Jerry Rice was statistically the best receiver in NFL history. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have been reasonable for Oakland to cut him after the 2003 season when he’s 41, had less than 1000 yards receiving, and only 2 touchdowns.
Kluwe, OVER HIS CAREER, was the best kicker in Vikings history. Kluwe in 2012 was an average, at best, punter in the league. He was an average at best punter making with roughly a $1.5 million cap hit. Kluwe’s CAREER performance doesn’t indicate that a cut following the 2012 season couldn’t be “performance related”. Unless the Vikings had access to a time machine.
Was it “fishy” a year before, when they still had more pressing needs (and weren’t just coming off of a playoff run), when they released their FG kicker and drafted 20 picks later than Locke was (175 compared to 155)?As a Vikings fan I can tell you it was pretty fishy from the start. They burned a 5th round draft pick on a punting slot when several other positions were far more pressing. (examples: Literally any offensive slot not currently occupied by someone named Adrian Peterson) Kluwe was good at what he did.
Kluwe, like Longwell, WAS good at what he did. However, they had become average at best players who were nearing the end of their contracts and required more money to keep than a younger player would. What happened to Kluwe almost directly mirrors what happened to Longwell a year before, despite Longwell not being some kind of political activist.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
Maybe it was a smart move on his part.
I am sure there are plenty of companies that would hire him even though he just threw his current employeers under the bus.
They just had Kluwe on Minnesota Public Radio. Probably no audio yet since it just happened. He did say that declining performance and his big contract were definitely factors in other teams not picking him up. His feeling in personally dealing with coaches in private indicated that his advocacy was not welcomed by the coaching staff. See in his article where he recounts that Leslie Frazier asked him to stop, but said "Well, I guess I'm overruled" when Kluwe told him that Zygi Wilf wanted him to continue. More of a personal feeling, which none of us were there to witness.
I do understand that taken as a whole, releasing Kluwe made sense, and that his advocacy was part of a bigger picture. On the other hand, discounting it completely as one factor among others is not really looking at the bigger picture.
I didn't claim it was "exactly" like anything except in your head, though there are parallels. Not surprisingly, you think it's totally justified because Kluwe's viewpoint is liberal and Robertson's isn't. Kluwe talked to team lawyers first, I doubt Robertson went to that much trouble. It's not "exactly" like it. It's different on a variety of levels, but you don't think there's any similarity at all?
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