I’m glad Phil Emery heeded my advice as news breaks that the Chicago Bears are set to release H-back Evan Rodriguez following a couple of offseason arrests. The latest incident was a drunk driving arrest in downtown Chicago. Rodriguez issued a half-assed apology, which the Bears issued on his behalf, which many observers took as a sign the Bears would stand by their troubled second year H-back. Phil Emery expressed that he was “extremely disappointed” in Rodriguez when he spoke to reporters last week, but didn’t indicate anything about cutting ties with ERod.
In making the move, Phil Emery shows that he hold player conduct and accountability over potential results on the field. He sends an important message to the rest of the team about who is in charge and what is expected of them. Rodriguez may end up going somewhere else and have a terrific career. It won’t be because he wasn’t given an opportunity – multiple opportunities as a matter of fact – in Chicago. Maybe this is the wake up call that he needs to not only take his career but also to take his life and the lives of those on the road with him, more seriously.
Not the sentimental type, Phil Emery already has a replacement in the fold, inking former Panthers and Cowboys fullback Tony Fiammetta to a deal. Fiammetta is in the mold of a more traditional fullback and should do well in Marc Trestman’s west coast offense.
Veteran minicamp is set to start tomorrow and it’s clear that Phil Emery wants to set the tone and do his spring cleaning before the team gets together for the last time before Bourbonnais.