If you haven’t heard by now, former NFL and Penn State running back Michael Robinson made some interesting comments on a recent NFL Network appearance about the way some Eagles players view new head coach Nick Sirianni.
After discrediting the rookie head coach’s contributions in Indy, Robinson had this to say in a conversation with former NFL quarterback David Carr:
I’m not going to say any names, but I know some guys in that locker room who they question this guy, and they question whether he can truly lead this team.
And me personally, my personal thoughts on it is that maybe Howie Roseman wanted to put somebody, a ‘yes man’ in the head coaching position because Doug Pederson didn’t want to do things all the way his way, so he wanted to get a ‘yes man’ there. At least, David, that’s what it looks like to me.”
Apparently, Lane Johnson is not one of those names, and like a frustrated English teacher grading a poorly written research paper, he would like Robinson to cite his sources.
— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) July 13, 2021
Is it fake news? I don’t know.
Maybe Robinson just got on a roll and wanted to throw in the “I know some guys in that locker room” line because it’s hard to disprove and it makes him look more credible. Maybe some guys talked to him.
Either way, this isn’t the first time the “yes man” theory has been floated out there about Sirianni’s hire.
Plus, if you survey an entire locker room, there’s always going to be a couple guys with some questions about a new coach, particularly the ones who may not like the way the former coach’s dismissal went down — or the ones who aren’t thrilled with management for any number of reasons. That’s natural.
If those players called up Robinson to voice those concerns, that’s kind of weak, but Johnson’s displeasure should probably be directed elsewhere.
At the end of the day, it’s an interesting talking point, but it’s not a big deal. Sirianni will have an opportunity to prove he can both coach up guys and lead them when training camp starts up July 27.
If he’s genuine and knows his shit, players will buy in. If he’s not and he doesn’t, then the Eagles have far bigger problems than Robinson’s television hit.