Re: Compare the 2009 Patriots with the 2010 Patriots
posted at 6/24/2010 11:45 PM EDT
QB- For this team to get better it starts at the top and Tommy has been doing everything right this offseason. He has been questioned but no one is talking about how this man was just working in Boston for the past month and a half working his tail off and trying to pump up that young D. Brady knows that he cant do it by himself and that he needs the D and hes letting them know that. Overall Brady is coming into this season healthier than he has been the past 3 years. Hes an Iron Man but his injures took affect on him the past couple years and no one seems to want to say that. From the high ankle sprain in the superbowl, to the Sammy Morris kick in the leg, to him blowing out his knee, then the ribs and the ring finger its been tough but Tommy is healthy again and the last time that happened we made it to the superbowl. Skys the limit.
TE- Ben Stonehands Watson is gone and now Alge Crumpler, Gronk, and Hernandez are here. I must say I love the revamp and most of these guys should be for years to come. Gronk is a do it all TE, Crumpler is a leader in his own and a team player, Hernandez will always break the first tackle. Good job Bill you got the TEs you wanted now put it together on the field.
WR- This group was terrible last year. Moss,Welker, Aiken? Dear god I feel bad for Brady looking back at who his third option was and it makes sense why Moss didnt get the ball as much last year and Welker did. Now with it being Moss, Edelman, and Tate this group is going to be amazing. Taylor Price was drafted and is a great prospect, while Tate the Pats took a flyer on and so far it looks like its about to pay off because Brady is basically taking him under his wing. Moss will be Moss, and Edelman will be just fine who has been working with Wes, and Troy Brown this past offseason.
LB- Just the overall group is better. This is the closest thing to 2004-05 group in a long time. The Pats have been searching for a TED LB for the past 6 years and they drafted one last year in McKenzie and another one in Spikes. Tyrone blew his knee out last year and Spikes was just drafted. Tyrone is fully healthy and thankfully the impact of a LB and an ACL recovery isnt as hard as other positions. Tyrones a tank and so is Spikes. Mayo is going to be spectacular this year just ask Tedy he said it last year and then Mayo had a MCL sprain and wasnt ever 100% last year and just hit "80%" during the Ravens playoff game. The OLBs in Cunningham, Crable, and Tully look great as well. Im expecting alot out of Cunningham and Crable this year. Just call it a hunch.
Secondary- Another year together and another year just gelling as a unit. Wilhite is going to be restricted to the slot this year thank god looks like Bill learned his lesson from Hobbs. Devin is a shutdown corner at its finest and basically a better version of Ty Law for this team, Darius Butler is going to be an amazing corner you want a playmaker thats Darius he can cover and if he gets the pick its a wrap. Brandon Meriweather every year just improves and this year I dont expect any mental lapses as he probably spent another year with Ed Reed trying to pick his brain. Chung is going to shock some people as well. Im a bit worried about Leigh Bodden this year since he got his deal he has been looking for quite some time I just hope his play continues because he overall played well but the pass rush just didnt help him at all last year.
OL- Mankins is probably gone, and then Sea Bass is playing on the right moving the useless Kaczur to guard. We havent seen him play guard in years. Lets see how that works out but so far I am a bit shaky on this. Brady thankfully has the best pocket awareness in the league.
RB-Sorry when we dont upgrade from Maroney I am going to say its a downgrade. Another year of Faulk, Sammy getting older and it just doesnt get better. This and DE next year is a position they need to upgrade.
DL-Meh Gerald Warren cant be worse than Jarvis Green. Mike Wright is still here and VW has his eyes on the prize of getting a second ring.
Derrick Burgess- Yes I didnt put him with the other LBs because I just think this guy is done and the Pats had to go back to him because they have no idea what the heck they will get from Crable or Cunningham and have to get a fall back option. I think Burgess is just not the option for this team. This guy was laughing with Wilhite when the Pats lost that Colts game. Dudes a bum.
Overall I am not worried about the Dolphins, Jets, or Bills for that matter. Brandon Marshall has really never dominated the Pats and last year Shawn Springs was one of the guys who gave up on certain plays during that game leading to him getting benched. Holmes isnt a top 10 or 15 WR for that matter and is a bum. The Bills have no one and the only real talented guy on their offense is a rookie. Tom is still the best QB in the division and will destroy em this year.
The 09 team had problems because of Adalius and he made that locker room split between the Toms/Randys/Faulks with the Adalius/Springs so it was tough because both wanted to approach things differently. This 10 team has one thing on their mind and thats winning. I think when the seasons over and all is said and done we should bring this up again and compare the 07, 09, and 10 teams.