On the Game Day Roster
This is not a Tom vs Bill thread so please do not make it into one. I would like to hear your thoughts on a cultural trend of a player assuming leverage in order to shape the dynamic of the team to his liking. I think we see this in specifically two illustrations. First, Deshawn Watson wanted to have input over the hiring of a new coach. Since he did not get his way, he is refusing to play (at this point anyway) for the Texans and wants a trade. Second, Russel Wilson appears to be going down a similar path. According to the Athletic, Russ wants more control of the offense and is upset Pete wants balance over "Let Russ Cook." One dynamic New England has had through its dynasty, which was the greatest run in football history, is a clear authority of a coach who coaches the team. A Player does the job he is assigned to do. When everyone does their job, we win. This is one reason why I never see Watson or Wilson being a Patriot. If they think their power struggle is bad on their own respective teams, they cannot handle New England. Many NFL great teams were anchored in the longevity and authority of men like Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Bill Walsh, Tom Landry, or Chuck Noll. The modern NFL player has a difficult time following an authority higher than himself, which is anti-Belichick. I think this is why Watson or Wilson have not named NE as a possible destination.