Re: 6 Pro Bowlers!
posted at 12/29/2010 8:01 AM EST
Maybe some people (me included) are being harsh on BM, but I think you're being too easy on him.
Okay, semantics wise he played the first two games but why didn't he start? Would they sit Brady? Would Brady need to have his starting job taken away because he was freelancing too much (as BM admitted in an interview after the Jets game). Would they sit Mayo?
in my opinion (I've been a Pats fan since I was born and I don't think the fact that I disagree with you doesn't make me a credible football fan...even Pats coaches disagree (see Patriot Reign) so I think your statement isn't credible itself) he hasn't improved and hasn't developed into the type of safety that his talent warrants. The very fact that he splits time with a guy you analyzed as not being very good after being a surefire starter last year speaks volumes as to what BB think of him now. No way they'd sit Mayo or McC for 1/3 of the game. Why do they do it with BM? He should be a guy that never leaves the field, and he isn't.
Lastly, your point is correct in that he doesn't give up a lot of deep balls. That being said, he does make so AWFUL plays. The first play of last years playoff doesn't happen with a very good safety (that angle he took was just silly). The play against the Packers was not that unexpected for BM as many in the stadium already knew who the culprit was before the replay.
He's a good player, but I don't see how any pro-bowler could split time, make many memorable bone-headed plays, or just not improve in general. I think the vote was off of reputation (see R Seymour during a couple of his off years), not because of BM's play.
In Response to Re: 6 Pro Bowlers!
[QUOTE]Meriweather wasn't benched. He didn't start the first two games. The rest is very easy. 1.) He is the best safety Ne has. 2.) He is one of the better safeties in the NFL. 3.) I gave up arguing the point, but anyone who doesn't recognize this has an axe to grind or simply doesn't know enough about football to weigh in with a credible evaluation. There has been just one TD deep to his portion. Saying Sanders has been better is laughable considering he was getting toasted deep once a game early this season. Meriweather has collected two game balls. Two. But then, the people saying this aren't really watching or being critical. FFS, Page blew a tackle and got burned deep last week and everyone was talking like he could replace Meri. LOL. And the guy was selected by other players and coaches, that means a panel of safeties and coaches who recognize this -- not a bunch of dippy fans.
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