Re: Welcome to (H)elichick
posted at 4/29/2011 1:50 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Welcome to (H)elichick
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Welcome to (H)elichick : Dude...at some point you have just go with the flow and address your needs with quality players. I know BB tries to outsmart everyone in the room and he's very good at this. But at some point, be sensible and just select some top notch players who will help you win now...not in the future...now. These one and done in the playoffs with less talent is getting really old. I'm all for the Danny Woodheads and the Mike Wrights of the world...but I'm just saying if you have the players there in the first round and you have the picks, it's not going to kill you to just take them for once instead of trading down or for the future...in this scenerio, the future never comes..it's always traded away for more future picks!
Posted by mattman1447[/QUOTE]
Dude, first of all, they have been "winning now." They went 14-2 last year and then had a bad day in January. It happens.
Yes, the pass rush was a reason why they lost to the Jets, but it certainly wasn't the only reason (botched fake punt, Brady's pick, Crumpler's dropped TD pass, and O'Brien's inexplicable under-use of BJGE in that game, when the Jets were daring them to run all day).
And can we please get off the "one and dones" in the playoffs argument? It's happened to them TWICE in the BB era--twice. Yes, it's happened the last two years, but in 2009 the team was in total transition and had just lost Welker the week before. Baltimore simply was a better team than they were in 2009, but the Pats were rebuilding "on the fly" and still won the division.
Last January they had a bad day--against a team they'd beaten by 42 points six weeks earlier. It's not like the Jets were that much better than the Pats; they were just better on that day.
I've said it before in this thread but it's worth repeating: the 1985-86-87 49ers of Walsh and Montana (and Rice and Lott, etc.) went "one and done" three straight years in the playoffs, including an embarrassing home loss to Minnesota in '87 after posting the NFL's best record that season. A lot of SF fans at that time were screaming that Walsh had to go and that Young had to replace Montana, especially after that Minnesota loss.
In 1988-89, they went out and won back-to-back Super Bowls.
The Patriots, right now, are those 1987 49ers...and next season could very well be their 1988.
"Impact" players are rare in the draft, by the way. If any of these pass rushers that went last night become DeMarcus Ware or Julius Peppers in 2011, then I'm betting that it's one of the guys taken in the Top 10 of the draft, not any of the guys taken from 11-32.
Again, just relax. Belichick knows what he's doing. He's going to make mistakes, like everyone else, but he's going to make more good moves than bad. His track record proves this.