Thursday, September 15, 2005
Okay. The Jesse Palmer talk needs to go away. Far away. He can’t help right now. Ask the 19 thousand fans who watched the Renegades get thrown to the Lions last week, “Hey, what do the ‘Gades need to do to turn it around?”
Not a single one of them would shout, “Get the Bachelor! Cost be damned!”
If it’s a football move, fine. Pay him 100 grand and give him Darnell Kennedy’s third string job and let him learn. Slowly. That would be cool. But to do anything more would be foolish. He’s unproven as a pro and was mediocre at the University of Florida.
If it’s a PR move, I’d suggest that Lonie go after something the public actually, you know, wants. They want better protection for Kerry Joseph. Better play selection. Better special teams coverage. Better kicking. And less sucking.
But after hearing Dave Gross and Glenn Kulka’s interview with Renegades’ Director of Player Personnel Forrest Gregg on Wednesday, I’m not sure I have much confidence in the man who's supposed to stock pile talent for this team.
With all due respect to a guy enshrined in Canton, Gregg had his ‘holier than thou’ hat on and really came off poorly. He was crusty, cranky, cantankerous, standoffish and, quite frankly, a little confused sounding. By comparison, Brad Watters comes off like Anthony freaking Robbins.
Gregg did confirm that Jesse Palmer talks were off for now. But the interview opened up a different can of worms. Does this guy have the social skills to woo talent up to Canada? Here’s how I imagine he’d sound on a call to some player agent down south.
Gregg: Hey Robert, Forrest Gregg calling from the Ottawa Renegades.
Robert (agent): Oh, hey Forrest, what can I do for you.?
Gregg: I’m interested in the kid from Clemson.
Robert: Well, he’s got a workout in Phoenix this after…
Gregg: Don’t give me that. I’ve been in this game for 60 years. You tell that kid to get his ass up here or he’ll NEVER play in the CFL. I’ll make sure of that.
Gregg: Hello? Hello! Lieutenant Dan??!! Jenny? Anyone?
Posted by Steve Warne at 2:04 PM