In addition to the comment earlier today, I’ve also gotten a few emails asking for my take on LaVar Arrington’s comments in the Washington Times the other day — the ones where he calls Joe Gibbs a coward and so on — and … well, I thought that ESPN’s NFC East blogger Matt Moseley had summed it up pretty darn well. Here’s one of his milder reactions, one that doesn’t include the words “gutless” or “joke”:
LaVar, maybe no one else is willing to say it because they don’t want to sound like a complete idiot. Gibbs said he was walking away from football after the 2007 season, in part, because he wanted to spend more time with his sick grandson. Call me gullible, but I’m going to take Gibbs’ word on this one. I think Sean Taylor’s death and the subsequent playoff run had a draining effect on him, and he didn’t have the energy anymore. And that’s why “coward” is the last word I’d use to describe him.
Chris Mottram expresses similar sentiments from a longtime fan perspective over at The Sporting Blog, but Moseley’s piece says a mouthful.