PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Eagle and ESPN analyst Herm Edwards is angry. Why? According to a passionate rant on Wednesday afternoon, Edwards is sick and tired of players placing themselves above the game of football.
The topic of conversation was about LeSean McCoy’s return to Philadelphia on NFL Live and Edwards was not pleased with the tone of the discussion leaning more on a war of words than actual football. He went back and forth with former NFL player Darren Woodson about players’ right to voice their opinions and feelings as they debated McCoy’s comments about Chip Kelly and facing the Eagles for the first time.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: Confidence Growing Major Storm Could Bring Significant Impacts To Delaware Valley This Weekend
Edwards’ frustration seemed to be with players putting themselves ahead of the game and on the focus being more on drama than actual football.
Here are the highlights of what Edwards had to say:
“I get all that, but it’s not about you (in reference to McCoy). It’s really not. It’s about the game you play. It’s about being a professional.”READ MORE: 2 Handguns Confiscated By TSA Officers At Philadelphia International Airport In Past 3 Days
“I was mad for 10 years, when I lined up at corner, at every other team in the National Football League that didn’t draft me. So, I get what they’re saying. You hate to get disrespected by a coach, when a coach thinks ‘you don’t fit my system.’ Well you got something to prove? Go ahead and prove it. You ain’t got to talk about it. Go out and go play. Play football man. All this other nonsense — It’s a shame, because that’s all we’re talking about. We’re talking about two teams right now that are trying…one is trying to win the division (Eagles), the other one’s trying to get into the playoffs (Bills) and we’re talking about two disgruntled running backs (DeMarco Murray and McCoy) that are stars.”
“You’ve (Woodson) played for coaches that you disagreed with. I played with coaches that I left the university because I didn’t like the coach — flat left! Didn’t tell him I was leaving. Beeped the horn when I was driving by the facility and went somewhere else! Okay? But, I didn’t sit there and bellyache about it.”
“You’re still a professional football player. You’re a professional man. Don’t lose sight of that.”
“I’m done man. I’m done (said as host was looking to transition the conversation). “I’m done with all this. You ask me, ‘coach, you want to go back and coach?’ No, I don’t want to coach this, because this ain’t professional football man. It ain’t about you. (Slams fist on desk) It’s not about you anymore. The players think it’s all about them. It ain’t about them. It’s about the game of football man. I’m done with this mess man.”
“I just think that we give players passes because what we do for a living, media, we love this. This hurts me when I see players do this. It just hurts me and I’m a part of the media. It hurts me that they put their own identity, their own egos, in front of the team….If I didn’t work here, I’d walk off this thing right now because I’m tired of talking about this mess about these players man. It’s driving me crazy.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Police Officer Dragged 5 Blocks By Vehicle During Traffic Stop In West Philadelphia
Tell us how you really feel, Herm.