Re: Getting defensive..
posted at 4/13/2013 6:22 PM EDT
In response to anonymis' comment:
I see your point, from 2001-2004, we had some horrible players, like:
*Bobby Hamilton, 200-2003
**Richard Seymour, 2001-2008
*Ted Washington, 2003
*Tebucky Jones, 1998-2002
*Lawyer Milloy, 1996-2002
*Ty Law, 1995-2004
*Willie McGinnest, 1994-2005
**Vince Wilfork, 2004-Current
**Rodney Harrison, 2003-2008
**Rosevelt Colvin, 2003-2008
**Jarvis Green, 2002-2009
**Tedy Bruschi, 1996-2008
*Ted Johnson, 1995-2004
*Roman Phifer, 2001-2004
**Mike Vrabel, 2001-2008
**Randall Gay, 2004-2007
**Asante Samuel, 2003-2007
**Ty Warren, 2003-2009
**Eugene Wilson, 2003-2009
The ones with one asterix are players who were gone by 2005.
The ones with two asterixes were with the patriots on or before 2004.
***Junior Seau, 2006-2009, - really? he was good? I can run faster than him...lol.
The point is that the defense between 2001-2004 was pretty good. They had playmakers, arguably, much better and timely playmakers than today's defense.
You named some players that were already on the team. The only one you mentioned who was acquired after 2005was seau - and, no, he was not an impact player for the Patriots.
So, name some impact defensive players that were drafted, traded for, or acquired from free agency ON or AFTER 2005? More hits or misses?
Secondly, you didn't really name any players that adequaitely replaced those players with a single asterix, who were gone by 2005. Really, randall gay and asante samuel was better than ty law or Lawyer milloy? I don't think so.
JR Seau (RIP) lead our team in total tackles at 38 something years old before breaking his forearm in week 9 or something. He was on pace for over 130 if my memory serves me.
let's not tear down ex players to prove a point...especially when that point is dead wrong.
The defense has been rebuilding since 2005....????????? What???????
EDIT: 69 tackles through 11 games(broke his arm in the 11th) which I remember lead the team. He was the run stuffing Ted Johnson role BB craves and excelled at the position at 37 years old.