As camp controversies go this one is pretty tame. Don’t see ESPN pulling any of the 30 people they have at Jets camp and sending them to Mankato to cover it. Tim Tebow taking his shirt off, big deal. Jared Allen politely disagreeing with Leslie Frazier over workload? Not so big a deal.
But there’s a little beef here so we may as well give it a mention. To briefly summarize: Alan Williams and Leslie Frazier have a plan to rotate in more defensive linemen this year, in hopes that guys like Jared Allen will be fresher and therefore more dominant late in the game. Jared was asked about this plan and basically said he doesn’t care for it.
“My thing is I work so hard in the offseason to get in the best shape that I can, my theory always has been, ‘You want to rest me, rest me during the week because I get paid to play on Sundays,'” Jared said. “That’s when I’m out there to make plays. I feel like if I’m on the field, I can make a play to help our team win.”
Jared also indicated that he wasn’t personally consulted about the plan before Frazier and Williams made it public. Here’s where the beef comes in. Frazier was asked about this and flat-out contradicted Jared. He said Jared DID know about the plan and signed off on it.
“Believe me, we’ve talked about this subject a number of times,” Frazier said. “So contrary to what Mr. Allen has to say, we’ve talked about this subject. We’re going to try to keep our guys fresh, we want him fresh, he knows it. We talked about it even this morning.
“We always go into it every season talking about we’re going to cut his reps down and low and behold at the end of the season it doesn’t always work that way. But he understands why we want to do it. He knows the importance of it. We’re going to try to keep him fresh. We’re going into it with the same intentions we had last season, but we’ll see how the season goes and how our games go.”
So I guess that makes Jared Allen a fibber? Not sure even a troublemaker like me can do much with this one. Schism? Not even close. This barely qualifies as a crack. And I think we all know how this one will get sorted out. Jared will be pulled from one game for a series, voices will be raised, Jared will no longer be pulled. Superstars get their way. It’s fine by me. I wanna see Jared on the field tearing it up, not standing on the sideline looking antsy.