Eric Ebron’s complaints are a bit misplaced

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Steelers tight end Eric Ebron strenuously objects to playing three games in 12 days. Steelers tight end Eric Ebron doesn’t seem to realize that he and plenty of other players have played three games in 12 days, once per year every year.

For any team that plays on a Sunday, a Sunday, and then a Thursday, that’s no different than playing (as the Steelers will) on a Wednesday, a Monday, and a Sunday. Every year, most teams play three games in the 12-day window from a Sunday to the following Thursday.

Indeed, as originally scheduled, the Steelers would have played three games in 12 days, with the third game being the Thanksgiving night game against the Ravens.

During Ebron’s first four NFL seasons in Detroit, the Lions annually played on a Sunday, a Sunday, and a Thursday. Three games in 12 days. In the usual 12-day window, with a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff on the first Sunday capped by a 12:30 p.m. ET kickoff on Thanksgiving, the Lions have 263.5 hours between the start of the first game and the start of the third game. The Steelers will have a total of 268.5 hours between the start of the Week 12 game against the Ravens and the Week 14 game against the Bills.

That didn’t stop Ebron from complaining about playing

Nobody thought you would play three games in 12 days,” Ebron said on Uninterrupted’s 17 Weeks podcast on SiriusXM and Pandora  “Think about that. That’s us. We play [Wednesday], we play Monday [against Washington], and we play Sunday [at Buffalo]. Oh my God. . . . They’re trying to see us fail, bro. Welcome to the National Football League. . . .

“I don’t care about a game check. I’m sorry, I know there are people who don’t make the amount of money I do. I know that. So what? I’m sure they don’t want to play three games in 12 days either. They’d much rather, you know, lose a game check than risk them not making a check the next year because they’re hurt.”

The Steelers understandably are frustrated about the manner in which their schedule has been adjusted due to the pandemic. However, every player had a chance to opt out of the season, and every player should have realized that playing in 2020 could or would mean not just potential COVID-19 exposure but various potentially screwy situations and outcomes that in any other year would seem unfair.

Notwithstanding their complaints, the Steelers remain the NFL’s only unbeaten team. It hasn’t been easy and it hasn’t been perfect (despite their perfect record), but it won’t be easy or perfect for anyone connected to the NFL in 2020.

22 responses to “Eric Ebron’s complaints are a bit misplaced

  1. I agree with this article. Ebron is ignorant on several levels; the first one is the one you suggest. The other is, being that our country (and the world) is in the middle of a pandemic, we all have to realize that adjustments have to be made. If I were in charge I would have started the season in a bubble, but the NFL chose not to go that route. And because of that there have been and will be outbreaks of the Corona virus. We fans should understand how lucky we are that we have seen as many games as we have without interruption. Complaining about things (whether it’s players or fans)in which we have no control over is just not justified. Stay tuned…

  2. Guy comes across as both clueless and soft. But if he wants to skip a game check I’m sure they can find somebody on the practice squad to call up who’ll be more than happy to take the money.

  3. Ironic how he never complained all those other years he played three games in twelve days. This makes him look like he’s not the brightest bulb in the pack. That’s probably not a surprise to anyone though. He just likes to complain.

  4. There’s a difference between knowing you’re going to play three games in twelve days, and having to do it at the NFL’s whim.

    The problem is that this year they haven’t really been able to schedule rest days because the NFL keeps pushing back games for teams that ought to be punished due to mishandling COVID.

    And no, I’m not a Steelers fan. I’m an old Oilers fan that’s got a lot of reasons to dislike them.

  5. There is a growing contingent of the population that wants to be thought of as a victim above all else. They’d rather people feel sorry for them then respect them. It’s great when it a professional athlete being paid millions of dollars to play a sport, crying to people about how tough their job is, and how we should all feel sorry for them.

    Poor baby.

  6. If anyone signs this guy again just make his contracts for a 15 game season since he doesn’t want to play on Thursdays.

  7. I’m a steeler fan, but some people just need to stay off of social media. And the Steelers seem to find them!

  8. I don’t disagree with the premise but I find it odd that the prevailing wisdom from those who have more than likely not ever played a down of NFL football think he may be soft for not wanting to play three games in 12 days – even if you’ve correctly uncovered that it likely happens all the time. Some players have described the game as being hit by a car every week and having to recover so I get what he’s saying. I also say “man up” like many other posters but I don’t think he’s soft or misplaced.

  9. Ummm…. Eric….

    You do know that you would “normally” play 3 games within 14-15 days, right?

    Seriously?

  10. I’m guessing this has more to do with practice schedules than game schedules. Typically, a Thursday game gives players a long weekend break before they start preparing for the following Sunday. I know the Steelers worked some off days in between Thursday and Wednesday, but it probably felt more disjointed. It’s just bad luck that the same team had a surprise bye week earlier in the year and now a surprise layoff between games.

  11. Nick Name says:
    December 4, 2020 at 10:56 am
    Lol that’s funny. He’s going to feel like an idiot when someone points this out to him

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    Honestly, I doubt it. He doesn’t strike me as that kind of person. Humility is seriously lacking with the types of people that use social media to make their point for.

  12. This is what happens when you bring in an ex-Lion. Ebron’s comments are out of sync with a winning culture.

  13. To be fair, it’s not the same thing. It’s two short weeks and then back to a normal schedule. The typical 3 games in 12 days is two normal weeks, one short week, then 10 days before your next game. That said, it’s not about fairness this year. Everyone had the opportunity to opt out of this season.

  14. Counting past 9 means you’re in double digit territory and that can be difficult.

  15. But to be honest, playing Sunday-Sunday-Thursday in 12 days is very different than the 3 games in 12 days that the Steelers are doing.

    After doing the Sunday-Sunday-Thursday stint, the team gets a mini-bye, usually 10 days rest before their next game.

    The Steelers, after their 12-day stint will only have 6 days before they are on the field again.

    I don’t really agree with Ebron’s complaining here, but I also don’t agree with the premise of this article.

  16. First the Steelers fans were whining. Now the players are too. This isn’t your dad’s Steelers anymore. The millennials have taken over.

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