Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole gets an earful from Falcons LT Wayne Gandy on one of Rush Limbaugh’s fave topics.
Gandy has a pretty interesting take on why black quarterbacks such as current teammate Michael Vick undergo so much public scrutiny. Gandy has watched teammates “ Vick, Aaron Brooks in New Orleans, Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh, Tony Banks in St. Louis and Dameyune Craig at Auburn “ operate under a different set of standards.
(Dameyune Craig, representing the glory of the Scottish Claymores)
“When fans and coaches see a black quarterback, it’s automatic that they expect to see a guy who is more athletic,” Gandy said. “So what happens when you get around the goal line or you get in those situations where most quarterbacks are taught to throw it away or get rid of the ball for a short gain if the play breaks down? The black quarterback is told, ‘Do something, make a big play.’
“That’s where you see a lot of Michael’s sacks come from. He’s supposed to make something happen in a situation where it’s probably not going to work. You see where the coaches and fans are expecting that, but it’s not really teaching him the right way to play.
“It’s all about the tutelage they get from the time they’re in college on. I saw that with Dameyune Craig. He was told, ‘If your first read isn’t there, take off and run.’ Do you think that anyone ever told Peyton Manning or Tom Brady to do that? Again, it’s about the tutelage they get.”