Re: Asante Samuel Applauds Adalius Thomas, Criticized Belichick/Patriots
posted at 12/16/2009 9:31 AM EST
In Response to Re: Asante Samuel Applauds Adalius Thomas, Criticized Belichick/Patriots
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Asante Samuel Applauds Adalius Thomas, Criticized Belichick/Patriots : I was just about to say that. Why not pay a guy that has already proven he can play in this system vs. paying a guy that may not be used the way he was in a previous system(A.thomas) then call him a bust. Too many of you guys act like he wanted your money. He works for a billionaire. He produced. He should have gotten paid. This will be the same reason NE will lose Wilfork. BB was already planning on replacing him by drafting both Brace and Pryor. As you can see its not that easy. Finding a good CB and NT is rare in the NFL and NE has had both. Lost one and will lose another. This time they may not be so lucky by having that player go to another Conference. VW might end up in the hands of a division rival (Miami) BB is a great GM and HC, but he does make mistakes. As far as Asante blowing the SB....check the tapes. I think the Offensive line played a bigger part than anyone on that. Also, if you want to blame someone else you might as well blame Rodney for not stripping the ball from Tyree. Bottom line is that the Giants destiny was NE's fate.
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You and others keep saying it's not the fans money, the billionaire should open the wallet - can't any of you folks see that it is not as simple as that - have you heard of the salary cap?
You simply can't lavish every player with top of market contracts - what you end up with is 5-8 great players and 40-50 practice squad players......no one wins that way - has any of you paid attention to what goes with the Redskins?
The whole system is designed so that no team can stay good indefinitely - ala the 49ers of the 80's and the Cowboys of the early 90's before the cap era.
The Patriots sustained level of excellence in this enviroment makes them the best franchise in the history of the sport in my opinion
Bill makes tough choices - and he's been right almost 100 % of the time with the players he let walk ( ironically Asante has performed the best of any of them)
I am as frustrated as anyone with the Patriots this year - in the off season they need to get back to having enough competent receivers so that Brady can throw it confidently to anyone of the field ( I am not jumping on the let's blame Moss bandwagon but the Patriots have become less consistent and much more predictable this year because everyone doubles, triples Moss and says you won't beat us with just Welker) and they need to focus on pressuring the QB - I don't think the Pats secondary is as bad as it seems the last few weeks, the bigger problem is they are generating no pressure on any QB's - forget sacks, they are not even moving the pocket, I don't care how good your secondary is, if the QB has all day to throw the secondary WILL get torched, it's inevitable
Bottom line is this, Vrabel and Harrison and others like them were signed as reclamation projects - which succeeded far beyond anyones expectations from when they were signed. Who thought Welker was worth the picks that the Pats gave up for him? - these are the types of players that the Patriots need to get back to bringing in - they are what got them on top of the mountain in the first place