This is a touchy subject, so I’ll tread as lightly as I can.
Laveranues Coles needs to get over it already. Seriously. The veteran wide receiver went days, weeks even, without speaking to the media so as to avoid appearing too upset about the loss of Chad, or too happy about the arrival of Favre. He didn’t want to offend either one by prasing the other too much. He’s talking now, and seems to be the only one in the new Atlantic Health Training Center that isn’t on the Favre bandwagon.
That’s understandable, but c’mon LC. It’s a business. No one said you’re not allowed to still be friends with your former quarterback or that you have to replace him with Favre. That said, Coles has been very professional with the whole situation, regardless of how upset about it he is.
“He’s a total pro. He’s focused on one thing. All he’s worried about is doing as well as he can, helping us win,” Coach Mangini said before the Miami game.
But still, it almost seems as though Coles is being the kid at a junior high dance standing in the corner, refusing to partake in the fun.
“I don’t have a feel for him and he doesn’t have a feel for me,” Coles said regarding his one catch against the Dolphins. “That’s one of those things I’m going to have to deal with. In the past I always knew when the ball was coming, now you don’t really know. It’s totally different for me as a player. It is what it is. He’s getting adjusted and I’m trying to do what I’m supposed to do.”
The New York Post reported Friday that on a play against Miami where Favre overthrew Coles, Favre thought he was going to cut in just a little.
What I don’t understand is when asked about getting in synch from sitting out a lot during training camp and missing all four preseason games, Coles put it back on Favre.
“It didn’t have anything to do with me not being there,” Coles said. “It’s just one of those things whenever you get introduced to a new quarterback you don’t have a feel for each other, period. He is being introduced to a new offense and new players. For me, it’s one of those things where he doesn’t have a feel for me, I don’t have a feel for him. You deal with it.”
Coles (thigh) has been limited in practices, which could and likely does have something to do with him not yet clicking with his new quarterback, something Coles says he’s working with everyday. When asked if he believes it’s a matter of time before he will be on the same page as Favre, Coles said that is “something he’s not really concerned about.”
Am I missing something here? Shouldn’t Coles be concerned about that?
“He has a job to do. I have a job to do and from there it is what it is. You work day-in and day-out and just do what you’re supposed to do,” Coles said.
While it seems like Coles isn’t letting his hard feelings get in the way of his job, he still has hard feelings, which can affect any one in any work environment. He can say what he wants to the media, and I hate to speculate like this, but there has to be something going on in his head that’s preventing him from being totally on board with Favre.