Re: Brandon Spikes
posted at 4/9/2014 7:16 PM EDT
Egggh... He pretty much was. Everyone raves on Mayo, but look at Spikes PDs and INTs and compare them with Mayo's 1st 3 years- Same. Compare comparable time missed in career vs. Mayo's in parrallel- same. And Spikes play was THE 1st hitting line of defense, top-most intimidating, play-direction altering, MLB backfield/past the LOS penetrating, that Mayo never was or seemingly will be. Everyone was hating on Mayo's "sophmore slump" and overexagerated ROTY nom, until Spikes came in 2010-11, and with Spikes playing that "take out Mr. FB + 1 OL/2 OL" Strongside ILB with NE still playing the 3-4 that year, Mayo at WILB had his very best career year...
Go look at Spikes' NE highlights on youtube....just choose 1, any one- And tell me Spikes couldn't read the pass with excellence as other comparable MLBs...especially ones that could deal out the damage he could and did and alter play direction and change momentum, and make the huge play at the most critical time, and selflessly be the 1 that WILLINGLY would be the "contacter" of any 2 Offensive guys In Front of the ball-carrier...so someone else could get a clean look on the tackle...and the "tackle stat".
Shoot...For a 1 yr 3.5 or just under deal, NE could've had Spikes for a stvp#dly cheap 3 year deal in total- we're talkin' a backloaded 8-maybe 9 million dollar deal- And for what he brought to what NE's D?!?!! Spikes brought the play and tough middle and intimidation that NE didn't have since 2000-2004. BB finally found THAT disrupting helmet-helmet, lay your whole body-bone-thumping penetrator...and let it go for zippo. NE was soft on D from 2005/6-2010...soft, soft, soft. I don't want my D to have a baby girl pudgy middle anymore...'least in my lifetime.
Guy should be p#ss#d...He was a firecracker.
You'll see it this year...mark this down (and bring it right back to me). And minus freak circumstance, you'll see Buffalo's D ^ in respect and capability (and bring this right back to me as well). I hope I'm wrong and NE's D doesn't soften up...but I just don't see how not. You whiners are gonna have your field day with O vs D discusssions w/ NE's D not making the big 3rd down stops (a-gain '05/'06-'10) and worse TOP yields with longer drives by the opposing O's (a-gain '05/'06-'10). Less critical stops, less stops on 3rd and shorts, less momentum shifting hits/plays in the middle, less wear and tear and intimidation against the opposing O's...hoooope I'm wrong. And likewise, I just wish I could see how I could be wrong on that...