Re: Belichick Terrible at Drafting..Not 1 Pro Bowler After Rd1 since 2001
posted at 9/2/2010 6:19 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Belichick Terrible at Drafting..Not 1 Pro Bowler After Rd1 since 2001
[QUOTE]Spin it how you want FA's don't count... lets call it pro bowl caliber players...
Posted by DBCoach[/QUOTE]
Moss was not a FA he was a straight up trade, I believe. Welker was FA but ended up being a trade when Kraft stepped in to save the peace with the Miami owner as the patriots poison pilled the contract, if I remember correctly.
Ultimately they acquired BOTH players via the draft. They were acquired using draft picks and the decisions were made based on talent evaluation. How else do you determine you want a player? You evaluate the talent and go after it.
There weren't a lot of other teams clamoring for either of those guys services, at the time, if I remember correctly. So all those props for seeing something in them still that others did not go to the Patriots org. That's why Welker is still playing for short money.
The other drafted players on the team, especially the defensive players, play in a system that is not predicated on generating super-stars or stats.That will never help those guys in the popularity contest that is the pro-bowl.
The other fact you fail to mention or analyze is where in the round the picks are coming. When you 've had a decade of excellence and winning you are picking at or near the bottom of every round. Trying to say that the 33rd guy drafted made the pro-bowl but the 64th guy didn't isn't equal just because they are both 2nd rounders.The Patriots probably had the 33rd guy evaluated better than the 64th as well but didn't have the opportunity to draft him at that spot.
The bigger question I would have is where is the rest of it? Compared to who? What team, coach, gm, vp of player personnel, or organization are you comparing his results to? What's your baseline?