Eagles rookie defensive end Brandon Graham may have learned why tweeting is not exactly the best practice for NFL players, especially rookies. This past week, in preparation for the Eagles home opener Sunday against Green Bay, Graham posted a little message on his Twitter page to let his followers know exactly what his intentions were.
"Its time to get ready for them Green Boys this week! I cant wait to whisper something in Aaron Rodger's ear.....SACK!!!!!"
Nothing too rough or anything, right? Of course not, but apparently it did not sit well with one very important Bird, head coach Andy Reid. According to various reports, Reid pulled Graham into his office and reprimanded him for his tweet. Apparently the coach was not all that happy with Graham taking this opportunity to rile up the competition more than they already are.
It seems that twitter posts are taking the NFL by storm, even to the point of "tweeting" or "twittering" or whatever you prefer to call it, during games a la Chad Ochocinco, who tweeted after a hard hit that he took during a preseason game versus the Eagles. Ocho was fined for the incident, but I'm sure he's started an account just for such occurrences.
I think Graham needs to understand that even though you were a first round pick and a starter on the defensive line, you still need a little bit of seniority before you take it upon yourself to call out the opposing quarterback—especially a well-established one.
However, you have to acknowledge that perhaps Graham did a little research. The Packers line is not all that talented having allowed a league worse 50 sacks last season and considering his strong preseason and his incredibly high motor, who's to say he won't get a chance to back up his bold prediction?
Personally, I like his confidence, his boldness, and his passion for the game. But he still needs to save the "tweets" for a few years down the line. I'm not at all worried because, I know that he's a humble kid who has a genuine love for football.
Come Sunday we'll see if Graham gets to "whisper something" in Rodger's ear. Because if he doesn't, I'm sure he won't be "tweeting" anything like that anytime soon.