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Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:51 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 7:18 pm
Samuel says things are good with Reid, but the front office is playing fantasy football. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Eagles were busy little beavers during free agency, signing players and making trades like they were in Madden franchise mode. It led to Vince Young's unfortunate Dream Team comparison, followed by five weeks of mostly dreadful football. Philly beat Washington in Week 6, and after their bye, they're looking to improve on their 2-4 record.

That'll require more consistency, especially from the defense, which on paper should be one of the best units in the league (instead, through the first six games, they looked incapable of tackling). Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was the big offseason acquisition, and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie came over in the trade that sent Kevin Kolb to Arizona. Those additions to the secondary made incumbent Asante Samuel expendable and the Eagles reportedly told the rest of the league that he was available.

This did not go over well with Samuel.

"I've been nothing but what they expected me to be when they brought me there," Samuel told ESPN 950-AM in Philadelphia last Saturday during the team's bye week. "You know, 22, 23 interceptions over my years. Broke playoff records. So, definitely, it doesn't sit well with me. And obviously they don't want me there, so life goes on. So we'll see where I'll be at, ya know?"

On Wednesday, head coach Andy Reid addressed Samuel's comments.

“You have to understand everybody calls everybody,” he said. “We’re sitting here with a few good corners. So people call. But (shopping Samuel) wasn't the case.

"Asante and I talk. So listen, I’m not worried about that at all. He loves to play the game. And we’re going to move forward. I don’t have any comments past this. And I know he doesn’t. So, we’re moving on here.”

As it turns out, Samuel isn't quite done talking.

"Me and Andy (are) good. That’s all that matters," Samuel said after Wednesday's practice.

Innocuous enough ... and then he was asked if he feels wanted in Philadelphia.

"By Andy. A couple people upstairs might not want me, but who cares. They probably never played football," he said. "It's a business, they run it like a business, so they're going to do what they need to do. So they're upstairs playing with a lot of money, playing a little fantasy football, so they’re doing their thing."

When Samuel was asked if the "fantasy football" reference was directed at team president Joe Banner and GM Howie Roseman.

"Do they fit the comment I made?" Samuel responded. A reporter said they seemed to. "Then maybe so," he added.

"As long as I'm here, as long as I get paid each and every Tuesday, I'm going to go out and do my job to the best of my ability, each and every Sunday. I play for the fans and I play for my teammates, that’s what it’s all about."

Samuel continued: "Everyone has other issues, contract issues, and I deal with them accordingly. That's how I always do."

Reid, through the team, issued a statement Wednesday evening.

“I am aware of how Asante felt and we have since talked," he said. "We both left with a positive feeling going forward. As I have said previously, when we acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha, we had received numerous calls on the availability of our cornerbacks. After discussing significant trade offers with other teams, we decided to keep all three cornerbacks on our team. Asante is a valuable member of our team and we appreciate all that he brings to this organization. As far as my relationship with Howie and Joe, I have a great deal of respect for both of them and I know we are all on the same page.”

If nothing else, at least nobody got gut-punched.

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Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 8:04 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

In my opinion, only the best QB's to ever play the game are 'system' QB's. I think that is a compliment. All NFL QB's have talent, but to be great (like Brady obviously is), you have to put your personal preferences (for lack of a better term) behind that of the team and the 'system'. It's only when you can do this that you become great.

Running a sytematic offense of 25 guys (11 on the field at any given time) is a big job and requires a sharp mind on a consistent basis, even more than it requires physical ability. How many big, strong QB's with rifle arms have we all seen turn out to be busts? many!! Running a system requires the QB to not only be the most knowledgable of the playbook, know it well enough that he can improvise, but he also must manage the individual egos and attitudes of all the players in the system without alienating any, and still commanding their best performances.

No, I think people are sooooooo far off the mark when they think that being labeled a 'system' QB is an insult. i think, personally, it is a huge compliment. Not many guys in this league can be physically gifted, and intellectually astute enough to be consistently successful, let alone consistently at the top of the league. You cannot do this on physical talent alone and you sure can't do it by yourself. You need to be able to play, of course, but you need to be able to instil confidence in your players. That confidence needs to be in themselves, and in their QB. there are so many example of talented QB's that lose the confidence of their players for whatever reason, and they start to fail. many times, the reasons are ridiculous. It takes a special type of QB to manage and maintain the system at all times, especially when there are troubled times.

For those who say that Brady is a beneficiary of the system, they are forgetting that 'he is the pivot of the system'. So, yes, he benefits from it. Of course he should, since he is running it. He is benefiting from his hard work and his overall management of the system. Anyone who thinks it's the other way around is on crack or similar mind altering substances lol.

Just a caveat: I do not like the Pats or Brady, but I respect the he11 out of them, and him. You can't argue with the success and you can't hate on the consistency that Brady brings all the time.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:11 pm
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Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:32 pm

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Dear Patsox,

Explain to me how it is fair to call someone out for saying Brady is a "system QB"?  You yourself sound ignorant in doing so.  When I hear someone say a system QB I don't necessarily get offended by that.  Matter of fact, to validate my point, you've never seen Brady play in any other system other than the one in New England.  Let me add that I'm a Buffalo Bills fan.  My only bias against him is that he's in our division.  I'm mature enough to realize he's a great QB and one of the greatest of our time, if not ever, however you can't discount someomes opinion that belives he's a system QB unless he's proven in other systems he has succeeded.  The Pats have been the same type of team for a decade now, not much has changed.  I wouldn't get carried away and get offended when someone calls him that, at the same time it's not wise to argue something you can't prove.  There are many great QB's that once taken out of the system they thrive in struggle, and it's no doubt in my mind that if Brady didn't have a good offensive line in his glory days(by that I mean SB years), he would have never even turned into a good QB.  Say all you want about my team, say all you want about Brady or another team, but every average fan fails to realize that the most important part of a QB is his 5 line man.  The Bills have struggled for a decade now and when people called for us drafting a QB, I thought, this is the same mistake all over again(JP Losman, Rob Johnson, Trent Edwards etc), it hasn't been the QB that's the problem, it's the line.  Back when we were good, but not good enough(make all the comments you want about 4 SB losses, your team couidn't be that dominant 4 years in a row, they did OWN the AFC), we had Kent Hull one of the best centers in the game of all time, RIP, Will Wolford, Jim Ritcher, Howard "House" Ballard, Glenn Parker, Mitch Frerotte and Adam Lingner.  Funny thing is I remember all of those guys because they were the reason Kelly had time, without time a QB is nothing.  I don't even know our starting line right now because they don't stand anywhere close to those guys talent wise.  Fact is, and what I'm getting at, is that without time, your so called amazing QB is mediocre.  Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady all probably sit on these sites reading your comments and laugh as they pat their OL on the back and say you guys don't get enough credit.  Moral of all this rant is don't call someone out when your response is rather idiotic itself.  You can't say Tom Brady is not a system QB when he's never been in a different one, plain and simple

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:52 am

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Assante got himself out of NE by being divisive about money and it seems he is working on being divisive in Phillidelphia. I would take him back in NE in a second but you should know what you have when you get a player who speaks his mind-and what he is going to be speaking about.

Now as for all the NE haters out there- how did this even get on that track ?

Its about the Eagles and the self inflicted wounds they caused themselves by building a shiny named team.

Doesnt work in the NFL-- very rarely a player moves and gets paid and they become a better player in another system.
The only ones i can think of are Drew Brees and Reggie White. Randy Moss was a trade but there is so many others
that have faltered badly moving to another system.

This is another case of media driven controversy 

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 11:10 am

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

for what ever reason you don't like the guy (maybe it's all the rings, maybe the supermodel wife, winning streaks, records, maybe all the cash and fame?)

Ha. PATSSOX, you just hit all the nails on all the heads. I hate Brady for all those reasons. And I am not ashamed to admit it. You actually forgot one more reason - the hair.

Since: Nov 10, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:36 am

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Most games i've seen, Samuel plays more than Rodgers-Cromartie. He was NEVER known as a tackler and the whole Eagles TEAM has had that problem this year. However, Asante is still an excellent cover corner, he's just seeing more balls thrown his way because the alternative is Asomugha.  Stop the trolling and hating, jeez, you know how many teams would snatch up Samuel if he was a free agent??? Stop sipping the haterade.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:34 am

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

"I hate it for you cocky NE fans. The day Bellicheck leaves you guys will suck again. Can have Tom Brady all you want...i would Take Peyton Manning, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers long before Brady."

Wow, Where do I start? First off, it's B E L I C H I C K, not Bellicheck. Second, while I agree, Rodgers right now is the best, you sound like a football illiterate when you say Brady is a "system QB" You really can't be that stupid can you? I mean I know for what ever reason you don't like the guy (maybe it's all the rings, maybe the supermodel wife, winning streaks, records, maybe all the cash and fame?) all legit reasons to hate on the guy. But when you say he is a "system qb" you really lose any credibility to be posting on here. Third, this is a freaking article about Assante Samuel.. Not Tom Brady...

YOU AS A POSTER = LOSER (to use your terms)   PS- How did you like that 2 minute drill two weeks ago? haha

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:34 am

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Asante Samuel should have just kept his mouth shut.  Bad mouthing your bosses never goes over well in the long run. He is a good player and I would want him on the Chargers but he just needs to bite his tongue.

8ball and Bleacher, That was great.

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:17 am

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

understand something, Asante and these other guys don't hold press conferences just to call people out.  Media personell put microphones in their faces and asked pointed questions, hoping to get comments like these.  I don't fault players for givinig honest answers (as long as their not calling out their teammates and coaches).  these guys aren't paid to give perfect, politically correct responses.  Their paid to play football...the guy was pissed cause he felt slighted by the organization.  So what!  He still plays his game, he still plays for his team, and still maintains a good relationship with his head coach.  Let's stop mistaking athletes for PR directors.

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:02 am

Samuel: front office 'playing fantasy football'

Samuel is a typical overhyped eagle punk....has the guy ever tacked a rb in the backfield?....yes he intercepts the ball now and then but he is a liability and teams learn to exploit him by running to his side....

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