There were many flaws in the Atlanta Falcon's 45-10 rout of the San Francisco 49ers this past weekend. But none stuck out more than Dre Bly's faux pas in the 3rd quarter.
The 32 year-old veteran cornerback made a great play and intercepted a Matt Ryan pass attempt in the redzone. The interception would have given the 49ers a slim chance to claw their way back into the game.
But no, he decided to put his hand on his head and begin to showboat down the field. Then Roddy White, who was 2 yards behind him, easily caught up with Bly and knocked the ball free. Thus giving the ball right back to the Falcons.
Now I would normally not have a problem with hot-dogging, as it is part of the game. But you never do it at your own 20 yard line, let alone with a fast receiver on your tail, and with your team down by 25 points. That is not only unsportsmanlike, it is unprofessional.
After the game, Bly was approached about the incident. Instead of apologizing for acting like the 40 year-old-man at the YMCA who dunks on a teen and rubs it in his face. He simply responded with, "That's who I am. Dre gon' be Dre."
Well Dre can go be Dre on the free agent market. Because if I were the 49ers GM, I would cut the aging corner immediately.
If you are going to act like Neon Deon, then maybe you should play like him first.