Well here we are the heels of what we hope will be another exciting NFL season folks. Yet even before we even finish with the preseason, the hate fair is spewing out for former Colts players Dwight Freeney and Jerry Hughes. Freeney, who without question was a cornerstone of the defense along with Mathis, Bob Sanders, and Antoine Bethea surprisingly has been getting some bad mouthing from fans here when he made comments about being displeased with the organization didn't make a bid to keep him here in order to finish his illustrious career as a Colt. After what he did for this organization I think he at least deserved to be considered. More importantly, without a doubt Freeney deserves more respect from the fan base here than what he's gotten lately. It baffles me how quickly some people can change their stripes in a NY minute when it comes to NFL players who leave their teams, especially when those players had no choice in the matter.
Dwight Freeney made it no secret that he wanted to retire a Colt, and voiced his displeasure on how the organization didn't make an offer to keep him here for the remainder of his career. Some writers here (And fans) from SB have accused he (and Jerry Hughes) of "whining." I find this funny in that if you take a look around the league today and throughout history, almost EVERY player has had some sort of negative parting shots from their former teams after they join a new one. Wes Welker has been dragging Belechek through the mud by coming out of the closet with comments on how he had to "tolerate" Belechek throughout his time with the Pats. Greg Jennings has been trading barbs with all kinds of negative comments towards his former QB in Green Bay. Ditto for James Harrison now a member of the Steeler's rival Bengals.
So when Jerry Hughes said he thought "The Colts didn't know how to use him" and "didn't know what they had in him" as player, one question comes to mind: "Why the hate on Hughes?" For those of you who are nay sayers on Hughe's potential, most of you have said the same negative things about Tim Jennings that you are saying about Hughes. You said the same things about Mike Peterson after he went to the Jags. Both of them went on to become probowlers with there new teams. After watching the Cardinals second preseason game I have no doubt that Jerraud Powers will join that list. Instead of bashing these players and deeming them "busts," could it be possible that the Colts coaching personal didn't know how to tap the potential of those former players? Powers IMO has never been a "starting" CB, but he is a very good 3rd DB. Tim Jennings is not zone corner, but he is a very good man corner. Jerry Hughes is not a LB who should soley be used as a DE. He is however a good LB in a system that allows him to roam and blitz from multiple LB positions. In Buffalo he will do just that and I believe he will thrive as a player on a level that will have many fans here asking, why did we get rid of this guy? At any rate there's no need for the ridiculous bashing of any of these former players because the truth is they all have a point.