Re: re-sign Spikes
posted at 9/25/2013 1:47 PM EDT
In response to portfolio1's comment:
In response to CubanPete's comment:
In response to IndianaPatsFan's comment:
Sorry to throw a wrench into the plans of the "just re-sign everybody" crowd, but there's this little obstacle called the salary cap. The Pats, like all NFL teams, have to make tough choices. Important players like Brady, Vollmer, Mankins, Gronk, Big Vince, and Mayo have received their big pay days, and other like Spikes, McCourty, Talib, Wendell, and Solder are coming due.
We are free to throw out our opinions here, but we REALLY don't see the whole picture like the Patriots organization does.
M H K
Mayo is grossly overpaid and overrated. Up until 2012, he's been mediocre at best, a liability in coverage at worse. 2012 was a career year for him. He's been terrible (primarily against the run) so far in 2013. Mayo is a weak side 4-3 LB, not a hard position to replace. Spikes has been consistent against the run his whole career, plays the Mike, and brings a nastiness to the Pats D.
If the Pats let Spikes walk and continue to overpay Mayo, it would be another blunder by the Pats GM.
Not a very insightful post. It is clear to coaches and scouts that Mayo is significantly more valuable a player than Spikes. I like Spikes a lot but he does not have the abilities of Mayo. That is one reason Mayo is a LEADER on this D and this team.
I look at data from PFF. They review game film and examine every play. Therefore the key is to pick the source(s) you trust the most. I trust them. They reveal stuff that doesn't make the box score. Take the Bucs game for example. The boxscore shows that Safety, Mark Barron, had a terrific game. He led the Bucs with 9 tackles, an INT, and a sack. PFF graded him at 0.1. Why? He allowed Dobson to get behind him in the end zone only for Brady to miss the mark. Earlier, he bit on a play fake and allowed one of two WRs to get behind him, deep, only for Brady to miss the mark again. If Brady didn't suck in that game, Barron would have been a laughingstock. Those plays don't make the boxscore.
As for Mayo. He's been mediocre from 2008-2010:
2013 -4.9 (dead last among 4-3 OLBs)
Ironically, I wouldn't have gotten on this if Mayo hadn't started so poorly in 2013. Based on the totality of his career, he wouldn't be my first choice with the 10th overall pick, and I don't think he's worth the money he's making right now.
As for Spikes:
NOTE: Season scores are cumulative.
That said, you respond with your own subjective opinions about coaches and leadership. Yeah, that's insightful.
Speaking of "leadership" it was "clear" to Belichick that Patrick Chung should be taken over his teammate Jarius Byrd because Chung was a "leader" who "made the defensive calls". Other team leaders: Guss Scott, Dexter Reid, etc.