He belittles them implicitly by skipping training camp and OTAs, he makes it clear that considers himself above what his teammates all have to go through. That may be true, but then it is also likely true for Peyton Manning, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Adrian Peterson, Tom Brady, Chris Johnson, etc., yet they show up and do it because that is what team is about. Granted, he got them within a completion of the Super Bowl last season doing the same thing and nobody can say that he would have done better with extra preseason work with his receivers, O-line, and the offensive scheme -- he was undone by a poor decision more than anything else. Yet winning can cover up a whole lot of issues, so there may have been more to it than anyone outside that locker room sees -- in team sports, wanting to win for each other can be a lot more powerful than wanting personal glory or wanting to win for someone who is known to lust after personal glory. Also, what anyone and everyone says publicly is likely not reflective of the exact reality -- there is a public face to a team and then there is the real breakdown of teammate relationships and bonds. How would you feel if you and 10 other guys were out there busting butt in workouts though all of August and then on September 1st the team's star runner shows up and leads the team? Sure, everyone may be glad to have his talents at the team's disposal to help in races yet there is likely to be at least a little lingering resentment among some and as a result they may not want to keep busting butt through October if it becomes clear that the team's chances of advancing in the post-season are not great while the star is clearly going to advance as an individual. That is a sure way to poison team spirit to some degree, having different rules for different athletes, special rules for stars. Meanwhile, someone like Kobe Bryant is known for doing all he can to prepare himself to be ready for the NBA season, he leads by example. People will have a tough time following you if you are not prepared to roll up your sleeves and show your own full commitment to the task at hand.