DownvoteDon Posted March 1, 2013 Share Posted March 1, 2013 (edited) At the beginning of "The Godfather", war hero and scholar Michael Corleone shares a story with his fiance that illustrates the ruthless efficiency of his father. She is horrified, but he immediately explains "That's my family . . . not me."Of course, at the end of the movie, he brutally eliminates the leaders of the five families who are a threat to HIS family. He has learned that his father was ruthless by necessity, not character.The New England Patriots have a history of cutting high profile, popular veterans (Lawyer Malloy most immediately comes to mind.) Dimitroff is part of the Patriot family. We have seen him release players, even beloved players in the past (Brian Finneran, Brian Wiliams) but today's cuts show just how dedicated Dimitroff is to preserving the success of this franchise.In the NFL, teams simply cannot afford to carry players who perform under their cap hit. While loyalty can and should be rewarded, there are limits. In Dimitroff's judgment, Robinson, Abraham and Turner, either based on recent performance or despite recent performance, were likely to under perform their salary cap hit in 2013. Either they will be resigned to lesser contracts, or they will play elsewhere, but the Falcons will be a better team because of these moves. . . . . we hope.Either way, today we know that Thomas Dimitroff is a Patriot . . . a Corleone, and a true Falcon. Edited March 1, 2013 by holymoses Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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