If you're going to blame Philbin for V. Davis, I suggest you go watch that episode of hardknocks again.
Uh... you mean the one where Philbin kept getting on Davis's case and then all of a sudden Ireland traded him? Ever play connect the dots?
I'm pretty sure he's talking about how incredibly dense V Davis appeared in Hard Knocks. I've seen boxes of rocks that had higher levels of intelligence than V Davis appeared. Besides, VD had been here for 3 or 4 years and hadn't done anything special at all. He had shown flashes, but nothing more through two separate coaching staffs. We traded a player who hadn't shown much for a 2nd round pick. I'd do that every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Ditto Smith.
Who made the call to get rid of.
.... we can only speculate.
You just named most of the leadership council... the guys that didn't agree with what Philbin was doing and he was trying to shut up...
That is not a coincidence.
Don't forget Brandon Marshall... Ireland trades for him and then gets rid of him when Philbin comes on board...
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It's also not a coincidence that those on this list were some of the highest paid guys on the team and were up for a contract. Do you give Long another contract when he hadn't shown he can stay healthy? St. Louis proved that the decision to let him go was the correct one as his career may well be over after his latest season ending injury. Dansby and Burnett played well here, but never great (through two coaching staffs). Do you give those guys a big contract? Both played well elsewhere but hadn't shown that they earned a big payday here. It's always tough to gauge a player who does well elsewhere as there are many different reasons why that might be. Scheme, supporting cast, etc. I might have kept one or the other, but I'm not sure that keeping both would have been a great idea. We wanted playmakers at LB, and neither had shown that they were playmakers.
Bush is the only guy on that list that it should have been a no-brainer to keep. That said, I'm not sure that he would have done very well this year with our terrible OL, and may well have been killed.
You seem to want to believe that Philbin is some tyrant who wouldn't abide any challenge to his authority. I doubt that's the case. None of those players are stars in their prime. Most were up for a contract or hadn't lived up to contracts they were already in.