Oh, I definitely wasn't personally offended... I was merely bringing it up conversationally.
It has been pointed out that I was likely wrong in my assumption about the phrase. I was told at some point that it was a term used by the handlers of indentured railroad workers... After looking it up, it seems to be more like how you explained it in your reply.
I've never been personally offended by anything I've read on this forum, although I have vehemently disagreed with some posters on occasion... I just have a passing interest in linguistics, really.
Please don't feel like you'd have to censor yourself on my account... I wasn't trying to imply that you were being offensive in any way, only that it was strange to hear the coach say something that I had been (falsely, apparently) led to believe was racially insensitive...
Honestly, I think we're in trouble at CB now anyways. Even if one likes our starting CB's, we lack depth. Besides, I think Breeland's better than Wilson right now if healthy. At the very least, Wilson is a little bit of an unknown at the moment.
Supposedly we received trade offers for Brissett. Ballard said no probably to hedge agains Luck not being ready. If Luck returns fully recovered you can bet he will be gone next year and we will sign an older veteran backup. If he has a good preseason we could easily get another 2nd. rd. pick at a minimum to help finish the rebuild. Especially since next years QB class is not that great.
If he is CB1, we are in trouble. He would not even be CB2 for the Redskins now. Even though they traded Kendall Fuller for Smith, they have Norman, they signed Quinton Dunbar to an extension and then acquired Orlando Scandrick in free agency. Add Fabian Moreau and there just wasn't room for Breeland anymore. That's why he was an FA. If he is CB2 at best for us, I'd feel better.
In 2016 PFF showed he was #1 slot CB in the league-
A Falcons article reported this above as well (before he got hurt) and about maybe getting him for their Nickel back. But added-
"Breeland isn’t without his blemishes on the field either. His eight penalties last season tied him for fourth among all DBs (Robert Alford had seven, as a reference point). He also has his fair share of bad games and has been susceptible to giving up big plays and big stat-lines in the past."
I wonder if his pay demands have dropped any (like Ryan Grant?) after he is healthy?