posted at 11/4/2013 2:07 PM EST
In response to BostonTrollSpanker's comment:
"Umm, I am pretty sure he looks as good as Welker ever did here"
Agreed. It's too bad he seems to have such trouble staying on the field. (Though I don't hold the concussion against him).
Hopefully better things are ahead. Between him and Edelman it's tough to make the case that Welker's loss really hurt this team....though Welker's ability to get open easily (and in rhythm with Brady) would have helped us in the Jets game IMO.
My frustrations with the offense are not as much about Welker as long as Amendola/Edelman are generally profuctive.
It will take a full season to assess this one completely as we also have to take into account Welker's impact in Denver and that will take time to get a handle on also as playoffs will count a lot as we know in terms of Welker's value (and/or tendency to drop big playoff balls).
I actually think it's fairly easy:
#1 - 3rd down efficiency has dropped off the map. Welker was a huge part of the efficiency. Of course Gronk and Hern were too but I haven't seen Amendola or Edelman come up as often as Welker did on 3rd down.
#2 - RZ efficiency. Like the 3rd down efficiency Hern and Gronk have their effect too but Welker always had a way to find the open spot in the RZ something we haven't seen Edelman or Amendola do at this point yet as Brady seems to be holding the ball for longer periods of time.
#3 - 2 spots taken for 1 player. The team is limited to 53 men. When you have to field 2 players to make up for one you are eating into your depth. In a season with so many injures that extra depth could have helped
#4 - Total salary. The total cost of Edelman and Amendola is actually more than Welker got by himself. Now we do have cap room now but could that little bit extra have been used for that depth player at a different position, say DT or CB?
Frankly I'm not even sure why we are even counting Edelman as part of the replacement for Welker. No one said Edelman was a replacement until Amendola got hurt then suddenly it became Amendola isn't Welkers replacement it was Edelman all along. Then when Edelmans numbers dropped it became, well they used a combination of Edelman and Amendola to replace Welker so you have to combine their numbers. Does anyone in their right mind honestly believe that 2 for 1 is a fair deal? If you are driving a nice BMW would you take a trade for 2 civics worth the same price combined? One that performs well for the first month, provided you only drive it, then disappears and the other one breaks down consistently but when it's running can give you almost the same performance as the BMW half the time when it starts.