Clearing the decks, six-pack.
More decks to clear and opening it up for a convo down below.
No fresh perspectives here at Kanick on the Banner/Lombardi story; nothing that hasn’t been said before. Here’s 27 posts from our “Browns punt 2013” category. Enjoy.
Peter King does a nice job describing the behind-the-scenes action that led to the bad Chud firing and then, karmic-ly, to Banner/Lombardi’s dismissal. Jason La Canfora is peculiarly tweaked that Banner/Lombardi have been let go; no word from La Canfora on whether he wants to retract his equally wrong hatchet job on the GM who drafted four of the six Browns Pro-Bowlers.
Hahaha… ok Jason. Banner/Lombardi brought in Kruger-Bryant-Bess; Heckert drafted Cameron-Ward-Haden-Gordon. Your move.
Overall, I’m feeling good that a guy who was effectively our top scout last year is now in charge of our draft and free agency. At the same time, a little squirrelly about everyone reporting to Jimmy. More on these subjects to be sure in the upcoming days/weeks.
1a. Sulky Banner.
Ok, this is a pretty funny scene. Apparently Banner didn’t want to talk to Schiano, Banner did, and awkwardness ensued. From the King article:
Banner wanted nothing to do with Schiano. Haslam was intrigued with him after the over-the-top recommendation from Belichick. The group flew to Tampa to interview Schiano, and one source said Banner was cold to Schiano, not participating much in the interview.
Haha. Wonder what that private jet home was like. Pretty quiet I’m guessing.
2. On Michael Sam.
This thing is going to be done to death. My main concern is that the ‘hot-take saturation point’ will be reached and then the story will tuned out. It’s a nice step forward. We’ll know real progress has been made when this is not a big deal.
That being said… here is my hot take: Michael Sam was invisible in the the biggest games vs. Texas AM and vs. Auburn. I linked you the defensive box scores, but mainly I’m going by my eyes. Sam had some gaudy stats coming into those games and really wasn’t a factor, at least not one I noticed.
3. Talk about a logo/mascot in need of a re-think.
Ever stop and think about the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Your mascot is a blood-sport? Really? This is a problem because it turns out cockfighting is still a problem.
To be sure, South Carolina has a tradition associated with cockfighting but perpetuating 19th century South Carolina traditions seems a dicey gambit. Not sure that cuts it. I doubt that anyone would be cool with Dogfighters or Bearbaiters for nicknames.
Something to think about next time you see good ol’ Cocky on a CapitalOne commercial.
4. Mingo at Safety.
I’m going to come back to this one, but remember you heard it here first when we draft Clowney. (Sorry Acto.)
5. AP’s All-Pro voting method is horrible.
Good article on the farcical nature of All-Pro voting. It turns out everyone votes for the top player at a position and whoever finishes second is second team. Shouldn’t the voters be selecting a second team also?
6. Free Incognito.
In spite of plenty of Dolphins players who spoke out on behalf of Incognito (Here’s one.) there was an over-the-top rush to judgement when the Incognito/Martin story broke. Now that the texts are seen in full context there has not been a corresponding rush-to-apologize to the guy who lost his job to a pretty unfair process and a fair bit of mob-rule.
This is a piece that seems like it needs a lot of research and linking to do it thoroughly. But really, here. That’s the 1000+ texts between Incognito and Martin. Context. Also important contextually-speaking is that Martin’s mom is an employment law litigator. But maybe not a wise one. Perhaps she thought Incognito didn’t have access to all the texts back-and-forth but it seems she or whoever advised Martin blew it.
Jonathan Martin has problems, obviously, as he checked himself into a mental health facility. It would seem that his problems pre-date his interactions with Incognito.1 Scapegoating Incognito is not the way to get better.
It’s okay to be wrong but there should be some contrition. Harm was done to Richie Incognito. Leaving Martin aside, the NFL and the Dolphins and the internet-at-large should be doing more to make it right. This hasn’t happened. It’s a shame.