Donald Butler is coming off a little harsh with his latest statement about the new rookie linebacker joining the team. Here is his comments from the UT yesterday:
“I think a lot of people are jumping to conclusions,” Butler said this week. “He has to come in and prove himself as a starter. Obviously, it would be nice — that’s why you draft someone in the second round. We don’t know how he’s going to be in the NFL. I hope he comes in and he’s a superstar. Hopefully we can create something that will carry us for the next four, five, six years.
“I’m looking forward to him coming in and being excited to work. From what I’ve heard, that is what he likes to do: humble guy who wants to come in and just work and really hone his craft.”
It comes off a little harsh…. A little. This is one of the new leaders to the defense and he is setting the tone right away with the rookie. Basically it says, nobody is going to hand you the job! You better come in here and do work or you are wasting my time. Your name doesn’t impress me. When I see you working your tail off with the rest of the crew, that’s when I want to be impressed.
I wonder what Donald’s thoughts were about the other rookies? I wonder if it is the hype and noise around Te’o that has him a little on edge.
Butler did send a text message out to the rookie and told him to come in and be ready. The new leader on defense is going to make sure that people that come in are ready to do work. I can respect that.