He’s pointing fingers and saying too many of the guys on defense were playing for themselves and not the team but he refuses to mention any names.¬† He went on to say that all the guys who he’s accusing are no longer with the football team.
This is garbage and slander on the defensive players who aren’t here.¬† Why is he saying this now?¬† Is it to make himself look good?
He says the guys weren’t playing for the team but playing for themselves.¬† Isn’t it kind of late for that?
That should have come out then or right after the season, but now it’s old news.
“There were some things I had never seen before since I’d been here,” Mikell said recently. “There were guys who were more concerned with their own individual accomplishments than going out and playing as a unit.
“When we lost, instead of looking at themselves and asking what they could have done better, there were some guys who were questioning the coaches and the game plan. But you can’t bring that negativity to the team, especially when you have a young locker room like we have. Because then the young guys hear it and it spreads, and you can’t have that and be successful.”
Mikell didn’t stop there, he continued.
“There was just a lot of negativity,” Mikell said. “A lot of people weren’t putting the team first. Everybody’s guilty of it at some point – I’ve been guilty of it here and there. But when it’s all the time, then it’s a problem. We’ve never had that before, since I’ve been here.”
“We’ve never been a selfish team, where guys were more worried about what they did individually than how we did as a team. But we had guys who were more concerned about how the game plan affected them. It was, ‘How am I going to get my sacks if we’re doing this,’ instead of, ‘Hey, let’s go out and do whatever it takes to win the game.’ ”
Maybe the problem with last year’s team was that guys like Mikell sat and watched as the team fell apart rather than dealing with the problems.
If Mikell didn’t deal with it then he should keep his mouth shut now.¬† Pointing the finger at all the defensive players who left his isn’t a honorable way of getting ready for the next season.
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