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  • Toughest Day Of The NFL Year

    The Turk was very busy today. And I'm not talking about our friend, the former QB and current coach. The Turk I'm referring to, is like the grim reaper. He brings agony and despair, snuffs out dreams of young men by stating these simple words: "Coach wants to see you, and bring your playbook".

    All of these men have spent most of their lives dreaming of playing in the NFL. The amount of work, just to get to a training camp, is immeasurable. Most get just one chance to prove what they can do, especially this year. The lockout severely reduced the opportunities for many to learn the playbook and make enough plays in the preseason to prove they belong.

    A day like today is a sad one, mostly for the players, but coaches feel the pain of cutting a guy too. Bill Belichick echoed today what most coaches say, that it's the toughest part of the job. Because I was cut, multiple times, my heart goes out to all of the roster casualties today. I empathize with all of them and wish them well.

    Some don't go easily. Jim Burt was a rookie free agent nose tackle for the Giants in 1981. Back then, it was very rare for a guy that was not drafted, to make a team. Towards the end of training camp, between two a day practices, the Turk was sent to Burt's room to deliver the devastating news. Sensing the Turn in the vicinity, Burt hid under the bed and never got the message. Then, he showed up to the afternoon practice. For some reason, not only did they let him practice, they changed their minds on releasing him, and the rest is history. Burt played 11 years, won two Super Bowl rings, and went to a Pro Bowl.

    I hope a few guys hid from the Turk today under their beds!

    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Swami's Avatar
      And sympathies to those who found a turd on their beds.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Thank you Phil. Always appreciate your contributions and this one hit me in the gut. As someone who tends to roll with the punches, I can't imagine a player, with all the focus and discipline it must have taken to get to this level, wondering, "well, now what?"

      I know it happens all the time and it's the business, but still, a hard day. Best wishes to all who are forced to pursue plan B.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      For all you folks who are new(ish) to the site: Phil talks about getting a visit from the Turk. Three times. For me, this is the stuff that separates this site from the rest.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by GoBigOrGoHome View Post
      For all you folks who are new(ish) to the site: Phil talks about getting a visit from the Turk. Three times. For me, this is the stuff that separates this site from the rest.
      Great link, great article by McConkey. Outstanding.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Love the story about Jim Burt. hard to believe, given what a fixture he became on the Giants d-line.
    1. bradytohernandez's Avatar
      Days like this I don't try to understand Belichick, I just believe in him
      Sigh
    1. SpartaChris's Avatar
      1) My heart definitely goes out to those who were told there dreams were ending today. It's a tough business, but they can hold their heads up high knowing they have it their all. Most people don't even have the stones to try, so for that they are much better for it.

      2) That story about Jim Burt is truly fantastic. I agree with Biggie about articles like these being one of the reasons I love coming here. Thanks for sharing, Phil!
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Thanks Phil; This does hit close to home when the human side of Football happens. I Respect your hard work and tenacity with your career. I recall the tweets that came out when the Jets' "Hard Knocks" aired and the beat writers were empathetic to guys being told they were cut. Its a tough business that's Not For Long.
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Great article.. it tells a story. Some guys will never be told no and still don't go at it 100% full bore like you Phil. I applaud you. This resonates with me. Football coaches in the ncaa felt I was too short. I was, no doubt. I still had football offers. I chose a different sport for a full ride in college. I hedged my bets. I wanted a free education at the best educational institution. I dont regret it at all. I just wonder if my choice had played differently. I didn't want to gamble. I love football. I was a high school beast , two time first team all state and a 4 star recruit until my actual height was revealed, coach stretched the truth a bit. I probably wouldn't have been anything in college. I very well could have been a one year wash out. I went safe. Right choice but i still wonder. Phil, you did it big and you fought and stuck twice as long as the average NFL career, in light of all obstacles. Well done sir!! You inspire us all!
    1. buzmeg's Avatar
      Phil, you should write a book.

      This little vignette is something known only by the those who have been there. Also your article on how to field punts was classic insider information. Think about that book idea. Your knowledge should be shared with your fans.
    1. WashProWilly's Avatar
      The bigger question is how did a guy Burt's size manage to fit under the bed?
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      Final cutdown day is tough on everyone, coaches and players alike. It is tough for a coach to look a player in the eye that gave the coach everything he had and tell him that it just wasn't enough for whatever reason. Paul Brown used to tell players he cut that he was allowing them to get on with their life's work a few years sooner than they expected. It is tough on players too because in some instances a player is let go who has been with the team a while and has made a lot of friends. It is tough to see a good friend let go believe me. A lot of players have been let go by teams and gone on to multiple Pro Bowl careers and even Hall of Fame careers elsewhere. You may get caught in a numbers crunch in one organization and land somewhere that gives you a much better chance to show what you've got. Persistence & perserverance are what Phil is all about dealing with the Turk 3 times. It is all about resilience and believing in yourself. Everyone gets knocked down, what do you do about it when you dust yourself off and get back up?
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bradytohernandez View Post
      Days like this I don't try to understand Belichick, I just believe in him
      Sigh
      Yeah, odd to cut a guy who went to the last 2 Pro Bowls.
    1. msclemons's Avatar
      Two of my favorite 49ers were let go this weekend. One of them landed with the Rams. Football is weird.
    1. Amy's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by bradytohernandez View Post
      Days like this I don't try to understand Belichick, I just believe in him
      Sigh
      BB has never has a defensive cut come back and bite him. I liked 31, but if Darth Hoody felt that we'd be ok with him and Sanders gone, I have no reason to question it. We're young at safety, but that might not be a bad thing....
    1. mikesteelnation1's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Dave Lapham View Post
      Final cutdown day is tough on everyone, coaches and players alike. It is tough for a coach to look a player in the eye that gave the coach everything he had and tell him that it just wasn't enough for whatever reason. Paul Brown used to tell players he cut that he was allowing them to get on with their life's work a few years sooner than they expected. It is tough on players too because in some instances a player is let go who has been with the team a while and has made a lot of friends. It is tough to see a good friend let go believe me. A lot of players have been let go by teams and gone on to multiple Pro Bowl careers and even Hall of Fame careers elsewhere. You may get caught in a numbers crunch in one organization and land somewhere that gives you a much better chance to show what you've got. Persistence & perserverance are what Phil is all about dealing with the Turk 3 times. It is all about resilience and believing in yourself. Everyone gets knocked down, what do you do about it when you dust yourself off and get back up?
      Perfect example... James Harrison was cut by the steelers twice and the ravens once. Both teams have top 5 front offices and gms. They are considered to be among the best at scouting. Both failed horribly in this instance. Thank god we finally gave the "silverback" his shot. Sometimes even the smartest guys miss stuff. Good thing James was too stubborn and angry to ever believe anyone's opinion prior... honestly Harrison was probably too daft to believe anything anyone else said when he got cut, it just made him angry. You won't like him when he's angry!!! hopefully he learned to be the gray incredible hulk this year, not the green one!! We don't need anymore stupid fines.. or potential missed games.
    1. bradytohernandez's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Amy View Post
      BB has never has a defensive cut come back and bite him. I liked 31, but if Darth Hoody felt that we'd be ok with him and Sanders gone, I have no reason to question it. We're young at safety, but that might not be a bad thing....
      Who's talking about Meriweather? I'm talking about Smith and Yeatman... to keep Tarpinian? because there aren't many special teams linebackers out there, right?

      And maneri too. Sigh.