Re: Jimmy Graham is worth the investment!
posted at 2/5/2014 12:38 AM EST
In response to DeadAhead2's comment:
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
In response to dapats1281's comment:
True, not like Graham got shut down by SEA in both games.
Top 8 scoring offenses of all time have not won the Super Bowl.
Graham adds no value as a blocker and has a reputation as being soft.
Sign Graham and you lose out on Talib or another starting corner, plus lose out on the opportunity to shore up that defensive line.
Dumb strategy. You don't build a superior offense at the expense of the defense. If a team can get a 4 man rush on Brady, then the whole operation is shut down.
You dont pay a non blocking TE top dollar and then become a power running team.
You're making false assumption here.
Why would Graham need to block? Hernandez was on the field plenty with 0 blocking responsibilities on many plays.
I said I want 4-5 TEs. That's unconventional to begin with, and you've led me to my more unconventional thought regarding their offense.
I'd roll 3 TEs with regularity if I had the 5 I mentioned.
Gronk, if EVER healthy, is a monster. Blocks and catches as well as any tight end ever. I mean that individually. He catches as good as anyone ever. He blocks as well as anyone ever.
Mulligan or Hooman play the role of in-line blocker, late receiving option.
Graham goes anywhere from on the line, to split wide, in motion, even in the backfield.
That still leaves you with 2 skill position players after your OLine and Brady.
One of the rookie, soon-to-be 2nd year WRs on the outside.
Ridley/Vereen/Bolden/Blount?...one of them as a single back.
You can easily modify that as needed swapping Mulligan/Hooman for an extra WR.
You can go HUGE and drop the WR and have both Hooman/Mulligan on the field.
You can go 5 wide with a mix of 2-4TEs, 1-3 WRs.
That's been my dream offense since midway 2010. I've always loved a power running game (which means OLine, not neccessarily the RB), and TEs. It pleases me greatly that Gronk is doing #87 proud. Ben Coates will always be a Top 5 favorite player of mine. BEAST! DOUBLE BEASTS!
Yeah, Graham would definitely be the move TE here like what Hernandez was.
It would be kinda funny if somehow the Hernandez grievance for the bonus money was finalized/eliminated, and NE could whip up a trade for him with NOs knowing they can't sign him past 2014.
So you're pretty much doing something similar as the Stanford O, except TE's instead of extra olineman.
Here's the problem...Graham is going to cost as much, if not more than Gronkowski. Solder has one year left on his deal. That's probably going to be five huge contracts (Brady, Gronk, Graham, Mankins, Solder).
What does that leave for the defense? Limited resources here. Offense wins you the regular season, defense wins championships. I'd prefer that $$ go to the defense