Phillip Fulmer is nothing if not diplomatic. He tries “like heck” to be as polite and uncontroversial as possible. Although he attempts this, Coach Fulmer also has a bit of a temper that he tries his best to repress. These repressions of temper often manifest themselves in the form of backhanded comments towards the people who might be unfortunate enough to feel his wrath.
Upon initial inspection, no one really notices it, but the more one looks into it, the more one realizes the anger and the two-faced nature of what he’s actually saying. This all came into a head during CPF’s press conference on Tuesday. Allow us to offer you some snippets, as they will be self explanatory (emphasis mine):
Re: DeSean Jackson’s punt return:
“It was a great run by an outstanding football player, but on the punt return we missed three tackles, lost contain and they got away with a couple of blocks in the back. The result of it was 77 yards and a score that we really didn’t make them earn. I guess that’s the best way to put it. Other than that, the returner did an excellent job.”
Re: the team playing in a hostile environment:
“It was a good start for us as far as penalty discipline in a hostile environment. That will pay dividends for us if we can stay on that track. Particularly, I was interested in the no-huddle and being able to manage the clock and manage the communications with a reasonably loud crowd. It is certainly not like what we will face as we go down the road.”
Afterwards, Coach Fulmer reverted back to full on coach speak mode about the upcoming game against Southern Mississippi, but it was still kind of funny to read.
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