In reply to: there is no salient new information posted by ACross
I chose my words carefully.
This was a "do 10 laps" or "clean up the locker room" phone etiquette infraction.
I know you fancy yourself a Sgt Hulka, maximum lawman, black and white, rules are rules, don't you dare question authority type.
But this seems to me a low grade infraction that did not justify the harsh punishment meted out.
the NFL teams do and I suspect they won't be nearly as inclined to overlook being insubordinate to the head coach- at least not from a guy that already has a number of strikes against him for his limited football skills.
but, the suspension is just when defying a coach's request, period.
between an incidental rules infraction and a deliberate rules infraction. I have no problem with questioning authority in appropriate circumstances. This wasn't questioning authority...by any stretch of the imagination.
Nobody is defending Atkinson's conduct. In fact, I happen to be an anti-cell phone zealot. I think Kelly should make players leave their phones outside the room during team meetings and meals.
The question is the punishment. Suspending him for a game was not proportional to the offense, no matter how good it makes your linear mind feel.
either you handle them or they will handle you. I was fortunate to have inforcers and leaders on most, not all, of my college teams and they took care of any cancers before they got to me.
If you re-read my first response you will note I indicated one could still debate whether the punishment was excessive. Your suggestion that there is no salient difference between a minor rules violation and a kid getting told by the head coach to turn off his phone and blowing him off is silly.