Why we need to talk about Marshal Yanda’s comments on Tennessee Titans rookie Jeffery Simmons.
In the NFL, losses cause players and coaches to say things they probably shouldn’t and last weekend was no different after the Tennessee Titans beat the Baltimore Ravens.
While a lot of players had comments, one of the biggest post game comments came from Marshal Yanda. If you don’t know, Yanda has been regarded as one of the best guards in the NFL for over a decade.
Unfortunately for the veteran, he drew a nightmare matchup with Jurrell Casey, Daquan Jones and Jeffery Simmons throughout the night.
That matchup led Yanda to say this after the game according to Fox News:
"‘I just want to put him on notice, in the media. I’ve never done this in my career,’ Yanda said. ‘There’s a right way and a wrong way to play football, and that guy did not do it the right way today. So the refs and everybody in the NFL need to put him on notice. Like I said, I’ve never been spit in my face, and I literally got spit right in my face by No. 98.’……’I told [Titans defensive end Jurrell Casey] to get your guy because that’s ridiculous,’ he said. ‘I definitely respect Jurrell and I wanted to let him know to get your guy, because that was just, like I said, that’s not acceptable in this game.’"
Now this is quite the accusation and I have yet to see any sort of proof that this actually happened or where it might have happened. However, you know what you can find pretty easily is a video of Marshal Yanda spitting on a Bengals defender. If you want a direct link, just go ahead and check out this SI article from when it happened.
Now, Yanda has also been quoted saying that this was an accident and that he would never spit on a player. I’m not going to call him a liar, but you can see the video for yourself and you can clearly see Yanda stand over Burfict and spit directly on him, then back away.
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He could have turned in any direction or you know, not stand directly over the guy for no reason at all. Instead, we get what happened in the video above.
If Simmons spit on someone and there is evidence, Titans fans definitely shouldn’t be proud of it even though it is one of the least offensive things to happen in a Ravens/Titans game. However, for Yanda to say this with no evidence (yet) when he has clearly done this himself rubs me the wrong way.
Frustration makes people say crazy things and in what might have been his last game in the NFL, you can understand why he was mad at the 22 year old for being part of a defense that had their way with the offensive line. However, this is at the very least extremely hypocritical and disingenuous.