Originally Posted by okoye35chiefs
I get that and haved lived in NE my entire life (except for military travels, wars, ect)
NE fans that comment on the subject say "he" (AV) should have taken less money and stayed." ... WHAT?
A kicker makes nothing compared to everyone else and if he was the best kicker in the game (which he prob. was at that time) they should have paid him. But other players re-structured to stay and to your point, fans remember that. He was in a no win situation IMO.
Always defending the Company up here in NE... not lumping you ..in just voicing my dealing with the fans up here for 30+ years.
I think people defend Belichick quite a bit up here, and rightly so. He has a clear track record of success. I personally defend him quite a bit, though there's things to criticize him for (secondary sucking for multiple years now being foremost on the list).
But just as Belichick probably made the right decision in NOT paying Vinatieri, Vinatieri had to make the right decision for himself in leaving. Hell, he has more rings than Brady since he won one with Indy. I don't blame AV for it, just as I don't blame other players for leaving for more money.
And I do think if he'd gone to any other team (other than the Jets), he probably wouldn't be booed, but going and helping Peyton Manning was some kind of unforgivable sin to many around here, I guess. Silly, but there it is.