January 29, 2003

Colts player speaks out against teammates, coach.: "Peyton Manning must show more emotion, coach Tony Dungy is too nice and many players on the NFL team lack passion." The player? Kicker Mike Vanderjagt!

posted by werty to football at 12:31 PM - 9 comments

How bad must your leadership be for the kicker to go public with his complaints?

posted by werty at 12:31 PM on January 29, 2003

It is bad. The kicker, though, is right on the money.

posted by jasonspaceman at 12:45 PM on January 29, 2003

Yeah, doesn't matter where it's coming from. The truth hurts.

posted by corpse at 01:28 PM on January 29, 2003

I wonder if this kind of public sentiment will cause Vanderjagt to get the ax?? My Jags could really use him...

posted by bcb2k2 at 01:59 PM on January 29, 2003

We'll take him too! (Niners)

posted by swank6 at 04:13 PM on January 29, 2003

as much as everyone's going to hate him now, he's 100% right. And TMQ has been harping on Dungy's lack of emotion all season. He's a great coach but lacks the fire to get his team prepared for playoff games, where emotion means a lot more. I'm beginning to think, after seeing his interview re: barrett robbins today, that Callahan might have the same affliction - he seems incapable of rage or fury. I think that his veteran team got themselves up for the other playoff games over teams that they matched up favorably with... but come Super Bowl, he was totally outmatched as a coach and leader. My theory, anyway. But I think Vanderjagt is right...

posted by Bernreuther at 05:37 PM on January 29, 2003

I watched this interview he had on the Canadian station "The Score". He was asked to do some commentary about the playoffs and upcoming Super Bowl, and one of the co-hosts of the discussion show asked a simple "how's it going?" question about the Colts. That's when Vanderjagt started ripping them apart. You could see the stunned look on the co-hosts face as he glanced at the director/producer off-stage with a "are we going to commerical?" look. I think the director/producer did the right thing and let Vanderjagt keep talking and obviously cued the co-host to ask MORE questions. For live TV, it was pretty interesting. A couple of days later, the co-host was talking about this with another football expert and they agreed that things have to be REAL bad for the laid-back Canadian kicker to come out and say those things.

posted by grum@work at 08:54 AM on January 30, 2003

God bless Canadian tv. Who else is going to interview a kicker?

posted by Justin Slotman at 11:14 AM on January 30, 2003

Wait, Vanderjagt is Canadian. Never mind.

posted by Justin Slotman at 11:14 AM on January 30, 2003

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