Easily the most interesting quote to come out of the player half of this week's press conference
comes courtesy Shawn Crable:
"I remember one time he brought me into his office and he asked me to transfer. He pulled out the papers and said he'd sign my transfer papers for me. I looked at him like 'man, you're a jerk.' He wanted to motivate me. He just wanted to see how I was going to perform. Obviously, he didn't think my effort was the greatest. This was the beginning of last year right before I started playing. He pulled me in and told me he thought I should transfer because I wasn't doing anything."
Jumpin' jehosephat! I don't know if you can blame Carr, as when Crable did play early last year (most notably against Wisconsin), he made headless chickens look appealing by comparison. He did manage to slide into a designated-blitzer role by year's end, but if you had walked around last September telling people that Crable would be starting over Burgess you would have gotten lots of funny looks and some spare change out of pity. The kicker is that Carr apparently enjoys telling his best linebackers to screw off. Crable, again:
"I went and talked to Sam Sword. ... I went and talked to him and he said, Coach Carr told him that too when he was here."
My God, Ian Gold could probably build a house out of unsigned transfer papers. (Zach Kaufman could build a paper airplane.) It worked, though. Crable one more time:
"A lot of what he was saying was true. You know yourself. If someone is telling you something you can fight it or you can actually do something about it. I left that meeting just listening and wanting to do something about it."
He opens the season as the starting strongside linebacker and plans on moving the speculation about chickenous body parts from his head to his legs, where it belongs.