Re: Cap Offically Up to 130M
posted at 2/20/2014 3:48 PM EST
Well I think Rice should be punished and if evidence comes out that he punched her/harmed her, I think he should be cut. As for Ozzie, if I was the owner I'd ask him if he suspected Rice would do something like this. Ozzie would say, well I don't know, I'm not the coach and I hardly ever spend any time with him...I'm not in that locker room with, I'm not on the plane with him, I'm not in meetings with him, I'm not on the sidelines with him, I don't spend 6 weeks in training camp with him, I don't get to see how he reacts with the other players on the team, I don't get to hear other players on the team warn me about him, I don't talk to other coaches on the team about him, I'm not pushing him through 10 hours of practice every week, Hern never came up to me and told me he was afraid for his life, I don't know how many team rules he's broken, I didn't see how he treated the people who work for Marriott in Miami, I didn't hear he spent his bye week ripping through the clubs of Boston scaring the ever living day lights out of people we consider to be our fans...that's the coach's job, I'm just the GM.
Ozzie would say all of that huh?
You are so far gone it really is funny. Now the GM isn't responsible for the players he signs, so Hernandez is BB the coaches fault? I can't keep up with your skewed and exaggerated logic.
The point here is NFL players, a lot of them anyway are from some tough cities and have had some tough upbringings with little to no parental guidance. Then they go to college where they were the "man" and now they are given millions of dollars..a means to live the life they read about in books and magazines(if they read books or magazines) and more likely learn about on television.
Things are going to happen, DUI's, Domestic violence, bar fights, drug purchases, spats with coaches, ownership, and media, arrests for all the above, and in extreme circumstances they are gonna smoke angle dust, get paranoid and at the very least end up in "D-BO's Chicken Coop" or killing somebody.
For anyone to think they could have predicted or prevented this behavior is egotistical and signs of a God Complex. You take chances on guys, you invest in them, give them millions, try and nurture them, develop them into good players and good people. You pay a lot of money for the drafting process, interviews, combines, plane flights, psychological testing and profiles.
You bring a guy in and he does extremely well, picks up the system and is an integral part of your HOF QB's best year, he doesn't make a peep and conforms to the "patriots way" you worked so hard to build, so what do you do? You extend him, make him a part of your core with other great players like Brady, VW, Mankins, Mayo, and Gronk. Then the guy loses it, like so many have, Ray Lewis's, Chris Henry's, Rae Carruths( 1st round pick with "red Flags" who paid a guy to shoot his 8 month pregnant girlfriend while he stopped his car in front of hers to set up the "hit") and the Aaron Hernandez's.
There are probably many more guys with close calls, tied up to friends in bad situations, making bad decisions with the enablement of money to finance them. Suggesting that the GM is responsible or the coach is ignorant at best. There is no magic sign, no "red flags" for murder. 50% of the players in this league have "red flags" and Imo that is a very conservative guess on my part. You sign the guys who can play football, and BB has done a better job then most of bringing in high character guys who policed locker rooms and lead by example.
While fans like us are screaming for the 1st round talent no matter what the issues he stays disciplined and builds "teams" with the depth to watch starter after starter, captain after captain, pro bowler after pro bowler leave, get traded, retire or lost to injury and still maintain a team that is a realistic Super Bowl contender every single year.
The only guy in this league to maintain a dominant team this long. While he loses coach after coach that he developed and went to battle with, won championships with, while his defense regressed as they got old and retired, and is now enduring the decline of his HOF QB, yet is in the midst of 3 afc championship appearances in a row. He has done all this while setting up his franchise to be in great shape going into this year with minimal needs and what will be a ton of cap room on top of 5 great NFL players coming back from missing most of last season....
Spare us the whining. Enjoy what you witness. You will be gone when it is over, so breathe in and out, and watch greatness happen.