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  1. megared

    NBCSports: Foster says **** this team and the fanbase

    This is what happens when a culture of finger-pointing and 'CYA'-mode allow people to focus more on self-preservation, than doing their jobs well. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that this is a 'Team Captain'. Even though he's never been a top player on *any* roster he's been on, not a top LB, ILB, or even "player that wears a number in the 50's." This is the same thought process that led to Alex Smith being named a captain before he ever played a game for this franchise. I don't know what I'm more surprised at, the nonsensical way in which they choose captains, or that Ha Ha Clinton-Dix hasn't been named one yet. Even if I'm well aware that this roster isn't going to be fixed in one offseason, meaning we can't upgrade every position, I don't want this guy here. I don't want him around the young players, and it's a disservice to every one else that actually does their job reasonably well and conducts themselves professionally. Bad player on a bad defense. He shouldn't be starting. On a good team, he's a 3rd string LB, getting most of his snaps on special teams, and making the league minimum. Instead of playing for his next contract, displaying team leadership or good common sense he *created* this.
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    Safety Clinton Dix to the skins

    Sad part about it is Alabama may run a more complex scheme than what those guys are in now. Not only were they obviously the cream of the crop athletically, but they have a defensive scheme that pro teams incorporate concepts from. Not to say Dix isn't underperforming, but how often did he find himself being the last line of a defense in college because his LBs were overmatched?
  3. Those were both non injury related retirements. The teams in both cases went after a prorated portion of the signing bonus because they were still under contract. Don't see that happening here, since the injury was unquestionably obtained on the job.
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    Pathetic crowds at home opener

    The only thing they've done to date is discontinuing the practice of dumping unsold tickets into the secondary market. The second order of business should be to figure out why they were never selling in the first place, and fixing it. In the end that will equate to lowering season ticket prices. They'll never be able to destroy the secondary market, or control the kind of fan that purchases season tickets. If they're struggling to understand why people aren't renewing, the last thing you want to do is develop more stringent requirements of fans. They need to be shifting to more flexible ticket sales to accommodate consumers' expectations, and make it a more rewarding experience than dealing with the secondary market. Why shouldn't someone be able to pick any number of games they'd like to attend which will then allow them to theoretically save money, earn some kind of points, and get discounted concessions, in one transaction? You shouldn't have to sign up for 10 games to get that.
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    Pathetic crowds at home opener

    It's still because the prices being charged don't match the actual market. You look on Stubhub earlier in the week and tickets could be had in the low $40 range. If you went to Ticketmaster at the same time and filter out the certified resellers, it started at $70. At the official price point, the difference between upper levels and the corners of the lower level is trivial, so if you're bargain hunting for tickets, and assumingly only attend games sparingly, why wouldn't you pay that little extra for a better view? It's actually shocking to me that an executive couldn't diagnose that after 2-3 home games. I know they can't change the prices in season, but longterm they have to adjust to match what people will actually pay if you want sold out crowds. It isn't rocket science. And it has little to do with the on the field product.
  6. Key difference there being he sustained a career ending neck injury, and both him and the team knew far in advance that he wasn't playing the following season, or ever again. It then became a game of allowing him to retire in the least harmful way to the Bills future. Alex Smith probably won't even be fully recovered by mid-March, when his 2020 salary becomes guaranteed. Why would he decide to retire? The best we could hope for to initiate some settlement talks is a broadcasting offer (like Witten & Romo got) that made it sensible for them to walk away.
  7. No, Barry Sander's and Calvin Johnson's retirements did not have to do with an injury, which is why they had to give a portion of their signing bonuses back. Considering Alex Smith's would be injury related, we'd have no recourse to go after any of the $27 M signing bonus or the 13 M + 15 M (2018 + 2019) salaries. Unless the front office cuts him before the fifth day of the new league year in 2019, we're on the hook for an additional $16 M (2020 salary).
  8. Even if he's 'ready' it becomes a question of if he'll ever be the same QB (ignoring his age). A big part of his success is the ability he has to run, what happens if he can no longer do that?
  9. There's no motivation for him to do that, knowing he can make at least the full $55 M if he stands pat. And since he probably won't be cleared by March, it may be the $71 M (guaranteed 2020 salary). He isn't going to be a hot commodity for a team looking for a starter, so this probably represents his last chance at being a starter, and commanding the money that goes along with it. Regardless of whether he plays again, he's going to have to do the rehab to recover, so why not do it while being paid a premium, and having access to the best medical professionals in the country?
  10. Why would he retire? So the team could go after a portion of the $27 M signing bonus and/or his guaranteed salary for 2019? There is absolutely no business reason on his end to not draw this out, and maybe even get the 2020 season guaranteed, for a total of $71 M. And I don't blame him one bit. Even worse than him not playing to expectations, was the risk that we'd be paying him to not play. And that's exactly what we'll be doing, for some time.
  11. megared

    Starting QB 2019???

    I hope Colt plays well enough to get Bruce fired. Meaning the gap in his and Smith's play is small enough to show that the trade wasn't necessary in the first place, and then we massively overpaid for what we got. The absolute last thing I want to do is bring in another vet QB in the off-season. Long term I think it's about time we start looking at QBs in the draft, but this upcoming draft class isn't strong at the position, and we probably wouldn't be in an ideal position to grab one anyways.
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    What is Wrong with Alex Smith?

    I'm personally a fan of the "How can we get out of Alex's contract?" thread. It gives me hope after watching this offense.
  13. The bigger issue is that the price of the cheapest tickets now exceed what the market says what they should be. In the past, the secondary market adjusted because brokers cared more about offloading the tickets than appeasing season ticket holders.
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    Next Day Thread: Redskins vs. Bucs

    Too bad the trade deadline's passed.
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    When Can We Get Out of the Alex Smith Contract???

    But it's not really a binary decision...either we: Pay him for 2 seasons (1 to play, 1 to go away) $55 M or we pay him for 3 seasons, $71 M That decision point is near the beginning of the new league year, in March. And if we keep him, there's absolutely zero point in drafting a QB this draft, because you then waste half of a rookie contract that you could be building the rest of the roster, paying Smith for production he isn't ever likely to justify. Even worse, in this scenario you limit the ability of the team to move on from the current FO, coaching structure. What new regime wants to come in, and be tied to Smith for the next two years? Then if you keep playing him, he generally does just enough to guarantee to you're never contending for a top QB without trading assets. Draft comes after that decision point. I'd love to know whose idiotic idea it was to give Alex Smith this much leverage in contract negotiations.