To clarify, I have no problem with them trading Faneca. I assume if a deal goes down, it won't be him for a 2nd rounder, straight up. Rather something like (not looking at value charts at the moment) AZ's 2nd round pick and one of our Day Two picks for Faneca and one of our Day Two picks.
I'm not against trading Faneca.
He has no business going public about who he wanted to be head coach, all that does is cause descension in the ranks.
He said he wanted Grimm as HC.
Beyond wanting to create a story, really nothing of value there.
It was not just a one time thing either, which we could have chalked up to emotions.
Where else and how often?
Other than the media jumping on it and asking him again and again, to which I would expect his honest answer, I haven't come across repeat performances.
But I've been busy and may have missed a few quips from Faneca.
But that gets to my point...that it does seem that all of a sudden, Faneca is the villain. Almost overnight. Last year, at this time, he was a fan favorite. Now, enemy #1.
So while I understand that the media has positioned Faneca as posturing for a new contract, 1) it isn't new and isn't exclusive to Faneca and 2) seems to me that he hasn't been egregious in anything he's done since Tomlin's hiring. Sure, you'd like him to kiss Tomlin's ass as Ben has and say Tomlin was his first choice. But things don't always work out that way. As in life, players aren't perfect.
It would have been pleasant to for Faneca to keep his comments to himself but it's not a requirement by the team and should not be by the fans.
I think trading Faneca is reasonable, as from what I've read in the media, they (in the media) believe he is unhappy with his contract. Most veterans who are entering their final year are this way, so I have little doubt Faneca is unhappy that he hasn't received an extension.
I think it's unfortunate that he's going out as a bad guy.