Re: Belichick is failing this team...
posted at 10/31/2011 12:48 PM EDT
RESPONSE: Getting tired of seeing these "hindsight" posts, defending BB. As is the case with Bill Polian, and every other GM, BB is paid huge dollars to make the right decisions. Good intentions are meaningless. Every GM believes that the players they draft are going to be solid contributors. But, like BB, they're paid to get it right. If they're not getting it right, their teams will eventually go down the tubes (see the Indianapolis Colts, and the other bottom dwellers). Unfortunately, since 2006, BB, the GM, has not been getting it right.
I like having fun at Belichick and the Pats expense as much as anyone, but the comment above proves the myopia of fandom, in general, and where the above poster is concerned, specifically.
As the poster above correctly notes, every GM is paid big money to make the right decisions. With a limited talent pool, however, and 32 organizations competing for that pool along with a salary cap that frequently limits one's ability to compete for that talent, no GM is ever going to get it right every time. In fact, where the draft is concerned, Polian said (and I am paraphrasing from memory) great teams get it right maybe 60-65% of the time.
The fact is that Belichick was fortunate to inherit the talent that he did, and followed that up with a few early draft and FA hits (Brady, Light, Seymour, Wilfork, Harrison, Samuel, for example). But he can't be right every time. Further, good fortune was that Brady was a 6th rounder and primarily was a game manager for most of the superbowl years. The pats could re-sign him for a less than if he were a superstar running the team. Everyone called this a hometown discount, but I am willing to bet that the people in the know (agents and GM's) knew how Brady's numbers specifically (not team wins) stacked up against other QB's. I am willing to bet that the Pats leveraged what they knew about Brady into the contract he accepted.
But now, other than Brady and Wilfork, the good fortune ship has sailed. The Pats have missed more than hit in some of their drafts and FA acquisitions, Brady's the highest paid QB in the league, Wilfork and Mankins have big salaries. Welker is due. Others are coming. This is what happens with successful orgs (see the Indianapolis Colts). Add to that, drafting low in every round due to continuous success. Its a recipie for coming back to the pack.
The question is, "what do you expect"?
The league is not built for the rich to get richer but rather for parity. The colts, pats, and steelers defied that for years, and frankly the pats and steelers are still successful, and were it not for Manning being down, I am sure the colts would be, too.
You want dominance every year? You'd be better off in fantasy land or major league baseball (although the sox proved that theory wrong, didn't they). Be happy you have a successful franchise that at least will compete for a title, and pray that your team isn't one and done again in the playoffs.
Finally, try not to listen to TP too much. He just a critic (the easiest thing in the world to be). Alot like the Borges guy that you guys all hate. Frankly, Russ and his uncomfortable bb worship, is more refreshing than TP.
Does TP think Belichick should be fired?