Seymour...my main man, its been rough on him here, you can lead the camels to water but you can't make them drink.....or is it horses.
Anyway hes been Pro Bowl calibur since hes been here for the most part, I understand his frustration it doesn't matter how well he plays or how he dominates the guard on most plays, or even collasping the pocket when everyone else around him plays like trash(relatively speaking). He comes from great smart defensive teams who knew how to customize their gamplan for their opponent to this.
He had to watch NNamdi leave, have Tom Cable as his head coach, Breshnehan calling the defense,
the biggest bust in the history of the league
no doubt frustrating for him coming from stability, did he use that as an excuse....NO!!
People always bust out with the taking reps from (insert player not good enough to be a starter but a good situational player here) whoever you wanna name. Like Trevor Scott, guy shows some burst off the edge, makes some sacks and people are ready to anoint him only to see all his weaknesses exposed with more playing time
Get off Seymour and get on someone else, you coming off weak trying to go after him
Keep your season alive on special teams, trying to lead by example in the clutch moment
If people have a personal problem with seymour.....fine, but dont disrespect this dude
Seymour is a very good player, but his heart isn't in this, and you can tell. He is also starting to run out of gas. This isn't Rod Woodson or Jerry Rice (both of whom I recall practicing all the time), or even Romo, Seymour is not a leader on this team. Agree that he has been in a bad situation, and said the right things, but its time to look to the future. We had to pay him this year anyway, I don't think he will be here in 2013.
Wasn't it Seymour along with Jason Campbell who got the team together last off season to work during the lockout? I don't think his work ethic or leadership should come into question. Didn't he restructure his contract in March? If his heart isn't in it, then what are all the other players excuses? Seymour may be on the downside of his career, I would still take him over most of the crap lining up on the defense. If you think age is an issue with him and he's not the same player anymore that's one thing, but this guy is a champion. He didn't sit on the bench while the Patriots where in all those Super Bowl's, he was one of their best players. He's been there, and knows what it takes. That's irreplaceable experience.
When a team is young and undisciplined, the front office and the coaches need to step up and lead and discipline the team. The more seasoned vets you have on a team, the better the leadership will be in the locker room, and the less discipline they'll need outside of it. From what I have seen the past 6-7 years, the front office and coaching staff's have failed more than the veteran leadership on the team( what little has been). I think that's why you saw Sapp, and Seymour have their blowups. Both guys come from Championship disciplined teams. You can try to lead by example, you can try to talk to guys, but when you have nobody really backing you up in the locker room or the office, it's going to frustrate you.
One thing that would change my mind about Seymour is knowing the details of his contract. If indeed he gave the team the option of keeping him for 7.5 mil for as long as we want, then that is something. The details of these contracts are usually not reported correctly, and I am guessing that there is something not put down here.
To me, Seymour is nowhere near worth the money we pay him. At 7.5 mil, in a limited role to keep him fresh, I can see it. At 15 mil a year, as the "leader" of the defense, it just doesn't add up to me.
Having even one guy on defense turn into a star and put some fire in them, that would help a lot going into 2013.
Seymour's heart....well only he knows, He was brought in to make the D Line better, and get us to the playoffs...I think he did all he could so I wont disrespect him... aside its his last year on the deal he very likely wont be back anyhow, but he'll want another big deal from someone....so we'll see
Sapp, the guy we moved from his natural position to play DE in a 3-4, where we couldn't maximize his talents? We shouldn't have brought him in if we were going to take him out of the 3-tech. We like to bag on these dudes when they don't produce but Sapp is the poster boy for what's been wrong with the organization for years, along with a guy like DeAngelo Hall. Who the **** thought that'd be a good idea, bringing a small zone corner into this defense? And at that price? I love what Al has done for the team and the league but these past ten years he's made some moves that just leave you scratching your head. So look, now we'll get to see what these guys can do finally, and that's a good thing. No more excuses.
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