Re: Not too optimistic about the future.
posted at 3/8/2010 2:50 PM EST
In Response to Not too optimistic about the future.
Guys, It time someone said what we all have been thinking along. I don't even know if we have what it takes to replicate 2009 season, which was mediocre at best. I'll try to break it down by positions of need. 1. LB/DE/DL: TBC has been resigned which is good, but he is a situational passer at best. AD may be gone. VW signing is huge, but he is a pivot in 3-4, and by no way a game changer. ILB seems OK at best with Guyton and Mayo and hoping McKinze provides a spark. Miami has signed Dansby to a mega contract and he is a great tackler. I don't know if we are going to get a pass rusher in FA (who??) or via draft, who may or may not pan out (Gholston). Status: Extremely worried! 2. CB: If Bodden departs which seems like a 70% possibility, we are left with a promising Butler and an ageing Springs, along with the two Ws, who are not worth a pack of gum. If Bodden doesn't resign then we should probably invest #22 on a legit CB from the draft, and hope we can address the pass rush with a later pick. NYJ probably have the best CB tandem in NFL with both Revis and Cromartie having the potential of have 6-8 picks/season and make the opposing QB shudder. Status: Extremely worried if Bodden bolts. 3. WR: Moss is still good and can contribute a 1200 yard and 8-12 TD easily. But he is always double teamed and his leaping abilities ala 07 has gone down a lot. Wes will not be available till mid season and he still might not be as dynamic as he was. Edelman is good, but thats abut it. I would have loved a trade for Boldin, but we chickened out. We certainly had the ammo to give a last 2nd for him and give him a decent contract, but that was not to be. Baltimore came out big in Boldin and Stallworth. I hope we sign Reed but we need a deep threat as we have no one but Moss. 4. RB: With Taylor, Maroney and Morris, we have no legit #1 RB. With no WR, we have to get a FA RB, or one high in draft, maybe with our 1st. If Faulk leaves, I'll be extremely disappointed. Status: Worried. 5. TE: Nothing to say, we don't have any! Status: Worried beyond worries! 6. Safety: Not spectacular, but pretty decent. Status: Calm. 7. OL: Not bad. Status: Calm. With these observations and the splash that other teams are making in FA, I cannot help but wonder if we are going to be competitive in 2010. As of now, we not even as good as our 09 team and that is scary.
Posted by bmadmax81
Everyone is well aware the of the pats' weaknesses but panicking into signing flawed FAs is not the answer. Everyone complains about "letting peppers get away" but the man was overpriced and under-motivated. we don't need another seymour-type slacker, who only plays when he feels like it and who we would be paying more than tommy, to play a new position. I'm happy we passed on peppers.
Same with boldin. we'd be paying him as much as randy when he's prloven to be tempermental and undependable, playing only two complete seasons in seven years. boldin was a big chance for lots of money.
history shows that high priced FAs often don't live up to their billing, once signed to long term deals. Just look at AT. The "cream of the crop" in FAs in 2007; a huge underperformer at more than $10 million a year, untradeable and now about to be cut.
Remember we have a bunch of guys we have to pay this year too; fork, mankins, bodden (hopefully), neal and tommy. We also have a whole draft class, including at least four 1st and 2nd rounders to sign. We just don't have the money to do both in the same year.
I believe its going to take us two years to become SB contenders again and thats only if we make the most of our draft picks both this year and next.
I'm hoping to see a RB, WR, TE and OLB as key acquisitions in this draft. CB, DT, OLine and ILB in next years draft.
Have some faith.