I was one of Greg Little’s defenders. Yes, the dropped football jokes were fun, but they were really just recycled versions of the even more fun Braylon Edwards jokes. In the end, Greg Little was a second round pick, converted receiver coming off a year of inactivity. He was a relatively decent guy who wanted to be a great player. He tried really hard, but in the end wasn’t good enough and the Browns cut him loose. That could have been the story – a non-story – but Greg Little just won’t let it be that easy.
First he talked about how he was circling the date on the calendar when the Raiders picked him up. Oh yeah, Greg? We’ll see about that! Then Greg Little was cut and wasn’t on the team when the Browns played the Raiders. Our own struggling rookie Justin Gilbert made us laugh because he didn’t really even know who Greg Little was.
Finally, Greg Little was signed by the divisional opponent and in-state rival Bengals. National television showdown on Thursday? It is now, thanks to Greg Little’s comments.
Little on why Thursday’s game is personal for him:
“Just in the fashion that how the whole release was handled. I just knew it would be a time I was going to play the Browns. I felt like it was inevitable and the time has come.”
Little on what he meant about it not being handled properly:
“I was coming in to a new coaching staff I was growing towards and they were looking at me to come in and play well. I had a great relationship with them and the front office decided to go in another direction. Hopefully I’ll make them pay.”
Little on if it was more about Farmer:
“It was for sure, 100 percent all him.”
Little on his relationship with coach Mike Pettine:
“No, I didn’t get along with Pettine, Pettine doesn’t talk to any of his players. You will walk past him in the hallway and he doesn’t even speak to you so to have that type of relationship for a coach is kind of odd. I can’t go out and say that i’m going to lay it on the line for a guy that won’t even speak to me if we are the only two people in the hallway.”
Little on how Pettine never spoke to him:
“Never spoke to anybody.”
Greg Little was cut shortly after the Browns signed Earl Bennett and Miles Austin. He was cut by the Browns in May about five months after Mike Pettine was hired. Apparently Ray Farmer had seen all he needed to see. Now, what are the chances that Ray Farmer sees something on Thursday night that makes him regret his decision six months ago?
If Greg Little has anything to say about it… What am I talking about IF Greg Little has anything to say about it? That’s about all Greg Little does is say things.
Anyway, we’ll see. We’ll see if Justin Gilbert knows Greg Little by the end of the night. This just raised the stakes a tiny bit of what was already an interesting contest.