In response to Muzwell's comment:
Decided to write you back in blog form because you covered a lot and want to let you know how I feel.
I'm a little taken aback by your letter. First, a letter? Really? Who writes letters?
Well you being so old and set in your ways and stubborn about changes I figured letter was the best way to get in touch wth you. Didn't figure you'd quite master e-mail yet, it a new wrinkle the world instituted and might be hard for you to adapt. It might require you to rebuild on the fly but with you that seems to take over half a decade.
Second, it's well written and I thought you graduated from Michigan? Oh well, never mind that.
You well know that when we built this team we had a receiving corps that featured the two headed tight end combination that has been the envy of the football world. Had I known Tom, that Aaron was practicing to be Tony Montana in his spare time (only he wasn't practicing), I may have approached things somewhat differently.
Oh Bill, with all you Florida connections you couldn't see he was still hanging out with his gang friends and causing issues at their camp? It's funny you seem to know everyone and everything but the media found out he never let go of the thug life even in college? Maybe you should have done what you did with all the other players previously (you know like Branch right before it cost us another chance at a SB in 06') and waited until the end of his rook contract or I don't know not tie up so much gauranteed money into a kid with such red flags. Unless you are telling me you know nothing about players outside of the field then that would explain a couple of things
Had I further known that Gronkowski would come back from his arm surgery just fine only to have his leg rolled by some journeyman DB (and I don't mean defensive back) on the eve of the postseason, again, perhaps we might have had a contingency in place. Don't know right now what that backup plan might have consisted of, but we'd have come up with something.
What so you are telling me you never thought a guy who is getting injured every year would get injured so you thought 3rd and 4th rate backups were fine? Have you been drinking again?
But, you know, you don't easily replace guys like that, not on the fly. Next year, I promise to meet with a soothsayer or have my Tarot cards read, or some such thing, in advance of the draft. Maybe then, I'll be more in tune with the Earth's frequency and will have a better handle on the future. Hey, it worked for Nostradamus, right?
Well tell you what Bill lets forget that restructure ever happened and I'll give you the future right now Amendola will get hurt, Gronk will get hurt, Vollmer will get hurt, if you resign Talib he will get hurt, and guess what if you resign Edelman there is a good chance he'll get hurt. Now get proper backups for when they do with that money I saved you.
So Tom, those two guys were sort of the leaders of the receiving corps. That's worked fairly well for us the last couple of three years. We led the league in yards from scrimmage last year and were second in 2011, I just looked it up. Scored over 500 points Tom, both years. That's actually pretty good.
Wow, two previous years that's great Bill. So... does the league average those numbers with this year and give us a ribbon for that?
Now, I know we let that receiver leave. Look, we all liked the little guy. Heck, we plucked him from obscurity in Miami, and paid a fair price to get him. Worked out damn well too, if I do say so myself (you're welcome). But the fact is Tom, we weren't going to win a championship doing the same thing this year. Sure, we'd have re-signed him if he would have taken our offer, but his role would have changed and I'm not sure how that would have gone over with him.
We weren't going to win a championship doing the same thig and yet you replaced him with the most similar player you could find but was much, much more injury prone. You are right Bill, doing the same thing doesn't get us very far so you decided it was to easy and made it harder? How about just adding to a productive we like Weilker by adding, I don't know, and actual outside threat?
I'm not blaming him for the drop in 2011 by the way, stuff happens...ah hell Tom, it was right in his f'in hands!! Crap! And then he does that to Talib, the h e l l with him I say. He's dead to me.
Okay, I'm calm now...so where were we?
It was the signing the tag and not taking a below market deal to play under such a great coach wasn't it? What ever happened to doing what's best for the team and putting your ego aside? Isn't that the BS you feed the media. Btw Bill, if I remember right I got you the lead with less then 3mins left the last 2 SB's and the D couldn't hold for 1 drive. Weren't you suppose to be a defensive genius? Where has our D been since 08' Bill?
You did fine with Julian, didn't you? Caught over 100 balls, 1,000 yards, pretty much what that other guy used to do. Granted, that wasn't necessarily the plan, but sometimes necessity is the mother of invention, and you can't accuse us of not adapting to the circumstances around here.
Yes thank you for giving me 1 receiver who has been consistent all year. Instead of spreading the ball out to a TE, and 2-3 WR's I was able to get another 100 rec WR because I had no one else to throw to. Thanks Bill that was great. How about next year you don't resign him and we can get the guy in section 1 seat 6 100 recs too
Let's talk about Danny. So, it didn't go quite as well as we'd have hoped with him. He had his moments, but the injuries were kind of a setback. He was doing fine before we ran that darn reverse and he got his bell rung. On the other hand Tom, Julian kind of took a lot of the stuff that we figured would have gone Danny's way, and there are only so many underneath routes to go around.
Lets talk about Danny. So the injures set him back huh? You mean to tell me an injury prone player got injured. WHo would have ever guessed that a guy who has been injured his entire pro career would get injured? You no who, I saw a 3yr old at the market and ask him if he knew who Danny was, the kid said yeah he's the guy always hurt Bill. It doesn't take a tarot card reader with a horrible fake jamican accent to figure out he was going to get hurt. BTW Bill, he still had an average year because that's what he is! No wonder the Rams didn't even offer him a decent contract.
Apart from Boyce who is a bit more of a project, I thought Aaron and Kenbrell did fine. They had some ups and downs, some drops. Can't hide those can you? But I'm not going to list all the hall of fame receivers who did next to nothing in their first year. I'm not saying either of those guys is Jerry Rice, but my gut tells me they will both make the club next year and catch 50 or 60 balls apiece, maybe more.
If you think Thompkins did fine why didn't you play him more. You were all about playing him when there were only 2 other WRs but what about at the end of the year when we had no RZ threat? Why did you all but bench him and make him inactive if you thought he did a decent job. BTW Dobson needs a couple more years and some stickem'. Seriously he never dropped a ball his last year in college? Maybe he's just making up for lost time this year.
We also had Vereen out of the backfield, and he caught a lot of passes. He was hurt (who wasn't), but productive when he was in there.
Gee another injury prone player who was hurt, who would have guessed. Not even sure Nostradamus would have seen an injury prone player get injured. That was sarcasm if you couldn't guess. You should have brought back Woodhead at least we could count on him to be on the field. BTW how is that $600k you saved by signing Washington treating you? I know it didn't help us out much in Car or Jets.
You know, we were third in points scored this year Tom, despite all the injuries. Top ten in passing yards and rushing yards. Not even Denver managed that. I just don't think overpaying Eric Decker is going to make a huge difference, but we can talk about it.
You're right Bill signing Decker won't make much of a difference so lets sign more Wilsons, and Washingtons, Fenana's and Sopo's because they made all the difference right Bill. Better yet lets sign Cadwell back that 06' receiving core made no difference. BTW Bill you're welcome for those offensive stats. I had to work my butt off with little help to make sure we got those. Did you see those drops this year (and you want to talk about Welkers drops) and that OL look like a pourous shell? And how was or D again this year Bill. All that money, draft picks, and resources spent rebuilding the last 5 years. How has that gone for you. Glad me restructure went to A. Wilson and all.
So Tom, love ya man, but next time, pick up the phone. Say hi to G for me. Talk soon.
All right Bill see you later man, but if I see more retreads signed before actually players in their prime we need to have a talk