Re: WHO NEEDS Mankins?
posted at 8/13/2010 8:19 AM EDT
In Response to Re: WHO NEEDS Mankins?
[QUOTE]As far as "just a preseason game" goes well, in general, when it's 1's vs 1's I think it is an accurate barometer, if the other team is high quality (they are) trying hard (they were) and if you aren't looking at win/loss, but at competence at a certain position (we are). We did well, Mankins position with the team is no different than it was, however. They knew his value from the beginning, and they knew the quality of replacement they had for at least a couple of practices. They just can't afford to let this guy leverage them in the media. He made a fatal error airing this one out in public. I don't think they keep him if he wants more money, either way. It's too bad, but that is his bad, not ours.
Posted by TroyBrown80[/QUOTE]
Troy - I heard about 5 minutes of the game on Sirius. It was the pats radio feed so I got all of the hype, BUT it did sound like the pats played well last night for the few minutes I listened. In particular, the back up QB and Edelman.
As for Mankins - has he or his agent been in the media since their initial statement? I just think there is more to this story than we all know. At any rate, if Mankins hasn't talked since, I don't know what leverage they are trying to gain in the media. In fact, I believe the leverage is created not by him but by the play of his replacements. According to the board this morning, his replacement played well. That doesn't help Mankins.
What it may do, however, is allow the pats to start exploring trade opps. If they believe they have his replacement now (after one preseason game), if they were reluctant to market the guy before, maybe now they feel like they can.