Originally Posted by wagonhed
You can talk about people "deluding themselves" until you're blue in the face, but the truth is all of these proclamations you are making are nothing but conjecture, pure and simple. You have no freaking idea what drives Bob McNair and what his "dominant personality" is. There are a whole lot of reasons you could be completely wrong about his personality, but I'm not going to bother listing them because they are also conjectures.
Oh, and no, that "idea" has no merit whatsoever. Faithful son doing his master's bidding? Seriously? As Keyshawn Johnson would say, Cmon man!
You know what they say about assumptions, after all.
How the GM constructs contracts, the terms of those deals, and the way Daniels and Ryans were put on the backburner when they wanted new deals, is an example of a business-first attitude. At every point along the way, the leadership is choosing to limit expenses. The only reason they franchised Dunta AND extended Kubiak was to guard themselves against potential increase in performance by those two guys, more specifically as it relates to the scenario of "What if Kubiak has a huge year? He's going to want more, or he's going to want to test the waters himself."
Therefore, they extended Kubiak out of self-preservation (financially). They took out an insurance policy, in other words.
Man, they even allowed AJ to do a dumb deal--since it benefited the Texans--and then they had to cough up the more acceptable amount of money on the NEW deal AJ forced the Texans into. Or else.
This franchise is very crafty when it comes to the public perception it has created for itself. The public relations department and the marketing team have done an excellent job of building and shaping the image. No reporter asks Kubiak the hard questions. Why? In New York, he would have been fired by now, due to the media pressure. But here? No, he gets the meat pitches he can hit out of the park. And nobody even says "Gary, you sure say 'It's on me' a lot. At what point do fans and players begin to believe you to the point that they want you to stop being the problem?"
Could you imagine IF someone asked that question? Volcano Time. Evil stares at the reporter.
Dude, at some point, you have a body of work to judge things by. We have an even longer time to judge the ownership by. I mean, seriously, to sit there and say we have no clue about McNair? LOL. Okie dokie.
My conjectures are about the specifics, such as the absolute 100% definitive way that Bob McNair runs the team. The general information, such as retaining Carr, retaining Dunta, retaining Kubiak, and just showing an utter lack of risk-taking ability (outside of the Schaub deal, of course) by drawing a CLEAR CUT line in the sand, in terms of what gets Kubiak fired, is a sign that this owner is not nearly as interested in winning in the NFL as he is in trying to limit a loss of stability and predictability.
And THAT is why Kubiak fits so nicely: Because he, too, is predictable to the point of it being a negative. Bob McNair is all jacked up, IMO, in what he deems is acceptable. His pretty-boy 1st-round draft pick QB being the number 1 indicator of such ASSumption. Any other team, respectable team I should say, would not have retained him. It would have been Adios Time once the new head coach came in. I think it's fairly obvious that Kubiak was lying in order to get the job, by the way. There's no way Kubiak truthfully felt he could salvage him.
Of course, now that I think about it: From what I have seen this season, maybe Gary IS that ignorant.