Re: I like the Patriots
posted at 8/17/2012 11:46 AM EDT
In Response to Re: I like the Patriots
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: I like the Patriots : I don't agree. I think many enjoy some sense of being negative like the miserable Sox fan and then try to project it outwardly, bordering on trolling because BB doesn't hand deliver them Lombardis every year. He sure tries, though! lol I'd say focusing on rebuilding instead of making massive mistakes in free agency was more than wise. The only problem is, a lack of patience from some fans here. Instead of looking at Brady's postseason play, they choose to bash the grumpy coach because the media tells them to do so. I am a Pats a fan, a diehard like some here, but it's a team sport not just a game about a quarterback. What Belichick is doing here is going completely underappreciated because the media has hijacked the fanbase in order to take their shots at BB while they could. Plainly obvious since 2009 when the Globe took the ESPN way, hired Mazz, started the 98.5 station to take ratings away from WEEI and guess what? It worked! Sadly, it worked. Society loves to read lies and manipulated stories on the internet. They love it. They like quick answers and solutions, so they can close that window and think they have the answers. Apparently, the armchair GMs here are better than BB. lol Unfortunately, we have some fans here who took that bait and have issues with how wise Belichick's methodical rebuilding approach was here. I see it as genius and some are just clueless with understanding how hard it is to field 12+ win teams every year in this era, remaining competitive, starting back up QBs who hadnt played in a decade, trading chips, upping your odds to success, etc, etc, etc. They don't get it. They want what the Jets have because it's a quicker satisfaction. Mt Hurl reads Ron Wolf books, praises Wolf, bashes BB's every move the last 3 years, and then ignores the incredible NE Pats Management Secrets Vol 1 and 2. Classic ignorance. BB hasn't deviated from the concepts in those books and they were written 7 and 8 years ago. Ron Wolf wouldn't know what to do in this era. Wouldn't know what to do. He retired in the late 90s in the face of of not knowing what to do once his veteran Packers teams, with no depth and development under Holmgren, failed and faded off for a while. Every single old school GM has failed in this era but Belichick and we have some fans who don't appreciate the way he puts the team first, not putting anything else above the team. Just who is left standing here? Bill Belichick.
Posted by Dusty Bottoms[/QUOTE]
Let me tell you something, just because I read a book on Ron Wolfe doesn't mean I hold him in a higher light that Belichick. Ron picks players - people that pick players make mistakes (sometimes huge ones).
Ron made some very large mistakes in his career that people probably haven't a clue about. First off he wanted to hire Parcells (so he lost out there). Then he had to trade/give up a pick for Holmgren...he got completely fooled in this deal...he gave a second rounder for him because the 49ers told him it was part of Mike's contract. He gave them a second rounder without even researching his contract, it turned out to be completely false...he didn't have to give them a thing!!
He traded for Keith Jackson (second round pick) and the guy didn't even want to be there. He drafted a guy in the first round - the guy was having knee surgery the day before the draft - the guy missed his entire rookie year. Don't get me wrong, the guy did plenty right, but all these guys make mistakes.
I'm sorry I haven't read volumes one and two yet. I'm sure they're great books, but one thing I hope it states is the value of the QB and coach. Without those two things you're always going to have problems...doesn't matter how many good linebackers or corners you have...you won't beat the teams that have a guy that can pick apart your defense. Sorry.
You really are hung up on this GM thing aren't you? Be careful, these guys are cyclical. Look at Pioli right now...the guy drafted Poe in the top 15 this year. He is being heavily criticized in KC right now for a lot of the moves he's making - he doesn't have the great QB and coach to carry him anymore.