posted at 12/25/2011 3:27 AM EST
In Response to Re: Maroney!!!!
[QUOTE]Was Maroney really a bust or a casualty of the game? I ask this because he was having a future perennial pro-bowler carreer till he broke his shoulder running between the tackles. He was never the same after that.
Posted by rtuinila[/QUOTE]
Maroney was about a 90% personally lameworthy bust and roughly a 10% casualty of being gun-shy after unfortunate circumstances resulted in him gettin' injured 3+ times early in his pro career...
But lookin' even ONCE like a "Pro-bowler"...? No. Your Pats Fandom believed this then, and so you still do so now rtuinila (Don't worry, I was in the same boat early on).
Laurence Maroney, even before the very first injury, was never even an average threat to run between the tackles. Pre-Injury, when LM's name was called for an interior run, He was fast enough AND healthy enough to make it through the line the in the same way any "average NFL RB" has success... When and If he made it through that first scrum, LM would IMMEDIATELY make every attempt to angle it towards the sidelines (Often a good thing, but LM would do so Even when the greater defensive positions on the field for any specific play meant that he'd have better success for more positive yards NOT doing so). And make NO mistake, when Maroney was a Rook, there were times when he could break it towards the side, even when Defenders realized that it was LM's shtick...b/c early on, He really DID look lightning fast when he did break a run wide.
Still, 3 games of looking like he had some decent talent at RB, while having Corey Dillon wearing down a D beside you (who just had a 1000+ yard year the year before LM was drafted & began playing), and having Tom Brady's passing proficiency along with his pocket prescence to seemingly be able to avoid a 10 man rush at this time... Maroney had THIS. And he still managed 1 year just barely over 800 yards, then a 750 yard year=Not Pro-Bowl stats.
Maroney also had 5 full seasons (minus the last few games of his final one), In order to establish himself as the back of choice for NE....with Tom Brady passing the ball (and when LM lost Dillon as a compliment, LM gained the passing threat of Moss & Welker to aid him). BB went to him time and time (and time again)-In the end it was gettin' pathetic. And Belichick didn't short-change LM the way he gives BJGE 15 Attempts in 1 game, then 4 attempts in the next game, then takes BJGE out for 3 series...then puts him back IN... No. Belichick consistantly gave LM the very decent carry attempt numbers with the rock, And BB gave him very consistant playing time In-Game. I recall looking up LM's game-splits. It was IF in every single category that you hoped he WOULDN'T show failure, LM did show failure. In NE wins, LM would havea grossly better average (it's somewhat expected, but not 1 full yard by season). In the 1st half LM's average was about a yard better than his 2nd half performances (each game & each year). Thus, as the game wore on, LM got worse when ya needed to run out the clock. Between both NE's & Opponent's 1-25 yard lines (each side of field)- LM's average was hilarious, like a 1. something yard average (again, not just a difference, but a GROSS difference...in THE 2 areas of the field that ya need him most). From the 1-10 carry attempts to the 10-16, and finally to the 16+ Carry Attempt averages, LM declined each time (Understandable when there's a heavy workload with a 20 carry game, But were talkin' that 2nd area <10-16 />, where most RBs start gettin' a feel for the D, and getting into a rhthym of success (NOPE=not Maroney!).
~Now let's weigh this with DMC. He's not finished with 2 Seasons yet. His success is weighed SOLELY on him never being allowed to fail (there is NO touchdown...there is NO happiness from getting a 1st down). LM had Dillon and Brady, then just Brady, Moss, Welker and Faulk. DMC has 2 former Domino's delivery boys getting his back at safety. DMC is on an Island for all to see and he faces the other team's #1 receiver more than anyone else (LM could actually go several games while counting on someone else to pick up the slack). And for a pass-rush, NE's doing EXCEPTIONAL...for them, at least. Rather than being dead-last in Sacks, NE's now 16th; And that's GOOD for DMC...except the part where they actually have to rush 7 guys at the QB in order to get just a QB pressure!