Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
It might be that Kubiak made the call to let guys like Brisiel, Winston, Dreessen, Demeco, Leach, etc. go and Smith might have questioned him on those decisions.
People always want to blame Smith for the decision to release these players, but they tend to take everything out of context. In the case of Demeco, the hiring of Wade with his 3-4 made DeMeco redundant, and they drafted players to replace Brisiel & Winston but both went on IR this year: is it the GMs fault they got injured ?
Regarding Dreessen & Leach, they made a good-faith effort to resign them but were outbid by the competition, which just goes to show you can't keep everybody.
Now Ed Reed was obviously a bad decision, but there's ample evidence that was the owner's call and resigning Schaub (prematurely it would now seem) was mostly likely Kubiak's decision.