Well, I'm still waiting for that list of players that we've thrown under the bus.
And I've only "rehashed" this stuff because I'm quite sure that that's who people are referring to when they speak of Lions being thrown under the bus. But there was more to that than the Ackle's tribute...that had become Joe's demeanor...he had an "I don't really care about football" attitude that was hard to swallow. His game play was important on the field but the off field chemistry/rappor was also important. And the team needs to know that all the players:
A) know what's going on in the game, even when they're away from it
B) have their backs and are committed to the team at all times
Arius, I hadn't read your comment but, if you were directing that solely at RLR, it wasn't clear. And I'd still include myself in a "we" because I support him in this. Re: your "backing the bus up" comment. I am a loyal fan and it takes a lot for me to turn on a player. I was a diehard Joe supporter until this year - something was affecting this team in a negative way and I think that Joe was part of that.
When you have a player that stands alone, refuses to be fully committed to the team and acts like football's not "important" in his life - they've gotta go. Either you're in or you're out and the "brotherhood" of the team helps build a stronger team. Sure, it was Joe's choice and he had permission - but it also showed that his heart wasn't in it - he wasn't all about the team during football season. And I'm afraid you should be if you're a core part on the field...you need to be there off the field - full of emotion and firing things up. Like Geroy.