Re: Patriots stink
posted at 9/21/2009 6:56 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots stink
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Patriots stink : It is funny, because if you ever followed the Pats then you would know that those players and Seymour were asking for more money than they were worth....that is what made it easy to let them go...(well that and it was really easy getting the 1st round picks for Branch and Seymour that helped make those easier).
Posted by m1020us[/QUOTE]
I have been a Pats fan since the '80s.
I have watched almost every game since '97, even though it means watching at a sports bar here in Illinois since 1998.
I know that they wanted primo money. Samuels is proving worth that money. If they had kept Branch, most would agree they would have won the SB in 2006. Same goes for Ty Law. They would likely have won in 2005 and 2006 with him on the Pats. So do you think in hindsight they may have been worth it after all? I do.
Part of the reason they left is that the management was slow in offering a reasonable, new contract. We have heard that from many Pats's player seeking a new contract. Some hinted that they would have stayed had the intial offers not been downright insulting, which is what sent the negotiations off-track to start.
I reported a rumor. Yeah, I know, a rumor. But is it possible these players had not been willing to give hometown discounts because of friction with the leadership? The Branch, Milloy and Law departures seemed to indicate as much. Hey, I could be wrong, but it was interesting to ponder. And in light of the extremely flat play of the team of late, maybe the nature of the Seymour and Vrabel departures is psychologically harming the chemistry of the team, the way pundits thought Milloy's cut would doom the Pats in 2003, though in that case they were proven wrong.
And to the homers that can't believe fans should question the Pats at this juncture by claiming that it is "only week two", let me restate that they have shown a lot of flaws and weakness going back to late in the 2007 season. Brady was weak in the AFC Champs in 2007, weak in the SB in 2007, weak in his start last year, weak this pre-season, weak in the first half last week and week all yesterday. All that cannot be simply blamed on Week 2 jitters. This team is in a definite funk and fans are here to debate why. It is perfectly normal and not exactly treasonous.