Texans running back Arian Foster “talks” to reporters, sort of

AP

I tell my kids at least a dozen times a day “It doesn’t have to be that hard.”

If someone in Houston could share that wisdom with Arian Foster, we’d appreciate it.

The Texans running back came back after missing two practices with an undisclosed injury, and “talked” to reporters.

Sort of.

I’m just trying to be the best teammate I can be,” he said in response to every question, via Brian Smith of the Houston Chronicle, who didn’t have much tape to transcribe.

Foster had declined all interview requests from the local media since the end of last season, and refused to talk during the opening days of training camp.

Maybe he’s just trying to adapt to new coach Bill O’Brien’s Belichickian ways, or maybe he saw Marshawn Lynch play peek-a-boo with his media responsibilities during the Super Bowl and thought it was cute.

Whatever it was, it was pointless.

20 responses to “Texans running back Arian Foster “talks” to reporters, sort of

  1. Nice! Well done, Arian. This thing where athletes are expected to talk to the media is crazy. Every team should just hire a PR firm and release the players of this hindrance.

    Every player provides the same canned answer to the same canned question and when they don’t some sort of crazy media frenzy ensues.

    “Athlete doesn’t say what he’s expected to say!!!!” (Player gets fined or cut)

    “Athlete provides honest, candid response!!!!!!” (Player gets fined or cut)

    Foster and Lynch have the right idea. Provide 1 canned response to every question the media can ever ask. Problem solved. Eventually they won’t want to interview you and your words will cause no more “problems”. You can let your game on and off the field (charities + no jail time) do all of the talking for you.

  2. With their being more players than media members(seemingly) and a ton of them showing disdain or at a minimum an unwillingness to cooperate with the media, I think it’s time for the NFL media to consider that maybe they are the problem, not the victims.

  3. What’s pointless is many of the questions asked by reporters just to fill a column. There are no questions that haven’t been asked a million times already.

    “What’s the key to stopping Denver?”
    “Uh, tackling them and sacking the QB.”

    “What’s the key to stopping Adrian Peterson?”
    “Uh, tackling him.”

    “How do you beat such-and-such team?”
    “Uh, outscore them. Keep them from outscoring us.”

  4. It’s not pointless! Media thinks they have every right for these guys to just open up to them. Maybe if the media (including PFT) wouldn’t push their own views on everyone (right or wrong) and not slam athletes for not believing in their views the athletes might not clam up as much. If an athlete is asked about Michael Sam he better say something scripted whether he believes it or not because if not the media (including PFT) will put him down. If the media asks him about the Redskins team name and the athlete says something not in line with the medias views he will be called a bigot and put down.

    Maybe if the media would publish unbiased articles instead of pushing their views and values on everyone and not bash players that differ from their views then just maybe these athletes wouldn’t mind talking for a minute or two.

    Maybe if the media didn’t bash teams, players or fan bases then the players would open up a little.

    Maybe if media didn’t worry about how many clicks they get and only published facts and let others from their own opinions players would want to talk to you.

    Maybe……

  5. If the local press released his home address and his family got harassed, scared, etc I don’t blame him one bit. That’s just plain wrong on so many levels.

  6. Sure it was pointless. As is requiring media participation. Most of what the media slings at these guys is pointless. That’s hardly a criticism from where I ma standing.

  7. sounds like a win for the good guys. 99% of media members are worms and trolls who jump on every opportunity to expose and criticize players. negativity sells.

  8. Perhaps if so many media members didn’t engage in professional trolling and constantly release “unconfirmed” negative reports about players that turned out to be false, more players would be accommodating.

    It’s amazing how often journalists paint themselves as victims when they are solely responsible for their problems.

  9. Maybe if some of these reporters would use their imaginations and quit asking very stupid, moronic, simpleton, questions just so they can have enough words to make the story, they wouldn’t have this problem. I’m serious, a ten year old would ask waaaaaaay better questions than some of these so called reporters.

  10. He is trying to avoid the eventual questions regarding him knocking up some other woman… Who wasn’t his wife. I’d keep my distance from the media too.

  11. Good for him.

    Ask Rashard Mendenhall about giving media statements. If you tell the truth they lambast you, and if you say nothing they lambast you. At least with the latter you don’t give them fodder for their page hits.

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