I'm afraid I can't continue to argue with these moaning nancies, maybe they need to up their meds or change their tampons.
Hey jackholes, we're talking about the winningest team in the NFL here, not the Browns, not the Bengals. Get a grip.
RESPONSE: Typical homer refrain..."We got the best regular season record in the past decade...and anyone who dares to complain because we (meaning the Patriots, to whom the homers attach themselves by referring to the Pats as "we") haven't won a SB are "jackholes", "idiots", "twits", "spoiled fans"...fill in the blank.
The truth of the matter is that fans who complain are really the true fans of the team...not the cheeleading homers. What's wrong with asking why the Patriots have failed to win another championship since 2006? What's wrong with wanting to see some change, after seeing the Patriots blowing a 21-6 lead in the AFC title game against the hated Horsefaces in 2006...squandering a chance at immortality because their defense couldn't stop Eli Manning and company from going 83 yards on their "D" in the final minutes of SB 42 in 2007...getting humiliated on their home field by the Baltimore Buzzards in 2009...getting embarrassed on their home field by, of all people, QB Mark Sanchez and the NY Jets, in 2010, losing another SB in 2011 because their defense again couldn't stop Eli Manning and company in the closing minutes of 2011...and being outplayed for the third straight time by the Buzzards in the play-offs again, in 2012??
Do we see a pattern here? The pattern is that the Patriots have repeatedly failed to close out games in the play-offs...primarily due to poor defensive play. I want to see that changed! Don't you?? Or, are you happy seeing your team repeatedly choking and being playoff fodder to the likes of the Horsefaced Brothers, and Ravens? The reason for the playoff failures appears primarily due to poor defensive play. Because BB has drafted poorly from 2006-present, it's still a problem.
Folks...can we all agree that poor pass defense is the main reason why the Pats have failed to win it all, since 2005?
Here's a look at the draft choices he's made to upgrade the "D", since 2006:
1.) 2006: the first player drafted to help the "D" was Jeremy Mincey, the 191st overall pick that year. Mincey was released...catching on with the Jags, where he's had a modest amount of success as a pass-rusher;
2.) 2007: BB moved to strengthen his "D" drawing from "The U" and drafting FS Brandon Meriweather with the 24th overall pick, and DT Kareem Brown, at #127. Brown was a complete bust...while the vastly overated Meriweather amazingly earned pro-bowl acclaim for a couple of years, before BB released him. I have never seen a pro-bowl caliber player drop off the face of the earth the way Meriweather did, without having injury issues.
3.) 2008: BB again went defense. He scored with 10th overall pick, ILB Jerod Mayo. But, then failed miserably on damaged goods CB Terrence Wheatley at #62, OLB Shawn "Betty Grable" Crable at #78, and CB Johnathan Wilhite, at #129.
4.) 2009: BB again moved to improve his secondary. He selected SS Patrick Chung at #34, Ron "Back" Brace at #40, the equally forgettable CB Darius Butler, at #41, and ILB Tyrone McKenzie, at #97. Chung couldn't cover, and ultimately couldn't stay healthy. Brace and Butler couldn't play...and McKenzie ended up getting hurt and getting released. Of all of BB's poor drafts in this period...this was his worst, and the most damaging to his team.
5.) 2010: BB had a decent draft, adding CB (now FS) Devin McCourty at #27, ILB Brandon Spikes at #62, fringe OLB Jermaine Cunningham at #53, and reserve DE Brandon Deaderick at #247.
6.) 2011: BB rolled dice on injury prone CB, Ras-I Dowling, at #33, and came up snake eyes.
7.) 2012: BB rolled dice again by trading up to land DE Chandler Jones at 21, and LB Dont'a Hightower, at #25. Though both of these players show promise, the jury is still out. The play of these two players will likely decide the fate of the upcoming season. But then, after boldly moving up to land two potential impact players on defense, BB incredibly used his 48th overall pick on DB Tavon Wilson, and his 90th overall pick on the worthless Jake Bequette. But, BB also scored with the 227th pick, when he took a flier on talented but immature CB, Alfonzo Dennard.
8.) 2013: Who knows what OLB Jamie Collins, taken 52nd overall, will become? Currently, he's more of an athlete than a football player...as BB is still experimenting as to what position he's best suited for. My guess is he'll have a limited impact on the "D" this season. But then, BB went Rutgers on us...drafting DB Logan Ryan (#83 overall), and safety Duron Harmon, at #91. Thus far, Ryan appears to be nothing more than special teams fodder. The Harmon pick was both silly and irresponsible...as he likely could have been signed as an undrafted free agent. Fellow Rutgers boys Michael Buchanan (OLB) and ILB Steve Beauharnais were good 7th round picks.
SUMMARY: In closing, BB has made allocated 11 draft choices to improve the secondary, over the past 8 years:
24th overall in 2007 (Meriweather), 62nd (Wheatley) and 129th (Wilhite) in 2008, 34th (Chung) and 41st (Butler) in 2009, 27th (McCourty) in 2010, 33rd (Dowling) in 2011, 48th (Wilson) and 227th (Denard) in 2012, 83rd (Ryan) and 91st (Harmon) in 2013.
Of these 11, 10 were top 100 picks...four of which, for all intents and purposes, were low #1 picks. Of these 10 top 100 picks, only McCourty remains, with Wilson, Ryan and Harmon all seemingly treading water to make the team.
Though BB is a greatest coach of all-time and has managed to get by, and even thrive with marginal secondary talent during the regular...his secondary has repeatedly been exposed in the play-offs.
Does anybody care to argue this point??