Now, everyone, especially in the mainstream media, is taking the face value comment, that he won’t commit to coming directly in to training camp. I agree, he did not do that. Darrelle did not come out and say “I will be there for the first day of training camp.”, which he could have done. But, look a little bit deeper into the locker room thing.
He had just come out of practice, and was being bombarded with the same question, repeatedly. He has had to deal with this question before, and now he had to deal again, especially with Rich Cimini. Now I like Rich Cimini’s work, but he and his colleagues are beating a dead horse a bit. It is still a while before training camp, and he is getting hammered with the same questions.
No he didn’t say definitely that he would be in on time, but he didn’t guarantee a hold out either. Listen to his words “I’m not saying anything”, “You keep picking at the same thing”, “Why do I have to answer that with you?” These are answers not from a man trying to say he won’t come in, they are from a man frustrated that wants to talk about football. His answer was “Right now, I’m getting ready for the season.” The writers could have left it at that, but no. Cimini kept hammering. Finally Darrelle said “I don’t know, that’s all I’m saying”. To me, he was trying to put Rich off.
Haven’t we all said something in the heat of frustration, that maybe wasn’t the best answer, just to get someone to leave us alone?