We've seen this happen in other NFL cities. A player decides to work out on his own in the off-season, which sours the brass to him and he's ultimately cut, traded, or allowed to leave because of some perception that he's not a "team player." It was stupid then, and it's stupid now..
I'll respond to that with this anecdotal remark:
two days before Edwards was outright cut, Dave Archer also commented that he refused to meet with all the other players in a huddle ( a prayer,peptalk, something of the sort ) at the facility. He said Smitty looked pissed off. He said that not only were he and Van Note in the locker room, so was Mr Blank. Said Smith looked very very PISSED OFF. Two days later he is 'cut'
. The organization did not say 'we cut him because he was being a pain in the ass as well as not performing. he was not buying into the 'team' concept, and was being a little b*tch in the locker room. so we kicked his a$$ out the door'.
Here's what they said" It was a decision that we made that we thought is going to make our football team better today and in the future and that’s what you’ve got to do when you make decisions,” Smith said.
In Smith’s five seasons Edwards would seem to represent a rare, if not lone, example of a player who has started that many games and played that much – he played 20 snaps in Sunday’s 31-27 loss to New Orleans – and was cut in midseason.
Yet Smith denied that the organization was making an example out of Edwards, who totaled 16.5 sacks in the 2009 and 2010 seasons while playing for Minnesota.
“I don’t want to get into sending messages and whatnot,” Smith said. “We evaluate every day. We evaluate after games from top to bottom. We talk about it all the time and it starts with me.”
Okay? See what I am getting at here? IF
Grimes is not at the facility, and is working out somewhere else, and everything is roses and unicorn farts, fine. But we don't have 'direct' information. The Falcons are not going to 'tell us' what is going on behind closed doors. The best we can do is what we get from the well placed sources out there. Guys like Archer and Mortenson and the like. That's not to say they dont ever get anything 'wrong' ( Mike Vick wont be indicted
) but you take what you can get. I generally give Archer, Van Note a little more leeway because like Leo Mazzone they were in the organization and can usually get away with 'sharing' some of this stuff. And I dont think Archer would be caught dead giving out 'false' info for the front office to use as leverage.
So it is what it is. This guy aint John Kincaide or the Stews. He implied there is something amiss between Grimes and the Falcons. I dont want to believe it, but there might be something more to sitting out that Giants game then you or I are aware of