Though Tate is a veteran player with great talent, he has not acted so this week. And of all weeks to do it, a game that would put you in contention to fight for the division title is not a veteran move.
This week should have been all about beating Washington. But Tate has made it about him.
By leaving him behind, the players on the sideline can focus on the game. They don’t have to listen to Tate make a scene, or worry that his feelings would spill onto the field and cause any penalties.
Both sides of the ball can now focus and do their job, which is more important than pleasing one player.