Re: Choose your Faction.
posted at 2/11/2014 7:27 PM EST
In response to TexasPat's comment:
In response to BabeParilli's comment:
There seem to be several factions of thought around these parts.
Pick which one you ascribe to. (Don't try to take a hybrid or you will be disqualified.)
1. Homer Faction (HF): All our players and coaches are the best. Every draft pick and FA signing is brilliant. A bad defense is good. Mickey mouse receivers are excellent.
2. The GM is mediocre Faction (MGMF): Poor decisions over and over and over have left us with a great coach, great QB and a mediocre team otherwise.
3. Brady is the problem Faction (BPF): Brady' poor play and obsession with the shotgun/spread is the cause of our falling short. (Otherwise known as the, "I'm an imbecile like Rusty Faction").
4. Running the ball wins Faction (RWF): Run and balance wins despite whether it is effective or not. BB is too dumb to realize this.
I'm in #2, obviously.
Okay, if you HAD to pick one of these, understanding that your actual view might be a combination or somehow not exactly one of the above, what would you choose?
As you know, I tend to agree with you on this subject, and would classify myself as a category #2 guy. But, my concerns about the Pats center on their DL and OL play. Their prime need is for a DT that can stop the run, and collapse the pass pocket.
Their OL is overrated. Though Solder and Mankins on the left side are good, Solder seemingly suffers a concussion every time he gets out of bed, and Mankins is getting old. Ryan Wendell at OC is a disaster, and must be replaced. RG Dan Connelly is an okay reserve, but barely passable as a starter at RG. At RT, Sebastien Vollmer can no longer be relied upon due to health issues.
The greatness of the Brady and BB combo can get the team through these DL/OL issues against the average teams. But, in the playoffs, these weaknesses are exposed, and expoited.
I couldn't help but notice where another poster credited BB the GM for having a good off-season in 2013. Sorry...but that's laughable. BB added nothing in terms of veteran free agents.
The signing of SS Adrian Wilson was a disaster...when better options such as Bernard Pollard were available.
The signings of DTs Tommy Kelly and Armstead didn't work out due to injury. Some call that "bad luck". I call it "foreseeable". When you sign on a 32 year old DT to take the majority of snaps as a starting DT, rather than serve as a rotational player, his chances of getting hurt skyrocket. As for Armstead, the Pats already knew that he had health issues when signed.
Letting Danny Woodhead walk when he was easily affordable to resign was a huge mistake.
Bringing aboard WR Danny Amendola didn't work out, as the brittle Amendola came as advertised. Allowing WR Wes Welker to go to Denver hurt the team early, while it strengthened their chief competitor in the AFC.
As for the 2013 draft, BB appears to have scored with OLB Jamie Collins. Over the final four games of the season, the kid showed that not only could he contribute, but flourish. Though it's too early to declare him a stud, it's certainly safe to say that the kid has shown great promise.
The jury is still out on WRs Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. It's a major concern that both players had problems staying on the field in 2013. But, Dobson especially showed potential.
The selection at #91 overall of SS Duron Harmon was a joke. Though advised by his scouting staff that Harmon could be had much later, or be acquired as an undrafted free agent, BB overruled them, and used a top 100 pick to select the guy. Though Harmon contributed, he appears to be Tavon Wilson II. Sorry folks, but you do not use a top 100 pick on a guy who you envision being a contributor on special teams. Top 100 picks should be viewed as immediate contributors, who ill blossom into starters in a couple of years or less.
Credit goes to BB for trading away a guy who wanted to be a track star and a 7th round pick, for RB LeGarrette Blount. This was a steal.
When you compare and contrast what BB did in the off-season to what John Elway did in Denver, you'll see why the Broncos were better than the Patriots last year. Forget whether or not the Pats can beat SF or Seattle. To get to the SB, they must first get past Denver.
BB should focus this entire off-season on beating the Broncos.
The lines have become a greater concern as of lat. But BB's poor decision making has slowly created many holes and I'm afraid filling that many is impossible for a guy who has been so lacking as to create that many.