Jeremiah Trotter sat down with Don Bell of CBS 3 last night for an interview that got very, very intriguing. Trotter was explicit on several topics, including his disappointment in Donovan for throwing the defense under the bus after the NFC Championship game, and his distaste for how the organization handles contract negotiations.
Interesting note: Trotter seems to have legitimate respect for Andy Reid as a coach, and had nothing but positive words for the man.
But the interview got really interesting when the Axeman called McNabb’s leadership into question.
I think Brian Dawkins is the leader of this team. I think Donovan is the leader by position, because if you’re the quarterback, you are the leader. But true leaders are the ones that go out there and lay it on the line, week in and week out. They come up time and time again, with big plays, when you need it the most. And in the past, I don’t think Donovan has come up with those big plays when the team needed it the most. You know, you look at this [NFC] Championship game…you look at the past [NFC] championship games…you look at the Super Bowl. And, a guy like Brian Dawkins, the way he played the last four or five games, he was the leader. Not only of the defense, but of that whole team, just in the way he elevated his game. And I think that’s what you do in big-time games – true leaders step to the forefront and make those plays that you need to make.
The subtext just kind of jumps off the page and bites you in the ass, doesn’t it?
Now, a couple of things. First of all – I don’t think it discredits anybody to suggest that Brian Dawkins is the leader of the Eagles. Emotionally, he is. That’s just the nature of Dawkins – he’s the kind of guy that is going to fire people up. And Trotter’s implication that McNabb is a leader by position isn’t shocking, either; that’s the nature of the position. But where Trotter calls McNabb into question is when he suggests that McNabb is only a leader by position, and not one of the team-appointed leaders that is so anointed due to the amount of respect the other players have for him, and the amount of trust they place in his abilities.
Basically, at that point in the interview, all Trotter didn’t do was make a gagging sound while pointing to his throat with one hand and pounding his chest with the other.
All in all, a very interesting, provocative, and informative interview by Mr. Trotter. I suggest taking a peek.