Dre3001, on Jun 13 2012 12:50 PM, said:
I will agree it is a passing league now but those teams have/had elite QBs and WRs.
Did the Bronco's make the playoffs last year with their passing game??? Or the Ravens?? Or the 49ers??
There are still tons of teams out their that don't have elite Qbs and use their running game to compliment their passing game.
I saw that you mentioned earlier that we only had 5 wins with the leagues best running back but what if we had a decent/ above average passing game to compliment that. We could have doubled the win total. Running backs may not be as important as they once were but at the same time they play a vital role. If they were really as insignificant as you say they are then why have running backs period??
I don't think anyone is trying to diminish the value of a good running game to compliment a passing attack.
What people are saying is that MJD is under contract. He has 2 years left on the deal he signed that STILL has him being compensated at an elite level comparable to the top backs in the league.
What people are saying is that the team rewarded him with that contract in anticipation of what they HOPED he could accomplish. There was no track record to use as a basis at that point. He was a part time back up to that point, but he started the season as a starter with a contract that made him the 3rd highest paid back in the league.
The other two backs who made more money are BOTH out of the league 3 years later.
People understand why he is doing this. But, they also recognize that the team has absolutely no obligation to do anything at this point, and they have made it clear that's their intent. Knowing they're not going to give him a new contract, there's really nothing left to debate here.
He may indeed have outperformed his contract, so in his eyes, he feels he's deserving of a bump. What if he didn't? Would he have been as willing to say "You know what guys, I didn't earn the $7 million you paid me last year because I underperformed by 30%, so here's a check for $2 million."
At some point, he's going to have to return to the locker room with his tail between his legs. Had he done something similar to what Mathis did when he held out on his contract, he might get more consideration for possibly reworking his deal when the time is right. Unfortunately, unlike Mathis, he decided to take it to the next level by not participating in mandatory activities. That sends the message that this is about him, and that the whole concept that he's a team guy is nothing more than lip service.
He's sent his message about being unhappy about his contract. Yesterday was the day to set that aside and get back to work, but he decided to play the petulant child role and dig in his heels. In the end, he's not going to get what he wants, and he's going to have to accept that fact.
The longer he lets this thing linger, the less sympathy / support he'll get from the fans. He's hurting his brand, and he's hurting his team by not being there.
Never argue with idiots. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.