I know I'm dating myself (which is a lot cheaper than dating someone else), but this was one of comedian FLIP Wilson's famous lines on his TV show that aired back before internet and microwaves, yet is applicable to ADRIAN Wilson's release from the Arizona Cardinals today. The NFL is a business and must employ the best workers to succeed and if you're not up to snuff, well, it's on the next guy and frankly, Adrian was slipping according to people in the know.
Pro Football Focus analyzed the last three years of pass rushing by defensive backs (Wilson's specialty) and while Wilson was in the top ten in blitzes (244) and blitz percentage by a DB (13.3) he only recorded 14 pressures - the same amount by teammate Kerry Rhodes in FAR fewer attempts (93).
Taking that with his much publicized futile attempts at pass coverage, (how many times in the last few seasons has a TE blown by him over the middle?) you can see why- what you saw, is what you got.
..BUT, you take into consideration that he was sent to the Pro Bowl 5 of the last 6 years and a team captain 5 times, including last season, then he must not be slipping. He had that YouTube clip where he jumped 15 feet over a bar and had that ridiculous "OMG, did you just see that, Buffy?" moment when he flattened Buffalo's Trent Edwards on a blitz. And he restructured last year and hates the Niners and has been a pretty consistent leader and played through a torn bicep AND replaced Pat Tillman for God's sakes!....
But, emotions and business don't mix. If it's black and white, you have to go to the business side. If the team wants to make money, they have to make decisions based on logic and not emotion. It's not always going to be easy, but they have to make wise decisions - otherwise Keim and Arians become Graves and Whisenhunt.
This move "hurts" my feelings, I'll admit. Wilson is in the top 5 AZ Cardinals for me. But I understand it. He wants to play again and knowing the Cards luck will have an Aeneas Williams/Tim McDonald/Anquan Boldin/Larry Centers kinda post-Card career. He deserves it.
And if it comes to fruition and fans start bellowing about how they should have never let a heart-soul player leave...
Keim can just state, "The devil made me do it."