Annnnd here's where I step in lol...
- "It's not about whether Kirk would've accepted (an extension) or not." Actually, yes it is. Because all "this" is about a multitude of things, one of which is the fallacy that "We would have had Cousins locked in right now for $12 mil if we had listened to Scot!!". That statement (and dozens of versions of it) has been bleated out on this thread and in general when discussing Cousins' current LTD situation. So whether or not Cousins signing back then was even possible on a minuscule level is definitely in play and should not be dismissed as irrelevant.
- "Dan and Allen had just hired this guy about 8 months before to do THIS SPECIFIC JOB. That's his title." True, but "this guy" was apparently not a believer in Cousins through training camp according to both Keim and Russell. So if "this guy" goes from "I don't believe in him" to "let's extend him" in a matter of a week or so, it should bring at least 2 questions to mind in both Bruce and Dan: 1) Why extend someone you were just doubting, and 2) why should we just rubber stamp this turnaround in your thinking without having you convince us first? Afterall, Cousins was already on the team, it wasn't like he was a free agent that they were saying "no" to. So he was already part of the roster Scot M was in charge of creating. Saying "He's on the roster, let's wait" is NOT the same as "Sorry, you can't have this player on the roster at all".
Plus, I'm pretty sure Allen and Schaeffer were not beholden to get the exact roster Scot wanted, no matter what. What if Scot wanted to sign a bunch of high-priced free agents that would have put the team over the cap? Who makes the decisions then? And before you or anyone else says it, I know that would be severely unlikely. But that's not my point. My point is that there was a system of checks and balances at play...it was never write-a-blank-check-for-whatever-Scot-wants. And I'm sure Scot understood this to a good degree. It's why he had to "stand on the table" about drafting Crowder...if Scot is the roster dictator, he wouldn't have given two ****s about anyone else's views. "We're drafting Crowder, period". But it doesn't do any good to draft players that the coach rarely lets on the field...and Gruden was in charge of that. It doesn't help to want veteran players the team can't afford...and Allen was in charge of that.
My view--which I still hold--is if anyone, anywhere, reads anything concerning what has transpired over the last 2 years and convinces themselves that they know all they need to know to reach any conclusions in all of this about Scot, Allen or Snyder, they're being naive. I guarantee you something else will surface in a few weeks, then in a few months, then sometime next year...and if we aren't anchored in on our positions we won't have too much of a need to reach any conclusions right now about any of the men. And we'll be OK with that. Sure, we can use our intellect to figure if one things seems more likely than some other thing, but never lose sight of the fact that we still don't know enough.
There's some saying that goes something like "Intelligence is the ability to see things from a multitude of perspectives". There are always perspectives that makes things appear different than they first appear. We lose nothing by trying to find them.