Re: Build a team to compete right now past and current Patriot players
posted at 6/28/2010 7:30 PM EDT
I think I understand what you want: a roster that could compete in TODAY'S league...
QB: Tom Brady, Jim Plunkett, Damon Huard (yes, Damon Huard - if you watched America's Game for the 2003 Super Bowl championship season, you'll note how Huard did an EXCELLENT job simulating Peyton Manning as the scout team QB)
... it was tough leaving Grogan and Flutie off of the team ...
RB: Curtis Martin, Sam Cunningham, Kevin Faulk (Faulk is the 3rd down specialist - it's a passing league)
FB: Sam Gash (deceptive in the passing game; traditional lead blocker)
WR: Randy Moss, Irving Fryer, Stanley Morgan, Wes Welker, Terry Glenn
... I also wanted to use Capelletti as a receiver and backup kicker, but I felt like Terry Glen in his prime brings more to the passing attack...
TE: Ben Coates, Daniel Graham (good blocking specialist with justenough pass catching ability)
LT: Leon Gray (Leon Gray starts on the left side because of continuity with John Hannah)
LG: John Hannah
C: Dave Wohlabaugh, Dan Koppen (I honestly don't know who's better at center - I'll start Koppen because he's been Brady's battery-mate for his entire career)
RG: Logan Mankins / Stephen Neal (Mankins switches sides if he doesn't hold out because of it... otherwise I've watched Neal enough up close to know he belongs here, assuming in this fantasy league he doesn't get injured)
RT: Bruce Armstrong (seems like he'd have the character to switch sides)
LE: Ty Warren
NT: Ted Washington
NT: Vince Wilfork (nobody runs on this 4-3 unit; also capable of backing up nose tackle, although on this roster I envision Wilfork not putting on weight and coming on as a pass rusher shooting gaps more like he did at Miami in college)
RE: Richard Seymour
Utility D-lineman: Jarvis Green (good by utility-man standards)
OLB/DE: Willie McGinnest (starts because of his versatility)
OLB: Andre Tippett, Mike Vrabel,
MLB: Jerod Mayo, Tedy Bruschi, Ted Washington (Mayo gets the nod because this team is supposed to compete in TODAY'S league... I wanted to add Nick Buoniconti, but he is better known for his Dolphin years)
... I also wanted to include Steve Nelson, Patriots Hall of Famer, but for the life of me I couldn't figure out if he was an inside or outside linebacker...
CB: Mike Haynes, Ty Law, Asante Samuel, Ellis Hobbs (Hobbs is here for kick returns and only as a dime corner)
SS: Rodney Harrison, Lawyer Milloy
K: Adam Vinitieri
P: Tom Tupa (can also QB in emergency situations)
KR: Ellis Hobbs
PR: Wes Welker
(Coaching staff is basically the dynasty group)
Head coach: Bill Belichick
Offensive Coordinator: Charlie Weis
Defensive Coordinator: Romeo Crennel
QB Coach: Josh McDaniels
O-Line: Dante Scharnechia
D-Line: Pepper Johnson
Secondary: pre-head-coach Eric Mangini
Special teams: Brad Seely (at least I think he's the guy who coached the dynasty teams that always had good, timely special teams plays)
I could have done better, but I wanted to be stubborn and not look up any of the all-Patriots squads online.
I had NO clue who to put at free safety... and I refused to put Brandon Merriweather.
I had 43 players here. I need two more for the 45-man game-day roster. I can't remember his name, but he filled in at tackle during one of the Super Bowl runs and continued to be a backup tackle and guard on both sides and a short yardage blocker. He'd be on this squad. I'm also thinking that Larry Izzo would be good for special teams, although I lament the fact that I could only include two tight ends when you really need three (Mike Vrabel does NOT count)
I'll be back to add another post amending this one. I wanted to complete a roster just off of sheer Pats knowledge. Gold star for me :-D