Former NFL defensive end and current ESPN analyst Hugh Douglas thinks Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio should be punched in the face for the way he handled the release of quarterback David Garrard.
Douglas told ESPN radio that Del Rio isn’t trustworthy and that Jacksonville players shouldn’t 'believe what Jack Del Rio is selling.'
Maybe Douglas should volunteer to get punched 27 million times in the face by Jacksonville fans. That's one punch for every dollar the franchise spent on him in 2003 to receive mediocre play for a season.
In fairness to Douglas, he was asked by show host Scott Van Pelt who he thought which NFL coach deserved to get punched. Douglas responded with this, according to NFL.com:
"But this is not unlike Jack because he did Byron Leftwich the same way,” Douglas said. “My statement is this: If there was ever a coach who needs to be punched in the face for not being truthful to his players, it has to be Jack Del Rio."
Douglas wasn’t happy with the way Del Rio treated Garrard this week. Granted, I understand that players won’t always have a great relationship with their coaches and the timing of this move wasn’t ideal.
But there’s no way Del Rio was rooting against Garrard. He wanted his veteran quarterback to be in shape and be sharp this preseason, but the 33-year-old wasn’t. He was mediocre at best and was making too much money to be an average player.
And who is Douglas to talk about anyone’s ethics? I don’t know the man personally, but what I do know is that he essentially stole millions of dollars from the Jaguars. He signed with them as a productive player and turned into a lazy, unmotivated, worthless scrub before he even suited up for the Jaguars.
Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country brought up something Douglas said on ESPN First Take a few weeks ago that epitomizes this point:
"I didn't play for the Jaguars, I had a paid vacation,” Douglas said.
Classy Hugh, real classy.Tags: David Garrard, ESPN, Hugh Douglas, Jack Del Rio, Jacksonville, Jacksonville Jaguars, NFL