Is Josh McDaniels getting an unjust pass for skipping this week’s NFL Scouting Combine?
Well, let’s just say Stephen A. Smith has a lot to say about the New England Patriots offensive coordinator.
McDaniels, of course, spurned the Indianapolis Colts in early February by electing to stay in New England rather than honoring his agreement to become the Colts’ new head coach. And when news broke that McDaniels wouldn’t attend the combine in Indianapolis, some interpreted the move as evidence the 41-year-old was scared to show his face in the city he betrayed.
But Smith took things a step further Wednesday on ESPN’s “First Take.”
“What a punk move, ladies and gentlemen,” Smith said. “That’s right I said: a straight-up punk move. I don’t wanna hear a damn thing about how ‘he hasn’t been there before’ or ‘he’s not required to go’ — that’s a load of crap. McDaniels isn’t going because he doesn’t wanna show his face in Indy. He doesn’t wanna walk the streets of a town he literally screwed over weeks ago.
“That’s a weak move: devoid of accountability, insulting to everyone’s intelligence, but, most importantly, it’s unfair. Why? Because most of the time players can’t get away with that. They’re forced to show up to the proverbial guillotine to answer for their crimes. If that’s their plight, why should it be any different for a coach like McDaniels?
“I have an idea how some would answer that question, but I won’t go there … for now.”
You don’t have to think too hard to figure out what Smith is talking about at the end.
But is his criticism of McDaniels — and those who choose to not condemn him — fair or unfair? That’s for you to decide.
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