Re: Patriots Should Be Rebuilding, or Reloading?
posted at 4/7/2010 12:55 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots Should Be Rebuilding, or Reloading?
[QUOTE]Rebuilding, reloading all the same thing as far as I am concerned because the way the NFL is constructed you can "rebuild" and be competative even challenge for a championship at the same time. I don't see it as bare as you do...
The coaching is fine, front office I think is poretty solid Casserio I think will show us Pioli was no genious. (not saying I disliked Pioli just he isn't the sole reason we won the championships.) RESPONSE: How can you say that "the coaching is fine", when the Pats lack both an OC and a DC?
Special teams have been an issue on the punting and returning side in my opinion for a couple years and this draft should rectify that with a Top notch punter (3 possibly 4 available) and I still stand by my prediction we get CJ he fills so many needs for us and is a guy that makes our offense unpredictable and dangerous. RESPONSE: So...in what round would you recommend that the Pats take a punter? Remember, they lack their 3rd round and 5th round picks. Who is CJ?
Now as far as the offense goes yeah I am fine with Hoyer as the back up but he isn't the future unless the Patriots don't plan on signing Brady (Kraft says otherwise so I am not worried there). We won't be drafting his replacement for at least 3 years. RESPONSE: Are you really saying that the Pats should wait til Brady turns 36, and then seek to find his successor? If the Pats don't think that Hoya is the guy, perhaps they should groom a young QB now.
RB is a place where I am not happy but I think this draft takes care of that. RESPONSE: I don't care who the Pats get to run the ball...unless the OL starts to open holes, Adrian Peterson could get nothing done in Foxborough.
TE is not vacant far from it Crumpler will be the main stay and teacher for a young group including one that will surely be drafted as TE is a strength in this draft we should be able to get one maybe as late as the 4th that will develop along side Crumpler... and there will be a couple available in the June on free agency period. RESPONSE: So...you want the Pats to draft both a RB and a TE? With what picks? TE is a must. Who is around for would the 55 year old Crumpler to mentor?
OL... well that is in flux. I look at it like this if they keep Mankins they have the pieces to build it into a big strength with one more piece added through the draft. Vollmer solidifies one OT spot, Mankins a OG spot and if we need to keep Light for one more year before replacing him the Patriots will be fine like that. As for the other OG and Koppen will be fine for one more year unless we find a replacement in the draft. WR is an area I am unsure of... RESPONSE: Saying that the OL is in flux seems to be just another way to admit that it needs to be upgraded. The Pats need to jettison Matt Light, move Nick Kaczur inside, start Vollmer at LT, and draft a RT.
Moss will certainly be playing top of his game this year being a contract year and who knows if he stays after that or not. We have sole solid youththere in Edelman and Tate and Welker will hopefully return and be a help at the position as well. I suspect there will be some additions FA/ or Draft or even both there.RESPONSE: Saying that Moss will step up because it's his contract year implies that he has been laying down. I strongly disagree. Moss has been an asset to the team since day one. But, the Pats still lack a quality WR to play opposite him (I can't take another year of Sam Aiken impersonating an NFL receiver). Furthermore, with Welker likely to miss a large part of 2010, Julian Eddleman will have to play a bigger role. But, no way he fills Welker's shoes.
Defense needs a DE and OLB but beyond that (both can be had in this deep draft) they are not too bad off. RESPONSE: Really? I wish.
I think it is unbfair to say Warren has pulled a Steven Neal as Warren has been getting doubles on a lot of the plays I have watched due to the pressure decrease from other places along the line.RESPONSE: That's what a 3-4 DE must do. Unfair?? The guy hasn't been healthy for the past two years.
I may be wrong here but I think ILB will be a strength with McKenzie... I see big things coming from him, Guyton is a quality backup. OLB is an area of need and I think that is a need that will be taken care of at the Draft. RESPONSE: Wishful thinking. We just don't know. But, how many guys bounce back 100% in their first year back from a knee injury?
Secondary is not an issue we need to worry about. While they have spent some bullets in the past there it doesn't really affect any of their potential moves this year and on as the uncapped year kind of solved that problem. I agree if the Patriots want to be in the mix for another championship this year they need a solid draft and they need to get 4 quality starters from it and a few that can develop as things go. RESPONSE: Getting four quality starters from one draft is a tall, tall order.
They need their young developing players to step up like McKenzie, Chung and Tate... Crable would be a bonus but I am not counting on him. Nothing against his ability to be a solid LB just he had bad luck with injuries. I'll take it one further... If the Patriots want to be in the mix I think they need to make one or two Free agent pick ups in the June on Period that will fill a need like WR or TE.
Posted by DaBlade[/QUOTE]RESPONSE: Blade...hope you're right...but I don't see things going so perfectly for this team in 2010. There's too many ifs.