Originally Posted by Broncos4tw
Well, it's really about the paycheck. For the amount of money he is making now, it is expected for him to dominate. He was a bit lackluster out of the gate, as compared to a 2nd year rookie in Von Miller. People were not throwing him under the bus - analysts and some fans simply said they feel he needed to step it up a notch for a DE making some 43+ million in a new deal.
He did step it up against the Chuggers. And that is the level at which he should always be playing. Props to the guy, but he needs to earn that huge paycheck.
There's always a few people, whom most likely don't have much money themselves, that always think it's about the money. "He needs to earn that huge paycheck."
He earned his contract by his play prior to it, let's get that straight. He signed that contract based mainly on what he's done and..and after based on what is projected of him to do.
Now moving forward, the reality of the situation is that he will be paid that contract REGARDLESS of his performance. That's the reality.
I despise it when people always talk about contract this and contract that and how players need to "earn it." Peyton Manning doesn't win the super bowl and all the money we paid him was pointless and he "didn't earn it," even tho it's surely all in his and his management's bank accounts.
Players don't become super human after signing a contract, they're still human and football players and just like you or I, they will have days where they aren't at there best. There is no such thing as a player performing their very best every single game... those few who CAN do that most the season are legends.