A Dear John letter…

December 01, 2010 | Nestor Aparicio

more than I do and I can’t wait to tell Mike Tomlin that we kicked his ass twice at the owners’ meetings in New York next March.

You lead. We’ll follow.

But we get to ask the questions – yes, even Jerry Coleman is allowed — and you should find a dignified way to answer them. Honestly. Politely. And, most importantly, with mutual respect on behalf of the fans.

And we’ll ask the questions honestly, politely and respectfully on behalf of the fans, who just want to be told the truth, not patronized and not P.R.ed or “bullied” any more than we personally do as media members who do our jobs.

And the overwhelming majority of us are rooting for you. We kinda counting on you to win. It’s just the way it is…

Like I told you and about 70 other coaches that I’ve seen come and go in Baltimore since 1984 – “I was here the day you were hired and I’ll be here the day you’re fired and while you’re here I’d love to know you, learn from you and get along with you.”

But that’s up to you. You’re not really a “coach.” You’re a “teacher.”

So teach the fans and media how you do what you do and why you do what you do – as best as you can without compromising any of your strategies – and the entire experience of winning that Super Bowl will be more meaningful for all of us.

We really are with you! Well, at least most of us are…

And we want to see you win. And we want to cheer for you. And we want you to be honest with us.

That shouldn’t be a difficult request for a guy who does commercials talking about the teachings of Christ and education that I see every night in my living room.

I’ll see you at 11:30 today for the press conference.

I’ll be the one in the media corps wearing the purple and asking the occasionally tough and fair questions about “my” football team.