I think I know why so many fans were surprised or shocked and upset about Crandell being released..
think back, way back.. to when Shivers was here, and even earlier than that!
A player would suffer and suck, and not perform.. but he'd continue to play here! no worries of being cut!
Shiver's would say "it's ok boy, you dont' have to worry! here in Shiver's gang, you are safe!"
Now Tillman, a WINNER comes in.. who doesn't like to lose at all..
Crandell struggles, constantly.. and says "that's it, we can't afford this!"
and cuts him...
we as fans are not used to a GM who does his job properly!
a good GM will make the moves necessary to make this team a winner and Shivers was NOT one of those!
people here need to have faith! because for so many years we have been used to having GM's that are complete losers and had no guts to get rid of the crap on our field...
look at the old days..
Elgaard was past his prime, so was Narcisse.. among many others.
Ford never did anything.. too scared to upset anyone!
if Tillman had been around those years? you can BET that those players would not have been there.