Originally Posted by Hulamau
Thats a perfectly reasonable statement, unlike the one I was responding too.
I have no problem with honest critique of any player, but putting wildly exaggerated words in the mouths of Lelie supporters and constantly knocking a player that is making steady improvements on one's own team strikes me as a little strange.
Every player is fair game when they underperform, but when a guy like Lelie who has come to every workout and, by any definition, is steadily improving becomes the constant and irrational foil of some of our own fans, its a bit odd.
Freak gets ticked off with me because I've ragged on Plummer a few times after some of his bigger bonehead plays last year, and Plummer is one of his boys. But I was very glad when we got Plummer and have given him his props too when he has a good game, and expect him to be even better this year.
Anyway, its no big deal. I suspect if Lelie had 25 TD and 2,400 yards this year a few on this board would still rag him.
You're right, Lelie does put in a lot of good work and has done everything off the field the team has asked. He is a professional and has the right attitude and is willing to do the hard work.
As for 25TDs, and 2,400 yards? That would be amazing but I'd settle for Lelie to be a more reliable target. All I'm saying is that he has to be a WR the team can count on being open when they need him to be. 3/4 passes a game are ok but he needs to be the kind of player that the coaches can design plays around and know that 10/15 times a game he's going to get open when they look for him to be the primary read rather than Lelie being just the primary read on a few long balls while he's used as a decoy the rest of the time. I'm hard on him because I know he's got the talent to do it, he just needs to translate it into the football field.