Let me start by saying I cannot stand hold-outs. You’re being paid to play in the NFL, so the last thing I want to hear is a player crying because he’s underpaid. I understand the players deserve a piece of the pie, and that’s all well and good, but hold-outs are the ultimate sign of a kid who just can’t see the big picture.
But, if a player is going to hold out, all can be forgotten if that player comes back and does what he has to do in the way of staying healthy, making plays, staying healthy, not continuing to be a distraction, and staying healthy.
Did I mention they absolutely have to stay healthy?
If a player is going to hold out and stay away from his teammates while they’re working their asses off so they can be at their physical peak, then that player better be doing the same thing on his own. And clearly, Darrelle Revis was not.
Revis strained his hamstring as Randy Moss was blowing past him for a touchdown in Week 2, and was forced to miss the New York Jets‘ Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins and will miss their Week 4 game against the Buffalo Bills.
So now he’s got his big-money deal, and Rex Ryan and the Jets are forced to watch him patrol the sidelines in street clothes because he wasn’t doing the work he should have been doing.
The Jets couldn’t recoup any money from him if they wanted to, and he’s likely being paid what a normal household makes in about four or five years to stand on the sidelines and watch his team.
If I was in Rex’s place, I would be furious beyond words.