I truly think the stuff about Crowder's "mouth" is way exaggerated? Does he spout off? Sure. Does he like to talk trash? Of course. Does he say a few things he shouldn't? Yes. But for someone who talks as much as he does, who has as much fun as he does and who plays as hard as he does, I've seen MUCH WORSE from players who talk MUCH LESS and nobody cries about them. Crowder has found a way to stay just inside the lines - or to step on them and not over them - and I'm OK with that.
How about the insubordination he engaged in on local talk radio?
You and I would get fired for that kind of talk.
It was not insubordination. And you don't fire a good player who makes millions of dollars (as opposed to our tens of thousands) just because he disagrees with a decision that was made regarding one of his friends. People are allowed to have opinions - listen to how he said it on the air rather than the printed words. He is not the first - and will not be the last - player to say similar things and not be in fear of losing his job. His relationship with Sparano and Parcells - especially - affords him that ability.
WHAT HE SAID ON AIR: "If the game's on the line, I want my two Pro Bowlers coming off the edges. That's my mind as an inside linebacker. If I see different guys out there, not bad mouthing anyone, I'm going to be like 'Peezy, you straight? You good? You healthy? J.T., you straight? You healthy? Why aren't you all out there?' It was a funny situation among the team. The coaches and team are all supposed to be together as one, but there's still that camaraderie that gathers. It was an uncomfortable situation among the team, and I know I'm not the only player that thinks that. I know a lot of the other guys were, too."Insubordination? Please.
WHAT HE SAID AFTERWARDS: "I talked to Tony afterwards, and Tony didn't say anything about it," Crowder said. "I wasn't picking sides. I was saying that the situation where your teammate is taken out of the game the day before the game was a surprise. It really was uncomfortable because we didn't really know what was going on. Joey's mad. He's visually mad. He's verbally mad. He's just upset about the situation. He was getting some stuff off his chest, and I was listening. It was an uncomfortable situation, but I don't think I'll get in any trouble because I really didn't say anything offensive. I just gave my opinion of the situation. That's what radio is."