Former Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets coach Herm Edwards says the Tennessee Titans should simply part ways with troublesome wide receiver Kenny Britt to teach him a lesson.
“The Titans, in my opinion are gonna have to make a decision of what's best for the organization and that might even help Kenny Britt. Kenny Britt needs to be cut,” Edwards offered in an excerpt from his comments to 102.5 The Game in Nashville from radio row at the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Thursday.
Edwards, now an ESPN analysist, was asked by host Darren McFarland what he would say to Britt, if he coached him. His reply was stinging.
“Why? Why do you consistently become a distraction for this football team? I would tell him this; Here's the problem you have. You have talent, but God gives you talent, so don't tell me about your talent,” Edwards said. “What are you doing to help this football team with, not only on the field but off the field. The problem to me is this: You're becoming a distraction, and now it's becoming more about you than this football team. And when I have to waste more time talking about you doing things off the field, that affects the whole locker room.”
Edwards elaborated by adding that it takes away from the team when distractions overshadow preparation.
“What players don't realize is this: It's not so much your problem, it becomes the locker room's problem. Because the media come in and say, 'what do you think about Kenny Britt?' You don't even want to talk about Kenny Britt. You've got your own issues as a player. I'm trying to get ready for the Saints, and you want to talk about Kenny Britt?” Edward said. “So now you become the guy. And I always tell players, don't be that guy where all of a sudden what you're doing off the field is more important than our preparation for the week.
“So the Titans, in my opinion are gonna have to make a decision of what's best for the organization and that might even help Kenny Britt. Kenny Britt needs to be cut. When you get cut, and you can't play anymore, it's amazing because you go, 'They cut me?' Yeah, they cut you. And sometimes you have to do that not only for the sake of the team, but also for the sake of the player.”
Britt has been no stranger to trouble since being drafted in the first round by the Titans in 2009. Britt has had nine different run-ins with police since the Titans selected him 30th overall, with his latest brush coming earlier this month when Jersey City, N.J. Police questioned him about a situation in which a friend of Britt's was stabbed and the Titans receiver took him to the hospital.
Britt was suspended for the season opener this year after a DUI charge on the Fort Campbell army base last July. He had been warned by Commissioner Roger Goodell in 2011 following an accumulation of incidents off the field.
Despite Edwards' advice, the Titans aren't likely to release Britt, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2013.