Some of us think the departure of Michael Robinson was/is a mistake. A mistake that I believe could cost this team this year trying to think ahead to next year. It would be fantastic to have the entire fan base of the Clink crowd remind the team that the game is supposed to be played for the entertainment and enjoyment of the fans. If the crowd chanted "MikeRob" to communicate their displeasure with his premature departure, it would send a loud and clear message that the team needs to try and respect the much more aware and involved fans of today. It could be an opportunity for the crowd to tell Pete Carroll, his coaches and John Schneider that loyalty, respect and leadership are as important to the success of this team as anything else.
This team lost something special with the insulting dismissal of Mike Robinson. The sting and sense of loss continues with the players as well, I believe. It will fade over time for them, as it is explained away in ways that don’t ever give you a quality resolution to the loss of such a valuable player. The desire for a successful team is less appealing when the players become more interchangeable uniforms on the field and lack an identity that fans, as well as players, can relate to.
When we lose that sense that they are like us, are with us and we are with them they become less important I think. The coaches and management are clearly misreading the tenets for success here I believe. It seems plain and simple to me, at least, that this obvious disrespect for one player's true value will cause so many more players to question their degree of value to the team, over time. And the fans above all others are watching this play out and deciding how they feel about it. Does the team really give a shit what the fans think?
Maybe it’s the cold hard nature of the NFL product and it can’t worry itself about silly unprofitable things like loyalty to players. But the fans do. The team often has to make hard decisions. Decisions that are not easy, but, still have to be made because, well, they have to be made. This is just a hard decision that will always play out as a bad one in my mind. All second guessing and success or lack of it will have a tinged and tainted aspect to its reflective quality. Fans need their heroes; they need clear and better explanations for the dispatching of those heroes than it helps us financially next year. Even if you go all the way to the Super Bowl and win it, will it be tainted and hollow by the bodies you walked on and left behind to get there.When you look upon the faces of your Super Bowl champs (if they have the good fortune for that to happen) will it be as excited to see Spencer Ware and Derrick Coleman celebrating with Marshawn or Mike Robinson.