No, I have a tremendous respect for JR. I've met him in person and found him to be genuine and nice. He's worked his ass off to get where he is, and has become one of the most trusted owners in the league because he deserves it.
Has it ever occurred to you how hard it must have been for him to fire his kids? He wants a winner, and has taken some pretty difficult steps to try and field one.
He's not mailing the season in, he's trying to position the team for the future. One of the byproducts of a young roster is a cheaper salary cap, and people are using that to bash him as if he's suddenly turned into an owner who cares about nothing more that money. But the facts don't bear that out.
Right now we're in the middle of the pack because of what we've committed to people we released. That's right, we're paying out money that would have actually been worth something had we not released so many players. The cheap thing to do would have been to keep a few of them and wring the last bit of value out that we could.
Instead, we are developing talent. We're the youngest roster in the league, and management thought that the talent was there to win games anyway. Well, the talent is there but the experience is not. It will be though, and when it emerges it will be there because of actions taken this year.
BTW, next year we have to sign Davis, Kalil, Williams, Marshall, and someone else that I don't feel like looking up. And I believe we will, and when we do the talk about trying to save money will dry up.
You guys who think that JR has changed or is some sort of greedy rich guy are either new to the party or weren't paying attention in the 90s. And you couldn't be more wrong about him.
Good post, although I think they may let Marshall walk. King, C. Johnson, Anderson, maybe J. Williams, plus the names you mentioned are potential UFA's who should be ranked higher on the retention list.