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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

On the positive side of Loyalty

by LosAngelis
For PackerChatters

I'm admitting to devil's advocating right now, but I was thinking about this.

Many of us (myself included) have mentioned Sherman's loyalty to players and coaches as a fault.

Is it?

Has anyone ever worked in a climate where you feel like you're just the hired meat of the week? Maybe when you were a young'un in a position where turnover was high, and the management treated you as such.

It doesn't do a lot for your morale, or wanting to be loyal back to your job. In many cases, you can't wait to move on yourself.

The keeping of Davenport over Ogunleye has been a criticism I've heard a lot lately. Yes, we could have used another DE, though he is a light speed rusher, not unlike KGB.

When you see his extensions to players, his loyalty to guys who've pulled him through in the past, even his assistants, you have to wonder.

Yeah, when they fail, we complain, say its a business and Sherman has to make the tough decisions. I don't disagree with that, but what's the other side of the pendalum?

Bill Parcells jetisonning players? Quincy Carter took a hike, and look how the Cowboys ended up this year. Sherman stayed his course, and brought a team back from 1-4.

Sherman perfect? Far from.

Perhaps too loyal to some coaches/players he shouldn't be? Probably.

But there's something to be said for even a guy like Favre to want to stick around as long as he does. If Sherman was firing off half-cocked on guys, even Hunt, what kind of climate does that create for the quality guys?

Yeah, it makes it intense and uncomfortable. But how long before that burns out?

I'm not saying that Sherman should continue exactly as he has been, and the latest Hunt flack is a sign that perhaps he's realizing his loyalty can only go so far.

But to create a professional environment is something special. MM didn't want to be a part of it, and look at the environment he's in now. Frankly, it seems a lot worse to me, with players openly confronting their coaches and such.

Just a thought.

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