Character comes after that because usually character isn’t an issue. It’s player decision making.
I wrote last week about how several players like running back Ezekiel Elliott have made a bunch of dumb decisions this offseason. However, I, like coach Garrett, still feel each one of those men are the right kind of guys. Just because they made a bad choice doesn’t mean they’re the wrong kind of guys.
Which is why Jones or Garrett have not cut any of those individuals yet. It’s a pattern of behavior that’s a concern.
If any of those guys continue to make questionable decisions, you can almost guarantee that the front office will first and foremost look at their production, team value, work ethic, and other football areas before they pull the plug.
Wide receiver Lucky Whitehead is the latest victim. From what I’ve heard in reports and from players, Lucky was working his tail off this offseason and he was well liked in the locker room. But honestly, Lucky dug his own grave because wasn’t very good on the field and he was an offseason headache for being a guy pretty low on the depth chart.
That made it an easy decision to let him go, especially after the team drafted his all but guaranteed replacement, Ryan Switzer.
So in the future when Garrett mentions the right kind of guys, he’s talking about guys who love football, who can help the team win, and who put in the work to be better players.
Character isn’t really something he can coach, and Jones understands that. If a player’s character hurts the team to a point where they become a distraction, they don’t don the star for long.