I was wrrrrr
I guess I'm not using enough smileys/emoticons! :rolleyes:
Honestly, I don't hate Gaither, I don't think he's fat, I don't know what his true issues were/are, I just want a guy who can play well on the O-line at one of the tackles. In fact, there was another thread discussing Gaither where I posted that maybe we'll get to learn the real truth behind all of the stories, rumors, innuendo and whatever that surround the guy. If his timing of a bad back and mysterious spasms coincides with training camp and/or contract negotiations, that makes me wonder about certain things. But if he couldn't pass a physical by an NFL franchise's team, that makes me ask other certain questions. If he's barely able to walk/practice with the Ravens, then becomes Jim Parker with the Chefs, I'm scratching my head trying to figure out what's going on.
I'd just be interested to know what's what with Gaither.
Who here "hates" Gaither?!?!
Or is this one of those times if you criticize someone, you're labeled a hater?
Onto this post, hater is being thrown around in an internet bully way. No one probably HATES the guy to the point where they are actually trying to take food off the man's table. I will give you that.
But the entire board and Ravens fandom to a much lesser extent, is so hell bent on being pro-Oher and anti-Gaither that it has become silly. It's a mad rush toi judge against Gaither, and make excuses for Quentin Aaron's shortcomings.
The only thing I really know or care about, was that on Sundays, when they both suited up, there was no comparison who the better player was. Yet that never seemed to matter to anyone else(FO , coaching staff included).
Wouldn't it be amazing if we had someone in house so that Oher could start at RT and possibly be the best in the league there, while also being the very best backuop LT in football? To have two affordable LT's under 25, both on the rise? In March and April of last year it seemed very attainable. Now I never see a situation that good in Baltimore ever again. A lot went on in between, including Jared acting like an infant, but it was positively a two way street that is not recognized by most.
Put simply, wasn't EVERYONE complaining about Gaither weighing 20 pounds under known ideal playing weight? So what is the problem when a lineman gets back to that weight with some slop before camp? These guys are GOING to drop weight once the practices begin. He will trim down, he has no choice.
I understand it would have been better for him to go to the gym and pack 20 on the right way, but there are very few linemen in the league that trim and disciplined. It's also to the point that shear mass was a step in the right direction for Jared, adding weight of any kind would both help him anchor in pass pro and exert more force in the running game.
I know he's not Mother Teresa but give him a little bt of a break. We don't know what ever was up with his back, and he may have turned over a new leaf or six with the change of scenery.
In this case, you can't have both sides of the coin. Many of you calling him fat were the same people complaining about the weight drp[ last year. You can pick one, not both.
This board has been brutally honest with BOTH Gaither and Oher so I am not sure you can make that claim hold water.
As to Gaither, a modest review of news articles and scouting reports of him coming out of college state he's lazy, a malcontent, etc. Nothing he has done in the pros counters that observation that has been made by dozens of people.
That often happens when people are disappointed by someone's lack of dedication and when they see someone pissing away their talent!Quote:
I don't disagree at all, I just don't care since he' was the best LT on the team by a fair margin, and not treated as such.
I finally washed my hands of the idea that the Ravens would or should try to keep Gaither. But that realization didn't come easily and still doesn't sit entirelly well with me.
To those who can easily write him off as a bum, I have no problem with that. Good for you.
But I can't quite dismiss him so glibly.
While there was a lot of crazy shit that has circled the guy, the truth is that when he played, he played well. Very well. He was like the crazy girlfriend who was good in the sack. You know it was time to move on, but it's hard to let go.
Part of me is afraid he'll get his act together and be a real steal for the Chiefs. And part of me hopes he flames out spectacularly and all the haters are right about him.
It's hard to know what to think. Did the team blow it by not taking a second round pick for him when they could? Was that ever a viable option? Will he ever be a healthy player? How big a hinderance was his attitude and brains? Is he in line for a suspension?
The guy is an enigma, not easily loved, not easily dismissed.
Jared Gaither is in Kansas City and hasn't even suited up for the Ravens since 2009.
He's moved on. Some fans need to as well.
Personally, I wish him well.
If you scan above the bottom line, you see a lot of other lines describing a slew of pros and a lot of cons when it comes to Gaither. And a lot of in-between-the-lines inuendo that describe a whole other drama. I can't think of another player in the history of the team that disappointed me more. Bam Morris? Elvis Grbac is probably the closest I can think of.
So maybe what I'm saying is that the bottom line isn't really simply that he is a back-up tackle on a one year deal.
The bottom line, for me, is that he's a first-round talent who has not been able to elevate beyond what you'd expect from the fifth-round supplemental draft pick he began his career as.
Yes, 4-5 practices in, Jared Gaither is backing up someone who should be playing LG at an extremely high level, but instead is not very good at all at LT.
The regular season hasn't started yet.
I'm still not convinced he'll step on the field during the regular season. He sure doesn't look ready for the preseason.
@ Jonboy: This isn't about Oher vs. Gaither. They are two different players, with different strengths and weaknesses. On display for the world to see is one of Gaither's weaknesses: he can't his his s**t together.
"Put simply, wasn't EVERYONE complaining about Gaither weighing 20 pounds under known ideal playing weight?"
With clear conscience, I can say I was not.
As far as Gaither's "fatness", my comment still stands regarding ANY O-lineman --
didja EVER see a thin-waisted, six-pack abs guy playing center, tackle or guard? Even the guys who look to be in shape have a gut to some extent. And I suspect if you were at the Chefs practice where Tony's posted pic was taken, Gaither probably is a victim of the angle from which he was shot.