Hey Freddie, no one cares about you or your one catch anymoreby Eric Schwartz
(Grinding My Gears writer Eric Schwartz will be getting married on October 9th and because of this he will be forced to smile much more than he would like to. The only way for this to be plausible is for him to unleash on all that is wrong in the World of Sports over the next 10 days. This is Part 3 of 10 straight days of Grinding My Gears.)
I think its about time that someone reminded Freddie Mitchell, or Fred-Ex or Mr. First Down or whatever the heck he is calling himself these days, that when it came to playing football, he stunk.
The guy made one catch and thought he was all world. As it turned out he wasn’t even all practice squad. After his forgettable tenure in Philly, Mitchell went on to do absolutely nothing in the NFL. Yet he still feels the needs to make comments like these to the Philadelphia Inquirer in reference to Donovan McNabb.
“I really didn’t like him because he wasn’t going down the progressions. He wasn’t going one, two, three and then four,” Mitchell said. “I was the third progression off the offensive playbook so it was like I’m running my routes as hard as possible and he’s not looking at that. He’s going from one to the safety valve, which was Brian Westbrook, which isn’t a bad safety valve, but a lot of the great quarterbacks, they’ll read down the progression and that’s how the west-coast offense is supposed to be ran.”
Even if McNabb would have went through his progressions all he would have found was a covered or lost Mitchell, who was never known to be a great route runner. I understand that former players like to make comments about their former teams or teammates, but some players just need to know when to zip it. When Michael Strahan and Tiki Barber came out to rip the Giants this week, there is a respect factor there because those players earned the right to make comments. All Mitchell earned himself was a ticket out of the league for being a lousy receiver.
Fans didn’t care about Freddie when he was in the league and we could care even less about him now. As for McNabb: Something tells me he has bigger things on his mind than what Mitchell thinks of him.