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No. 1 Dolphins free agent must re-sign? Brian Hartline

The most important Dolphins free agent for the team this offseason? You could argue Randy Starks. Some believe it is Jake Long, although I totally disagree there. Other think Sean Smith, although I see him as very inconsistent and wonder how he'll react to getting paid.

Nope, I believe it's receiver Brian Hartline.

As I write in my column in Sunday's Miami Herald, the Dolphins cannot have a second consecutive season in which they lose wide receiver talent. They need to add at that position and, frankly, Hartline is a certainty while players such as Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings are not.

The fact is neither we nor the Dolphins know exactly what will become of Wallace and Jennings before free agency begins. Yes, they're slated to be UFAs. Yes, they would add talent to Miami's needy offense.

But we cannot be certain they'll be available because free agency doesn't begin until the middle of March. And teams have a window during which they can sign their own free agents. And most good teams don't lose their good players.

So no one knows if Wallace or Jennings will be availabe. The Dolphins do know Hartline is a good player and is available now. My column lets Hartline talk about his feelings on returning to Miami and how he'd feel if the Dolphins don't re-sign before the start of free agency.

Hartlne, by the way, agrees with me that Miami can't be losing WR talent and hoping to get better. 

“As a football guy, to get rid of your leading receiver in back-to-back years. I think that would be tough," he told me. "It’s tough to do. And I understand, they’re in a tough situation and I’m not in a position to say how to do it. I don’t do that. That’s not my job. But that’s hard to do as a franchise if you want to build something. If it costs a little more than you expected, well, that’s the nature of the NFL sometimes.”

A lot of fans often get caught up in the free agency trap of arguing about what a player is not. We all know Hartline is not a No. 1 receiver.

But good teams focus on what players are. Hartline is a good No. 2 wide receiver and if he's you're No. 3 you have a stellar WR corps.

What else is Hartline?

He can play any WR position because he knows them all. He's good in the locker room. He isn’t high-maintenance. Yes, he had one instance where he got frustrated with a coach who was asking him what he saw on the field and because he had already explained himself previously and still the ball wasn’t coming to him, Hartline shut down and simply didn’t talk.

But that was one passing moment this year. He doesn’t jack up the quarterback on the sideline. He doesn’t threaten to punch coaches if they don’t get him the ball, as one previous Dolphins receiver did in 2010.

“I was wrong but you have to let how to handle it,” Hartline said. “I understand now that  I was acting hard-headed because it was a game situation. I was frustrated. It happened once because it’s a passionate sport. But it won’t happen again. It was wrong because you need to learn how to handle it. I didn’t blow up on anybody but wasn’t helping anybody so I’ve learned from that.”

Hartline wants to be signed by the time free agency opens. The ball is in Miami's court. Once free agency begins the ball is in Hartline's court.

“You know, I tell you what, if I do go elsewhere, I’ll tell you what I told Jeff [Ireland]: If we get to free agency, as much as you guys interview me, I’m going to be interviewing you," Hartline said. "Like we’re 7-9. How do you see us getting better? I want to know, too. I want to win. I need to win. That’s what I’d do with other teams, too. I’m going to interview them as much as they want to interview me.

“I want to see myself buying into wherever I see myself at – here, there, wherever. Once I buy in, I’m all in. I want don’t want to be doubting people. I know there are trusts that build over time. But as much as they’re buying into me, I’m buying into you.”

Whatever happens -- whether Miami signs Hartline before free agency or not -- the receiver understands the next couple of months will be busy.

“It’s going to hectic," he said. 

 

 

 

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Sparano's only been there 1 year. I guess Sherman should be fired also?

jokyla,

Im sure you based your last post on the fact Randy Starks is going into his 10th season.

Im really stupid but I gotta ask: "Arent teams usually looking to replace players going into thier 10th season instead of resigning them to big fa contracts?

Gosh, Im really stupid! LOL...

Posted by: dadsmithwest | January 06, 2013 at 09:59 PM

Daddy-O, Absolutly Right, Lets hope he stays right where he is.

Espn's praising away at the Colts 11-5 record after 1-15. No one's talking how 1 season shy of 1-15 and going 11-5 stunted our growth. The following season we drafted "27TH".

No team 1 yr shy of 1-15 has no business drafting "27TH" the following year. Not even one that includes Andrew Luck.

Just at thier pass rush positions alone both thier best are in the double-digit number of thier playing careers. They still have "lots of work to do" and begin it this year picking at the 27th position.

25TH-26TH, not 27th

Reggie Wayne's going into his 13th season. Guess how much more great mileage theyll get from him. TY Hilton is 2nd on thier depth chart at #1 wr behind Wayne.

Guess what folks, how long do you think the Colts will be able to depend on a 5'9 183lb #1 wr? Can you say serious durability issues over the course of his career?

YG, Your thoughts on Phins re-signing Hartline, If Memory serves me right you said let him walk..

TG, What are Waynes Past injurys?

Donnie Avery is the Colts #2 wr. If he's moved to #1 wr, he isnt going to scare anyone.

Of course they could look to go two TE(Fleener/Allen) like the Pats. But a hitch is already in that plan because Fleener went on IR early in the year. Will Fleener have an injury plagued career?

Thier still lots of concerns surrounding the Colts. They'll pick around 26th and we already know how difficult it is to bring in the neccessary talent drafting so far back. One "SHORT SEASON" of 1-15.

Dont put Luck in any sb games and hof just yet.

Posted by: ( . ) ( . ) MaGee | January 06, 2013 at 11:07 PM

I would love to see us sign Jennings. But back it up by drafting at least 1 of the good rookie wr's and move Hartline to slot.

Hartline can play slot, and he's faster than Bess, though he may not be quite as quick. I believe Hartline in the slot gives us a homerun threat there. Bess doesnt.

Plus it maybe fun watching Hartline operate against "nickel corners" after having worked exclusively against "#1 and #2 corners. Hartline should have a "field day season" in this scenario. LOL...

Matching Hartline against a nickel corner should be like Hartline going against a "2nd team" starting corner in preseason.

That's why I would love Hartline in the slot. It should be a terrible mismatch for that nickel corner. Plus, its more pressure on the safeties because there 1 more reciever on the field they need to guard against getting deep.

Bess was never in a safety's nightmares, but, Im sure he was in many of thier fanstasy covers. They had nay worry with Bess on the field.

Chip Kelly staying at Oregon.

The only team I thought had the slimmest chance to hire him was Philly. Thats becaise of the thier team speed on offense at the skill position.

Chip Kelly loves speed! Still he's staying put I guess he loves the speed he still has at Oregon even more.

I Miami makes hartline a free agent hes on a planetrip to Boston..

bush and hartline and starks we must sign all of them we have the money.

I dont think Kelly was sold on Nick Fowles at all. Kelly needs a very athletic qb, who can also pass, in his offensive system. Fowles is far from athletic.

But I do believe Kelly may have been intrigued with thier speed at wr and rb. But Fowles isnt the qb to make Kelly's offense click. Based on that, Kelly wouldnt have job security for long in the nfl.

Miami makes hartline a free agent hes on a planetrip to Boston..

Posted by: ( . ) ( . ) MaGee | January 06, 2013 at 11:27 PM

EXACTLY, AND BELLICHIK WILL DO EXACTLY WHAT I SAY MIAMI NEEDS TO DO, PUT HARTLINE IN WELKER'S VACATED SLOT POSITION.

THEN BRADY WILL BE ABLE TO STRETCH THE FIELD FROM THE SLOT POSITION TOO WITH HARTLINE.

BELICHIK WOULD HAVE A WOODIE SEE HARTLINE PLAYING SLOT.

Knowing Drew Rosenhause you can bet your bottom Dollar he's already talking to New England..

A still cant figure how any sane person claiming to know anything about football would suggest Starks is a priority. Entering his 10th season, he should be happy with any offer that isnt "VET MINIMUM".

You dont sign any player with 10 or more years of mileage to a big contract, unless he plays qb, and his name is Peyton Manning. Then you still have 2-3 serious seasons to chase a sb championship.

FOLKS, A 10YR VET(RANDY STARKS) IS NOT A PRIORITY SIGNING!

ANYTIME YOU HAVE A PLAYER WITH 10YRS(STARKS) IN THE LEAGUE. IT'S TIME TO BEGIN PLANS OF REPLACING HIM. NOT SIGNING HIM TO A BIG FA CONTRACT! LOL...

EVEN IF STARKS LEAVES, HE'S ONLY GOING TO GIVE HIS NEW TEAM 2 GOOD SEASONS MAX. IT'S NOT LIKE HE'S GOING TO LEAVE AND BECOME A PERRENIAL PRO BOWLER. LOL...

ALSO, I WOULD HATE TO SEE US RESIGN HARTLINE WITH PLANS OF HAVING AS A #1 OR #2 WR. HARTLINE NEEDS TO REPLACE BESS AS PRIMARY SLOT WR.

STILL, BESS IS CHEAP ENOUGH TO KEEP ON THE TEAM AND IN THE WR ROTATION. ITS NOT ABOUT HURTING ANYONE'S FEELINGS. ITS ABOUT FIELDING THE BEST OFFENSIVE TEAM POSSIBLE.

Yesterday's Gone 4Ever, posting 24/7 is more an indicator that you have no life then that you know anything about football.

YG, With Ireland doing the Negotitations I'am sure we're not onna come out good... lol :)

Bellichik has a huge problem nobody's talking about either. Ryan Mallet was drafted 3rd rd, meaning his contract is for 4yrs.

2 of those years are already up. Brady will be the starter next year. If next year looks like this year, Brady will still be the starter going into the final year of Mallet's rookie contract.

So what does Bellichick do? How can you give Mallet a big new contract without a big picture of on the field work?

Bellichik has a very huge decision to make regarding Ryan Mallet in the next two seasons. Because it doesnt look Brady's slowing at all right now. LOL.

Yesterday's Gone 4Ever, posting 24/7 is more an indicator that you have no life then that you know anything about football.
Posted by: RG4 | January 07, 2013 at 12:19 AM

NO, ITS MORE AN INDICATOR I PRETTY MUCH STAY OUT OF TROUBLE.

BE OUT AND ABOUT AND EVEN IN YOUR FRIENDS FACES ALL OF THE TIME IS AN OPEN INVITATION FOR TROUBLE.

WHEN YOU MATURE, HOPEFULLY YOU LEARN THIS TOO.

Bellichik has a huge problem?? LMFAO!! WHAT A DRAMA QUEEN!! LOL

yg, yOU KNOW AS WELL As I do Belicheat will trade him to some Idiots residing either in Cleveland,Oakland,Dallas or even Miami for two 1st round picks, Krafts people are..... Well there "KRAFTY".. LOL

Hartline has been the best player on this team this year he should be MVP.

Based on my 12:23 post, I now wouldnt be shocked if Bellichick drafted Matt Barkley, he will be drafting bottom 1st rd anyway.

Makes sense because Ryan Mallet's contract is up in two years and Brady shows no signs of slowing.

Barkley could sit behind Brady for at least 4yrs. His contract as a 1st rd pick would be for 5yrs. Then Bellichik trades Mallet before his contract's up.

Then he doesnt lose Mallet for nothing in fa. At the rate Brady's playing, I still see him as starter over the next 2 seasons.

YG, Brady could be playing for another 5 or 6 yeas, Your right he's not slowing down. He must be in Cahots with the DEVIL himself..AKA Belichet.

Posted by: ( . ) ( . ) MaGee | January 07, 2013 at 12:29 AM

So funny, you and RG4's post always have the exact same time stamp. Im not stupid. LOL

Anyway "twin of deception"(my new name for u, lol), Bellichik also has to have a credible plan in place even if he does trade Mallet.

That's why the shocker, that would not very much shock me, is taking Matt Barkley to sit behind Brady for the next 4yrs.

If not, I'll just assume Bellichik has his retirement plans in place about the same time Brady will have his retirement plan in place. They both walk off into the sunset hand in hand. LOL...

YG, LOL, Iam notRG4, And I think you might be right, I See tommy-Boy and bill walking off in the sunset too, Only in 4 years a 2 more super bowl trips..JUST SAYING..

Posted by: ( . ) ( . ) MaGee | January 07, 2013 at 12:46 AM

John Elway may have put a hitch into thier sb plans. Peyton's seen everything Bellichick can throw at him and has learned to over come it. Then Denver has Dummerville/Von Miller to get the pressure on Brady.

Just like Elway's last two seasons were sb wins. Its possible manning career ending script could be the exact same.

I absolute like how Denver stacks up against Bellichik/Brady with Manning/Dummerville-Von Miller.

Guess what guys,

Tannehill beat the Bengals and he beat the Seahawks.

Tannehill has beaten 2 playoff teams while Matt Moore beat none. LOL...

If the Seahawks advance to the sb, then we can say Tannehill beat a "sb team". LOL...

B Hartline is overrated...can't be said enough. He's a #3 at best. He appears stellar on this team because there are NO other options. Let him test the market...watch he won't get anywhere near what he thinks. He won't get Stevie Johnson money because he isn't near as productive. He's not even close to Jordy Nelson or Erik Decker. I'm trying to place him for free agency. 1 TD this year and what 4 for his career here. Sign Jennings and Wallace at 10 mil per. Watch Tannehill flourish.

jokyla,

Im sure you based your last post on the fact Randy Starks is going into his 10th season.

Im really stupid but I gotta ask: "Arent teams usually
looking to replace players going into thier 10th season instead of resigning them to big fa contracts?

Gosh, Im really stupid! LOL...

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | January 06, 2013 at 10:45 PM
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Stupid or not, where did you get, "...resigning them to **BIG** fa contracts?"

Jokyla only said he would be a top priority were it up to him. You added in the "BIG" contract part.

Starks just turned 29 - 3 weeks ago and has been virtually injury free throughout his collegiate AND NFL careers. He appears to be in his prime and playing at a consistently high level. He's obviously our best interior lineman except for POSSIBLY and arguably Paul Solia.

Should we be looking to replace the ageing vet? Probably. But until we come up with someone better than Odrick, McDaniels and Kheeston Randall, I see no reason why we shouldn't **OFFER** Starks a **REASONABLE** 3 to 4 year deal.

No one has mentioned breaking the bank over the guy..........well.........except for you actually. But anywhoo, at the right price, I would put a high priority rating on resigning him myself.

Having JUST TURNED 29, Starks appears to be in his prime. He's shown no signs of slowing down and is most likely our BEST interior lineman! I say give him a fair deal and let him retire a Dolphin. Lets plug some holes BEFORE we start creating new ones.

Yesterday's Gone 4Ever, posting 24/7 is more an indicator that you have no life then that you know anything about football.

Posted by: RG4 | January 07, 2013 at 12:19 AM
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He's also apparently arguing with himself about giving Starks a **BIG** FA contract. No offense YG, but you're the ONLY person I've seen even mentioning giving Starks a **BIG** contract.
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ANYTIME YOU HAVE A PLAYER WITH 10YRS(STARKS) IN THE LEAGUE. IT'S TIME TO BEGIN PLANS OF REPLACING HIM. NOT SIGNING HIM TO A BIG FA CONTRACT! LOL...

Posted by: Yesterday's Gone 4Ever! | January 07, 2013 at 12:04 AM
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Starks was 28 up until 3 weeks ago, has been virtually injury free, and probably most importantly, he's our best interior lineman.

If he walks we'll be counting on Odrick, McDaniels or Rookie Kheeston Randall next year. That, and/or using a pretty high pick in trying to replace him. We could try using a later pick, but there's no guarantees. Also, thats how we got Randall.

Nothing against our depth guys, but at this point, none of them can play inside at the level Starks has for the past few years.

Starks is(he should be)a priority signing for us this off season. Thats not to say we should overpay or make it an unusually long contract. But to replace him we would have to use a premium pick(with no guarantees)or look for another (probably) high priced Free Agent.

It doesn't make any sense whatsoever to let him walk at this point. His asking price shouldn't be to incredibly high either. But we need to give the guy a reasonable 2 to 3 year offer. Good solid Defensive Tackles don't grow on trees. Starks is a beast against the run and gets good pressure up the middle on passing plays. Depth-wise, he can play outside in a pinch.

He'll eventually need to be replaced, but this isn't the year to do it. We should give Odrick and Randall another year to develop and use all our Money and Picks on **Playmakers** and **Difference Makers**.

That's my Story and I'm sticking too it ;)

ValHalla!!!!

billcale says:

I also like Fasano to return. I know it won't be popular but with a question mark over Clay -and especially Egnew -why not? Fasano caught 41 of 41 catchable balls thrown his way this year, according to PFF, yet he was only targeted 60 times or so. This was less than half of what the more popular tight ends saw this year. If you are throwing to flypaper, why not do it more? Coaches or Tannehill sure missed on him this year.
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The above is how people use statistics for their own purposes. Fasano was not thrown to more because he just does not get open. Fasano does many good things but he will never be a consistant offensive weapon as a receiver. The Dolphins really need to go into free agency for a TE.

They better re-sign Hartline!

promichael; Do you really think Tannehill found him on exactly the 41 times he was open -that he finally got THE SEPARATION. And Tannehill happened to deliver a catchable ball, to boot(?!). That seems plausible...

Well, we don't seem to have watched the same games. It would be hard to count the number of times Tannehill missed open receivers this year -Fasano included. However, for me, that is to be expected of rookie QBs.

I would agree with anyone who said that Fasano seemed to have gone missing in some games. I don't know that I can lay that off on Fasano, though. Play calls and QBs choices have a lot to do with the involvement of all receivers in the passing game. For instance, many times Fasano was used as more of a blocker than receiver on plays.

My guess is that the tight end group of the Dolphins will get a sorely needed upgrade -particularly if the coaches feel Egnew will not work out. But the Dolphins are left NO tight ends if your plan is not successful -discounting the very slim possibility that Charles Clay becomes a world-beater next season. And sans Fasano, the team is reduced by one of the better pass-catching and blocking tight ends in the NFL.

While I don't trust Ireland's judgement just yet, I trust yours even much less. I'm absolutely positive that Fasano and anybody -ANYBODY -he talks to about a future contract will be shaping that contract around his 2012 stats.

RG3 is going to have a very short career if Shanahan doesn't change the way he uses him. This ain't college. You can't make the read-option the cornerstone of your offense. You can utilize it, but you need a traditional offense so that you don't put your QB in harm's way every down.

It seems that Andrew Luck can fare no better than any other QB when the OL is overpowered by the DL. The Indy rookie spent a lot of time running for his life yesterday and his speedy receivers and big tight ends could not bail him out.

On top of the defense Indy needs to be a true challenger, it appears that they might need some OL support. Just guessing here but I think they look for even speedier WRs and even bigger TEs during FA and the draft... NOT.

There is no excuse not to sign all their FA's. Tons of free cap space.

LMAO. 28-O. You are as good as YOUR LAST GAME MORONS.
LMAO.

Mike Shanahan, what have you done???

Hope it was worth it Mike, to make the playoffs in a one and done format and in the meantime put the career of one of the most dynamic players in the NFL in jeopardy by not developing him properly. Can't have your QB be a running back too. Qbs should only run on draws and when plays break down - like DC said, your QBs pass the ball and your RB runs the ball ..

bill,

I know I was fighting a losing argument against Mando and many of the bloggers here last week when I said the Dolphins need to invest heavily at the offensive tackle position whether it's jake Long, a high draft pick, or a signficant free agent. But looking at this weekend's games - you could see that if your tackles aren't competent - your offense gets destroyed fast.

Our tackles right now without jake Long are an F grade. We will have no chance if the position isn't seriously addressed. No doubt. Maybe will do ok in the regular season for the msot part playing against the Buffalos and the jacksonvilles but as soon as you play real teams - we will get likked!!

DC,

You Sound Like Mike Sherman, when The Media Asked Him Why Aren't The Fins Using The Spread Option More!!

Sherman replied, Because I don't Want To Get My Boy Killed! Plus, I want Him To Learn To Play Qb!! When The Time Comes, White Lightning Will Run!!


DC, Another Thing I Noticed Yesterday. A.Morris Is A Good RB! But HE SUCKS at Pass Blocking!!

Mike Shanahan Is The Biggest Opportunist! In The NFL!!

YG,

If TY Hilton Is To Short and Small To Be a #1!! Why all The Hassling about Draft S.Bailey?

Just Saying.

With 1 leg, RG3 is light years ahead of TANNEBUST.

Billcale....

I woudn't read to much in to the debacle that happened in Baltimore yesterday....

The Ravens have wone a playoff game in 5 consecutive seasons including this one....

The Ravens also do historically well against Rookie QBs due to superior athletes...and game scheme.....couple that with the ULTIMATE Warrior Ray Lewis playing for the 1st time in 2 months....to go along with his announced retirement.....

Remember...the Ravens D has embarrassed far more seasoned QBs in the playoffs than A. Luck....Chad P....Tom Brady....and Ben Rothislberger are just a few that come to mind....

I would say the Colts didn't have a shot....

The Colts are an up and comming team...I am not a fan of Luck...but you don't win 11 games in this league by accident...you do it because you're QB can make plays....

The Colts will be back next year...and the year after that...and so on...and so forth....

It is most likely the Ravens that are on the decline...and that team looked like team on their last legs...and they KNOW IT....

Even the GOODBYE to Ray Lewis could be telling in that the Coach doesn't believe that Ray will have a bigger stage this season to send him out properly....

The Ravens won....but not in the impressive...intimidting...Ravens fashion we have become accustomed to.....

Mark/DC......

Like you...and most fans...I question the morality of what Shanny did with RG3....it seemed obvious to us that he should have pulled him...

but listening to former players (my favorite source to get info...and most credible imo (DC))....

They have ALL backed Shanny when it comes to playing his star QB...

I might not agree with them....but they have definetly made me pause in my thinking....as I take in they're opinions on the subject....I find myself trying to digest this from ALL angles....and as of now....I'm not willing to say he was wrong....

I would take Andrew Luck any day.

My question would be (since this is a sports blog and we spectate and debate) after that playoff game and RG3s nasty injury, was he still worth all of those draft picks?

MiamiD...

If RG3 wins even ONE SB (and I believe he is highly likely).....

Then YES....he was worth the picks...imo....

Kris, I don't think anyone is doubting Andrew Luck but that o line play was abhorent. This is not the Baltimore defense of years passed and Indy receivers were running open all over the field. This Baltimore defense was 17th overall in yards, 17th in run d, 20th in pass d, was without their top corner. Sure those rankings were impacted by injuries but even still that defense at full strength is good now but not the Ravens of 2000 by a longshot. Competent tackle play gets Indy the win because Flacco was crap - Boldin and Ray rice accounted for over 200 of his 250 pass yards by making crazy plays on their own.

Kris,

I hate To Say it, but Joe Flacco Is Not That Good. If Flacco was a Better Qb, the Ray-vens Could've Won Maybe 1 More Superbowl The Last 5 Years!

The Ravens Offense is LOADED!! And Flacco Doesn't Use It To Its Full Potential!! Shame!!

The Ravens Have Great Wr's!! Physical, Fast, Catch The Ball!! But Flacco Only Knows How To Throw It Up!! He's Not Very Good At Moving The Chains!!

I Know The Ravens Will Resign Joe, Because All The Qb's On The Market Suck!! But it Might Not Be The Right Move If You Ask Me!!

I Just Don't See The Ravens Even Making The Playoffs Next Year!! Without Ray and E.Reed!! Flacco isn't good enough to carry the team by himself!!

Guys,

Agree with you on RGIII and what Shanahan did yesterday. He's going to kill a great talent and that's just sad! What a cop-out for him to say after the game 'RGIII wanted to keep playing'. BS! He's the HC. His fault! And the talk this morning is that th kid has probably tron his ACL, the second tear to that knee. Shanahan's a dork and he's going to mess the kids' career up. What shame!

What they SHOULD have done (and again Shanhan thinks he's smarter than everybody else), was add a VETERAN QB before the season started. Then you wouldn't have a 4th round rookie QB on the sideline, who's hardly taken any snaps this year, ready to come in and play, when RGIII should have been pulled. No question, Shanahan lost this game for the 'skins.

I wonder if he will even last that long though. If he is unable to run anymore will his passing game be enough? He is accurate but part of his aura is his running ability. Keeps a defense honest. I think he's good but not good enough to win a Super Bowl.

Hey, neither Brady or Manning look good against the Raven D either.

I am sold on Luck, I'm still not sold on Wilson, Kaepernick, or Tannehill

Kris, as the Qb and leader of his team and being the MAN that RG3 is, yes he should've wanted to play and needed to play. however, this is a time when the coach makes an unpopular decision and takes one on the chin for the team and for the franchise. He should've laid on the sword for everyone's best interest. This guy is Washington's ONLY opportunity for sustained success and he shouldn't be treated him like a disposable Terrell Davis or Orlandis Gary.

Shanahan is a 60 year old wise sage man and should be making decisions with the big picture in mind. Some guys don't come back from serious ACl injuries. Not everyone is Adrian Peterson. He may have set the franchise back 5-6 years with that decision yesterday. Time will tell.

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