Originally Posted by wolf123
Come on saying a player has checked out?? He's playing hard out there just struggling in his pass rush.
He had a chance to sign a Texans-friendly contract extension this summer.
He passed on that opportunity. Numerous Houston sports media are on record as saying that the Texans wanted to target Duane Brown and Connor Barwin for an early extension before this season began...and Connor didn't get one completed, but Duane Brown did.
Now tell me this: Do you think Connor and his agent turned down an offer from the Texans? The reports point toward the answer being "Yes, he did." Otherwise, he's under a new contract like Duane Brown is.
Which means he and his agent, and this is speculating (but probably pretty fair to count as being 99% true), they wanted more than what the Texans valued Barwin at.
So tell me, if you're Connor Barwin...and you've just watched Eric Winston get cut (for cap reasons). DeMeco traded (for salary reasons), and the Texans not keeping Brisiel and Dreessen, matched up with how the Texans have been knocking draft days out of the park with Wade Phillips at the controls...don't you think it's at least SOMEWHAT plausible or possible that Connor might be sort of gearing down a bit? How could he not? He's as human as Dunta Robinson and others who knew they were headed elsewhere.
I am not just trying to bag on the guy. He's done nothing that I think is despicable or whatever. I'm just saying that, to me, he doesn't look like a guy whose amped up and getting his business handled out there. He looks way too out-of-the-picture.
I'm wanting Wade to pull two guys out of the starting lineup: Bradie James and Connor Barwin. They're not sinking our team, by any means, but we've got two guys in Dobbins and either Braman or Mercilus who I think give us more on the field of play. I'll hand it to this Texans team, however, coaches are loyal and Barwin and James are going to be out there until they ring the bell or get hurt.
So I'm not just trying to say Barwin us garbage or anything. But he sure doesn't seem to be in the middle of the action very much through 4 games.
Two guys who got cute with their diets, Barwin and Foster, need to stop trying to be the smartest guys in the room and just go back to doing what made them good last year. That's why I like Cushing and Reed and Braman...those guys are just freakish machines who don't care about being seen with the coolest tweets (Foster), the coolest hair styles (Barwin), etc. Football 24-7-365.