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Crayton says coaches didn't tell him he's demoted

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton is no longer a starter, and that’s no surprise: Miles Austin earned his spot in the starting lineup ahead of Crayton by setting a franchise record with 250 receiving yards in a win over the Chiefs.

But what is surprising is that Crayton says the Cowboys’ coaches never bothered to tell him that Austin had taken his starting job.

Crayton told reporters he would have appreciated it if either head coach Wade Phillips or offensive coordinator Jason Garrett had looked him in the eye and told him he was demoted, rather than Crayton just figuring it out because Austin was getting more of the first-team reps in practice.

“I would have loved it,” Crayton said of hearing he had been demoted directly from a coach, per Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “It would have been real stand-up. That’s not what happened. Oh, well.”

Phillips, however, claims that the coaches did sit Crayton down and explain that Austin had moved ahead of him on the depth chart.

“We discussed it with him,” Phillips said. “I have no doubt about that.”

Despite the failure to communicate between Phillips and Crayton, Crayton says he’ll be a team player, adding that his job is “to help in whatever way possible.”

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26 Responses to “Crayton says coaches didn't tell him he's demoted”
  1. texasPHINSfan says: Oct 22, 2009 12:38 PM

    i’m inclined to believe crayton over phillips. i doubt the player would lie about being told this. coaches engage in “disinformation” all the time, however, and of course phillips wants to save face.

  2. Bill In DC says: Oct 22, 2009 12:44 PM

    That’s good because Crayton is a much better slot/#3 WR than he is a #2 WR. He’ll get more balls as the slot WR than he would as the #2.
    Of course he had to know it was coming, Austin was on the verge of taking his spot last season if he hadn’t gotten hurt.

  3. Jose Reyes says: Oct 22, 2009 12:46 PM

    He’s about as aware off the field as he is on the field.

  4. cowboys1 says: Oct 22, 2009 1:04 PM

    come on! seriously? how could you drop passes and muff punts and not expect this or be hurt because nobody explained it. gimme a break, man up, your a millionaire. he says he’s gonna be a team player now but if he really was he wouldnt bring this up to the media, he’s just as culpable as the coaches, he should have approached them with this crybaby bs.

  5. Levito says: Oct 22, 2009 1:18 PM

    if ever there was an nfl player who couldn’t put his money where is mouth was, it’s crayton.

  6. FireJerryJones says: Oct 22, 2009 1:28 PM

    I’m sure Jughead told him between burgers… maybe Crayton just couldn’t hear him.

  7. PDXNinerfan says: Oct 22, 2009 1:30 PM

    I also demoted him in my fantasy league and didn’t bother to tell him.

  8. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Oct 22, 2009 1:35 PM

    I’ll bet Phillips figured Jones told him when he really didn’t.
    The puppet doesn’t know if his string was pulled or not.

  9. Bill Cowher's Chin says: Oct 22, 2009 1:36 PM

    LMFAO, Crayton is the same guy that runs out of bounds on punt returns, to avoid the PUNTER!!!!! If you get a chance to watch a replay of the Panthers/Cowboys game from a few weeks ago, he ran out of bounds twice, to avoid the punter. All he had to do was put a move on him and then it was open field to the end zone…..what a pussy

  10. Jag4Life says: Oct 22, 2009 1:44 PM

    Seriously,
    Crayton is a 3rd reciever at best on any of the 32 rosters. The only way anyone knows his name is b/c he plays for the overrated/overhyped Cowboys. Play your role.

  11. cowboys1 says: Oct 22, 2009 2:24 PM

    haha jag4life
    sorry ass jags wish they had half the attention the cowboys get. Maybe thats why they want to move to LA, and change their name. what will you call yourself then? hahaha

  12. k1ng says: Oct 22, 2009 2:25 PM

    smh at miles austin being a star/starter/beast just because he broke two or three tackles against the garbage ass chiefs.. that defense has been horrible for years. if they could tackle hed had half of those 250 yards gone.
    not saying crayton is better but damn.
    cowboys going to get ate up by the falcons if they dont run the ball 50 times, believe that!

  13. jamesn says: Oct 22, 2009 2:25 PM

    Patrick Crayton needs to be told that the guy who now owns the franchise single game recieveing record is higher than he is on the depth chart?
    Really?

  14. Smush Rodrigez says: Oct 22, 2009 2:38 PM

    Jag4Life says:
    October 22, 2009 1:44 PM
    Seriously,
    Crayton is a 3rd reciever at best on any of the 32 rosters
    ***
    He would be the number 1 WR for the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad.

  15. Big Stretch says: Oct 22, 2009 2:53 PM

    It’s funny that he thinks the coaches make decisions in Dallas

  16. mns3dhm says: Oct 22, 2009 3:13 PM

    Patrick Crayton is a stupid self-centered jerk. If the Cowboys had a real GM they would bring this kid in and tell him to stop whining to the press or find another team to play for.

  17. cowboys1 says: Oct 22, 2009 3:42 PM

    smush rodriguez…….. stfu until you get a win to wash that horrible oakland taste out of your mouth. Eagirl fans shouldn’t even be allowed to post any comments this week

  18. VoxVeritas says: Oct 22, 2009 4:19 PM

    Eagles WRs are praying that McCheckdown steps off a curb and busts an ankle or something so they can get the downfield passer back LOL

  19. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Oct 22, 2009 4:19 PM

    Regardless of who you believe, just not good that this type of stuff even comes up.
    I wish everyone, Jerry included would just shut up and get on with the business of football.

  20. Kevin from Philly says: Oct 22, 2009 6:03 PM

    Vox, I speak for all Eagles fans when I say that we hope YOU break an ankle this weekend. Or better yet, your hands so that you a) lose your only source of entertainment and b) can’t post your sniveling idiotic nonsense.

  21. Florios'Lawyer says: Oct 22, 2009 7:16 PM

    # Kevin from Philly says: October 22, 2009 6:03 PM
    Vox, I speak for all Eagles fans when I say that we hope YOU break an ankle this weekend. Or better yet, your hands so that you a) lose your only source of entertainment and b) can’t post your sniveling idiotic nonsense.
    Vox is lost, I mean really lost.
    He’s been posting under “steeler-hater” for a while now, trolling every Steelers thread just to talk shit.
    Last week, he fabricated an announcement of his own death. Dude’s got serious issues man. Like scary, not at all funny, Columbine type issues.

  22. VoxVeritas says: Oct 22, 2009 7:22 PM

    “Kevin from Philly says:”
    13-9

  23. VoxVeritas says: Oct 22, 2009 9:41 PM

    Wow, you guys are really twisted. And AFU.

  24. Florios'Lawyer says: Oct 22, 2009 11:04 PM

    VoxVeritas says: October 22, 2009 9:41 PM
    Wow, you guys are really twisted.
    Seek help you sick bastard.

  25. VoxVeritas says: Oct 23, 2009 12:33 AM

    “Seek help you sick bastard.”
    Freaks from PFT are trying to stalk me and *I’M* the sick bastard? Like I said, you guys really are AFU.
    Do you have dreams about me, you obsessive choad?

  26. Ocelot138 says: Oct 23, 2009 3:30 AM

    Vox is lost, I mean really lost.
    He’s been posting under “steeler-hater” for a while now, trolling every Steelers thread just to talk shit.
    Last week, he fabricated an announcement of his own death. Dude’s got serious issues man. Like scary, not at all funny, Columbine type issues.
    ————–
    Google “Vox Veritas”
    Click on the first link.
    Of COURSE the troll is having problems. Take a look at his ugly virgin face. Now that PFT has “outed” him as the geek-lord he really is, his tenative grip on reality is slipping.

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