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Plax Under the Big Top


Someone will have to take Plaxico Burress, right? There has to be a coach or GM out there whose seat is hot enough to take a flyer on a receiver who can dominate in the red zone and change the way a defense schemes an entire game.

That is, if he can get on the field. That's the issue with a guy like Plaxico. His transgressions not only led to him being walked out of a police station in shackles (still a little over the top for shooting yourself, don't you think?) but his self-inflicted injuries precluded him from getting on the field to help his team.

The Giants were the favorite to go to the Super Bowl for the NFC. They looked dominant during the regular season until the circus, so to speak, came to town. (Note: never go to a circus where they shoot guns. Or wear sweat pants.) The Giants were 10-1 before Burress shot himself. Two days later, with speculation still swirling as to what happened and why Burress was out of the game, the Giants defeated the Redskins. Later that week, leading up to a big divisional game against the Eagles -- a game that would ultimately propel the Eagles into the playoffs -- many more details came out about the night of November 28, 2008. That's when Barnum and Bailey officially set up camp in the Giants locker room.

The result: the Giants lost three of their last four regular season games, and despite beating Carolina in week 16 to secure home field advantage, they lost in the Divisional round of the playoffs to the Eagles. The same Eagles they helped get into the post season.

10-1 before the guy shot himself. 2-4 and an early playoff exit after.

Why would anyone want this guy on their team? See, that's the difference between a guy like Burress and a guy like Terrell Owens. Owens is polarizing. Owens is narcissistic. But Owens plays hard and stays out of trouble. Legal trouble. Sure, he might argue with this quarterback or offensive coordinator, but he's not getting arrested or sued nine times in eight years, as Burress has reportedly been. Oh, I forgot to add in the two domestic abuse calls local police had to respond to.

So why would anyone want this guy on their team? He's not only run afoul with the law. He has a lack of respect and authority inside the football complex as well. Remember, this is a guy who was fined 40-50 times by the Giants for many reasons, most of which stem from tardiness to meetings and other team obligations.

Plaxico Burress has proven he clearly doesn't have enough respect for his teammates, his fans and the game of professional football. But he's tall. And he can catch touchdowns. So look for him to sign with a team that needs to win... now. Or watch him sign in Dallas. Or Oakland. Because if there's one thing Jerry Jones and Al Davis have in common, they sure love a good circus.

By Dan Levy  |  April 6, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  | Category:  Dan Levy , New York Giants , Plaxico Burress Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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