Originally posted by dj43:
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Nah... I like it. It's so bizarre and keeps it a fresh reminder of the betrayal of HC to player for all the world to see and talk about. I know he'd like nothing better than to hide Alex under a box to try and further mitigate the backstabbing, but too bad... the football world is fully aware now. As good as a large flashing sign stating "Don't come to play for Jim Harbaugh...because you may play well, get injured, and never see your job again. And for Jeebus' sake, never listen or trust a thing the man has to say to you."
I'm going late to this thread but I agree with Mr Mc. What Harbaugh has done will raise a warning flag deep in the minds of the players. It cannot be otherwise. Smith was the face of the team - fighting against the odds and coming through. His teammates loved his loyalty and courage in the face of great difficulties. They respect him. What Harbaugh has done is to open a gap between himself and the players. How wide is yet to be seen but the above will have impact in the future.
I personally find that as ridiculous. This is the NFL not high school. These are men. They like one another, but end of the day they know what happened to Alex could indeed happen to each and every one of them, cause that's the business they chose to earn their living.
The team owed not one bit of loyalty to Alex nor to any other player. The better player plays, and the guy who was able to resurrect Smith career (regardless of what some will say started prior to JH), and is proven mentor of QB's says right now Kap is the better player. The owners pay him to make that call due in part to that proven track record.
I think the locker room respects Harbaugh for making the tough choice to better the team and give them more opportunity to win. That is after all his job.
Players want to win and Harbaugh proved to them that he can show them the way last season. Every single one of them to a man is on board and all this childish drama is imaginary. I guarantee it. Free agents want to win, cause winners get paid. I also think the players will appreciate being able to keep both Bowman and Goldson as well saving on Alex's cap next season.
It was a shrewd move, and was made at the perfect time.
That's all Ill say on that though and back to the topic.