Monday, May 20, 2013

Addition by Subtraction

The world has gone upside down. North is south, and south is north. Yin is now yang...

After all, look who's sitting pretty after these recent NFL character meltdowns:

A Florida family claims in a lawsuit that they feared for their lives when Cleveland Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant allegedly showed up drunk and shirtless at their home, repeatedly banged on the front door and ripped off a door handle...Bryant, 27, was arrested on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge, and his mug shot with eyes half closed and tongue sticking out went viral. Nonetheless, he signed a deal last week with the Cleveland Browns worth $34 million over five years, with $15 million guaranteed.

Mike Goodson was found with another man stopped in the center-left lane on Interstate 80 in Denville, N.J., just after 3 a.m. ET, police said. A tow truck driver found them and called 911 due to concerns about the physical condition of Goodson...The 25-year-old Goodson was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow-point bullets. The Jets signed Goodson this offseason to a three-year, $6.9 million deal.

Rolando McClain said in a statement Thursday that he loves playing football but he decided to retire to get his personal life in order and "God willing," he might play in the NFL again...The Baltimore Ravens, who signed McClain in April after he was released by the Oakland Raiders, announced Wednesday that the linebacker had decided to retire at the age of 23.

The purge is on, and character now counts. So far, Reggie & Co. seem to have been pretty spot-on with regard to whom to jettison. 

The jury is still out on whether or not the new regime can build a winner. But it's pretty clear that they know how to get rid of losers. And it's making me feel minty fresh heading into the summer camp season.