In his book “Instant Replay” by Jerry Kramer he mentioned how cutting down the roster affected Coach Lombardi. He knew how hard these guys worked and their dreams. He never got used to the cutdown date. You are right, how does a guy get any sleep at all the night before? Thanks.
On the flip side, I’m reminded of the joke Vic always used to tell about Chuck Noll’s famous line – that cutting wasn’t the hard part, stopping was. Cruel and insensitive humor aside, I’ve always interpreted that as a reminder of how serious this business is, and there’s no point in keeping someone around who can’t help the team win. They all have skills, work ethic, etc., but are they a piece to the puzzle? That’s what really counts.
Jack from Indianapolis, IN
“The NFL doesn’t want to start before Labor Day.” Why? Is it a dollars and cents thing? I don’t understand. Seems a way to give players more rest during the regular season without elongating it would be a good thing for player safety. To me the NFL isn’t as serious about player safety as they claim to be. If they were it wouldn’t just be offensive players receiving protection. A lot going on there, thanks for your consideration.
Years ago (I think it was 2004?) the NFL decided its TV ratings for Week 1 were taking a hit because it fell on a holiday weekend annually, so the league pushed it back, got the results it wanted, and likely won’t ever revert again.
Will the first player selected in the second round of next spring’s draft be considered a first-round draft choice because of Miami’s forfeiture? Would there be salary implications?
No, and nothing significant.
Do you anticipate Joe Barry will run a defense very similar to last year? Will the draft class greatly alter his basic D?
George from North Mankato, MN
Is there a limit to the number of waiver claims a team can make starting tomorrow or can they put in limitless claims knowing a corresponding roster move would be needed for each successful claim? Do teams need to specify their corresponding roster move in advance? Do you know which player has generated the most waiver claims in any season?
There is no limit, nor advance specification, and I have absolutely no idea.
Sharon from Arbor Vitae, WI
When players who got cut look for a team to latch onto, is there much difference in salaries? Can teams offer signing bonuses?
For free agents, anything goes. For players claimed off waivers, their contract goes with them.
I know most of the focus will be on the Packers’ roster in the II but I am surprised by the amount of higher-level draft picks from just the last two years that were cut Tuesday. Most of them seem to be from teams that changed GM and/or coaching. Is the gap in talent evaluation really that disparate?
Stark differences of opinion are common, and lack of player development within a given organization will always catch up to it, and usually leads to change.
Jeffery from Brooklyn, WI
Hey II, someone made a post saying Gutey should trade Yosh to Dallas. Do y’all think he’s in the trade talks?
Ignoring the obvious value of proven depth at tackle, why on earth would the Packers try to help a team in a tough injury spot at a premier position when they’re competing against said team to reach the Super Bowl?
Connor from Minnetonka, MN
It’s always a bummer to see guys get cut, but isn’t it a testament to the depth at LB that Ty Summers didn’t make the team? Campbell, Walker, Barnes, and McDuffie is about as good a room as they’ve had at ILB in a while.
Two years ago as his undrafted rookie season unfolded, Krys Barnes became the best inside ‘backer on this team. Now he’s No. 3, and it’s not as though he regressed as a player.