Former Safety C.C. Brown Claims Media "Did Him Wrong"C.C. Brown is trying to recapture his football dignity as a member of the Detroit Lions after one forgettable season as New York Giant.
In New York, we're happy to be rid of him, for everyone's sake, and we wish him well. End of story. So, why is he now telling the Lions' beat pool that the media was the cause of his demise in New York?
Yes, he got tagged with the "Can't Cover" moniker by the local writers but that was because a) it was great copy and b) he really couldn't cover anyone!
If I were him, I'd just put it all behind me.
Brown was an "in the box" safety the Giants had brought in to back up Kenny Phillips and Michael Johnson. He was never supposed to be a starter. But as fate would have it, Phillips got shut down for the season after two games and Johnson was banged up for most of the year.
That thrust Brown into a starting role. He was paired with another "in the box" guy in Aaron Rouse, who was dumped by Green Bay due to his own lack of cover skills.
Together, both of them were a nightmare on passing plays. Veteran quarterbacks ate them alive. Receivers were open all over the field. The Giants, after beginning the season 5-0, turned into a laughingstock.
According to John Niyo of the Detroit News.....
The joke among Giants fans and in the New York tabloid media was that his initials stood for "Can't Cover."The Giants mercifully released Brown this spring, allowing the Lions, a franchise with little to lose, to take a flier on him. He should be thankful after last season that he's getting another opportunity in the NFL.
"I don't even want to comment on that, because I still, at times, get sensitive about how they did me (wrong) there," Brown said. "The biggest thing with New York is the media controls the team. So whatever the media says, that's what's gonna happen."
Asked if he felt like he was a scapegoat for the Giants' defensive struggles, he added, "I was, I was. Me being the new guy, I was the first guy on the block to be blamed. But it's all right. It's water under the bridge."
The one thing he shouldn't do is bash anyone here in NY. I know it can be a tough place to fail, but still.....he was the one who failed.