Neil Best has been doing a great job living in our football world for the last few weeks, so I figured I’d return the favor and give a little bit of a sports media update.
I mentioned in my practice report that Antrel Rolle took some time out during practice – when the special teams were working on the field – to come over to the sideline and greet Cris Collinsworth warmly. I asked Rolle about it in the locker room after practice.
“We’re cool,” he said. “There are no hard feelings in this league. Sometimes people want to take things and put spins on them, whatever the case may be, but there are no hard feelings. Cris Collinsworth and I, we’ve always gotten along.”
That didn’t seem to be the case in December when Collinsworth noted on an NBC broadcast that Rolle was “barbecued” in coverage on a Dez Bryant touchdown. Rolle lashed out at commentators who don’t know what they’re talking about. He never named Collinsworth specifically, but it was fairly clear that was the target of his frustrations.
“It’s the same thing with your brothers and sisters,” Rolle said. “If you have a disagreement, that doesn’t mean you fall out. We didn’t have a falling out, just a disagreement. I said what I said, he said what he said, it’s over with. We’re both men. We can take it.”
Collinsworth will be providing the analysis of Super Bowl XLVI, so whatever he says during the game is what most people will think about it for the rest of their lives. It's a powerful psoition. If he says Rolle was "barbecued" in this game, he'll be "barbecued" forever.
Rolle's best defense to that? Probably just cover people.