So I’m doing my usual bedtime routine: brush my teeth, wash my face, check Twitter one last time before I actually put my head down on my memory pillow. This is what I come across:
SJ39 off to Paris
While the rest of the team was building camaraderie and bonding at Lindenwood University, Steven Jackson was obviously absent. And from this tweet he’s not planning to stick around. What’s the deal?
Ok, I get the fact that these workouts were put together at the last minute. I’ll even give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he scheduled his Paris getaway well in advance. But he was in town, why not show up and at least show his face?
To make matters worse, even UFA’s TE Daniel Fells and WR Laurent Robinson were on hand despite not being formally on the team’s roster.
Tony Softli on 101 ESPN says, “SJ was here this week. I talked to him on the phone.” He continues:
Steven works out on his own a lot. You’d like to see him here because of the leadership qualities that he has but he’ll come to camp in better shape than anybody on the team and Coach knows that.
That’s who he is. He’s a warrior.
I don’t have any doubt SJ will be in great physical condition when training camp opens. But that’s not the point. He’s a warrior, huh? Well, right now he’s acting more like a M.I.A. grunt than a captain.
As a team leader, shouldn’t he be at these workouts? In this instance I question his lack of leadership. SJ’s lost out on an opportunity to meet with these news guys, earn their respect, and pass along any little bit of experience he can. Epic fail.
With the 8 year veteran, SJ, missing in action who are they turning to for guidance and direction? The second year QB, Sam Bradford.
Sam made calls to get the offensive players together. He’s been sharing his knowledge of the new McDaniels offensive playbook with current players and the new draftees, Lance Kendricks, Austin Pettis, Greg Salas. He’s taken command of this team during these workouts.
This is a Sam Bradford team. You can see him put his stamp mark on this team right now with the leadership qualities. And everyone is flocking to him. When he says something, it’s like EF Hutton, everybody turns and listens.
It’s real simple. They’re following the leader. They’re following Sam Bradford right now.
Maybe when SJ returns from his Paris vacation he can explain his side of the story. I for one, would love to hear it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of SJ. I’m just disappointed that he hasn’t played a bigger role in helping the team during these workouts.
I think Tony Softli summed it up quite nicely:
While Sam is the face of the franchise, that guy (SJ) is the work horse. I think it’s a great combination of what they have here.
Right now it would seem the team belongs to Sam. And with Josh McDaniels at the helm of this new pass happy offense I wonder if McDaniels will draw in the reins.