Well, if true, and not taking sides with anyone, could this not have been foreseen?
I am very much on the fence about AC's return, despite his assurances. Although he broke umpteen records this season, this was one of the worst for him. Now, there are many ways to define greatness. If you define greatness as consistancy - week in, week out - than the tip of the hat is in AC's favour. If, on the other hand, you determine greatness as how many GC rings you have, than other QBs would clearly be ahead of him.
There comes a time in a player's career when personal goals/hubris must take a back seat. This season pointed up the glaring deficiencies we have seen in AC, i.e. not being able to move the pocket, reduced mobility, hurried/inaccurate throws, sacks, playing "nervously"... Damon Allen was able to achieve what he did playing beyond age 40, BUT in those last few seasons, he spent plenty of time on the sidelines with various injuries. I wouldn't want to see that with AC.
I would have much preferred to see AD get several starts this season, with AC coming in from time to time, and having AC play the role of mentor to AD. I will be saddened if we lose AD, but that's pro sports - life goes on.