Saturday, February 16, 2008

Its just business

We here at Dave's realize that the release of Zach Thomas was strictly business. The NFL is a cold sport, and when a player has played a dozen years, and is a concussion away from being forced into retirement, its a decision that has to be considered; and on a 1-15 team, made.

The amazing thing is that Zach was universally loved. No one had a single bad thing to say about him. Heck, I believe he was even more revered than Marino.

So, we bid a fond farewell to Zach. It will be weird to see him in another uniform, but like so many players who still had the fire after their teams decided to move on, it will come to pass. Johnny U, Namath, Seau, and many others have been down this path.

Zach will always *be* a Dolphin. He might play a year or two more, but like Richmond Webb, and Zonk, he will retire as a Dolphin and still be a fan favorite.

We'll miss you, but wich you well!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Spygate

I warned back in September that this deal was *far* from over, didn't I? [editor's note: only about 100 times, Dave]. So, we had the former staffer come forward and we had the commish talk in circles before the superbowl.

Enter Senator Spectre and his assessment that the answers just don't make sense. So, Roger Goodell agreed to meet with him on Wednesday. Goodell *hopes* this will all end nicely. The good senator thought something was very wrong with the timeline: the Patriots were caught, then they were fined, then they turned over the tapes, then said tapes were destroyed.

And a new piece of information emerged along the way. Bellicheat told the commish he had been using the practice of videotaping since he became a head coach in 2000. Yet the commish only asked for (and received) materials from 2006.

Its all fishy. And yeah, maybe every team does it to some degree. But, it certainly does underscore the fact that the Patriots just happened to get good when he started playing to the rules.

Lots o' stuff happening

The coaching staff is rounded out. The tapes have been watched. The evaluations have been made.

And now begins the purge. 9 players were released in advance of the free agency period. Among them were a few older underperformers and one Marty Booker who I argued should have been released 2 years ago.

Also released was Joe Toledo who had a career similar to Yatil Green's; namely he was always injured.

And Anthony Alabi was also released. Its starting to look to me like Nick's players are making their way off the roster, meaning that he really had no eye for talent.

In other news, JT was named the NFL man of the year. And he went a whole year without anyone talking divorce. Good for him. His future is not at all clear, and neither is Zach's.

At QB, it looks like we'll have *another* veteran brought in as the caretaker or whatver. I wonder if Beck will be any good? At least we have someone with potential for the first time...

There was the big sendoff down at the OB between the Canes and Dolphins that I skipped. It looked like it might be fun, but I understand that it was not well enough managed, and was just "okay"...

And of course we can still revel in the Patriots loss. Where is that 19-0 shirt anyway?