posted at 9/13/2013 11:39 AM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
I think he's fine for where he is in his career. He is a big fat man who is getting on in years. I disagree that he's resting on his laurels. I think it's "I'm a 31 year old Vince Wilfork" not "I'm Vince Wilfork."
I may be a bit apologetic for him because I am a big fan, but I've never seen anything that suggests that he's taking it easy.
I agree with this.
In response to dreighver's comment:
"Living on a reputation"...? Really...?
Let's give the guy more than 2 games before declaring him an old chump who's done.
He's coming off a short week after a physical game with Buffalo, and was facing a physical Jets' offensive line, with Mangold and Ducasse in the middle. To see him looking a bit gassed and worn down is entirely expected, and by no means indicates that he is tailing off.
Vince is a great player, a great leader, and an anchor on that defense. He's fine.
In response to pcmIV's comment:
People have been writing off Vince at various points the last few seasons when he has what people think was a single subpar game. He plays an unglamorous position that doesn't lend itself to splash plays and he is often the focal point of the offensive line's game plan. Get back to me when he has a bad season.
oh, and this one.