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    Re: Gaither Back Spasms



    Quote Originally Posted by Filmstudy View Post
    I'm not buying the strategy. Easily the optimal strategy if his health was completely within his control would have been to play well in 2010. He had played at a very high level for 2 years and would have been due a monster deal. By "faking" the injury, he set himself back a full year and was at risk of never getting any guaranteed money.
    He would have had to play 2010 at RT, which was the problem. He also would have had to work hard all year for the smallish tender amount, an amount he also would get by sitting out with an injury (not working). The biggest RT contracts are barely more than his current middling LT contract, and he could have looked bad at RT (who knows).

    But the main issue I have with this theory is that it assumes Gaither would do whatever it took to max out his earnings. In other words, "optimal" depends on how you value both money and effort/work. I think he is happier earning X for no work vs 3X for hard work. Especially when the X is $11-12M. It doesn't make much sense for most people, but I don't see how it can be ruled out in this case (there are plenty of examples of guys that simply coast on their talent and earn/perform way less than they could by working harder, this could be just an extreme version of that mindset).

    I don't think there was ever any risk that he would not get guaranteed money, assuming he would put in some effort for at least a short period of time. He was too young and big (and had the game tape) to be denied opportunities to play, and play at LT. All he had to do was say he was suddenly healthy and then perform for a short period of time, just like he did.

    I think he really isn't interested in playing football. Maybe he never has liked playing and was pushed into it. I think if he won the lottery at age 20, he never even enters the NFL, etc.

    Obviously no one knows what he is thinking or how he feels, but I do know that this kind of situation is so rare as to be questionable, in terms of mysterious injuries causing so much missed time.
    Last edited by Haloti92; 09-03-2012 at 01:37 AM.




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    Re: Gaither Back Spasms

    What would a preseason be without a healthy debate about Jared Gaither? I agree with JB on one thing, when healthy and motivated he is dominant. See last years game at SD when he shut down Suggs. BUT, he, like all of us, is a package deal, and that means his talent will always outweigh his production.




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    Re: Gaither Back Spasms

    Just remembered we had an active Gaither thread already going so they have been merged and the thread moved to a more appropriate area of the boards .....
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    Re: Gaither Back Spasms

    Quote Originally Posted by jonboy79 View Post
    An objective analysis that proves there is NOTHING wrong with his back.
    Good luck with all of that.
    The "problem' is that backs ARE nebulous in nature, and most doctors worth a damn will tell you there is very little predictibility with back injuries and there severity. With back injuries there is little to do but take the patients word for it.
    During the off-season following the 2010 season, both Jared Gaither and his agent declared that Gaither had fully recovered from the injury and was ready to play. I can provide links to those very quotes and even a quote about Gaither being in great shape.
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  5. #155

    Re: Gaither Back Spasms

    Talk about deja vu......

    Gaither hasn't practiced since July 27. This was his first time addressing reporters in two weeks.

    There was some tenseness to it, as his health is arguably the most significant but mysterious storyline entering the season. He missed about all of training camp due to the injury. The team has given no other timetable than "day-to-day," which it's used since the start.

    Two weeks ago, Gaither began working out on the Chargers' side practice field. Last week, he stopped and had an MRI, the results of which have not been released.

    On Monday, he steadily declined to shed light on anything related to the injury.
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    Re: Gaither Back Spasms

    Gaither said that he was healthy. His agent said that he was healthy. They said that he was in great shape.

    Why shouldn't I believe Jared Gaither?
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    Re: Gaither Back Spasms

    Gaither says he wants to be 100% before he comes back:

    http://m.nfl.com/news/0ap10000000579...iego-chargers/

    Because all NFL players play at 100%.





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    Re: Gaither Back Spasms

    Gaither: "This isn't like something that's not out of the ordinary."

    Exactly. This is like something that is out of the ordinary.
    Last edited by Haloti92; 09-04-2012 at 12:18 PM.




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