It hasn't taken long, but judging from veteran tight end Alge Crumpler's statements following the Falcons loss to Tennessee, Bobby Petrino isn't impressing a lot of players in the locker room.
To say Crumpler was critical of Petrino would be putting it lightly:
I’ve never been in a game where we had that many opportunities — and a miracle, with a [botched] punt — and we still couldn’t score,” tight end Alge Crumpler said. “When we cross the 50, we’re the worst offense in the National Football League. “We’re trying to trust them. They keep telling us, ‘Trust us, trust us.’ We’ve been trying to trust them the whole time.”
“If [the defense is playing] a cover-two and we’ve got Michael Jenkins running down the middle of the field, or myself running down the middle of the field, why aren’t we getting opportunities to make plays?” Crumpler said. “That’s what I’ve been doing my whole career. But I haven’t caught the ball one time since this regime has been here, in practice or anything. So I’m scratching my head. I’m trusting, OK? I’m trusting. But 1-4 makes you think about a lot of things.”
“It’s weird. This is a young guys’ game we’re playing now. It’s been taken out of our hands. … It’s just been taken out of the veterans’ hands. When we get into situations, we’re not being given opportunities.”
Why? “Figure it out.”
Wow. Safe to say Bobby has "lost" at least one veteran. Taking these comments into consideration or not, I think we'll be seeing Bobby Petrino pull a Nick Saban (minus all the lying) sooner rather than later. There will be a lot of good college jobs to choose from over the next year.