Re: Jeremy Maclin
posted at 1/27/2014 6:32 AM EST
In response to dreighver's comment:
Maclin is a quality receiver, and I'd be in favor of bringing him in if the price is right.
Maclin was a quality receiver, but he blew out his ACL and didn't play at all last year, so whether he's still a quality receiver is uncertain. The Pats right now have enough question marks at receiver. We all know it often takes a year or so for a receiver to get comfortable with the Patriots' system. Bringing in old guys, washed-up guys, injured guys, mid and late round rookies, guys with character questions, and all sorts of other higher-risk players at receiver hasn't worked well for us. While they are here they don't contribute at a high level and maybe worse, they don't stick with the team long enough to get comfortable in the offense. We need to invest in one or two receivers who (1) have a higher probability of contributing at a high level and (2) are fairly likely to be part of the team for two or three or (god-forfend!) five or six years. Ochocincos, Branches, Lloyds, Amendolas, Stallworths, and other stop-gaps are never going to get this receiver corp to the level it needs to be to be truly competitive in the playoffs.
I assume you all watched the AFC Championship game. Did you see how Denver defended us with 8,9, even 10 in the box? They had absolutely no respect for our receivers. I'm not sure they ever double-covered anyone. Single coverage, with just one safety deep was enough, at least until late in the game when Denver went to more of a prevent look. We couldn't run against Denver in large part because Denver didn't feel any need at all to send more than the minimum number of defenders deep. Most of their defenders simply held put within a few yards of the LOS where they could easily defend either the run or the s hort pass to one of our eight million slot receivers running horizontally five yards away from the LOS.
I've been saying this for years now, but until we get some real wide receivers, the offense is going to continue to be dismal whenever Gronk is out. Gronk changes everything because he's a guy defenders need to double and triple team and who can attack deep as well as s hort. But without him, we have a bunch of guys who basically run five yard patterns and no one in the league is scared of them.