Re: Comparing BB's drafting to the competition.
posted at 2/4/2014 3:28 PM EST
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
These discussions get so emotional. Let's look at the facts:
- The Pats are a very good team that has stayed remarkably competitive for a remarkably long time, with the best regular season winning record over the past several years of any team in history, I believe.
- The Pats had an extraordinary run of three Super Bowl wins in four years roughly 10 years ago.
- The Pats, despite numerous trips to the playoffs and many high seeds, have not won a Super Bowl in nearly a decade and have suffered playoff defeats in which they did not look very impressive (Baltimore in 2009, the Jets in 2010, the Giants in 2011, the Ravens again in 2012, and the Broncos this year).
The conclusion is that much is working right for the Pats. Still, you have to wonder about recent playoff performances, where they've been underwhelming against good (and sometimes even mediocre) playoff teams.
Personally, I see a team that has good mid-level players and one or two stand-outs (Brady especially), is very well coached, and is very adaptable. At the same time, it's a team that has a limited number of truly elite athletes and has some very big holes in certain positions (most notably the secondary and the WRs). In the playoffs since 2009, that lack of elite talent has hurt it against teams that are also very good, but have a few more true playmakers.
So you see a team that has good mid level players, and Tom Brady, kind of like they used to say about our 2001 and 2003 SB winning teams. I distinctly remember pundits everywhere saying we had no real stars. I actually took offense to it as I believed Lawyer, Law, and Willie Mac were amazing players, but seeing as how none of them are getting into the HOF, I guess in a sense they were right.
BB has always built his teams the same way he did back then, its just that he had an amazing collection of coaches and personell guys that really took the franchise to a dynasty. Scott Pioli told me this on a talk we had on siruis radio last year and I posted about it.
He said it was an almost magical situation of how many great men they had working under BB, and it translated to championships. As we see with Denver, winning championships is about way more then talent.
As we see with Seattle a bunch of men(mid level draft picks all over the place) working together and being coached up at every turn, motivated and mentally tough is what it takes to win championships. We have come close but didn't make the 1 or 2 clutch plays we needed to win really 2 or even 3 more SB's(2006) .
This doesn't mean we have bad coaching, it just means that BB has had to start over too many times, and it now looks as though he will be starting over again as we lose a 7 super bowl Patriots coach with Scar, and a 5x SB champion in Pepper Johnson. Those guys were 2 of the last with culture.
If you have ever managed a business, you know that leadership and maintaining the culture are 2 of the most important aspects in longevity. BB's cupboard has been plundered, robbed, looted! Yet he still maintains a highly competitive team. He is an amazing football guy, and we as Pats fans should thank our lucky stars that Kraft was smart enough to steal him back from the jets at all costs!