ANGELO TALKS BENSON
This is the type of thing that comes out when you are 3-5 and players are not performing up to expectations. GMs make silly statements. Like Jerry Angelo’s on Cedric Benson:
“Cedric is performing to the best of his abilities,” Angelo said, raising his tone a few levels. “He’s giving us top effort. That’s all I could ask of any player.”
Top effort is all you ask for from an 8-year old playing Pop Warner football. Top effort from a professional isn’t requested, it’s demanded. And so is performing at a high level. Shouldn’t the GM reiterate that?
And if Cedric Benson’s inability to catch simple passes in the flat, make people miss and overall lack of production is “the best of his abilities”, then Angelo and Lovie Smith ought to start Adrian Peterson at RB. Offensive line woes aside, you have to think Peterson could gain 3.1 yards or more per carry, and he is certainly the better receiver.
But maybe Angelo takes into account the seemingly fragile ego of his starting running back. Perhaps if he told it like it is Benson would skulk even more, if that is a possibility.