Re: Brandon Spikes: I Love 'Em Already
posted at 8/20/2010 1:41 AM EDT
In Response to Brandon Spikes: I Love 'Em Already
[QUOTE]To ALL : Ya See ALL , This Thread is less of an "I Told ya So," then it is an, "O.k., Admit you were wrong." I will NOT be naming names of posters on this particular BDC Board...not because I have class or any values (whatsoever), it's kinda because I havve a short attention span, I'm lazy, I don't care, I'm so lethargic I won't even go back and look at past threads, AND overall I thus forgot any, and sorta-All of the naysayers in terms of New England's Draft Class in particular, and moreso here-Brandon Spikes... However, I should really RE-emphasize the fact that I WOULD enjoy demeaning some of you (again, with that whole lack of class thing). Not being near enough to Foxboro (very jealous to those whom are), and not having the NFL Cable package, Up UNTIL this preseason game with Atlanta, The ONLY thing which I could say that I knew proof-positive about in terms of this subject, WAS what I had personally witnessed from The Pats Games I had watched from last season, along with my 12 months a year, rather unhealthy, obsession with the NFL Draft. Now, BEFORE this 2010 NFL Draft there was some very, very wise (wiser than even ME!) Draft, I should say- Gurus on here, whom made a few remarks on a particular position and a particular player, whom I had hitherto overlooked: Cornerback Devin McCourty... So, as most of you know me, I go pretty-nuts, and thus delved into any and ALL pre-Draft research & film on this "McCourty-Kid." I came away concluding that Devin McCourty WAS imho, The BEST CB in the entire 2010 NFL Draft, far & away. I wrote this: http://www.boston.com/community/forums.html?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3aSportsForum%3a9690Discussion%3ae67fb13e-4015-4930-8ee6-b285c46a1734&plckFindPostKey=Cat:SportsForum:9690Discussion:e67fb13e-4015-4930-8ee6-b285c46a1734Post:2b7b6ce8-c878-40b5-b5ce-5fb1a551ce88
The original being WhoTH knows (immediate reprint), BUT I 100% stand by the fact then & now, that Devin McCourty (lmao) Is NOT a 1st rd Special Teamer, Yes-He IS "Worth It," No & I don't care IF "NE targeted Jermaine Gresham and settled for DM," and/or Should have selected "Dez Bryant, Dan Williams, Sergio Kindle," or whomever.... Barring an act of god, Devin McCourty IS the best CB in this 2010 Draft and Imho DOES have every making to be the League's future #1 premiere Shut-down Cornerback (although I believe Fowler said once, He can't dance...so HE might be more dead-on than me here). BRANDON SPIKES~ Again, Spikes & McCourty were and ARE my AB-solute favorites from this '10 Class, and again- Up until TONIGHT, all I've known is heresay...Like what I've read positively from this article (or a few attending practice): " Earlier in camp, coach Bill Belichick said that although Spikes’s tactics aren’t always in line with the techniques his staff preaches, he still manages to get results. “Now that he’s in our defense, some things he does are a little bit different than the way we would teach it, but he still does them well,’’ Belichick said. Spikes was surprised to hear about his coach’s comments. “I just kind of trust my eyes, and I just attack whatever I see,’’ Spikes said. “I’m an instinctive player. I know that. They know that. That’s kind of why they probably give me room to just read things .’'" ALONG with the Post-Draft negative about "Guyton or McKenzie being ahead of Spikes," Because Spikes was "A Rookie," or moreso, "A 2 down Ruun Stuffer," and/or far moreso, "Spikes was S-L-O-W, slow, slow, and slowww." I said this 4-5 months ago : " Spikes's slow 40 time on a track field, doesn't mean jack after you look at HIS football instincts, his angles to the play, his willingness to sacrifice his body straight on against O-Lineman, and his UNreal LOVE to simply punish the ball-carrier. ..1 year ago, Spikes is top 10 pick as a guarentee from every NFL Scout ." Which, o.k.... UNTIL I started watching this very Preseason game, was...a (cough) "educated guess." YET, ARE YOU PEOPLE Who HAVEN'T SEEN BRANDON SPIKES play yet, Watching Him ?!? Dude, I LOVE this guy...Again, the ONLY thing I knew factually from last year, Was that Gary Guyton s#cked playing Strongside 3-4 Inside Linebacker. Nickel Defense, and on CERTAIN passing downs...maybe (not even all sold on him then last year), YET NOW watching Brandon Spikes...Yes=3 down ILB imho. Guyton canNOT play smashmouth in any degree with that added O-Lineman coming off the line in a 3-4 NE Defense, it was apparent very early in the season that Guyton WAS an SILB weak-link... WATCHING Brandon Spikes - WOW! Instincts, instincts, and INSTINCTS galore on this freakin' kid. Smashmouth during run, but lol- Alright I just witnessed 2 subsequent plays with my eyes fixated on Spikes (yes, after making a tackle on a 1st down run). 2nd down-Loved this: Spikes is shouting out to his fellow defenders (a ROOKIE!), moving them all around and backing them way off the line (on something like a 2nd and 5 or 6). Offense is in a power formation, But bam-Passing play by Atlanta. Stopped for an Incompletion as NE's Defense was ready, and waiting for a Pass. So LOL! 3rd down and 5 or 6 and Spikes (yes, A ROOKIE!), says something to Mayo, while pushing him off to his side and Spikes himself edging a little closer. Schaub, at this moment is calling a QB audible, and certain guys begin going in motion- By seemingly EVERY account, It IS a passing play. Ball's hiked, Schaub fades back-and even Atlanta's RB is edging towards the line as if to pass-block...lol-I mean Lmao!...Brandon Spikes doesn't even BUDGE to back away from the LOS and into any semblance of pass-coverage... What happens next? Delayed handoff to the RB-Spikes and Mayo get'm...Atlanta's forced to Punt. ~ Guys, O.k.- First Sorry to sound like a know-it-all from above...Greater point though people: Do NOT sell short what BB sees, what BB Knows that he NEEDS, someone's "instincts" because of a track 40 time, or because Mel Kiper says some guy ain't the Top 2 CBs ... This Defense could very well be something special in the next 1-2 years, after all's said and done...
Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium[/QUOTE]
God, I got dizzy from reading all this crap, man you need to get a REAL life!!!