“I Didn’t Want To Be There”March 22nd, 2013
Weeks ago Derrick Brooks talked about how Greg Schiano would pluck the “weeds in the roses” this offseason, and it seems Arrelious Benn was among the crabgrass.
Benn, recently traded to the Eagles where he got a contract extension yesterday, told PhillyMag.com that he wanted out of the New Schiano Order.
Although he doesn’t have the hands of Jason Avant, Benn, who is a good blocker, thinks he can be effective in the slot.
“I think I have the skill set to play both [inside and outside],” he said. “I think I’m a mismatch in the slot with my speed and size. We’re going to see where I fit in, and I’m going to go with it.”
Asked if he was expecting to be moved, Benn said, “I was expecting it. I’m not going to lie, I was expecting it. I wanted to move forward. I didn’t want to be there.
“I just needed a change of scenery. I just needed a fresh start. The situation just wasn’t going right. That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Benn’s a good guy, but perhaps he wasn’t cut out for the mental toughness needed to thrive under Greg Schiano? In contrast, Roy Miller and Michael Bennett were eager to stay in Tampa.
The Bucs gave up on Benn, and Benn gave up on the Bucs. Joe’s wondering which came first.