“Why Did They Do It?” Round Two: Berry’s Poll

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Time to discuss the end of an era for the Chiefs.

I’m not going to talk specifically about the decision to cut him, I just want to mention it’s left me feeling vaguely that I’d had an amputation of sorts. I mean, in his prime he was basically a football god who made all kinds of plays all over the place. I don’t think he was feared on a physical level, but to opposing DCs, he was a monkey wrench who could drop into the works of a play or a game, and they never knew how he’d get them the next time.

But I come not to praise Berry, but to er, bury him. At least in the sense of funeral ceremony of saying good-bye and moving on. Anyway, let’s get on with the show.

Just to clarify, these polls are not about determining “The” reason a player got cut, because with this group, Cap/money was definitely the primary reason, so the poll is about what other issues were involved in making the decision.

I also want to note that this series is not intended to stifle the usual “This is THE reason” debates, but to augment that by providing a format to talk about cuts in a different way. Nobody’s trying to stop the usual discussions/debates about cuts, this is something different and in addition to that. I hope that clarifies the difference between the old way of talking about cuts and this attempt to provide for a different way to go about discussing about them.

With that in mind, I ask y’all to leave behind any expectation regarding the “Real Reason” debate, because this is meant for discussing cuts in a different fashion. In return, I’ll leave the threads seeking “The Reason” alone, and stop advocating for multiple reasons in those threads. People who follow the single-cause logic are welcome to participate in these threads, just not in the way they’ve always approached it. This is intended to be different than that.

Anyway, remember how this works; just like some medical forms, this is where you can check off anything you think might have been a reason for making the cut – after the Salary Cap. Then we’ll see what happens.

Feel free to discuss various combinations and why that combo has merits in the comments.

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Falco16
Falco16
03/23/2019 11:43 am

Cap factored, but availability is still the greatest ability. He lacked severely in that department. We can argue “health” vs “injury” but the result was sidelined.

I have zero reason to truly believe he will play significant time this coming season. The deformity is still there, and I don’t believe his ability or willingness to play through the pain has increased from when the only team he ever knew was on a super bowl contending pace. Sorry not sorry.

bE Broke, bE Bane, bE Baffling.

Leaf
03/22/2019 3:12 pm

Shouldn’t this be round three?

upamtn
03/22/2019 11:59 am

pretty simple, really … guy can’t play, no logical reason to keep him on the roster …. at least, as a player (maybe he comes back as a Secondary Coach and Clipboard Manager)

zulu trader
zulu trader
03/22/2019 10:06 am

what’s the difference between health and injury?

Tarkus
Reply to  zulu trader
03/22/2019 10:11 am

Cancer would be health, but I wouldn’t think that would be an issue now.

Druful
Druful
Reply to  Tarkus
03/22/2019 12:53 pm

If cancer is health, so is a bone spur.

Tarkus
Reply to  Druful
03/22/2019 12:56 pm

That’s fair.

Falco16
Falco16
Reply to  Druful
03/23/2019 11:44 am

Does it matter? It’s basically semantics. Hurt or sick he missed way too many games.

Slayer0810
Slayer0810
03/22/2019 10:00 am

This is definitely a situation where there’s a number of reasons why he was cut. (Though I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t think cutting him was the right move this year. I didn’t think the cap savings was worth it, and I wanted to see if he’d potentially be able to come back and play at a high level for one more year. Obviously the Chiefs know something I don’t.)

If he was still 25 y/o and was making 7m/yr, I think we would have potentially kept him here another few years. But the combination of age, contract, and injury made it a risky proposition to keep him past this year. And clearly the Chiefs felt that he wouldn’t be a contributor this year, which is the only reason you’d let him at this point.

Leaf
Reply to  Slayer0810
03/22/2019 3:15 pm

I think the plan was to keep berry at least for a year, but something tipped the scales for them. That’s why it kind of caught everyone off guard.

Tarkus
Reply to  Leaf
03/22/2019 3:31 pm

If he had the surgery, they pretty much had no choice but to keep him another year. That he didn’t, allowed them to part ways and gain a lot of cap space (in June).

Falco16
Falco16
Reply to  Tarkus
03/23/2019 11:45 am

Yep.

Tarkus
03/22/2019 9:52 am

Didn’t know you could vote for more than one until after I already voted. Oh well, I’m comfortable selecting only Availability/Injury.

Slayer0810
Slayer0810
Reply to  Tarkus
03/22/2019 9:56 am

I selected 3, and I think it still only counted the first one.

Tarkus
Reply to  Slayer0810
03/22/2019 9:59 am

Well, the total percentages add up to way over 100% which is the only reason I noticed you could vote for more than one.

upamtn
Reply to  Tarkus
03/22/2019 11:59 am

same

Simtex
Simtex
03/22/2019 9:20 am

Post Training Camp day 1 video of Eric Berry
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