Cornerback conundrum: Al Harris is one of my favorite guys in the Packers locker room, but he was acting a little diva-ish earlier this week.
On Wednesday, coach Mike McCarthy characterized Harris' play as "not as consistent as (Harris) would like," then added that Monday night's game at Philadelphia is "a great opportunity for him to get back on track."
Fairly innocuous stuff, right? Not to Harris.
When that comment was first relayed to Harris by Rob Reischel, a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Packer Plus magazine, either it was done so inaccurately or Harris took it the wrong way, because he told a second reporter that he'd been told McCarthy accused him of being the problem in the secondary. Reischel insists that he told Harris that McCarthy had described his play as "inconsistent," and I believe him.
Thus, the third possibility is that Harris, who threatened to hold out this offseason if his deal wasn't upgraded, thought he saw an opportunity to create some melodrama and expedite his contract push. How else do you explain what he said to me?
"If that's the way they feel around here, then maybe I should go somewhere else," Harris said. When I repeatedly told him that McCarthy never said that, Harris said, "That's besides the point. I've seen a lot of 'inconsistent' things going on around here. If that's the way they feel, then maybe I'm not the guy. The trading deadline is coming up (Oct. 17)."
A variation of those comments had run in the Journal Sentinel on Thursday morning, which apparently left the coach none too pleased. Harris, in turn, said Thursday it was a "miscommunication" and that "the guy who wrote that didn't write it right."
"Maybe they wanted to send him over to do a cat pageant or something and he just needed a story," Harris said. "There is no problem. I'm great, man, I'm great; I love my life, I l…Read more...