SportsNaut- Moving on from Indianapolis was long expected after the team re-signed fellow tight end and 2012 draft classmate Dwayne Allen to a lucrative long-term contract on Monday.
What wasn’t expected was the criticism he lobbed his former teammates way during an introductory conference call with Saints reporters following the signing:
“I think it’s one of those situations where it really reveals character,” Fleener said, via ESPN.com. “The guys that kept fighting through it — knowing that we may not have our star quarterback on the field but we still have a chance to win the game — those are the guys you want kind of in your corner. And the other guys, it becomes pretty apparent that they’re along for the ride.”
I don't exactly endorse Coby Fleener's decision to rip some unnamed teammates on his way out the door. It certainly wasn't necessary for him to torch that bridge just days after crossing it. Some - like former Colt Jerrell Freeman - might even go as far as calling it a bitch move. That being said, it's not totally implausible that it's true. In fact, I would say that it's rather likely. I don't know the inner working of the Colts locker room, but I would be willing to bet you could find a couple guys that were "along for the ride" in the locker room of every single underperforming team in the league.
Forget the fact Andrew Luck was hurt for about half the season. The Colts - a young team with a dynamic quarterback - started 2-5 while he was still playing. They finished 8-8 in the the worst division in football. Is it really a stretch, or even news for that matter, to say that some players didn't put forth the greatest of effort? If you put a gun to Ben Watson's head he could probably rifle off a handful of players whose failures on the field and attitude off the field were responsible for the Saints disappointing campaign (cough-Brandon Browner-cough). Now he wouldn't do that unprovoked because apparently he is more mature then his new replacement, but that doesn't mean that Coby Fleener is wrong. It's not a secret that the Indianapolis Colts - a team whose owner is a drug addict and whose head coach went from basically fired to receiving an extension - are a flawed organization from the top down. That's why Coby Fleener's biggest mistake was making himself look spiteful by telling us something we already knew when he should just be sitting back enjoying the fact that he's now in a far better situation.