Luckily, the people who employ each of us don't treat us the way we treat the folks on our teams. These are careers, lifelong dreams and last hopes going away. There are also people that give their all, time and time again, on Sundays and practice days for our team and our entertainment. They deserve more respect than some folks are giving them here.
Let's face it, until Jacksonville, it doesn't really matter how he plays; good, bad, slow or fast he's the undisputed starting QB and the group he plays with are pretty much undisputed starters. If he gets down to Jacksonville and stinks up the joint, then we can get all worked up over it. Until then, just sit back and enjoy the season to come. Cheer for a couple of undrafted guys to make the team, hope that our special teams groups gel and that no one else gets injured. Cam will be fine.
Hardy was a product of the program rather than the program a product of Hardy. Prior to that breakout year, Hardy had been almost dead weight on the team. Then he has a good season as teams start double-teaming Charles Johnson (and remember he pulled a bunch of sacks in one game against the Falcons) and everyone crowns him as the greatest ever. The entire time, too, Hardy proves himself to be boneheaded and at a severe risk for some kind of off field incident -- which eventually happened, costing the team an entire year of his services. How would we have done without Hardy in that 12-4 year? Who knows, but probably 10-6 if not still 12-4. KB, on the other hand, seems to be a good kid and he turned out a great rookie season for us last year, without being bookended with a great WR2 (unlike the Hardy/Johnson team). He was also a ROOKIE performing right out of the box, unlike Hardy's slow climb to relevance. Then KB falls to a non-contact knee injury in training camp. That's a sad accident, not something brought on by a series of bad decisions and a decided lack of wisdom. KB is the bigger loss because of the potential and that it was an injury. Hardy's loss came after his prime playing year, with a big dollar contract, all because of his own stupidity. And let's face it, great DEs are easier to find nowadays than great WRs.
Here's my crazy theory on why Cam is always slow to start in games, but gets into gear by his third series... It's the shoes. Cam always comes out and does his warm ups in his fancy Underarmor cleats. Let's face it, they make a big deal about showing them off before the game, and it is good advertising. League rules require him to change the cleats before the game starts, so it's go back to the locker room, slap on the Nikes, get taped up and get out there. So he has gotten warmed up and acclimated to the Underarmor cleats, then goes back in and switches to a different brand with different characteristics. Athletes are really particular about their shoes, the fit, the breaking them in... and he goes out and prepares with one, then plays in the others. It probably takes him three series on the field to get the feel of them and get situated again. Just to show off some special shoes and pick up some advertising dollars. Could this showboating actually be hurting the team a bit? Love the guy and can't wait to see him play, but if this is the problem, he needs to get his priorities straight.
Watching him play last year and in pre-season this year, he regularly out kicks his coverage. He can boom the punts with the best of them, but our gunners can't keep up with the ball. That points to a couple of things: either he needs to kick it higher and shorter, or possibly, quite possibly, our guys are slow and can't tackle on special teams. I'm thinking our problem is really the second one. He can drop those punts right between the 10 and 1 yard lines all day long, but if no one can tackle, it won't matter. Shorter kicks with bad tackling would only make things worse, much, much worse.
I'm not sure anyone knows greatly how the market will go. A lot of the money on Wall Street isn't made on how the market goes, but on how people invest in it -- schemes, futures, mutual funds, fees, fees and more fees.
He may not be putting Wegher back at #5 because he isn't evaluating him. Fozzy may be at #2 because he IS evaluating him. All coaches rely heavily on veterans -- that's how you build a team identity. Also you don't have to reinvent the wheel each year with vets like you do with teaching new rookies. Fozzy isn't really one of those vets yet, that takes a couple of years of play before you start getting into the safer zone (no position is completely safe, except for a few franchise level players). Rivera, however, has to compare not just preseason effectiveness, but also Fozzy's production last season. Also, has Fozzy reached his full potential, peaked, or does he still have room to grow? I'm pulling for Wegher to make the team, and I don't think he'll stay on waivers long enough to make PS, but you have to remember how happy we were to have found Fozzy last year. The guy deserves some credit and an opportunity -- he's worked hard for it, too.