Re: Anyone agree with Gasper's take on the Pats?
posted at 8/10/2011 11:04 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Anyone agree with Gasper's take on the Pats?
[QUOTE]I agree, i spose he writes for the Globe somethin mainly Boston fans will only read so I suppose there's little need to write nonsense when we know the truth ourselves from A) living in the area and having other sources and B) being intelligent enough to realise that it's a team built for the net 4 years. If Gasper's a puppet i think Shaughnessy is much worse I think he's clearly told to be the bad cop of the group he's rarely ever positive. I mean things have to be awesome for him to truely admit it.
Posted by danemcmenamin[/QUOTE]
More of it has to do with being realistic rather than being negative, though Shaugnessy can be a bit gloomy, lol. I mean, if you ask most fans on a fan forum, they will tell you NE will win the Superbowl before every single season.
I think Gasper's bigger point is that NE looks loaded up this season, but next season is a little more hazy considering that Mankins, Ellis, Carter, and Ocho will be out of the picture or in FA on the market. I think that is pretty fair.
I also think it is absolutely
fair to bring light to any moves that add in the next four seasons. Tom is the best. And Tom is in his prime. But he also only has four seasons left on his deal, and at the end of it, might not be the same guy as he was at the start. There should be
a slight sense of urgency on the part of New England brass to bring players in when you can to maximize the time you have while Brady is still 'the man.'
It has a bit of that Randy Moss feeling from 2007, when BB had a very good team with some holes (WR) and added a few guys before he had the monster 2008-9 stretch where he would have to unload what was essentially the core of the defensive team. Let's hope he is right, because I would love this team to get a crack at a Superbowl. They are a lot younger, and are built a little bit better to 'survive' than the amazing offense they put together in 2007.
This is not as big a drop off, NE won't be rebuilding over night. But he senses they are close and wanted the players to get them there.
I would disagree that adding Haynesworth is that kind of deal -- you don't sign 'win now' guys to 3 year deals. The added an extra year in his contract. Haynesworth is meant to play here, play here at a high level, and play here through the next three seasons. He is not
a 2011 or bust player, but a guy to sit next to Fork and across from Tom and the core of TE's for the next few seasons while they try to make a few more runs.