Patrick Crayton paints Wade Phillips as soft

IRVING, Texas -- Patrick Crayton no longer reports to work at Valley Ranch, but he can still create some waves around these parts by opening his mouth.

Crayton, the veteran receiver who was traded to the Chargers for a late-round draft pick just before final cuts, was pretty frank this week when asked about Wade Phillips.

“Wade is very, very laid back to where you'd want him to tighten up on some of the young guys and he wouldn't,” Crayton said during an appearance on 1090 AM in San Diego. “And just when you think he is, he backs off and wouldn't say anything."

Crayton also confirmed that Phillips had “nothing to do with the offense in Dallas,” saying he was just a defensive coach. That doesn’t exactly paint a portrait of a head coach with complete authority.

Basically, Crayton just acknowledged that Phillips’ image as a soft coach without complete control is accurate.

Crayton was at least kind enough to say that he liked Phillips. The feeling might not be mutual, especially after Phillips catches’ wind of Crayton’s latest comments.