Anthony Gonzalez suggests he wasn't given fair shot at starting job

The Colts run such a well-managed, tight ship that it’s alarming to hear a player griping about anything, like wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez did to the Indianapolis Star.

The 2007 first-round pick was hurt all of last year.  He enjoyed a healthy training camp, but suggested he didn’t get a fair chance to win his old starting job back from Pierre Garcon. Gonzalez said he has “an idea” what his role will be against Houston Sunday, and didn’t sound excited about it. 

“What I wanted and what I was promised was an opportunity to compete for a job,”  Gonzalez told Mike Chappell. 

So was he given that chance?

“I don’t know.  All I wanted was what was promised to me. I’m not sure either way that it did,” Gonzalez said before hearing a little voice that sounds like Peyton Manning in the back of his head.  “I’m probably not the person to ask, really. Whether a job is open or
competition takes place, is something that is determined by coaches, not
players.” 

The Colts have a good problem here.  They can play it safe with Gonzalez, who they can’t trust yet to stay on the field.  Peyton Manning arguably has more weapons this season than he’s ever had and we suspect Gonzalez will get his turn to shine. Even if he’s not happy now.

“All I wanted was an opportunity to compete. That’s it. That’s what I was promised.”

12 responses to “Anthony Gonzalez suggests he wasn't given fair shot at starting job

  1. “Peyton Manning arguably has more weapons this season than he’s ever had”
    Uh… accent on the “arguably.” Manning was at one time surrounded by Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokely, Dallas Clark, Edgerrin James, Dominic Rhodes, and Marcus Pollard.

  2. IanWhetstone says:
    September 7, 2010 11:50 AM
    “Peyton Manning arguably has more weapons this season than he’s ever had”
    Uh… accent on the “arguably.” Manning was at one time surrounded by Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Brandon Stokely, Dallas Clark, Edgerrin James, Dominic Rhodes, and Marcus Pollard.
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    I’d be willing to bet that the number of weapons on the field was significantly higher before Marvin Harrison’s retirement.

  3. Oh shut up, Gonzo. Christ. Do you really think if you were light years above and beyond Pierre that the Colts would hold you down? You had a shot to excel and you haven’t. If you excel during the season and show you are a better wide receiver than Pierre, you will move into the starting spot. It’s the coaches’ job to put the best 11 players on the field, no matter how old they are or how long they’ve been around or if they spent the year hurt or healthy. Get over yourself, dude. You haven’t done anything anywhere close to your 1st round selection.

  4. Why does this guy need to be “promised” anything? He’s a replaceable cog in the machine. Garcon and Collie proved it last season.

  5. Hmmm, a guy named Gonzalez saying he’s entitled to something he hasn’t earned here in this country….
    I’ll take 1000 Haitians before this guy, and so will Manning and Pollian!

  6. Another Ohio State over rated player…
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    Another retarded steeler fan.
    What are you thoughts on the rape room they are installing at Heinz Field in order to try and boost Ben’s performance?
    Can’t wait to watch PSU get ROLLED this weekend.

  7. Haha, “chance to compete” doesn’t mean they watch you play and promote you to starter… Plus Gonzalez probably makes a better slot WR than he does as starter

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