The Batman

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  • Birthday 07/07/1989

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  • Redskins Fan Since
    Birth. Which would be 1989
  • Favorite Redskin
    Joe Gibbs. But as players go, Art Monk.
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    Charleston, South Carolina
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  1. The Batman

    Lets keep laughing at the Browns, while we can

    True enough. If I was Kirk though I wouldn’t sign any kind of tag if going to the Browns was a part of the deal. Think I’d just take a sabbatical year and count my 45m hahaha
  2. Is there any reason that the FO can’t do some semi back channel negotiation with teams to gauge interest before slapping the tag on Kirk? We have a few weeks, right?
  3. The Batman

    Lets keep laughing at the Browns, while we can

    Do we know if this is basically just an exclusive rights deal on his scouting service or is he a full blown employee? Any terms of the deal? Just curious what they do with him. Also is he still being paid by us or is that being determined by the grievance settlement?
  4. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    You are capable of coming up with pretty funny arguments. Nice alliterative nicknames, too. Really puts that extra authentic garnish on your point. Side career in comedy? So we agree on the first part, his philosophy originally being ridiculous. Bruce’s PHILOSOPHY isn’t to build a “no talent team” and try to “squeak into the playoffs”. Bruce, I think, has shown a philosophy of building a roster and not overpaying any individual players. His philosophy is likely to build a contender, hence the FA and draft moves to focus on the lines. Here’s the problem, and what some posters in this thread seem totally unwilling to connect - HE IS NOT GOOD AT IT. He is trying, and so far not succeeding, to build a team that can contend and have long term success. His philosophy is clearly different than that used by Snyder early on, he’s just not executing it well. Also what is it you “particularly like” about that argument? It’s depressing, but at least it’s a little different. Think of this, though, as you would a college team for a moment. What Snyder did before is like hiring a coach who can’t recruit in college. He will maybe have a few good seasons, but when he leaves, your roster is a joke and your facilities lag behind. Now consider a coach who is decent at recruiting but a bad game day coach. You won’t win much, but when he leaves, the cupboard won’t be so bare. When Bruce leaves this team, even if he does it right now, the roster and cap will be in far better shape than when he got here and even though his tenure will have been disappointing, his philosophy, however poorly executed, will leave us in better shape than Vinny did for the next guy to hopefully build upon. That is at least the silver lining of having a GM who, though bad, isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel in a horrible way like Snyder/Vinny did. That’s all I’m saying.
  5. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    I understand your premise just fine. I just think you’re wrong. Dead wrong. You do understand you can just have an incorrect opinion without anyone who disagrees with you being an idiot, right? Most people interpret new evidence that contradicts their opinion and either integrate it or reject it on its merits. You have chosen option C - ignore it outright and call the other person a moron. Effective, but doesn’t make you any less wrong. Snyder had a strategy, it was just an awful one, one that ran counter to what he actually wanted given the things required to execute it, as I enumerated and you ignored outright in my previous post. You offered no evidence to support your point nor refute mine all while making a sarcastic, overdone response. I hope you don’t decide to substitute being an ******* for “explaining” things to people in your everyday life. It’s definitely easier to ad hominem someone than defend your dumb point, so good day sir to you as well. Let me know how much I owe you for the few minutes of your precious time. Send the invoice and I’ll file it under I can’t make a coherent point or respond to critiques without getting butthurt.
  6. The Batman

    The Sycophants of Smith (Merged & M.E.T.)

    Dude, that’s got nothing on the Jason Campbell/anyone else Agenda Boyz fights from back in the day. Scorched earth, I’m telling you.
  7. How does that not apply to the Chiefs players who are lamenting Smith leaving? Wouldn’t that make Mahomes feel bad and that he doesn’t have the confidence of his teammates? I’m just saying it cuts both ways, the situation is almost the same, and it’s not stopping Chiefs players.
  8. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    I’m not really sure where to start with this, but I’ll try. You realize there is a difference between saying you want to win a super bowl and saying you want to win one this year and every year, right? One is pragmatic and optimistic and the other is what a child would say. And are you seriously suggesting his GOAL in spending 100m of his money was to just win 9 games? It was a bad idea and didn’t help him reach his goal of a SB THAT year, but come on. That makes no sense. Snyder’s management style has been critiqued over and over again by an emphasis on winning NOW. He has made mistake after mistake after mistake trying to win NOW. To win the Super Bowl NOW. This year. Ever heard the term “win-now mode”? That’s what it means. It means not trying to build a consistent contender, but pushing all your chips in on this season, long term roster consequences be damned. Forgoing cap management, roster cohesiveness, anything else for big splashy free agents that will help us win a SB THIS SEASON rather than any in the future. You know, like the Broncos after Elway, when cap hell made them irrelevant for years. Or when they signed Peyton. That was a WIN NOW move, not one for long term building of a contender. Snyder has always perceived us to be in a closing window and made moves to try to desperately take advantage before it closes, never realizing that we weren’t in the window in the first place. Ironically you made my point talking about win now quick fix moves. That’s EXACTLY what I’m saying. Somehow you’re saying that he made quick fix, win now moves that compromised the future so that he could just win 9 games every year. That makes no sense. I have to think you’re being intentionally dense on this. His biggest early flaw was that he was trying to make moves only to win a SB NOW with no consideration for the future of the team. If he’s trying to consistently win 9 games now, then he wouldn’t give out massive contracts to over the hill free agents that are the kind of move a SB contender 1 piece away does. Like we haven’t really since Bruce got here. I’m not saying Bruce is right and old Snyder was wrong, but it is DIFFERENT. You have to see that, regardless of your sardonic rant.
  9. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    Well, excuse me for posting on a message board. Didn’t realize there was a per thread post limit. My bad. Also, I understand the premise just fine. I just think it’s very very silly that some people are claiming that a trade for Alex Smith is going to sell tickets. That makes no sense. There were a million other flashier options for ticket sales than trading for a 34 year old QB who has been called a game manager everywhere he’s been. Also, rookie QBs can actually extend a GMs job often as he points to that QBs development as a reason to stay on, whereas a move for an Alex Smith puts the heat on to win and win now if your job is on the line because there is no development or growth to fall back on all while not having the exciting unknown rookie’s potential to use for ticket sales. Thanks for talking down to me, but I just think out of all the arguments why the Redskins traded for Alex Smith, ticket sales (which you mentioned in the post I quoted before explaining yourself in a way that did not at all sound like what you posted first) may be the dumbest. Acquiring Alex Smith, ironically, enables them to do exactly what you said they should have done with RG3. Draft a guy and let him develop. If they do that, and I hope they do, this move retroactively becomes one to build a contender. Also regarding your point about them being content with 9-7, no, they haven’t. Snyder’s introductory press conference said he wanted to win the Super Bowl EVERY YEAR. So many management decisions in his first decade plus of ownership were built upon winning the Super Bowl THAT YEAR. Not building a team that could consistently make the playoffs. Your premise is flawed. If that’s the strategy they’re taking, it is not what they’ve done in years past.
  10. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    What would trading him have done to our cap this year? Not sure I’ve seen any figures on his cap hit. Maybe that factored in? Ive also read that part of the reason they preferred Fuller to Talib in the Broncos offer was that Fuller was on a rookie deal so I think you’re right about the Chiefs not feeling like paying that.
  11. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    I’m also slightly confused by this notion that trading for Alex Smith is going to sell tickets like gang busters. You want to sell tickets? Trade up high into the first and draft a QB. That gets rears in seats. What does Alex Smith have to do with ticket sales? He might be the least sexy competent QB in the NFL. It feels like this argument just uses an artifact from the past that we are reflexively used to using, that we did something to make a splash, when in reality there’s very little splashy about Alex Smith.
  12. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    So if we don't have the pass rush currently to take advantage of a young player near the top of his position we should just pass on him? That doesn't seem like building for the future, it seems like only considering what you can do this year. We are simultaneously harping on Bruce for being too cheap while also being on him for overpaying a player at a huge position of need (at the time), who was in his prime and previously had been franchise tagged. I think ultimately this comes down to (as it always has, really) whether you think Kirk is worth the money or not. If you do, then it was a bad decision, if you don't, it wasn't a bad decision, but either way we can't have it both ways and say we are too cheap and yet we are too spendy on these other guys. I can't understand how going to get Norman is an example of a "loser's mentality" when he was a good player and young. It makes no sense to me that you just pass on signing a good player in his prime because we didn't at the time have the pass rush to take advantage of him. Why bother signing anyone or doing anything? There's no point if the whole team isn't complete. Norman is a difference maker. The acquisition looks a lot better now that we have Allen on the DL and some better LBs (assuming we can keep Brown, which who knows at this point). Also, the difference between Kirk and Norman in this case is that Kirk was going to cost nearly twice as much on the cap. Bolded: This is complete speculation and we have no idea if it's true or not.
  13. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    As was I, which is why I remember it so well. I also think that Bruce is too cheap, but I tend to think that a period of course correction of too cheap was necessary for the long term health of the team, which is why I hope it either fixes itself or he's gone soon. I also don't think that Cousins was a perfect example of being too cheap, but that's neither here nor there. We definitely need to find the happy medium.
  14. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    1. Call it a holdover from the halcyon Gibbs days, when I was but a young bard traipsing through these forums. IDK who they body snatched you with since 2. Hopefully we resign Breeland. If we do, and Moreau (who by the way, was virtually the same story out of college as Fuller was, high round talent with significant injury that makes him drop) pans out, we good at corner. Big ifs though, I'll admit. 3. I respect your opinion that Kirk is the guy, but as good as that dime was, I cannot get past nor explain his performance against the Giants this year. One performance, admittedly, but wow, what a horrible game against a horrible team when the stakes are high. I just can't let it go. It's inexcusable. 4. Do you find that the reports of other teams making offers, and the kind of offers they made for him, equally stupid? One of them by a GM that has won a Super Bowl and been to another? It wasn't just our FO that wanted Smith. If it was, I'm with you 100%. 5. I cannot agree with you that giving hope and dashing it is worse than never giving hope at all. If you're giving Vinny a pass on all of these decisions because Snyder overrode him, then Snyder overrode Allen too. I just think that to say that Vinny is not worse requires giving him advantages that aren't afforded to Allen, and that doesn't seem accurate to me. This, from Wikipedia: "Cerrato was hired by the Redskins in 1999. During this time, he acquired older big name stars like Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Irving Fryar, Jeff George, and Mark Carrier. He was then fired by Marty Schottenheimer in 2001. During his brief hiatus from the Redskins, Cerrato worked for ESPN as a college analyst." Regardless of if it was Snyder's will, he was still there for it. Just like Allen is right now. Just treat Snyder as the same character in both analyses, because otherwise Snyder has grown, and we all know that hasn't happened. 5. Everything you just said has been true of them like 3 times in the last 10 years, and they still suck. They have the same HC and the same roster and the same owner and they play in the same place. Don't give them too much credit, they've done this whole song and dance before and it hasn't worked. No reason to expect it will now. 6. Again, I don't think Bruce called the shots while Shanahan was here. I think some may disagree, but to do so goes in the face of everything that was reported and everything we know about Shanahan as a coach. Either way, we have a coach at .500 right now through his first 3 years and I can't think of the last time that happened to Washington. If we suck next year, or the year after, I hope that wakes Snyder up, but it won't, so instead I just choose to hope for the blind squirrel.
  15. The Batman

    The Definition of a Loser Franchise

    Correct. This is what I've been trying to say the entire time. The FO screwed up, but Kirk played the situation masterfully, and anyone trying to demonize EITHER PARTY is probably wrong. They just did a business transaction and Kirk's side did better and the FO screwed it up. No nefarious intent, just poor execution. However, I will say this once again. "Winning every contract" is EXACTLY what the fans SCREAMED for for years. We would overpay over and over and over and we would cry and cry and cry about our limited cap and why we couldn't spend less and get better deals and stop overpaying cap for old veterans and folks, this is what it looks like. This is more a missive to ES' past than anything else but just because you spend less doesn't mean you're good.