The coaching staff was trying to make good on their promise that if he practices hard, he'll get to play. Almost verbatim it was something like "We'll be men of our words about that" promise. Playing West was a coach move to try and inspire confidence in a young player that had fallen out of favor with the coaching staff and was mentally struggling with being demoted in favor of an UDFA.
After the game, the coach said he regretted trying to get three running backs involved and thinks it hurt their output on Sunday.
Want to take a guess who isn't getting carries again next week?
Dude wtf are you talking about?
So Coach Pettine essentially thought to himself "Well who cares about doing what will give my team the best chance of winning, I came out and said West would be active this week (nothing more than that) so I am morally obligated to give West more touches than Crowell."
That is one of the dumbest things I've heard in a while, he made the decisions that he believed gave his team the best chance to win the game. That's how it works with coaches, they aren't worried about keeping hypothetical promises (that we have no idea if even happened) over winning.
He gave West more carries because he thought that gave them the best chance to win. Will he do the same this week? I have no idea, maybe his opinion has changed.
In this post you pretend politics and player emotions don't exist, and don't play a role in football.
It was quite clear what was said, and it was quite clear what was to be expected as a result. A coach can't come out and say if you practice hard this week you'll play, and then clarify that he'll be "true to his word" about that promise, and then not deliver. We're not talking about a starter here, we're talking about a change of pace rookie back that had his confidence destroyed, a player that they likely believe will be their change of pace back of the future (behind Crowell, of course). Coaches can't say things like these and not deliver without leading a terrible example.
And yes, the coach said he regretted the decision after of trying to get three backs involved rather than their previous approach of Tate and Crowell. So yes, you're right, it was a stupid decision, but one he had to make after digging himself into that hole. However, West is a 3rd round pick, they don't intend on giving up on him and they are certainly going to give him opportunities. Most likely they see him as a player to complement Crowell heading into the future.
Every independent media outlet, observer, or even fan feels the same way about Crowell over West. You think the coaching staff doesn't see the same thing everyone else does? Whatever little box you're in, it's very, very small. You should poke some holes in to breathe. Because you will suffocate in your own delusion if you think this is going to play out long-term as anything other than Crowell ahead of West. As soon as you accept that, things stop being complicated and become very, very simple.
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