Welcome back to Read and React, where fans turned out in droves this week to tell us we're unfairly picking on Giants coach Tom Coughlin. Others have been shouting about the lack of limelight the Baltimore Ravens have been getting. And the spitting match over running back Corey Dillon continues between Cincinnati and New England fans.
Keep the responses coming. We appreciate hearing from you. And look for my comments in italics.
But one more time – include your first and last name and the name of your city in responses. We had a slew of great opinions that didn't make the cut this week because of an incomplete name or blank city. It's not rocket science. If you want to he heard, tell us who you are.
To the mail …
TOM COUGHLIN ("Tough Love," Oct. 27, 2004)
You're such a wuss. "Coach Coughlin did this, Coughlin did that." It's football. It's a game of discipline. The coach is not running a popularity contest. I wonder what you would write about Vince Lombardi had you lived in that era – "Oh he is too tough on his little players." Let me guess, you have a Kerry-Edwards sticker on your car. I'll bet you have a girlfriend that bosses you around like a little girl.
You make all pro football players sound like crybabies. I have to show up for work on time, and I make the average wage for Americans. My company has rules. If I made a million dollars a year would the rules no longer apply?
So the Giants made the top 12 in your rankings, and I think they deserve it. They have played some inspired football behind a rejuvenated Tiki Barber and a proving-to-be-decent QB in Kurt Warner. I was – in all honesty – a little doubtful of his abilities.
But why the heck use Ron Dayne as a third-down running back if he can barely bring the ball back to the line of scrimmage? Last year Dorsey Levens stepped in and did an admirable job in the position Dayne was to have. This year the Giants picked up Mike Cloud, who I believe could be more of a contributor. But the days of Thunder and Lightning are long gone. My Christmas wish this year is that Dayne finds his way off of their roster. What, if any, are the repercussions of ditching Dayne?
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Jay – Dayne's contract expires after this season. And unless something changes in his production, he won't be back with the Giants.
One loss, and the media jumps on Coughlin's back once again. Give the first-year coach a chance. The Giants were 4-12 last season. There are other stories to write about. Nothing to see here, move along.
Your piece on Tom Coughlin was well done. I would like to see you do a number on Bill Parcells, who also lost the same week as Coughlin.
Ah, the sweet melody of sarcasm.
RAVENS' RANKING ("Robinson's rankings," Nov. 2, 2004)
Enough! I am so sick and tired of reading columns by individuals like you about the state of the Baltimore Ravens. Kyle Boller is not the answer – so what? There hasn't been one since Trent Dilfer! Blah, blah, blah.
Trent Dilfer was considered an answer?
See what the Ravens were made of this week? They were missing three Pro Bowlers and their starting center – they lost to Philly, but they will be back. We will see what they are made of when we go to Indy and have everyone back later in the year.
MORE DILLON DEBATING
What a bunch of morons in Cincinnati! Don't they have a life? Corey Dillon may have found a team and a coach that can take advantage of his skills and have him under control. If not, Bill Belichick will get rid of him. He's not the first player to thrive in a winning environment. Losing teams are full of malcontents. Nobody likes playing for a loser.
Looks like Corey Dillon got out of Cincinnati just in time. Who is he to want, and actually think, he could win in Cincinnati? The Bungles are the Los Angeles Clippers of football and like it that way. They want low-key guys that are subservient and happy with losing. "Who are they to come to Cincinnati and expect to win? Shut your mouth, collect your paycheck and lose" could be a nice team motto.
I'll not only apologize to Cincinnati fans for Corey's burning desire to win but I'll thank them as well. Hey Cincy, I heard Chad Johnson say something about winning. I'm sure that stiff Belichick would take him off your hands, too.
Saratoga Springs, Fla.
To me, Corey Dillon looks like a genius for wanting to get out of Cincinnati and going to the Patriots, not to mention the pay cut he took to go there. Who wants to lose for seven years while putting up Hall of Fame numbers? That's why Barry Sanders retired – he got tired of losing in Detroit. Corey was Mr. Everything in Cincy. In New England, he doesn't have to carry the load.
Why is it there are so many rules to protect quarterbacks (in my opinion too many) yet other players who are viewed as less important can have their careers ruined with one block? And it's actually deemed legal.
George Foster's block on Cincinnati's Tony Williams on Monday Night Football was in my opinion a cowardly cheap shot. The NFL must protect all players not just what it deems to be the stars.
Susanna – The NFL's competition committee apparently agrees with you. They will be discussing the chop block this offseason.
It kind of seems to me like the sports media is more to blame for Terrell Owens' outbursts than he is. Some of you really like a good soap opera. You ask him a baiting question about another player, he obliges with something juicy because he either cannot control himself or he enjoys the attention, and then you all run over to the other player that he talked about and try to get a retort.
San Marcos, Texas
Imagine that. A football player who enjoys attention? What about Owens' comments in his book? Did the media force that, too?
Do you really think the Arizona Cardinals could move to Los Angeles? Yes, attendance is poor. Isn't there a new football stadium being built in Arizona? I'm not interested in seeing expansion in the NFL.
The Cardinals have poor attendance because they have losing seasons all the time. Simply moving the Cardinals will not improve the on-field product. … It comes down to the ownership of a team. If a team has eight consecutive losing seasons, the NFL should find new ownership for a franchise.
Dom – I should have been more specific. No, the Arizona Cardinals will not be moving to Los Angeles. My comment was meant as a criticism of the team's low attendance.
Loved your article regarding the 49ers, John York and Terry Donahue ("49ers' bottom line," Oct. 13, 2004). Denise York should sell the team to someone who knows something about football. She is definitely no Eddie DeBartolo when it comes to family atmosphere. Being a longtime 49er fan, I'm disgusted in the management decisions made in the last four years. Mike Ditka hit the nail on the head, yet York can't even respond but to send one of his cronies to respond to the comments.
I put them all in a category below Al Davis, which is an insult in itself. Soon attendance will drop, sponsorship will cease and they will be left with a non-profitable business. They will probably sell it or move the 49ers to another city. Sound familiar?