

    Well, whatever. But some things apparently don't change. Hambrick missed the Raiders' first mini-camp practice on Tuesday for personal reasons, head coach Norv Turner said, and evidently has shown up a tad out of shape, causing Turner to remark, "I've had the chance to see him firsthand (with Dallas). He's a physical back with good vision. He's not in as good a condition as we would like him to be, but he has a month before camp. We just need to emphasize that with him."

    While Hambrick might have signed for the four-year minimum of $535,000 with the Raiders, and was given a $25,000 signing bonus, he did not arrive without a crowded field at the running back position. The Raiders suited up eight running backs for Wednesday's two practices, and that did not count veterans Tyrone Wheately, Zack Crockett and J.R. Redmond, all excused from the workouts by Turner.

    The Raiders also have Justin Fargas, a third-round pick last year, and free-agent signee Amos Zereoue. So it's not as if Hambrick will have an easy time earning a starting job, let along making the Raiders' 53-man roster as even a backup.

    "He sees himself as a tailback," said Turner, the former Cowboys' offensive coordinator (1991-93). "We're going to give him every opportunity to play tailback and see what he does best. We have a bunch of guys who see themselves as the starting tailback. When you have that kind of competition, it gives you the opportunity to come up with a featured runner. That's our goal."

    Without Wheatley, Crockett and Redmond at the mini-camp practice, Hambrick was given the opportunity to work with the first-team offense at the morning practice, take a few handoffs and catching a few passes from quarterback Rich Gannon, who by the way was working with the Raiders' first-team offense despite the off-season acquisition of Kerry Collins.

    Hambrick will also need to be a productive special teams player to earn a roster spot if he does not emerge as the team's starting tailback. And he does have somewhat of an edge there, since former Cowboys special teams coach Joe Avezzano now holds the same position with the Raiders and knows Hambricks' kick-coverage capabilities.

    "I just want to come in and compete and show someone I can play right, productive football," Hambrick said. "I'm just here to help. Being a backup is not a problem."
  2. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Yeah he felt uncomfortable all right...

    He was going to get his arse kicked by Julius come training camp.

    No doubt Anderson would have been ahead of him also in the pecking order.
  3. Etonicas

    Etonicas New Member

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    By this I think he meant he wanted to go to a team where he didn't have to work as much. :rolleyes:
  4. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Exactly! He missed taking it easy with Dave Campo. This guy doesn't want to work hard to get to a Super Bowl, he wants to coast and pick up a pay check.
  5. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    Hambrick felt uncomfortable in MY end last year.
  6. Nors

    Nors Benched

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    Your post about Hambrick "felt uncomfortable in YOUR end last year" is disturbing.

    Want a mulligan?
  7. Smith22

    Smith22 Well-Known Member

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    Man, what a joke Tbone is. I can't believe this fool thought he could just step in and take over for a legend. Welcome to reality Tbone.
  8. EGG

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    I believe Hambrick can be a solid contributor to the right team. He's got a big mouth but he is a serviceable changeup back that just needs a decent OLINE that allows him to run downhill.
  9. Ruff_Rider

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    Hambrick will never be a contributor on any team. Sorry to say this but he's not very good. He will always be just a second string RB on other teams.
  10. GTaylor

    GTaylor Gif Dude

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    I like the quote about him (Think it was Newy Scruggs who said it): "Hambrick is so talented he can turn a 7 yard run into a 3-4 yarder."
  11. SALADIN

    SALADIN Jumper

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    dude, take the do over
  12. MichaelWinicki

    MichaelWinicki "You want some?" Staff Member

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    Please don't encourage him.


    The next one may be even worse.
  13. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    NO he was a pain in my @$$ last year thats all.
  14. CliffnMesquite

    CliffnMesquite Well-Known Member

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    "Hambrick Felt Uncomfortable In The End"
    He should see the team doctor. :)
  15. jterrell

    jterrell Penguinite

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    THam is begging for a dogpile with thsi stuff.

    He railed that he was better than Emmitt. He pushed for more carries and responsibility.

    Now he cries that he cant beat out utility fullbacks and doesnt like the hard training camp grind which occurs in 90% of the camps in the NFL.

    He is outspoken and funny. He also deserves a spot on the couch next to his brother when the regular season starts. I bet he would be suprised by how much work the broadcasters and commentators do if he tried to enter that domain.
  16. Hostile

    Hostile Tacos are a good investment Zone Supporter

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    I want to be at that Pre season game against the Raiders so bad. I would like nothing more than to see Roy get a clean shot.
  17. Sportsbabe

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    Good one.

    I can't believe THam formed his mouth to say Cowboys & Bill Parcells. He wanted out, now he's out and this is what he says. Classic. He was all up Parcell's butt last year. Luckily he was able to be taught how to pick up a blitz because that was basically all he was good for. He consistently got tackled by the turf and couldn't hit a hole if JLo was on the other side. These mediocre players crack me up with their bitterness interviews after they leave a team. If he makes the Raiders squad this year then the watered down NFL is in full affect.
  18. JBell523

    JBell523 That's my Quarterback

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    that's wrong dude
  19. coach316

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    After reading the article heading and the intro I thought maybe Hambrick had switched from football to gay porn. :eek:

    :D
    rotflmao
  20. DallasCowpoke111

    DallasCowpoke111 Benched

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    It won't surprise me in the least if Hambrick doesn't even SEE Sept. in a Raiders uni.

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