Earlier this week, Takeo Spikes took a few minutes to chat with 2 Live Stews on Sporting News Radio. We haven't heard him say a whole lot during the lockout but he addressed a wide variety of issues on the radio. The most intriguing issue was his discussion of the player-organized workouts that have been going on. Issues have arisen with regards to players not attending, media filming the events, and really a whole host of problems.
Takeo Spikes had some very specific opinions about the workouts, and while I dare not anger the greatest neck in sports history, I don't agree with his opinion about the workouts at least as they apply to the 49ers. Takeo probably knows a little bit more about what's going on than I do and I won't pretend to be able to tell him otherwise. Nonetheless, even with the media's slant on things at the workouts, I disagree with The Neck.
Head after the jump to read over what he had to say on the topic in the interview.
Does it put you in a hard spot when you get asked questions during these organized workouts? Are you for the organized workouts? What did you think about Michael Crabtree's comments about Alex Smith? Doesn't the organized workouts put you in a tough spot because you have to dodge bullets from the media?
"I disagree with that. The reason of why is because when you talk about working out and I'm assuming you're talking about the organized workouts that people see on TV. I'm not in favor of those and the reason why is because number one: I think guys are doing because the next man is doing it. It's like if you are going to do what you are going to do I've always been taught and I live by this creed is that what you do in private will be displayed in public one day, so you don't have to try to keep up with the jones' and try to do something because hey this quarterback is doing it, so I'm going to do it. The next thing I hate about it is the fact that some guys legitimately they can't come. They can't come and so when you let the media come in and tape the workouts the first thing they are going to say is where is so-and-so? From that point on whether it is wrong or right or indifferent the media guys will paint a picture to the public about a guy who can't legitimately come. They may not know the excuse or the reason why when it is not even mandatory. You putting guys behind the eight ball for something that they probably had some true family problem that they had to attend to. I don't like it because because it paints a bad picture. At the end of the day this is something we have been doing ever since we've been 7 or 8 years old. If you can't wake up in the morning, go workout, do what we you are suppose to do and you can come back and have the rest of the day to do what you want to do then you got a problem. You may need to look for another impression or you won't be here that long."
While I get the idea that there can be some BS about some "public" workouts being just for show, I don't necessarily think that's the case with the 49ers. The 49ers players organized workouts at San Jose State University because of the proximity for a decent chunk of the players. If somebody leaked the location to the media then I suppose one could call BS in some regard.
The media out here actually got kind of pissy with Alex Smith for closing the first session of workouts. The reporters on hand settled down when they realized there was nothing they could do about it, but there was no doubt they were initially disappointed with the lack of access. In reading TKO's comments, it seems like he assumes the worst with these activities. He's got some reason to feel that given the handling of the Crabtree situation and the questions that have come up with absences. At the same time I just am not sure he is entirely correct with his view of the workouts. But again, that's just my opinion.