Re: The "value" approach is squandering years of Brady's prime
posted at 9/3/2010 8:38 AM EDT
In Response to The "value" approach is squandering years of Brady's prime
[QUOTE]Not that I'm against the BB "value" approach as a basic strategy. I'm not. You can't overspend for everybody. BUT, I think they have taken it too far too often. This team in my opinion didin't and hasn't for a number of years, needed a ground up rebuild. Stockpiling picks and bring in value FA's is great when you need many pieces to the puzzle to even compete at a high level. I think this team has been 2 or three players away from again being a 12 plus win team. The Pats and BB has had PLENTY of draft picks in the deck to either move up in the draft or trade for a few of these players to plug the few holes we have. Instead they have continued to take the approach of moving out of every draft slot and grabbing as many bodies as they can, throw them against the wall to see what "sticks". Meanwhile, every year Brady is a year older. Worry about the full blown rebuild when Brady is done and gone. How is it that we can't manage to pull in ONE shutdown corner or ONE edge pass rusher with all the cards we've had to play? They've had money, picks and players to leverage and they choose to take the "value" approach that MAY get us 9 wins this season. That in my opinion is a WASTE for a team with TB
Posted by smorgan86[/QUOTE]
I share your frustration. But, has BB's so-called "value approach" really been a failure?
In 2005, the Patriots' scrapped "value" and traded a 3rd round draft choice to the Arizona Cardinals for Dwayne "The Human Torch" Starks. They also spent money, outbidding the KC Chiefs to acquire LB Monty Beisel. At the time of these trades, most Pats' fans nodded approvingly. The feeling was that Starks was a solid NFL CB, who had lost his way playing for a bad team. Beisel was thought to have the requisite size and speed to become another Mike Vrabel. Unfortunately, BB rolled snake-eyes with both those guys...and it was perhaps the prime reason why the Patriots came up short that year.
In 2006, BB was true to his valuistic ways, as the Pats let both of their starting WRs, Deion Branch and David Givens, leave more or less through free agency...with the Pats' obtaining a #1 pick in the 2007 draft for Branch. They also let go of the aging Willie McGinest, and hall of fame PK, Benedict Adam Vinatieri. Though they were heavily criticized for these moves, only biased officiating and untimely injuries to key defensive personnel kept the Patriots from winning another SB.
In 2007, the Pats appeared to set aside their "value approach" in that, instead of moving to stockpile draft choices, rebuilt their WR corp by trading draft choices for WRs Randy Moss and Wes Welker...and signing free agents Donte' Stallworth and Kelly Washington. All four were great contributors in 2007, as Welker and Moss were pro-bowlers, Stallworth (along with 2005 free agent find Jabar Gaffney) were superb #3 and #4 WRs, and Washington made his mark as a special teams' terror.These great moves led to a perfect season. and a SB trip.
After suffering the most devastating defeat in the history of sports in the 2007, last minute 17-14 SB loss, the team, and the franchise, has never been the same.
During pre-season in 2008, the Pats appeared to be sleep-walking. There's no doubt in my mind that the teams' psyche had been shattered. I am a believer that negative thoughts and a sense of doom only serve to foster more negativity, or, bad luck, if you will. Brady goes down with a knee injury in game #1...and the rest is history.
Presently, the Pats do appear to be gradually weaning their way back to "mental health". Though there are still some lingering ill effects from the devastating SB loss, old age, and yes, some poor drafting decisions (Chad Jackson, Shawn Crable, Terrence Wheatley, and, to a lesser degree, Laurence Maroney and Ben Watson), have taken their toll.
Some will criticize the Richard Seymour deal. But, it was a great move, as having Seymour still on the team would not have taken the Pats to the SB last year...or this year. There is some necessary rebuilding taking place. Building through the draft is the right way to go. The Pats will, in time, be back.