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  • Daryl Gardener's Judgement Day

    Daryl Gardener is a bust. He's been promising and not producing. I hope they recoup his signing bonus and cut his a$$. Sorry for the harsh attitude but this guy has been ticking me off from the get go as evidenced in nearly every post I've responded to re: players.

    Here's a link to the article for those interested.

    http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drm...445684,00.html

    Nuff said...

    Not as lean & Not as mean.. but damn proud to claim the title of (former) U.S. Marine
    ~DBMAdsf Llaus @T m0 P^~

  • #2
    I concur!! One of the biggest busts of all time. Cut his a$$ and let's find someone who wants to be here and contribute.

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    • #3
      Daryl Gardener's Judgement Day

      That's today. I wonder what's going to happen to him?

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      • #4
        if we trade him we dont have to pay the rest of his contract right?
        dont let him pull dat move on ya, dont let him pull that move.......................oh no dats da move! TOUCHDOWN!!!

        I tried to warn ya.

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        • #5
          We can't trade him this season, so we'd have to pay the remainder of this years salary. I think.
          Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

          It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.

          Vince Lombardi

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          • #6
            I'm not completely sure, but I think we might only be able to recuperate part of his bonus.

            Here's an interesting article from today's Denver Post.
            Originally posted at http://www.denverpost.com/Stories/0,...788848,00.html
            Decision time for Broncos

            Gardener reaches his judgment day

            By Adam Schefter
            Denver Post Sports Writer


            Before the Broncos suspended defensive tackle Daryl Gardener last week, they sent him a letter spelling out what they perceived to be his violations of team conduct.

            Those violations were extensive in the Broncos' opinion, petty in Gardener's.

            Judgment day comes today, when Gardener will meet with coach Mike Shanahan and is expected to learn how Denver intends to deal with him.

            Through interviews with Broncos players, coaches and acquaintances of Gardener's, a number of his questionable actions were revealed.

            This month, sources said, Gardener and Denver assistant defensive line coach/pass rush specialist coach Keith Millard engaged in a heated argument and had to be separated.

            Players said tension between the two had been festering since early in the season and reached its peak when Gardener and Millard began shouting at each other. As they did, Gardener yelled, "One of us is going down - me or you!"

            Before any punches could be thrown, defensive tackle Darius Holland intervened and restrained Millard.

            Millard declined comment on the incident Monday, as did Holland.

            Among other violations, Gardener was found to have explicit video on a team flight. Gardener insisted to those close to him that the video belonged to a teammate. A Redskins official said Gardener was guilty of the same behavior last season when he played in Washington.

            Another incident: Hours before the Broncos played the New England Patriots, sources said Gardener was spotted on his cellphone in the locker room at Invesco Field at Mile High. Gardener was talking with South Florida police because his home had been burglarized. Still, Broncos officials were upset he did not comply with team rules forbidding cellphone use in the locker room before kickoff.

            Earlier in the season, Gardener was fined for failing to wear a sports jacket on the team plane, choosing a leather coat instead. Gardener thought his pricey coat was more than adequate to meet the Broncos' dress-code requirements.

            Additionally, Gardener and two teammates showed up late for a team flight this season, but Gardener said it was not his fault because he was not driving.

            It was hardly the first time Gardener - who missed the first five games with a wrist injury he suffered in an early-morning fight at an Aurora pancake house - had been late. A teammate said Gardener reported late for other team meetings as well.

            But Broncos officials should have had an idea that would be coming. Last offseason, Gardener was absent from enough workouts that he failed to earn the $200,000 workout bonus in his contract.

            Those transgressions, along with Gardener's lack of hustle at recent practices and his unhappiness over the way he was being used in the defense, led the Broncos to suspend him for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears and for Gardener to lash out at Shanahan on KRFX-FM last week.

            "That man (Shanahan) is in control of that whole building," Gardener told the radio deejays Lewis and Floorwax. "If you want to be on that field, he can get me out on that field. For him to pull this (expletive) power move, it's stupid.

            "We could have talked about it like some men, but evidently we can't talk like some men. So right now, I'm just here working out because I don't know what my future may bring. But whatever it is, I'm trying to get back on that field."

            Gardener's agent, Neil Schwartz, said his client did not mean all that he said.

            "Daryl genuinely respects Mike Shanahan as the Denver Broncos' head coach," Schwartz said Monday. "Daryl was just deeply hurt and extremely frustrated by his suspension and the way it was handled."

            Shanahan is expected to inform Gardener of his next move today. Denver will not be able to cut Gardener because it would have to accelerate $2.57 million worth of signing bonus, a figure it could not squeeze under its salary cap.

            More likely, Shanahan could extend Gardener's suspension or deactivate him for the remainder of the season, as Tampa Bay did last week with wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson.

            "It's just a shame," defensive end Reggie Hayward said. "It's a disappointment and a shame."

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            • #7
              Personally, I've had it up to here with the Prima Donna players who think they are above the rules and flaunt their (supposed) superiority and attitudes on the field and off. They just seem like products of the "entitlement generation" who think the world owes them something. Living in San Diego I've gotten daily doses of the same (Ryan Leaf and now David Boston), and you see similar scenarios all over the league. I think if all coaches who had players who behaved so despicably benched their a$$es or deactivated them, then the league would be a much better place and the rest of the real players could feel proud again to represent and play the game as it should be played. These brats have forgotten how to be humble and grateful.

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              • #8
                There is definatley a couple oftrends upsetting this precident. The most obvious being that organizations (coaches and GM's) are showing players the door when they get too big for their team, ala Keyshawn and Kevin Johnson. The other more subtle one is that winning teams are also teasm with a coaches system in places and all the players working together in that system, meaning that the Coaches and people running the team are more important than individual star players. Even teams like Indy who have bigtime threats are playing more to a system rather than featuring a star player. Unlike Minnesota, San Fran, Miami and others who rely on a star player to own a game for them. Football has so many specific positions and individual roles that you can't be successful relying on one or two players, so that attitude isn't being tolerated like it once was.

                The fans are loyal to their teams more so than with players, especially with the mercenary free agent market, a player could be gone next year if he is successful but the team can't meet the salary cap.

                Team players who work and show what they got on the field have always been the type of work ethic players respected in football, not the loud mouth look at me type guys, its just that we are passing through the end of a very image oriented age where players like that flourished for a while. I say don't put up with it, especially when its a wide receiver! (or a lineman who can't even get on the field for half the games because he is an ass****!)
                Do you know where a fella can get a rub and a tug round here?

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                • #9
                  Although he wasn't speaking directly to the Gardner situation, John Madden did make an interesting point last night regarding player conduct. He said, and I paraphrase, that the Bucs were willing to put up with Keyshawn Johnson's antics last year when they were winning, so they should put up with the same when losing.

                  One of the things KC has done the last three years under Vermeil (at least they say this is a factor) is try to obtain character guys, guys that may not be the best football player but are the best person. Under Vermeil's watch, there have been very few public incidents that reflect poorly on the organization (not considering playing a bad game now and then under the same blanket as police blotter items).

                  That's not to say that some bad apples won't surface occassionally, but maybe Vermeil is onto something. He just avoids players who have a history of poor behavior (he tried to save Lawrence Phillips but that didn't work out too well) and he has some say in whether they are signed or not.
                  Despite all the hype, once you finally get a hammer, you don't hammer nearly as much as you think you will.

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                  • #10
                    I have to agree with you Reasonable Chief, [much as it pains me to approve anything **** Vermiel does!!] that if coaches would look for character first and talent second the league would be a better place. Maybe that ESPN show Players wasn't so far off base and that is why NFL complained so loudly.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bronco74
                      I have to agree with you Reasonable Chief, [much as it pains me to approve anything **** Vermiel does!!] that if coaches would look for character first and talent second the league would be a better place. Maybe that ESPN show Players wasn't so far off base and that is why NFL complained so loudly.
                      I enjoyed that show, by the way. I think the show managed to take everything bad that happens in the NFL and put it all on the shoulders of one team, but I think there was a grain of truth in all of it.
                      Despite all the hype, once you finally get a hammer, you don't hammer nearly as much as you think you will.

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                      • #12
                        That used to be a staple of the Broncos' player personnel decisions. But they still break down occasionally and take a chance on somebody who doesn't have a terrible reputation but does have a little bad history. Gardener is one of those and it could have been a mistake. I still hope they can get things worked out but that's probably wishful thinking.
                        "You can't take the sky from me..."
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                        "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"

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                        • #13
                          Original post by Reasonable Chief[quote]I enjoyed that show, by the way. I think the show managed to take everything bad that happens in the NFL and put it all on the shoulders of one team, but I think there was a grain of truth in all of it.[/]

                          More than a grain, most likely two or ten! and I enjoyed the show too, didn't miss an episode and was sorry to hear that ESPN bowed to the pressure of the NFL not to renew for next season.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Javalon
                            That used to be a staple of the Broncos' player personnel decisions. But they still break down occasionally and take a chance on somebody who doesn't have a terrible reputation but does have a little bad history. Gardener is one of those and it could have been a mistake. I still hope they can get things worked out but that's probably wishful thinking.
                            Unfortunately, once these things turn south, it's hard to get them headed back the right direction.

                            Of course, if you talked to all the NFL teams, I'm sure 31 of the 32 teams would say they base their decisions on character rather than pure ability (you probably know the one I'm intentionally leaving out).
                            Despite all the hype, once you finally get a hammer, you don't hammer nearly as much as you think you will.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ReasonableChief
                              Of course, if you talked to all the NFL teams, I'm sure 31 of the 32 teams would say they base their decisions on character rather than pure ability (you probably know the one I'm intentionally leaving out).
                              Heh, are they owned by Satan himself? If so, I have a fairly good idea to whom you are referring.
                              "You can't take the sky from me..."
                              ------
                              "You can't shake the Devil's hand and say you're only kidding"

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