Monday, April 27, 2009

Mike Leach hates the NFL

A lot of us are confused by the NFL draft process and how some elite college football players get passed over on an annual basis, but Texas Tech coach Mike Leach took it to a new level Monday.

When asked by the Dallas Morning News about Graham Harrell going undrafted -- while Texas A&M's Stephen McGee went in the fourth round -- Leach responded with this gem of a backhanded compliment:
"I'm happy for Stephen McGee," Leach told The Dallas Morning News. "The Dallas Cowboys like him more than his coaches at A&M did. ... The truth of the matter is that the NFL drafts quarterbacks notoriously bad. That's indisputable."
Ouch. My first reaction was to laugh, but the truly funny thing is that he's right. McGee couldn't hold onto his starting job at Texas A&M (getting jumped by the more athletic Jerrod Johnson after suffering a shoulder injury), and considering the NFL's general lack of success in finding quality quarterbacks, maybe we should trust the scouts less and our eyes more.

Even more amusing, though, were Leach's comments about the Cleveland Browns, who he blamed for Crabtree slipping out of the top five after reports surfaced that coach Eric Mangini considered Crabtree a "diva."
"Michael Crabtree has been more successful as a receiver than that guy as a coach at this point," Leach said. "... My definition of a diva is someone who's loud and self-absorbed. Michael Crabtree is the furthest thing from loud that I've seen. ... Let's see how all those non-divas do up in Cleveland this year."
You've gotta love the pirate. He doesn't care what anyone thinks about his play-calling, his attire or his opinions, and there aren't many coaches you can say that about.

Another thing you've gotta love: Irony. With Harrell in search of a job Monday after going undrafted, he was invited to training camp by ... the Cleveland Browns.

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