Re: Bruschi's take
posted at 3/21/2013 11:44 AM EDT
In response to RidingWithTheKingII's comment:
NE's 1st choice at the money they allocated which was 5 per. I wouldn't be surprised AT ALL if the plan was to keep Welker at the 5 and ALSO bring in Amendola at the 6. In fact, that's what happened most likely.
Again, NE buys on the way up, not the way down.
Next, there was a catch in the Ravens game and I cringed, as everyone else probably did. Brady floated out to the strong side about 12 yards downfield outside the hash. Welker caught it and got drilled, basically in the chest area and it clearly stunned him. He held onto it. We all know is toughness.
This was right before his drop, wide open on 3rd and 7.
Enough is enough. This obsesssive targeting to 1 or 2 guys just like how the Rams did it with Amendola, isn't a good thing. So, if you bring in more weapons Brady likes where more can run routes from the X Y and Z, the less predictable our passing game can be.
Add in a continued commitment to running, Ballard, Fiametta in on plays in traditional sets and these guys aren't left so exposed.
Go look at how Brady led this offense on those You Tube videos from yesteryear. Look at the differences.
They wanted to change the offense last year, they did it a bit with more running, but it wasn't enough. Expect more of a commitment to that this year (hopefully), none of this 40+ passes with leads so we lose, and more balance.
It will be nice having two blokcing TEs who can catch and a FB who can block and maybe can catch some balls, too.
They were showing a clip yesterday about the crown of the helmet rule and they used Seattle Fb Michael Robinson as an example. He caught a ball in the flat, ran for 5 yards and bowled over Tim Jennings.
Give me that, please.
I too think they were going to bring in Amendola, regardless. Another reason why Welker left. The writing on the wall early last season was there, something has happened to where they were moving away from Welker who was the most dependable, productive player on offense. I don't get it. It would have been very hard to reach those incentives they dangled out there for Welker on his contract if he returned and they started Amendola over him. Plus it would have been very frustrating as a fan to see Welker on the bench instead of out on the field. It has nothing to do with drops, his drop rate was fine. I am a bit surprised they have not signed Edelman yet for the back up to Amendola. But he is still available and we will see what happens there. Could be the reason they brought in Jones. He is more of a slot guy then a wide out.
You mention NE buys on the way up, not on the way down. Amendola will be 28 this season, it's not like he is a 22 year old player on the way up. He will be 28, he was on his way up a few years ago and has been hampered by injuries, it's a big risk they took here. You can't even call it a high risk, high reward. What does he give you that would be a higher reward then what Welker gave?
It's possibly that they will be taking a different approach on offense this season. One thing for sure is it will be interesting to finally see what their plan is. I already can't wait for the season to begin!