It's about time the players piped down. It seems as if every time they open their mouths these days they say stupid stuff, but I understand.
Whether it's making angry comments about the owners, calling Roger Goodell a liar or saying that playing in the NFL is akin to "modern day slavery," they're not winning over any hearts or minds. Even Drew Brees, Mister Nice Guy, has been angry at the world lately. They're losing the PR war, and it's not the first time.
NFL players are as competitive as any group on earth. They've been trained their whole lives to stick together and fight as a team. Their mentality is 'us against them.' Usually 'them' is the other team, but this time 'them' is management. This is a game where they can't tackle somebody, or run by somebody. Their main weapon is their words--all they can do now is lash out verbally, and they're out of their element.
Listening to them is like deja vu. In 1987 we said stupid stuff too. I remember during the strike that year, after a heated team meeting, I went directly on the radio and said some stupid stuff I still regret. After a while, it all gets lost in the rhetoric.