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Stewie

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  1. I actually have a different take in this particular case about contract and upholding it. When Horn signed contract both he and the FO was under the impression that he would have major contribution. You don't sign a guarantee contract in the NFL for someone who is going to be sitting on your bench. So with that in mind I can respect the fact that he doesn't want to just take the money and do little or nothing for the team. As for him discussing with the FO to go somewhere else, I don't have any doubt that it already been discussed and the FO probably already tried to move him but got no taker with his contract. It's really not his fault that they guarantee him(who was 36 at the time?) for 4 years(I think). That was just a terrible deal to give someone at that age that kind of contract.

    Beside the fact about not studied the playbook(which this is the first I heard), I think Horn went about this as diplomatic as he can giving his situation. The guy still think he can play but know that he would not be able to play here with all the young WR so he wants to go somewhere else where he can play. Giving that he is 36 or 37 yr old now, it's not like he has many years left where he can wait for his contract to run out. I don't fault him for wanting that.

    So how did he go about getting what he wants? Personally I think he caused as little distraction as possible and still got what he wanted, and he didn't burn any bridges during the process either. He didn't complain about why he would not get playing time here. Horn actually understood why he would not get to play here, which is rather rare for a WR in the NFL.

    I can understand, and even agree with what you are saying. My beef, in addition to what I said earlier, is that Horn seemed to feel he deserved to be the starter over younger, more talented players. Football is a daily competition, and if you are not the best, you don't deserve to play. Horn seemed to live under the delusion that because he has 13 years in the league, he should be anointed the starter. He said in a radio interview with a Miami radio station yesterday (I believe) that he came to the first camp, saw that he was placed with the 2nd and 3rd stringers and decided to skip the rest of the OTA's. To me that just seems bush league. If you really want to go somewhere else, bust your butt and show how god you are while working with the FO for a resolution. We need to remember that while he may have been a good teacher to the younger WR's last year, he still ranked only 6th in receptions.

    This is not to mention the fact that he has said he is injured, and therefore did not play in any pre-season games, yet now that he has been released, he is healthy and good to go.

    I will STRONGLY agree with you that the onus of this problem should be placed at the feet of the prior administration for signing him to such a long contract (considering his age). That has turned out to be a horrible move.

  2. Is it necessary to bash Horn? It's not like he is badmouthing the FO as he left. The guy still wants to play and obviously he was not going to get to play here. Between just showing up to collect a paycheck and wanting to contribute while collecting a paycheck, I think the latter is more respectable.

    The reason I bash him is because of the tactics he used to get released. If you don't want to play for a team, fine. But he signed a contract, and he should live up to that contract until such time he is traded or released. He skips ALL OTA's, then comes into training camp admitting that he hasn't studied the playbook. In my opinion, that is grounds for me to bash him. If he really doesn't want to be here, then he should discuss that with the Front Office and work to go somewhere else. But don't give up on the team while you are still wearing the colors.

    It obviously is not just him...it is rampant in our sports society. I just think it is ridiculous...

  3. Leroi Moore dies of complications from ATV accident

    08/19/2008

    We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.

    Whether you like the Dave Matthews Band or not, this guy was an amazing talent. He helped arrange many of their songs, and was an unbelievable saxophone, clarinet and flute player. He will be missed...RIP.

  4. yeah, really - since everybody gets opportunity to start - why would you not want your "franchise QB" to start the first home pre-season game????? Especially since Matt is coming off a good game and Falcons are so desperate to market Matt Ryan to sell season tix. Plus, for selfish reasons - I wanted to see him start since I'm going to the dome, too.....oh well, I'm sure he will play a lot.

    Oh well, it could be because they want the 3rd game to have the most plays from the starters and already expect Ryan to be the starter.

    I think you nailed the reason in your last sentence.

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