Re: Kenny Britt
posted at 9/18/2013 4:39 PM EDT
In response to PatsEng's comment:
In response to zbellino's comment:
Well, Kenny Britt isn't exactly old. But then, he adds only a little.
Ne's offense will be new to him. Not as new as it is to NCAA players like Dobson, Thompkins, and Boyce, but new.
And he is a headcase. And he is fragile.
To be frank, given his abilities. I'd rather NE just stand pat.
If they are brining in a vet, I would want a 'value' vet, who is good for chemistry, etc, and cheap. Or I would want a legitimate game changing threat, who would start regardless of what the rookies do.
Adding a guy like him, to this volatile mix, seems like asking for trouble.
Yeah I can agree with this. Not sure I'd want another injury prone player to the mix but I do think they need to at least bring in another vet and take some pressure off of Edelman and esp the rooks. Hopefully they have resolve but don't want it to turn into a Bard situation and have the kids turn into mental cases by tossing them in the fire too quickly
I agree with a lot of what you are saying.
Yeah, Bard comes to mind immediately when I think about this. Baseball is different than football, but the principle of overloading a rookie or young player with expecations and adjustments is the same. Bard, who was good out of the gate, then struggled, was on the receiving end of consistent and urgent corrections to his mechanics. He would have to change them, often times in games and under pressure, always between appearances, and he wasn't given the time to develop a solid muscle memory for his stable of pitches. There is a breaking point where too much information, too quickly, can actually hurt a player's ability to retain information. Bard reached that limit, and now he is a reclamation project in the minors.
I'll liken it to students cramming. When students study for a big exam all night, it is bad. Even if they retain enough information in the short term to pass, they will have worse percentages than if they had studied slowly. And even if they answer a question correctly once on test day, it's more likely that they'll forget it later. If the rookies are just making mistakes (and they are) over and over, but you keep sending them immediately onto the field afterward, it can be actually r3tard their growth, because it's exactly like cramming.
For NE I guess, anyone mediocre would do as a stand in WR. Even a redux of Molasses Mike for a week or three. It's like this: get someone to stand there and be a WR if these kids need to come off the field for a few series a game. I get why Britt is attractive. He has a lot of skills. But in this mix, with NE's needs, he is a no-go for me. NE needs a durable, cheap, vanilla, nice-guy WR (imo) on the short term. In last year's roster, he might have been a way better add, but as it stands for me:
1.) Britt is a bad fit: He is a lot of flash on deep routes. What NE needs is a steady 'chains' guy without DA and Gronk. They aren't looking to add a guy like Britt, who is a nice piece to add to a complete roster that is missing a deep threat.
2.) He is a bad value (likely) because he is a deep threat. Players like that tend to have artificially inflated value as against how many plays they actually are going to get for an offense that is struggling to merely make first downs. I know this isn't always the case, but it's often the case. If Britt adds 700 yards and 4 TDs average to an offense at 18YPC, he'll usually make more than a WR who adds 700 yards and 4 TDs at a modest 13 YPC. The difference is the 13YPC will get you a lot more catches and conversions, that will allow you to build experience and rhythm as a team.
3.) He has attitude issues (bad for rookies).
4.) He is injury prone, when NE needs a durable guy.