Wednesday, May 30, 2007

How To Really Piss Off Your Coach

That should be the title of LenDale White's first book, should he ever write one.

White, the second round pick last year by the Tennessee Titans is going to turn Jeff Fisher's hair grey when all is said and done.

The former USC star reported to camp overweight and barely got on the field in 2006 with knee and hamstring injuries. Fast forward to 2007 and what you have is an eerie replay of 2006.

White reported to the Titans offseason conditioning program weighing a not very svelte 260 pounds and then suffered a hamstring injury. Now in his latest effort to stay permanently entrenched in Fisher's doghouse, White failed to show up for Tennessee's OTA's (organized team activities) on Tuesday.

As expected, Fisher was not pleased.

"Everybody else managed to make it back," Fisher said. "He didn't, so I don't know, I guess he had things that are more important to him than what we're doing. I would assume he would be back at some point today.

"I've been on record with being disappointed with him right now. I hope to have him back on the practice field Thursday. But again, everybody else was here, he wasn't. I'm anxious to hear what kind of excuse he has."

Doesn't sound like a vote of confidence does it.

The Titans are relying on White becoming the player they thought he was in college. With Chris Brown and Travis Henry gone, the backfield is now comprised of an overweight, gimpy and troublesome back and Arizona rookie Chris Henry. And with the weak receiving corps, this offense hasn't given Vince Young many weapons or options.

To make matters worse, former GM Floyd Reese, who now writes for, admitted in his recent column that he wanted to take Devin Hester with the Titans second round pick in 2006, but Fisher and the coaching staff wanted White. Big mistake. At least that's the way it looks so far.

White had the reputation coming out of college as a guy who hated working out and constantly struggled with his weight. The Titans ignored those red flags and now are paying the price for their decision.

If you want a textbook case on how to piss off your coach, look no further than the exploits of one LenDale White.

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