Lions fail to drive hard bargain and a Dallas Cowboys fan gets personal
I am still not over it. It's been a week but I can't stop thinking about it.
I don't begrudge Stafford or his agent
But $41.7 million guaranteed with the possibility of getting between $72 million and $78 million over the next six years? Whatever happened to signability playing a huge part in the Lions decision? So much for that. I mean, if they ended at $41.7 million after quite a bit of posturing and heavy negotiations, what did Condon start with? Ten percent of the Lions franchise or five percent of Ford Motor Company?
I understand quarterbacks get a premium, and Condon wanted to maintain the percentage increases that we have seen in recent years, but I really didn't think it would end up being more than $40 million. It doesn't exactly seem like the Lions drive a real hard bargain.
I have always said that almost no price is too much to pay for a true franchise quarterback, but what if Stafford isn't one?
It is hard to fathom Stafford will receive more guaranteed money than anyone who has ever played. Think about that. A 21-year-old man who had three stellar, yet not overwhelming years playing college football, is at the top of the totem poll on the NFL pay scale. It is a good thing the NFL's popularity is at an all-time high because this would be an absolutely unsustainable business model in any other industry.
The mailman delivers ...
There is a huge difference between a scuffle after the play between two heated combatants with helmets and pads on and the two Smith incidents. The type of retaliation I was talking about is on the field just after a play, when you are pushed or punched in a manner that has nothing to do with the play itself. You can't just let that go in practice, otherwise you will continue to get bullied until you stand up for yourself.
Smith's first transgression was in a meeting room inside the facility and his second took place on the sidelines when
You might have a good point, Erik. I am not convinced the Wildcat is here to stay. The only way it really works is if the guy getting the direct snap is a legitimate passing threat, which I think White is. The Dolphins obviously think he is the ideal candidate, and they apparently are going to run a lot more Wildcat, otherwise they wouldn't have taken him in the second round.
In the game you mentioned, the Ravens barely even covered
Ouch, and this is from a guy from my hometown. I don't disagree that the Cowboys needed to upgrade their special teams, but it is not easy for rookies to come in right away and make a huge contribution in that area if they haven't done it a lot in college, which most rookies have not.
More important, Christopher makes a solid point about Dallas not having any immediate needs. In fact, the Cowboys have really good depth at most positions. When you have two former first-rounders as backup linebackers, you have some serious depth that most teams don't. But that only accentuates my contention that taking 12 guys is silly, considering no more than eight will even make the team unless Dallas decides to shed veterans. The Cowboys should have packaged some picks to move up and get four to six players in earlier rounds that they really liked.
And no, I don't have any Super Bowl rings, but I do have more playoff wins under my belt (one) than Dallas does this decade. I know that stings, Christopher, but you made it personal, not me.