Originally posted by gambit3
It is not the position. It is the player. There are alot of athletes who think that they are first class citizens with special privileges.
And yet it seems like all of the real primadonna types end up at WR. My theory is that the WR position, more than any other position in football (except maybe kicker) can just drive you totally insane.
the typical WR might get 4 or 5 balls the entire game. The rest of the time, he's mostly just running patterns, trying to get open, and hoping the QB throws him the #$%&^ ball. I would imagine it could get very frustrating if you felt like you were open a lot of the time and almost never got a ball.
Running backs know they're going to get a certain number of carries - and if a running play is called, they KNOW they're getting the ball. Offensive linemen have someone to block on every play. The QB has the ball on every single play.
But the WR's job is usually to run the perfect route and get open for a really big play, and often everything will go perfectly except that for some reason the $%^&* QB is unable or unwilling to throw him the $%^&* ball. And if you're a great WR, it's very likely that you at least think you're open pretty much every single play.
And of course, if the WR does get open, and he does get a ball, maybe he drops the dang thing, and the whole stadium is booing him for costing their team a sure six points. If the running back has a bad run, it's 2nd and 9 and on to the next play. If a linesman misses a block, the fans often won't notice the culprit. If the QB throws a bad pass, he knows he can still complete the next one and get the first down. But if the star WR drops an important ball, it might be another 20 plays before he gets a chance to redeem himself - if that.