Re: Near Brilliant Belichick
posted at 3/6/2010 12:53 PM EST
In Response to Re: Near Brilliant Belichick
pewee- I agree. I think this is about sending the message that if people like Banta-Cain (a 7th round pick lest we forget) step up to play hard and be a team player, this is what happens. Same for Wilfork, higher pick but, he has quietly played superb and done what is asked of him. I'm not saying players like Adalius Thomas will get it but, others are surely watching. They remember Banta-Cain coming in with little chance and now the guy is gettin' it done! Good for him and Wilfork. If anything, the past 2 days moves have showed that the Patriots have not forgotten what getting AD has done. Zilch essentially. That's why they never pulled the trigger on Peppers. They waited to see what he'd get for money and basically gave Wilfork about the same. Peppers would be the next AD IMO. Hard work should get rewarded. I think you're right in that maybe this will light a fire under some of the under achievers on the team.
Posted by mrbungle
Initially, I too
wanted Dansby, Boldin, or perhaps Peppers. Yet in retrospect, I'm coming to terms with NE's strategy here. mrbungle
and the initial post/poster IS largely correct here, and especially with the AD signing. Now, some might say that NE really NEEDS
to hit upon a few elite free agent superstar signings since we have a HOF QB who's NOT getting any younger and so we need to maximize our potential for another Lomabrdi run(s). I formerly would have placed my ballot in that camp...but not any longer. Sorry to break it all to some of you, BUT this team DOES need more than 1, 2, maybe even 3 or so key free agent super cogs in order to become an elite front running dynasty once again. And I believe Bill Belichick has recognized this...and finally, so have I
I ALSO thus believe that in the 2006 and 2007 seasons Belichick did himself think that he could push through another championship with a few key cogs (free agents) to bolster and give a kind of facelift to our recent (as of then) Championship team(s) in the early-mid part of this past decade. BB paid for AD, rented Stallworth, franchised A$, & spent key draft picks on Welker & Moss and signed them for THIS
very reason: To hopefully push through yet 1, perhaps ideally 2 MORE Championships. And NE came close...but close don't mean sh#t, does it? Belichick I firmly believe has come to final terms that He needs 2 maybe even 3 seasons of true rebuilding of The Pats for any honest chance at a dynastic run once more... I'm slowly and painfully coming to similiar terms with this as well (with a few bumps here and there)... It would benefit ALL true NE Fans if they did likewise.
Imho even though one cannot trully judge a Draft Class for a couple seasons or more, I DO believe this team had a successful Draft in 2009. Butler WILL be and has shown glimpses of being a decent cover-corner (guys just a College junior-NFL rookie). Vollmer will be our starting Left Offensive Tackle. Chung will be amongst a group (including McGowan) of dual-coverage all-purpose Safeties. Edelman is our future starting Slot Receiver. We secured, however unglamorous, a long-snapper in Ingram. 1 of Ohrnberger/Bussey will probably be a future offensive guard, or first backup at least. 1 of Richard/Pryor WILL be the next Jarvis Green, a 3-4 DE backup and/or a decent 4-3 DE/DT. Jury's still out on Brace, but guess what? Jury was big-time out on Wilfork during his rookie year.
AND guess what also? Belichick has shown too that this team needs major overhauling by his Free Agent moves this year. And sorry to hammer this point home, But Belichick IF
believe NE simply needed a couple or a few critical cogs for another Championship, BB would
have signed some of these big-name free agent(s) like he did in 2007, when NE was the second highest spending NFL Franchise. But he hasn't AND he won't. He would
have secured at the very least Leigh Bodden...BUT in another year, and again-possibly 2 more years, what would be the point of that? At that point, BB will then or now either draft a very highly rated CB to become the future mainstay on the other side of Butler, OR He will draft a mid-round CB that'll just have to do for a year or two before BB in this scenario in a year or two, signs a very good vet CB when he believes NE has ALL it's pieces together for the next dynasty run. BB COULD
have signed Wilfork to 4, 5, even 6 years...but he didn't. And guess why? Because by that time, NE will either have another younger & fresher NT and/or Brace will have matured to be our future starting 3-4 NT. And guess what yet again? NE COULD
have signed Tully Banta-Cain to a 4 or 5 year moderately priced deal, BUT BB chose yet again to simply do a 3 year deal, in which time after-Pryor/Richard will be that guy or Pryor & Richard will be the next J Green and Banta Cain. Likewise, there's no point in overpaying Jarvis Green and there's NO point in spending money on Watson when NE can simply make do with a cheaper equally or even lesser talented but way cheaper veteran for 1 and agin, perhaps 2 seasons as they cultivate a rookie TE or simply sign a very good FA TE when BB deems it's time...~
Apologies to ALL
for being your "Reality Check." Last season (2009) was rebuilding year #1 and Belichcik has acted then and NOW, accordingly. This DOES simply s#ck for our top 2 players in Randy Moss and Tom Brady, YET that sum of just 2 players can't take precedence over the entire team...no matter how good. Moss, in stating that he doesn't believe he'll be back with NE in 2011, is, ummm-CORRECT. He won't. He's already something like 33 or 34, and he's losing a HOF step in his game. Moss will not be on the next championship NE Team. BUT Brady at just 29 years old, is a different story. Favre is playing @ 40 and Brady has stated he wants to do the same. So what? 2 more rebuilding years and Brady will still ONLY be 32 years old by the time the Season begins...No prob. ~
In the end, sorry to ALL
bandwagon country club fans...BUT it is d#mn near next to impossible to have a Championship run EVERY single year, and almost absurd to believe you can have a dynastic team forever, season after season after season. The naysayers bring up Indy's continued and largely stablized success throughout this whole decade, YET they luckily (unlike most franchises) never had a couple bad Draft Classes back to back, and Indy has not had the kind of personell & player mass defections elsewhere that NE had, because NE WAS an actual dynasty and thus, subject to more of the limelight and successes and unfortunately some of the fallout and shortcomings being a dynasty in the spotlight brings with it...~Finally, I really do believe certain Patriot Fans NEED this rude awakening: See, Bill Belichick ALWAYS tries to field a contending team, yet fielding a contender CANNOT trump building a successful franchise for the long run...gearing up for the next critical dynastic run