Re: Will Patriots Be Tough Enough?
posted at 1/19/2013 9:48 PM EST
Tough is really a function of strength and aggression. BB has always drafted for both.
As a rule, when a Volkswagen bug hits a semi head-on the bug crumples up, in part because of the relative deceleration forces of the lighter VW instantly stopping and then heading 60 mph backwards.
The average NFL linebacker weighs 240 pounds. In Foxboro, they run between 252 and 265. BB once had two defensive ends, Richard Seymour and Ty Warren, at 310 and 300 pounds. Two Ton Ted Washington had a playing weight of around 400 pounds, and Walrus Wilfork can start the season at 375.
Nate Solder has a unique combination of bulk and acceleration so that he hits opposing linebackers and defensive backs with a rare wallop. BB's offensive line isn't really a bunch of run-blocking maulers, although all five of them are better than the NFL average.
Gronk is both big and strong when he's on the field. His backup on the line, Hoom, is pretty overweight at 263 pounds and hits well.
Logan Mankins isn't particularly large for a guard by Baltimore standards, but he had a terribly nasty dispositon in college, at least on the field. He's affable enough when talking to reporters.
Meriweather didn't work out, but in college he kicked a prone opponent player in the head once. Spikes had an attitude in college. Chung was a hard hitter in college. BB's new starting cornerback, Alfonzo Dennard, had to miss practice this past Wednesday for slugging a police officer. Not to worry, the cop looks ok now. Finesse. Mr. Dennard was the perfect gentleman in court Wednesday.
Beyond strength and aggression, finesse is the opposite of "lack of talent".