It's called being a leader! Making tough (albeit sometimes they seem cold hearted) decisions for the benefit of the group and not the individual is what a true leader does. This is why not everybody can be a leader exactly because of decisions like these. It doesn't make him cold hearted at all. Now if he didn't care how this made everyone feel at all, didn't think about the fallout of a decision like this on all the parties involved, and didn't treat all parties with the utmost respect while making and administering said decision than that would make him cold hearted. It's not like they didn't offer Smith a fair contract (or some of the other Niner FAs)that has been sitting on the table for over a week or anything. Is he supposed to wait and let Alex do what ever he wants just to make sure his feelings aren't hurt? What do you think the rest of the team (to which he is actually responsible for their well being as whole)would feel about that one? Especially if Smith ended up siging somewhere else.
Whatever, this is coming from a guy who was calling these same people out last week for not going after Manning and this week he is calling them out for going after Manning! Make up your mind you dumb senile old b*****d! He obviously is no longer able to do his job with any integrity as he has allowed his emotions to comprmise his work. He has made it clear he does not like a Harbaaugh and tries to attack him at every chance. Even if it means contradicting himself and making himself look unprofessional and foolish! I know I could choose to not read his colums and I do but he still bothers me because all his articles do is poison the Niners atmosphere for aparently no other reason than he doen't like certain people in the orginaization. I wish he would to us all a favor and retire!
[ Edited by Ramp19smoker on Mar 16, 2012 at 8:11 PM ]