Before I begin to recount the dialogue that my Mind and my Heart have shared over the past few days, let me first apologize for the delay in getting these posted here on my blog. My Mind and my Heart have continued to debate as usual, and I have continued chronicling those discussions for the stimulation and oftentimes amusement of my readers. However, a nasty cough, pestiferous sniffle, and irritating sinus drainage have kept me from posting those here on this blog.
Let me also (for the benefit of the readers) clear up a misconception about this blog. My Mind and my Heart are merely an expression of what my brains tell me is the logical action and what my feelings tell me should be done. These blogs are not an endorsement of either view, they are merely expressions of both sides of argument, and are meant to present each viewpoint, back it with facts, and then allow the reader to make up his/her own mind.
So even though it may seem that my Mind is the consistent antagonist, he really is a nice fellow once you get to know him. He's a little ditzy every now and then, but nice, nonetheless. Also, while my Mind and my Heart are most often on opposite sides, occasionally they will agree. Last Wednesday was one of those days. Wednesday was when my Mind and my Heart talked about Pierre Garcon, Free Agent.
I put the question to my two best debaters this way: "What do you think the Indianapolis Colts should do with Pierre Garcon? Re-sign him or release him?"
My Heart opened things up this time. "Look, Pierre Garcon won't set anyone's film room on fire with his brilliance, but he is a solid player. He runs polished routes, comes out of his breaks and cuts smoothly, and has good up field speed. While he hasn't been extremely consistent with his hands, I think he is definitely worth a contract as a starter."
"I agree," commented my Mind. "Pierre has also been getting better each year. His catches, receiving yards, and touchdowns have gotten better each year. His targets have increased as well. He had 134 targets during 2011 as opposed to 126 targets in 2010. And while his reception percentage dropped from 57.1% to 52.2%, you must consider the fact that he played with 3 different quarterbacks last year."
My Heart agreed. "True. And don't forget that he was labeled a 'priority' by Colts owner Jim Irsay, heading into this offseason. I believe it is imperative that he be re-signed. He is a good player who can excel in the Colts system and will be hard to cover one-on-one with Reggie Wayne possibly demanding double teams on the other side."
I realized that my Mind and Heart were in total agreement and brought the discussion to a close. I asked, "Okay, you've both had a chance to present your views. If Pierre Garcon was re-signed by the Colts, what kind of contract should he get?"
"Well," my Mind began, "He has played very cheaply the last few years, which has worked out extremely well. Inexpensive contribution is always appreciated by the front office. However, I don't believe that he has improved enough over the last few years to be given a large contract. I think that he should receive a 5 year 9.6 million dollar contract. That will substantially increase his level of pay, and if he continues his path of consistent improvement, will be commensurate."
"Yes," my Heart stated. "You are correct. I think that your numbers are very good and that your view is well-stated. Pierre Garcon averaged $449,000 a year on his last contract, and lived up to the expectations. I think that a rewarding, but yet cautious contract is the way to go. "
I have posted a brief summary of the opinion that my Mind and my Heart share.
My Mind and Heart: Re-sign Pierre!
1. He Is A Young, Consistent Playmaker
2. He Is Familiar With The Colts Offense (Not To Mention Every QB On The Roster)
3. He Is Steadily Improving Each Year
4. He Will Not Have Much Of A Cap Hit
How Much Should Pierre's Salary Be?
My Mind and Heart: 5 Years, $9.6 Million
Well, I hope you enjoyed the debate between my Heart and my Mind. Tomorrow we'll see what they have to say about Jeff Saturday, and Thursday, we'll discuss Free Agent Jacob Lacey, as voted by the readers of my blog.
God Bless America! 'Til tomorrow