Arizona Cardinals receiver Anquan Boldin is a baby.
A big one.
I can understand the sideline confrontation with offensive coordinator Todd Haley as the Cardinals were driving to the winning points. Boldin is a competitor and he played through a painful hamstring injury, yet wasn't on the field for some of the plays on that drive.
That led to the confrontation between he and Haley.
"I am emotional on the sidelines and sometimes that stuff happens," Haley said. "It's just who I am."
The worst sin Boldin committed was leaving the field as soon as the game ended and not returning to the field to celebrate going to the Super Bowl with his teammates.
That is the ultimate in selfish.
If I were one of his teammates, I wouldn't respect him for that at all. The only thing is, the Cardinals players love him.
Boldin has some explaining to do.
If he were named Terrell Owens, a certain four-letter network would be setting up shop outside his house.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said it's all a dead issue.
"From my understanding it’s over with," Whisenhunt said. "Like I said, those things happen on the field, those things happen in games all the time. This is a highly competitive business. There are a lot of emotional swings that go into this game. We’re never going to always agree on things. But we’ve always been able to move past that and continue to be focused on our goal."
---The NFL needs to do something about the launching of players to make tackles. That hit by the Steelers Ryan Clark on Baltimore's Willis McGahee in the AFC Championship Game was downright scary. Luckily, McGahee is fine. But the NFL will have to examine the tackling techniques the next couple of months before the league meetings in March. Somebody is going to get killed the way things are going.
---I really like the hiring of Rex Ryan as coach of the New York Jets. They're going from a pretend "tough" guy in Eric Mangini to a real one. I like Ryan's demeanor. The key for him will be the hire he makes as his offensive coordinator.
---If new St. Louis Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo is smart, he look at Giants quarterback coach Chris Palmer as his offensive coordinator. Palmer would put in a tough, physical offense that would help change the culture in St. Louis and help make Steven Jackson a Pro Bowl player again.