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Lions coach doubts orientation’s reason Michael Sam’s unemployed

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Most of the practice squad jobs around the league are filled, or will be by the end of the day.

So it stands out that Michael Sam still doesn’t have a job on one of them.

But while some teams might fear the attention that comes with employing the league’s first openly gay player, Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he doesn’t think Sam’s sexual orientation is the reason he’s not signed yet.

I doubt that seriously,” Caldwell said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

The Rams figured to be his best chance, but they haven’t made a move to bring him back. Some teams will cross him off the list because he’s legitimately a bad scheme fit. The Lions weren’t interested in him initially because they like their defensive ends taller, and Sam lacks the speed to play in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker.

“He wasn’t here on our squad, we didn’t play against [the Rams) to have an opportunity to look at them,” Caldwell said. “But what I would assume is the case is the fact that he doesn’t fit in with whomever’s system, or anybody’s system right now in terms of being able to come in and play for them at this point in time. If he could, if it benefits someone, and he still may. A lot of things happen here in the next three or four days, anyway. But he still may, he may still get that opportunity.”

Sam was in familiar surroundings in St. Louis, but he also landed with one of the deepest and most talented lines in the league. Other teams lack their depth, and Sam played well enough in the preseason that a football-simple answer seems unlikely.

That only leaves our worst suspicions, which appear more true by the minute.

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81 Responses to “Lions coach doubts orientation’s reason Michael Sam’s unemployed”
  1. kwjsb says: Sep 1, 2014 2:34 PM

    The Only ones that care about his orientation is Sams and the media….. The rest only care if he can play.

  2. In Teddy We Trust says: Sep 1, 2014 2:34 PM

    You know Chris Kluwe’s lawyer is all over this.

  3. rl79111 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:35 PM

    The Lions have most UN-intelligent fan base in the history of the NFL.

    Lions Blow!

  4. heymister24 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:37 PM

    How many times does someone have to say it’s about the lockerroom, not the field.

  5. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 1, 2014 2:37 PM

    People need to understand that Michael Sam is trash as a football player… him being gay has nothing to do with why he isn’t on a team. He simply is TRASH.

  6. willjasper says: Sep 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    Caldwell is probably right that Sam is a bad fit for some defensive schemes. But I also have a hard time believing that there are 320 better players who were cut by teams.

  7. bassplucker says: Sep 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    I wouldn’t feel too bad for him. Even if this is it for his pro career, the exposure he gained this preaseason has him in position to name his price on the speaking circuit. He can do that for a few years, make nearly as much (if not more) than being a fringe player at minimum salary, and still have his health.

  8. heymister24 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    If an openly gay player was all-star ability, it is STILL about the lockerroom.

  9. kicksave1980 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:40 PM

    I really don’t care about his orientation, but I would like to see him succeed. Growing up in St. Louis as a Mizzou fan (and a Rams fan after they moved there), I’ll always cheer for the players that come out of Mizzou. I was impressed with his play in the preseason, so I do hope someone gives him a shot.

  10. mattwalshvideo says: Sep 1, 2014 2:43 PM

    Cue the Code Pink protests.

  11. teal379 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:43 PM

    Too slow for OLB, not big enough for DE.

    He played ok for a 7th round guy against a bunch of guys in preseason who are no longer in the NFL.

    He’s slightly above average for college and JAG in the NFL.

    There’s no real wonder why he’s not currently on an NFL squad for those people who understand the game and do not have an agenda.

  12. billswillnevermove says: Sep 1, 2014 2:44 PM

    I keep hearing some people say he should be on an NFL roster because he was SEC Def player of the year……fact is that is college, this is the NFL. Also, the fact is he is slow and not very strong. Not a chance he was making the Rams roster.

  13. nflpoker says: Sep 1, 2014 2:44 PM

    Dungy was right

    7th rounder plus a huge media distraction isn’t worth it. 7th rounders don’t stay long with a team anyway. Who needs it?? Besides, Sam was his own worst enemy anyway.

  14. pinwilly6 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:45 PM

    Sam arena league is hiring

  15. calvinthegreat82 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:47 PM

    joeflaccoallday says:
    Sep 1, 2014 2:37 PM

    People need to understand that Michael Sam is trash as a football player… him being gay has nothing to do with why he isn’t on a team. He simply is TRASH.

    ___________________________________

    Yeah, that’s a great point, kinda like how everyone needs to understand that beating a woman up on camera is acceptable for an NFL RB….

  16. honalulublue says: Sep 1, 2014 2:48 PM

    Worst suspicions? LOL
    What, that he lacks size and/or speed?

  17. briang123 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:49 PM

    If he’s on a practice squad, every time anyone at DE or LB gets hurt in the league you guys and ESPN will breathlessly wonder if he will get plucked off a practice squad to replace that injured player. And if anyone on the team he is on has defensive players who aren’t playing like J.J. Watt, you and ESPN will whine all day that he should be on the 53-man roster.

    At least he can call Tebow and commiserate.

  18. napalm101 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:50 PM

    He’s finished…Should have kept his mouth shut and not been kissing his sweetheart on national TV…Live and learn…

  19. heymister24 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    I guess the team orientation meeting has new meaning.

  20. klroot says: Sep 1, 2014 2:54 PM

    Is he the only player to be cut, and not placed on a practice squad ?
    NO he is not, so why is this news worthy ?
    Does anyone care that I didn’t make it on a practice team, I like to kiss girls with great big beautiful………. eyes.
    Why is not this a story?

  21. jumbomesquite says: Sep 1, 2014 2:55 PM

    SEC player of the year means nothing in the NFL. Leinart won the Heisman (as did Tebow). If you can’t cut it, you can’t cut it. College awards don’t mean much. I wish the kid the best, but that’s the reality.

  22. rayricespimphand says: Sep 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    Who cares if a seventh round pick doesn’t make a practice squad? The constant espn Sam-Watch outside any team’s locker room just isn’t worth it. Maybe if he didn’t accept every interview request after his announcement and focused just on football he wouldn’t be on this situation. Media outlets wouldn’t cover every move he made if he limited access, no one too blame but himself.

  23. psmith7716 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    I would not want this guy on my team. He is not good enough to overcome the negativity that he brings with his self-proclaimed lifestyle.

  24. blackcatnfl says: Sep 1, 2014 2:56 PM

    So can we now admit the preseason is a total sham and end it?

  25. beavertonsteve says: Sep 1, 2014 2:57 PM

    Tim Tebow considers himself too talented for the CFL, I wonder if Michael Sam will too.

  26. barrywhererufrom says: Sep 1, 2014 2:57 PM

    How many other 7th round picks who played well against backups not make rosters and practice squads..I am sure a bunch..but we hear about Michael Sam because of the liberals obsession with sexual orientation. If he could play he would be on a team.

  27. 2distorted says: Sep 1, 2014 3:02 PM

    I’m completely surprised Jerry is not all over this. Here is a chance to shower yet more attention in Dallas and he isn’t biting. Leaves me more confused than understanding of the situation. Unless he’s not a match for some reason, they should bring him in and kick the tires. Not like the 86′ Bears are taking the field this year.

  28. daaabears says: Sep 1, 2014 3:04 PM

    If Sam was good enough, he would be playing. Imagine if Adrian Peterson, Peyton et al were openly gay. Would they be unemployed?

  29. revren10 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:06 PM

    Should go north and try and make a squad up there

  30. bigdinla says: Sep 1, 2014 3:06 PM

    Enough already!

  31. bcmcknight77 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:10 PM

    He really wasn’t very good. ESPN was crediting him for tackles that he missed. The media wanted this as bad as Sam did.

    Yes, he notched a few tackles and a few sacks against other guys who don’t have jobs right now. That doesn’t guarantee you anything.

  32. surefooted1 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:11 PM

    Sam wasn’t even the best DE on his college team. lol

  33. justjack822 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:12 PM

    Same guys who scream about his size and speed are the guys who every year around draft time are saying game film counts a lot more than the so-called underwear olympics

  34. eagleswin says: Sep 1, 2014 3:14 PM

    So it stands out that Michael Sam still doesn’t have a job on one of them.

    ———————————

    No it doesn’t other than to the Sam obssessed media. There are better athletes than him that were cut from rosters but the media doesn’t care about them.

    The media has made it their job to get Sam a roster spot somewhere whether he deserves it or not.

  35. posmoo says: Sep 1, 2014 3:15 PM

    I love how the media denies their responsibility in his unemployment.
    we ALL called this. He was a marginal talent someone perhaps worth developing but because of your intervention and the fact that teams don’t want to be scrutinized in general, and especially not everyday for the 53 man on their roster – SO now he is unemployed.
    This is your fault.

  36. jlinatl says: Sep 1, 2014 3:15 PM

    I hope he makes it. Quite frankly, if he doesn’t we will likely be treated to this same coverage the next time someone that is out gets drafted.

    As it is we can’t get away from it. Who cares about Coach Caldwell thinks? I really can’t wait to hear the opinion of every coach, then every retired coach, then a séance so we can hear from every deceased coach.

    Coach Lombardi what do you think about Sam? Coach? Coach, can you hear me?

  37. bullcharger says: Sep 1, 2014 3:17 PM

    Why does the media push that the reason he won’t catch on is because of his sexual orientation. The reason he won’t catch on is two fold:

    1. He’s not good enough. If he was, there would be nothing that could stop a team from signing him.

    2. The media. If you keep asking what his showering habits are and gathering around him for comments and writing this kind of article about him, then he will never make a team because no team wants the sideshow. And as we know, it doesn’t matter if it’s because someone is openly gay, popular due to religious beliefs or a party animal. If they bring a sideshow, their skill has to outweigh the sideshow or they will be gone.

    It’s hardly the first gay player in the league and it’s hardly the first openly gay player in the league. It’s the first time they were openly gay to the media and the general public though. That’s the only new thing here. Just stop focusing on it and maybe he’ll get a job somewhere.

  38. freeperjim says: Sep 1, 2014 3:19 PM

    Sammie had to play his “card” to even get drafted. But his lifestyle supporters continue to not face reality.

  39. mkelly534 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:20 PM

    Sam is a classic tweener. Too short and small for some schemes and too slow for others. I have no doubt that certain teams would shy away because of his orientation and the inherent media coverage but I think many teams just do not have a place for him. Just like hundreds of other talented college players with no team. I would bet he gets added to somebody’s practice squad later in the year. He is not good enough at the moment to play with NFL starters.

  40. macker1283 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:20 PM

    A more perplexing question is how Jim Caldwell got a second chance to be a head coach. Peyton Manning goes down and the Colts going 2-14 after going 14-2 was one of the most pathetic examples of coaching in NFL history. Secondly, I dont get how people can fault Sam for playing against 2nd and 3rd stringers. Thats when the put him in. What did you want him to do, run on the field with the starters and hope the coaching staff didn’t notice? Please, put some effort into your arguments here. Anyone with any brains can see he isn’t on a roster because of the sexual orientation issue. He went from projected 2nd-3rd rounder before coming out, to probably won’t get drafted, taken as a favor by St Louis in the 7th round, to can’t even get a practice squad spot where guys who played D-3 college can get a spot if they put effort into it.

  41. bigezbob says: Sep 1, 2014 3:22 PM

    I hope a CFL team reaches out. Some players benefit from the experience and have great and or pensionable NFL careers.

  42. gatorprof says: Sep 1, 2014 3:26 PM

    Re: “Other teams lack their depth, and Sam played well enough in the preseason that a football-simple answer seems unlikely.

    That only leaves our worst suspicions, which appear more true by the minute.”

    Nice to see your quality editorializing at the end of the article. I can only assume that you are a better talent evaluator than Jim Caldwell and other NFL personnel who ALL SAY THE SAME THING!

    Enough already. The guy isn’t good enough, period. He is too small/slow (4.91 forty)/weak(17 BP) for a paw-down DE and is not a good enough athlete for an OLB.

  43. carp0056 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:26 PM

    To many penalties . (Holding calls)

  44. bullcharger says: Sep 1, 2014 3:27 PM

    napalm101 says: Sep 1, 2014 2:50 PM

    He’s finished…Should have kept his mouth shut and not been kissing his sweetheart on national TV…Live and learn…

    ————–

    So what you are saying is he should have stayed in the closet and everything would have been fine?

    Real nice.

    That had nothing to do with whether he made the team or not. If he was good enough he would be on the team.

  45. lionsdraftguy says: Sep 1, 2014 3:30 PM

    Maybe he can play WR for the FortyWhiners.

  46. justjack822 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:30 PM

    Robert Mathis was a classic tweener.

    Lamar woodley was a classic tweener.

    James Harrison was a classic tweener.

    Tweeners make practice squads ever year.

  47. asanarrow says: Sep 1, 2014 3:32 PM

    Sodomy sam should try cheerleading. She is a better fit for that.

  48. psmith7716 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:35 PM

    Perhaps San Francisco should pick him up. I am sure the populace there would embrace that move.

  49. eagleswin says: Sep 1, 2014 3:44 PM

    macker1283 says:
    Sep 1, 2014 3:20 PM
    A more perplexing question is how Jim Caldwell got a second chance to be a head coach. Peyton Manning goes down and the Colts going 2-14 after going 14-2 was one of the most pathetic examples of coaching in NFL history.

    ————————–

    We all know that was a classic “suck for Luck” tank job. I’d say he did an excellent job selling a playoff caliber roster as a bunch of sad sacks. The next year everyone all of a sudden remembered how to coach but you’ll never see an NFL investigation into it.

  50. dbarnes67 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:46 PM

    Never heard of him. what u say, he’s gay? Must be good then. Maybe he plays the wrong position and would be better suited for the back field.

  51. buckybadger says: Sep 1, 2014 3:46 PM

    Sorry but you have to think it has something to do with it. When is the last time a SEC defensive player of the year who showed up in the preseason didn’t get a chance to be developed into a player? He also plays a premier position of pass rusher. Sorry but if he hadn’t come out he would be on a roster right now as a project is nothing else. Produced in college, produced in the bowl game and produced when given an opportunity in the preseason. Not to be on a PS is a bit far fetch. Sure he has his shortcomings but so do a lot of guys on the 53 that coaches are hoping to develop.

    Also he has been no distractions. The media around him is a fraction of what it is around Manziel or some of the trouble makers.

  52. Brandon in Northwest Suburbia says: Sep 1, 2014 3:47 PM

    Just purely from a football perspective:

    Here’s the deal with practice squad…teams are going to give priority to players that can improve, i.e. have raw physical ability but need to be “coached up”, or need to grow into their bodies.

    Michael Sam doesn’t need to be “coached up”…his technique is very good. He clearly understands how to play the position already. But he’s a below average athlete by NFL standards and his frame is already filled out….in other words, he’s likely already as good as he will ever be.

    There isn’t a high ceiling or upside. He can maybe get a little stronger but he’s not going to get taller or faster or more athletic with coaching.

    What he would represent on the practice squad is just organizational depth….sort of like the so-called “4A” type players in baseball. When injuries set in he’ll get looks, but this early in the year raw ability trumps polish.

    It doesn’t help either that he’s a specialist. Position versatility and special teams contributions matter at the bottom of the roster.

  53. rainponcho87 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    The ‘not worth the sideshow’ argument probably is true. An openly gay player right now needs to be more of a Jackie Robinson – too much talent to not want on your team.

    I think there are plenty of examples of guys who can play but aren’t worth the headache. For example Terrell Owens probably had more production left but he was too much trouble. Richie Incognito can definitely still play, but is he worth the constant questions about his character and bullying?

    Unfortunately for Sam it was nothing he could control except for not publicly coming out.

  54. beast3011 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    How come no one wants to admit that he had a very good preseason? Only 5 or 6 players had more sacks. I can think of at least 5 teams that can use another good edge rusher. Everyone keeps saying that it’s just about football. Obviously not. Just own up to it.

  55. coachbeck says: Sep 1, 2014 3:52 PM

    Lol worst suspicions?

    You people will stop at nothing.

    Btw i love how Caldwell doesn’t want him either lol

  56. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Sep 1, 2014 3:54 PM

    That only leaves our worst suspicions, which appear more true by the minute.

    Really?

    Not to a lot of people, besides the media who want this to keep on lasting, it doesn’t.

  57. utahgetme2 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:56 PM

    And what might those “worst suspicions” be? What a bunch of holier-than-thou garbage. They guy wasn’t good enough–period. Every single team in the NFL, all of which with professionals whose entire livelihood depends on their accurate assessment and evaluation of talent, believe that he is not good enough. Yet, so many in the media prolaim that Sam “deserves” a chance. They make that claim because from the begining, the press made this story about the man, not about the player. They used the player as a subtext of their collective commitment to press a media-approved social issue. Sam’s performance never mattered to the media; what mattered is how they could manipulate the story to suit their ends. The conflict arose, however, when reality intervened and reminded everyone that the NFL truly is a business and not another vehicle to simply push a particular social agenda. In the end, Sam’s sexual orientation had nothing to do with his not making a team; his lack of skills did. Reason prevailed. Now the media can focus on its next cause celebre…

  58. greengoldandbold says: Sep 1, 2014 4:01 PM

    Maybe he could be a receiver but he needs to consult with his boyfriend first.

  59. 1973to1991packerssuckedbigtime says: Sep 1, 2014 4:03 PM

    beast3011 says: Sep 1, 2014 3:51 PM

    How come no one wants to admit that he had a very good preseason? Only 5 or 6 players had more sacks. I can think of at least 5 teams that can use another good edge rusher. Everyone keeps saying that it’s just about football. Obviously not. Just own up to it.
    ________
    It is funny how Teddy Bridgewater has a good preseason and they say it is because it was against 2nd and 3rd stringers.

    News Flash!!!! So were Sam’s sacks. If he wasn’t gay, there wouldn’t be a story to be told. He didn’t make the cut. Period. Now he isn’t good enough to take him “AND” the baggage that comes with him. MEDIA.

  60. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Sep 1, 2014 4:07 PM

    There are plenty of rookies every year who look good in the preseason and never make an active roster. It happens every single year. Those guys, unfortunately, aren’t handcuffed to a hot social agenda, so nobody cares about them.

  61. mtrhead269 says: Sep 1, 2014 4:07 PM

    So you have an undersized 3-4 end that lacks a burst off the edge, has limited pass rush moves and he fails to make the team , why the big surprise.

    9 of his 11.5 sacks came in three games .
    Shut out on sacks vs.
    Auburn
    Georgia
    Indiana
    Kentucky
    Tennessee

    I hope he gets another shot he’s a high effort guy and seems very likable.

    In the NFL it comes down to performance.

  62. FinFan68 says: Sep 1, 2014 4:17 PM

    There are basically two reasons he is not on a team right now.
    1) He is a marginal player that also cannot play special teams well. For players with his talent level, ST is a must in order to even get the chance to develop.

    2) The drama that ensued after he declared to the world that he is gay. The media converged and placed him on a pedestal and then scrutinized the draft–even calling out some teams for not drafting him before the draft was over. Every pick was “does he get drafted here?” until the Rams finally picked him. Then he made another HUGE mistake. He initially agreed to a TV reality show. Granted, he eventually changed his mind but he could easily change it again.

    Michael Sam chose this course of action and the media has gone out of their way to prop him up (sound familiar?) and we have seen his true skill as of now. He could improve but he may not get the chance because he wanted the attention at first. The media has treated him like he is a pregnant panda at the national zoo.

    Every fan that does not have a personal desire to see a gay athlete succeed is absolutely sick of hearing about him. That is the media’s fault. The hypocritical media wants the decisions to just be about football, then speculates about “worst suspicions” and completely ignores the fact that EVERY story about him includes as a main point, the fact that he is gay. If it is just supposed to be about football then write it that way

  63. deepizzaguy says: Sep 1, 2014 4:23 PM

    Maybe Michael Sam could join the Oakland Raiders since they are always looking for castoffs of other teams.

  64. jredshoes says: Sep 1, 2014 4:24 PM

    NFL coaches would put Saddam Huusein and Satan on their D lines if they thought they could help them win. Mr Sams isn’t good enough to make a roster or he would have

  65. heymister24 says: Sep 1, 2014 4:26 PM

    Maybe a team will sign sam to plug a hole.

  66. jshawaii22 says: Sep 1, 2014 4:28 PM

    While it may be true that his ‘football’ talent simply was not that good, to write off the sexual orientation aspect is off-base.
    If nothing else, the fact that he isn’t even on the Ram’s or others PS says that his orientation swayed a lot of decisions, even if it was just a decision that teams didn’t want the distraction that goes with it.

    js

  67. rosstuckershair says: Sep 1, 2014 4:29 PM

    Considering the vast amounts on claims for him in Free Agency…That Oprah jig is looking pretty good..

    He can make guest appearances on the View too…

  68. kicksave1980 says: Sep 1, 2014 4:43 PM

    There are always people who say “what about the other 7th rounders” and “liberal blah blah blah”. Surely you’re not stupid enough to realize that this situation is different enough to command a little more attention. Not saying whether that’s good or bad, but the first (insert here) to do something big is always going to be a story.

  69. jdphx says: Sep 1, 2014 4:44 PM

    Oprah on line 1….

  70. eagles512 says: Sep 1, 2014 5:13 PM

    If a team really thought he could help, they’d sign him.

  71. wisconsinhillfolk says: Sep 1, 2014 6:15 PM

    I think asanarrow has something he wants to tell us. It’s okay, you’re among friends.

  72. jayquintana says: Sep 1, 2014 7:09 PM

    Tony Dungy’s wasn’t just speaking for himself regarding Michael Sam. He was probably speaking for 90% of the NFL.

    Not saying Sam should be starting, but he did enough to merit at least one more chance to make it in the NFL.

  73. projectshadow316 says: Sep 1, 2014 7:44 PM

    Sam should just spend this time working out and staying in shape. Players get hurt, and he could very well be getting a few calls at that time.

  74. ocgunslinger says: Sep 1, 2014 7:59 PM

    “That only leaves our worst suspicions, which appear more true by the minute”.

    Spot on. Our worst suspicions are that he sucks. (Read into that what you will….)

  75. midenginerearwheeldrive says: Sep 1, 2014 9:22 PM

    It has nothing to do with 32o players cut. It has to do with players at his position. The reality is that he is undersized and too weak to be a successful DE. He’s not fast enough to be an LB. He’s a tweener and, based on combine numbers, a weak and slow one. If he were on a roster, he wouldn’t be playing against preseason scrubs.

    Those saying ‘oh, no practice squad’ clearly know little about football. Most practice squads contain a 3rd string qb who knows the play book and can be ready as backup if starter gets hurt and second stringer has to start. Also includes back up o linemen. Mostly, it contains guys – db, lb, WR, rb – who can play special teams. We saw this with the Bears last year. D starters get hurt. Backups who play ST move into starting roles. Practice squad guys move up to backfill those ST roles.

    THAT is the value of the practice squad.

    So why is Michael Sam, a tweener 7th round pick, not on a practice squad?

    HE DOESN’T PLAY SPECIAL TEAMS!!!!

  76. nite2al says: Sep 1, 2014 10:11 PM

    Amazing, how many 3rd and 4th stringers are clearly bad players on a team? So, Sam can’t be among this group? His orientation has everything to do with. You people need to wake up.

  77. golions1 says: Sep 2, 2014 8:02 AM

    The media outlets that have politicized sports coverage have hurt Sam’s chances to get a spot in the NFL.

  78. commonsensedude says: Sep 2, 2014 8:47 AM

    I feel bad for the kid and hopes he gets more opportunities to show people what he can do, and, if necessary, to improve. That said, lots of other rookies and many veterans, who don’t have the distinction of being the first openly gay player drafted, are also out of work. Lots of talented people. And a lot of them unemployed. It stinks but that’s life in the NFL.

    You can’t on the one hand ask for people to be treated the same as everybody else and then complain when they are. Players get cut. Talented players. Players who stood out in college. Both gay and straight. Both rookies who haven’t proven that they can play in the NFL and veterans who already have. It’s life in the NFL and you could call it equality.

  79. walkinginthewasteland says: Sep 2, 2014 9:17 AM

    That only leaves our worst suspicions, which appear more true by the minute.

    ____________________

    Well if you suspected that he wasnt NFL caliber materiel, then you were dead on. Tweener, not fast enough for special teams. He got the lion’s share of his great performances last year against trash teams.

    The liberal agenda is failing in the face of NFL reality.

  80. cjas9298 says: Sep 2, 2014 11:12 AM

    Of the 12 players with 2.5 or more sacks this preseason, 10 are on 53-man rosters, one on practice squad and he is unemployed. (USA! USA! USA!)

    Sam finished the preseason fourth in the league with three sacks and led the Rams with six tackles in their preseason finale. He proved that the initial fifth-round grade was accurate.

    He should give the NFL until week three, then sign with the CFL’s Alouettes and play football in that world-class city.

  81. jimothytinkler says: Sep 6, 2014 10:14 PM

    eagleswin says: Sep 1, 2014 3:44 PM

    macker1283 says:
    Sep 1, 2014 3:20 PM
    A more perplexing question is how Jim Caldwell got a second chance to be a head coach. Peyton Manning goes down and the Colts going 2-14 after going 14-2 was one of the most pathetic examples of coaching in NFL history.

    ————————–

    We all know that was a classic “suck for Luck” tank job. I’d say he did an excellent job selling a playoff caliber roster as a bunch of sad sacks. The next year everyone all of a sudden remembered how to coach but you’ll never see an NFL investigation into it.

    ———————-

    Suck for Luck, indeed.
    And we saw the same thing last year with the Texans. It will be interesting to see who goes all out tank mode this year. Do the Texans dare try the same thing again now that Marcus Mariota will be available? Do the Rams intentionally blow the season for a new quarterback?

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