Former Eagles OG Shawn Andrews was interviewed by Mike Missanelli on 97.5 and had some interesting things to say.
Andrews ripped on his teammates, although Donovan McNabb is the only one he singled out. Andrews said that McNabb was bad-mouthing him to players on other teams around the league. Andrews said that teammates lied about his eating habits to the organization when Andrews was trying to re-negotiate his deal.
Missanelli kept talking about Andrews being bullied in the locker room, but to Andrews credit, he said that wasn’t the case. He wasn’t trying to jump on the bullying bandwagon. Andrews agenda seemed to be trying to clear his name. He developed a bad reputation in his final few years in Philly and that bothers him.
Here’s the deal with Andrews. He put out the image of a kid, thus the nickname Big Kid. He did and said some goofy things. In the summer of 2007 he told the media he was facing a possibly career-ending injury. A few weeks later he returned and told the media he had been joking with them. Because of his persona, no one knew what to make of that.
The summer of 2008 led to more drama. Andrews decided not to report to Lehigh. Some in the organization felt he was sending the team a message about wanting another raise. Andrews said he was battling depression and had sought help. Les Bowen wrote about the situation.
Andrews did return to the team for the season, but teammates had a hard time accepting Andrews story. He missed Training Camp and that was back when TC was a really tough time for players. Andrews did make it back for the season. You can see where some people would have a hard time with a goofy kid who seemed happy-go-lucky skipping camp because of depression. His personality and previous actions didn’t mesh with what they were being told.
Then Andrews hurt his back in Week 2. He didn’t play again that year. That didn’t set well with teammates. At least one former OL thought Shawn was healthy enough to play and simply didn’t want to. The perception in the locker room is that Andrews didn’t like playing football. It was something he did to pay the bills, but his heart wasn’t in it.
Think about the guys on the OL. You had small school players Jamaal Jackson and Todd Herremans who were desperate to be on the field. Jon Runyan hadn’t missed a game as an Eagle. Tra Thomas was the early pick and star LT, but even he was a pro’s pro. Andrews had a very different personality from this group and he was the most brittle. Neither thing endeared him to his linemates.
I can’t speak to the accusation that McNabb ripped on Andrews to others around the league. I’ve never heard about that from any of my sources. I certainly can believe it, mainly because Andrews wasn’t the most beloved teammate. Guys didn’t know what to make of him.
There is no disputing the fact that Andrews was a great player. He is the best OG I’ve ever seen play for the Eagles. Andrews was the complete package. He could drive block. He could get out in space and block on the move. He had very good feet and was outstanding in pass protection.
We will all have a different reaction to the interview. I thought Andrews sounded odd and defensive. I don’t think he did himself any favors. He praised Andy Reid, Brian Dawkins and the Eagles organization, but ripped on his teammates. Had Andrews said there were a few guys he didn’t care for, but that most were good guys, that would have come across better. The way he seemed mad at almost all of his teammates hurt his credibility with me.
I was glad to hear that Andrews is happy in Little Rock and is satisfied with being a good husband and father. He seems to have found his place in the world. Good for him.
It will be interesting to see if any former Eagles ever write a book or do an interview and go on the record with their thoughts on Andrews.