Punt Returning Debacle Costs Roscoe Parrish His Job

When you or I have a bad day on the job chances are the only people who know about it are our coworkers. However when you’re Roscoe Parrish and your job is broadcast on television throughout the West Coast then a large chunk of the football population knows how horrible a day you had.

Parrish was pretty much handed a roster spot by Reggie McKenzie mere hours after he was released by the rival Chargers cut him loose earlier this week. Badly in need of a help in the return game Oakland offered Parrish a gig that was academic so long as he didn’t completely wet the bed in the preseason finale.

Well, if you saw Parrish twice fumble away that job on Thursday night then it is no surprise at all that the Raiders terminated his contract. That would be the second time in only four days that Parrish has been fired. Talk about a bad week.

Not only did Parrish cough up the rock on his only two punt returns as a Raider but he also committed one of the great sins in all of the game. Parrish stepped onto the field for his second punt return without his helmet on having troubles with the chin strap. For that there is no excuse. At the lowest levels of football every player is instructed to be ready at all times to take the field. Parrish failed miserably in that respect and thus he’s back in the NFL breadline.

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