In response to jri37's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
You neglected to mention this part: " In reality, he suffered through a very rough stretch from '06-'09 before bouncing back in a major way lately."
I agree. I think the 2006-2009 case is much harder to make. Have fun trying to make it.
"C'mon TP...dude writes an article, someone on this thread points it out...it is what it is...just let it stand on it's own.."
If true this article undermines a great deal of what TP has been serving up in here so TP will go to great lengths to undermine the article.
RESPONSE: Even if true...which it isn't, this article has does nothing to ease my criticisms of BB. I challenge any of you to look back at the drafts from 2006-12...especially at the first, second, and third rounders taken. From 2006-09, BB was a disaster. Overall, BB has had 66 draft selections during this period...with 15 hits. That comes out to a .223 batting average. Not good.
Tell me, those who particularly enjoyed this article, does the fact that we are listed in the top five with the Ravens and the Giants, two teams that have had their way with us in big games in recent years, make you feel any better about that? Because it doesn't do that for me.
RESPONSE: Why doesn't it make you feel better? Because you realize that the Patriots have fallen a notch behind the elite teams...with their lack of talent on defense in particular, getting exposed each year in the play-offs. The greatness of BB the coach and Tom Brady can camoflague the warts during the regular season. But in the play-offs, the Pats lack of talent catches up with them...and the talent deficiency can be traced back to all the BB misses in past drafts.
So who are the elite teams and does going to the AFCCG not qualify a team for being elite? I have heard from other posters on this board (i am not saying it was you) what a tremndous accomplishment this was when the jets did it and how great a team they were even though they lost both times.
Bottom line is the Pat's were a couple of plays from having wom 5 SB's in 12 years and yet the orginization gets criticized like they are the Cleveland browns.
The bottom line is that the Pats are not beating the better teams in the play-offs. Oh...they'll win the first round games...but when the true heavyweights square off against them, they come up short...even when playing at home.
Does anyone here really think that the Pats have gained enough on Denver, Baltimore, and San Francisco in this off-season to surpass them?
People should definitely try to answer this question four months before the season starts.