It’s an old standby but letting Xavien Howard know about all the people that have conveniently forgotten about him never goes out of style
Not only do the dweebs at EA Sports not know how good Xavien Howard is, but plenty of media folks also don’t either. It’s a shame really. If they just watched the football games this would all be avoided but alas they don’t.
These guys are all studs. No doubt about it. But not having Xavien Howard in the top four guys is still a war crime, in my opinion.
If you want to ahead and mention how Howard was barely mentioned in the DPOY award two seasons ago with 10 INTs but Stephon Gilmore won it with six INTs in 2019, so be it. Keep letting Xavien Howard know about it.
Will he get annoyed with it eventually? Probably. But as a guy who has never met Howard or ever been to a practice, he seems like a guy that can take a strong-willed approach to how he is coached.
I don’t think he necessarily needs to have an arm put around him when he does something wrong. I think he knows he’s great and that he needs these little slights from the commoners to get him more focused.
Sort of how Michael Jordan looked for reasons to get motivated and enraged. I like to think Xavien Howard has a similar approach to getting focused.
If Howard has to even make up stories of how he was disrespected as Jordan did with LeBradford Smith, so be it. Every day someone in the building should be telling him “hey you hear what Florio said about you?” Chances are Florio said something stupid anyways so I think that’s a safe one to mention.