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Good to see Ryan Day cleared that up and Orlovsky apologizing to Fields.  

https://www.nfl.com/news/ryan-day-justin-fields-work-ethic-ohio-state-reckless-comments-orlovsky

OSU coach Ryan Day calls out 'reckless' comments about QB Justin Fields' work ethic

The gap in the NFL calendar between the deluge of free agency and the beginning of the draft leaves a void often filled with unhealthy intakes. The main confectionery course consumed haphazardly comes from anonymous sources and scouts. These takes can be unflattering to players, can come out of context and are sometimes made nefariously with an ulterior motive in mind.

The 2021 Exhibit A for the peril of listening to anonymous sources this time of year is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

The future first-round pick was the center of controversy last week when former NFL QB-turned-analyst Dan Orlovsky suggested he'd been told some teams were concerned about Fields' work ethic and desire to be great.

Since the comments were made on "The Pat McAfee Show," they've been shot down from virtually every angle. OSU coach Ryan Day is the latest to chime in, telling Peter King of NBC Sports that the notion Fields lacks work ethic is laughable.

"The whole idea that he doesn't have a very good work ethic?" Day told King. "I mean, to me, that's crazy. He got done with the Clemson game [the loss in the college football playoffs in the 2019 season] and he came back and all he did was work to get back to that game. And when those other guys are opting out, what's he do? He petitions to have a season. He put together this petition that the Big Ten athletes all signed saying that they want to play, but they want to play safely and that they don't accept canceling the season. It was all led by Justin Fields. Where was everybody else? Where were the guys who were opting out then? You know, you don't love the game if you're doing something like that. This kid loves the game.

"I heard something about the last one to come in, first one to leave. First off, the scouts weren't in our building all year. Last one in? Every morning, at least every morning we could be in the building, early, he's in with [assistant AD for football sports performance] Mickey Marotti. The guys who were self-motivated and could do things on their own, those were the ones who made it. He was unbelievable. He changed his diet, he got stronger. He did better than most."

Fields famously took a massive body shot to the ribcage during the second quarter of the Buckeyes' playoff game against Clemson last season. The QB missed just one play and returned to throw four more TDs. It's the type of play that makes the notion that Fields doesn't want to be great absurd.

"I think some people are being a little reckless with their comments," Day noted.

For his part, Orlovsky noted his mistake in offering criticisms without context. The ESPN analyst told King he spoke to Fields on the phone after the firestorm and apologized.

"Justin didn't have to take my phone call," Orlovsky said. "He could have said, Screw that guy. I told him exactly what happened, said I wasn't good enough in that moment, and that's on me. He was like, 'I get it. It's okay. I watch, and I know you're someone who's had my back. I appreciate you calling me.' I felt like he was really mature, and I appreciated him hearing me out."

The controversy won't keep Fields' name from being called early on Thursday, April 29, perhaps within the first three picks of the draft. It's the latest reminder not to put too much stock in what people will say this time of year without having to put their names behind those comments.

 
 
 
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Just now, Spts1 said:

Good to see Ryan Day cleared that up and Orlovsky apologizing to Fields.  

https://www.nfl.com/news/ryan-day-justin-fields-work-ethic-ohio-state-reckless-comments-orlovsky

OSU coach Ryan Day calls out 'reckless' comments about QB Justin Fields' work ethic

The gap in the NFL calendar between the deluge of free agency and the beginning of the draft leaves a void often filled with unhealthy intakes. The main confectionery course consumed haphazardly comes from anonymous sources and scouts. These takes can be unflattering to players, can come out of context and are sometimes made nefariously with an ulterior motive in mind.

The 2021 Exhibit A for the peril of listening to anonymous sources this time of year is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

The future first-round pick was the center of controversy last week when former NFL QB-turned-analyst Dan Orlovsky suggested he'd been told some teams were concerned about Fields' work ethic and desire to be great.

Since the comments were made on "The Pat McAfee Show," they've been shot down from virtually every angle. OSU coach Ryan Day is the latest to chime in, telling Peter King of NBC Sports that the notion Fields lacks work ethic is laughable.

"The whole idea that he doesn't have a very good work ethic?" Day told King. "I mean, to me, that's crazy. He got done with the Clemson game [the loss in the college football playoffs in the 2019 season] and he came back and all he did was work to get back to that game. And when those other guys are opting out, what's he do? He petitions to have a season. He put together this petition that the Big Ten athletes all signed saying that they want to play, but they want to play safely and that they don't accept canceling the season. It was all led by Justin Fields. Where was everybody else? Where were the guys who were opting out then? You know, you don't love the game if you're doing something like that. This kid loves the game.

"I heard something about the last one to come in, first one to leave. First off, the scouts weren't in our building all year. Last one in? Every morning, at least every morning we could be in the building, early, he's in with [assistant AD for football sports performance] Mickey Marotti. The guys who were self-motivated and could do things on their own, those were the ones who made it. He was unbelievable. He changed his diet, he got stronger. He did better than most."

 

Fields famously took a massive body shot to the ribcage during the second quarter of the Buckeyes' playoff game against Clemson last season. The QB missed just one play and returned to throw four more TDs. It's the type of play that makes the notion that Fields doesn't want to be great absurd.

"I think some people are being a little reckless with their comments," Day noted.

For his part, Orlovsky noted his mistake in offering criticisms without context. The ESPN analyst told King he spoke to Fields on the phone after the firestorm and apologized.

"Justin didn't have to take my phone call," Orlovsky said. "He could have said, Screw that guy. I told him exactly what happened, said I wasn't good enough in that moment, and that's on me. He was like, 'I get it. It's okay. I watch, and I know you're someone who's had my back. I appreciate you calling me.' I felt like he was really mature, and I appreciated him hearing me out."

The controversy won't keep Fields' name from being called early on Thursday, April 29, perhaps within the first three picks of the draft. It's the latest reminder not to put too much stock in what people will say this time of year without having to put their names behind those comments.

 
 
 

Good for him.  Social media and the news in general spreads more baseless **** than a farmer.

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4 minutes ago, Herr Doktor said:

Good for him.  Social media and the news in general spreads more baseless **** than a farmer.

 

2 minutes ago, JAxxSmooth said:

At least Orlovsky reached out and apologized.  Accountability is lacking in society these days.

Society is missing this. Good to see. Now, how about folks do this regardless of spotlight or how much attention one believes it garners? :tiphat:

Soap box rant over. :)

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It's obvious teams like CAR, DEN, NE, etc are putting these rumors out there to make him fall. It should be seen as that simple and we move on. A guy as good and competitive as Fields isn't going to be described in the way he has been as of late by guys "close to him/in the building" etc. 

This happens every year where negative stuff comes out about guys with a team(s) goal of making him fall. Shouldn't faze us when we hear it. It's a chess match, poker, whatever you wanna call it, leading up to and through the draft.

GMs likely don't listen to anyone but their own guys whom they trust.

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What Day pointed out was my 1st thought upon hearing the initial report. How could a guy leading the charge of the “we want to play” movement be classified as having a poor work ethic? Dude was solidified as QB2 and had nothing to gain by playing this year. 

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It's not hard to figure out. Teams are going to share negative intel to reporters about players they like and positive intel about players they hope to get drafted before they draft. A team like New England who is drafting midway through round #1 is going to have problems with Fields' work ethic because they want him to fall. Carolina, too. Conversely, they'll talk up players who are lower on their draft boards to keep interest high. Orlovsky got played. 

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People say things before their filter catches up. Me too, haha. 
 

If a player has success in HS and gets recognized as a successful D1 athlete you can suspend any and all talk about effort because they would be benched or cut. 
 

And you can’t predict future effort or outcome very accurately.  Lots of less visible players step up and plenty super stars get complacent. 
 

Now on to the mock drafts of the day. 

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I will say this much. Day speaks up because of, as some others put it, JF being "torn down in order to build up others". Okay. So, Day's comment towards those that opted out and their drive for the game. Is that not tearing down other players in order to build JF up?

Glass houses...

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57 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

Man I'll be glad when this dam draft is over with. Either these folks gonna be happy or find something else to complain about if one of these quarterbacks are passed over. 🤣🤣 

First loss of the year, “THIS WOULDNT HAVE HAPPENED IF WE DRAFTED FIELDS!!!!”

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1. What should have said he is going to defend his player if he didn't he wouldn't be a good coach and would lose out on future recruiting efforts

2. Orlovsky should not have had to apologize. If he came out with these same comments about Zach Wilson or Mac Jones nothing would have been said. This is a "big issue" because even without saying it specifically people are trying to turn this into a race thing.

I have no clue is this true about fields or if a team like Washington wants him to fall I really don't know but this Orlovsky stuff is a joke and people should be ashamed for coming at him like they have.

 

 

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I don’t see his problem as not being motivated or his work ethic I see his problem as not being able to go through his progressions. All the people (so called experts) that I here talking about his performance say that he zeros in on his first option. 

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4 hours ago, ya_boi_j said:

Man I'll be glad when this dam draft is over with. Either these folks gonna be happy or find something else to complain about if one of these quarterbacks are passed over. 🤣🤣 

Sadly they will complain regardless. People cried bloody murder when AJ was drafted. "Hes trash, did you see him get destroyed in the national championship game?" 

We think we know so much as fans, so quick to have an opinion. They cant be in charge of anything.  

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8 hours ago, Spts1 said:

Good to see Ryan Day cleared that up and Orlovsky apologizing to Fields.  

https://www.nfl.com/news/ryan-day-justin-fields-work-ethic-ohio-state-reckless-comments-orlovsky

OSU coach Ryan Day calls out 'reckless' comments about QB Justin Fields' work ethic

The gap in the NFL calendar between the deluge of free agency and the beginning of the draft leaves a void often filled with unhealthy intakes. The main confectionery course consumed haphazardly comes from anonymous sources and scouts. These takes can be unflattering to players, can come out of context and are sometimes made nefariously with an ulterior motive in mind.

The 2021 Exhibit A for the peril of listening to anonymous sources this time of year is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

The future first-round pick was the center of controversy last week when former NFL QB-turned-analyst Dan Orlovsky suggested he'd been told some teams were concerned about Fields' work ethic and desire to be great.

Since the comments were made on "The Pat McAfee Show," they've been shot down from virtually every angle. OSU coach Ryan Day is the latest to chime in, telling Peter King of NBC Sports that the notion Fields lacks work ethic is laughable.

"The whole idea that he doesn't have a very good work ethic?" Day told King. "I mean, to me, that's crazy. He got done with the Clemson game [the loss in the college football playoffs in the 2019 season] and he came back and all he did was work to get back to that game. And when those other guys are opting out, what's he do? He petitions to have a season. He put together this petition that the Big Ten athletes all signed saying that they want to play, but they want to play safely and that they don't accept canceling the season. It was all led by Justin Fields. Where was everybody else? Where were the guys who were opting out then? You know, you don't love the game if you're doing something like that. This kid loves the game.

"I heard something about the last one to come in, first one to leave. First off, the scouts weren't in our building all year. Last one in? Every morning, at least every morning we could be in the building, early, he's in with [assistant AD for football sports performance] Mickey Marotti. The guys who were self-motivated and could do things on their own, those were the ones who made it. He was unbelievable. He changed his diet, he got stronger. He did better than most."

Fields famously took a massive body shot to the ribcage during the second quarter of the Buckeyes' playoff game against Clemson last season. The QB missed just one play and returned to throw four more TDs. It's the type of play that makes the notion that Fields doesn't want to be great absurd.

"I think some people are being a little reckless with their comments," Day noted.

For his part, Orlovsky noted his mistake in offering criticisms without context. The ESPN analyst told King he spoke to Fields on the phone after the firestorm and apologized.

"Justin didn't have to take my phone call," Orlovsky said. "He could have said, Screw that guy. I told him exactly what happened, said I wasn't good enough in that moment, and that's on me. He was like, 'I get it. It's okay. I watch, and I know you're someone who's had my back. I appreciate you calling me.' I felt like he was really mature, and I appreciated him hearing me out."

The controversy won't keep Fields' name from being called early on Thursday, April 29, perhaps within the first three picks of the draft. It's the latest reminder not to put too much stock in what people will say this time of year without having to put their names behind those comments.

 
 
 

Yeah I feel like alot of these fields rumors and "color commentary" is agenda and its a **** shame.

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