Rodney Harrison Says A Starter's Job Is To Be Prepared To Play 60 Minutes
11/20/2012 1:15:00 PM
Andy Reid has been getting a ton of heat due to his decision to continue running the ball with LeSean McCoy against the Redskins despite the fact that his team was down 25 points with 1 minute, 45 seconds remaining in the game.
This was the exchange after the game when Reid was questioned by Inquirer writer Jeff McLane.
McLane: “Why was McCoy still out there when you were down 25?”
Reid: “Because we’re trying to catch up and win the game.”
McLane: “But that’s a lot of points…”
Reid: “We’re trying to win the game, that’s what we were trying to do.”
McLane: “Do you regret it now?”
Most fans of the team were outraged by the fact that McCoy was playing so late in a meaningless game and even more enraged by the answer that was given by the embattled head coach.
(A quick aside: if your team is down 25 points and you’re trying to win the game then wouldn’t it make sense to throw it on every down?)
Still, not everyone holds that same opinion. Former San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots safety and current NFL analyst Rodney Harrison jumped on with Tony Bruno and Jon Marks this morning and said that players just want to play.
“I get paid to play, regardless of the score, regardless of the situation,” said Harrison. “I’m a starting safety, running back, lineman – if I’m a starter period – my job is to be prepared to play 60 minutes. It doesn’t matter what the score is. In 2007, when I was with the Patriots we had the number one offense with Randy Moss and Tom Brady and we were beating teams by 25 to 30 points.
“Belichick kept the starters in and we kept playing hard. The score didn’t matter.”
Still, you have to wonder whether Harrison’s tune would’ve changed if it were Brady or Moss or even himself got hurt in the tail end of one of the Patriot’s historic routs. If you’re going to run the ball when the deficit is that big that late in the game then make sure you’re handing it off to Bryce Brown or Stanley Havili, not the franchise running back.