Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Trent Dilfer - the jury never delivered a verdict on his career

I'll give credit where it's due. Trent Dilfer has accomplished more than most of us ever will, with his money and ability to rise over mediocrity - at times - as an NFL quarterback.

He really did overcome enough obstacles to earn his keep. Few manage to endure a lengthy NFL career, including a memorable Super Bowl victory with Baltimore. Though let's face it, no one was going to beat the Ravens defense that year.

Nowadays, Trent is learning to be a broadcaster, which I find to be unfortunate. If he ever gets to call games he may be better but his analysis is tough to handle with all that smiling and the lights glaring off his dome.

I happened to catch a bit of his diatribe directed to Al Davis on firing fellow Fresno State alumnus, Lane Kiffin.

I know Trent is a decent guy on many levels but he really is annoying as well.

It's almost a Ned Flanders kind of annoyance. The guy who doesn't realize how frustrated he makes other people. In Trent's case, playing well only some of the time.

On one hand, I can admire a guy who's been at both ends of the spectrum on the field. I can recall games he played so bad it seemed impossible he would even be kept through the next week. That takes a lot of grit and confidence to overcome.

Still, there is the somewhat suspicious, homoerotic photography with chum Matt Hasselbeck. What are we to make of all this?

I kind of see Trent's duty as backup to Hasselbeck as more prominent in his career than his wins as a starter with Baltimore. He played well enough to not lose a Super Bowl but he's humble enough to not just hold the clipboard and be a locker room strength for Seattle. This was an honorable pattern he developed as a veteran.

Trent also has the distinction of being an old school, orange clad Tampa Bay Buc. He took his lumps but he bounced back as a career backup with a lot of teams.

All told, I'm not sure we can have a firm conclusion one way or the other what to make of Trent or his career. Good? Bad? Bad but wanting to be good and it not working out as often as he'd like?

I guess we'll wait for the jury to come back a while longer.

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