I believe that we San Francisco 49ers fans can always learn lessons from the highs and lows of other other franchises around the NFL. This was true with regards to the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin debacle in Miami and also is true regarding the recent Chris Kluwe article bashing the Minnesota Vikings.
If you have not heard about the article, Kluwe rips his coaching staff to shreds in it, claiming that Leslie Frazier told him to tone his activism down and that special-teams coordinator Mike Preifer consistently went out of his way to bash gays. He states “If there’s one thing I hope to achieve from sharing this story, it’s to make sure that Mike Priefer never holds a coaching position again in the NFL, and ideally never coaches at any level.”
This reeks of bitterness. I am not to say what happened in the Minnesota locker room. For all I know Preifer could have done just as Kluwe said — or perhaps not. What I do know is that Kluwe ranked in the bottom half in net average last season. I also know he had a $1.45 million cap number — pretty high for a punter. And, finally, I know that Kluwe has a long history of antics that had annoyed the team on more than one occasion — his desire to bring attention to himself did not help either.. Forgetting even this gay marriage case, Kluwe had done more than enough to earn the ire of team brass. Most of all, however, this shows why I am grateful to have Andy Lee.
Andy Lee is an ideal professional. He consistently is in the top tier of punters, is a great casual fan-favorite, and was honestly the reason I could stand watching the 49ers during some of the lean years. If you remember, seemingly ever drive would either end in an incredible Frank Gore run or, much more often, a beautiful Lee punt. Lee does not cause a stir in the media or in the locker room. He may make a pretty penny ($1.8 million this season) but he is good enough to actually deserve it. Andy Lee: keep up the good work and keep wearing the red and gold!