Hello everyone. I am not a regular poster to MCM, but I am an active reader. I have enjoyed reading posts from Jimmy, August, Gramsey, Smashville, et. al. I find your comments insightful and compelling... you are able to fill the huge void left by the MSM in terms of coverage and ANALYSIS. So, hats off to you MCM posters.
Now, I would like to comment on yesterday's events. Frankly, I am shocked by the extent to which most of you have turned on VY. Especially since we do not know much about what has happened in the locker room this year.
But let's make a few assumptions. Vince was immature yesterday, but Fisher has probably been immature behind the scenes. Fish has used every chance possible to not play VY. First, he had to be TOLD to make the switch last year, even after 0-6 and 59-0. Second, the PIT game. Third, the MIA game. Fourth, yesterday. This may be defendable when KC is the option, but not with Rusty. After the INT yesterday, it was clear to me that we would not win unless a) CJ broke free, or b) one of our DBs had an INT with a return to field goal range.
It is the coach's job to find a way to win with his players. I agree VY is probably not as mature as we would like him to be, but it does not seem Fish has made much of an effort to navigate this. Rather than patiently working with VY develop, he has seemed to focus on finding any excuse possible to bench VY. This is not acceptable. Vince's play on the field in the last year is proof enough for me that the Coach needs to be working with him as much as he can. We have a diamond in the rough, but it is clear that VY can succeed - under the right circumstances.
Remember, this is not the military. It is SPORTS. Not all of these guys are as mature as those of us who have to use our brains, as opposed to brawn, to make a living. Of course, we want to hold a QB to a higher standard. But sometimes QBs need help, not just discipline. Look at Jay Cutler with and without Shanahan.
A final comment on maturity. If we should be holding VY to such a high standard, shouldn't we be holding Fisher to a MUCH HIGHER STANDARD? I have to assume that Vince's emotional eruption happened because his relationship with the coach has suffered time and time again, to him - perhaps - without reasonable justification. I do not see how it is possible that Vince's eruption cannot be traced back to dubious actions on the part of Fisher.
So those are my two cents. Do you know what I would like to see? A poll on the top of MCM asking who we would like to keep. Vince, Fish, neither, both... I'd like to see what the broader body of readers is thinking.
Thanks for the space, and glad to contribute to this debate. Keep it interesting!