No one remembers who came in second.
Shockey missed NY but I suppose winning a ring is a nice reward.
Goff was one of the best run stopper in the NFL amongst ILB's the year before his injury.
But the bigger point is not what they do - its about getting the money they need for their lives. You wanna argue Shockey who basically moved himself i agree. Or Jacobs who couldve gotten pt for a couple hundred thousand less upping his value, knowing gore and hunter were there I'd agree there too. But most guys need to get paid in a very small window in a very dangerous profession so what they do going fwd is really getting money and i cant blame them for this. Obviously going to oakland is not gonna help your stats and going to san fran where the passing game is much less and a lesser qb isnt gonna help your receiving stats but that doesn mean the team cant be good, and being on a good team always helps.
as for regressing - dont agree - really more a case of being nicked up and cruz's emergence.