I heard Tillman on Sportsnet. Or TSN or some place talking about Austin and Bishop. It was before he hired Austin. Only time I ever heard him say something negative about Austin. He said this. Kent Austin was the smartest qb he ever had on his teams. He said Austin asked Bishop to do to much. Said Austin admitted it to him when they talked. ET said Bishop had a lot of talent but was not near as smart as Austin was as a player. And for Austin to get better as a coach he had to do this. Make game plans for the players to understand. Not for himself.
He said Austin had learned and would be a better coach. Said some friend of his coached Bishop in the NFL and liked Bishops talent. And Bishops attitude. If I remember it right. ET was harder on Austin than Bishop.
I was not surprised by the trade. Tillman was wrong about Crandall. He may not say it. But the trade says it.