Damned if you do, damned if you don't

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    Damned if you do, damned if you don't

    First many analysts were saying that the Patriots had to get a lot younger on  defense--they were too old and slow.  So the team goes out and trades some older players and gets a lot younger on defense, and now the analysts are saying the Patriots may suffer because they have gotten rid of too many veteran players.  What gives?
     
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    [QUOTE]First many analysts were saying that the Patriots had to get a lot younger on  defense--they were too old and slow.  So the team goes out and trades some older players and gets a lot younger on defense, and now the analysts are saying the Patriots may suffer because they have gotten rid of too many veteran players.  What gives?
    Posted by newenglanderinexile[/QUOTE]

    What gives is that Seymour is 29 - he is not old. Burgess is 31, Thomas is 32, if the Patriots were trying to get younger on defense than they would not trade for a 31 year old Burgess and trade away a 29 year old Seymour. That is not getting younger on defense - it is getting older on defense.

    Seymour might have held out. Deion and Samuel were both traded - you can not keep everyone and the guys that are most likely to hold out are traded or let go by the Pats. Wilfork keeps saying he wants to stay - so they will keep him. Mankins keeps quiet - I am guessing the Pats appreciate that and will keep him.

    The Seymour trade had NOTHING to do with getting younger. It was about getting a 1st round pick and saving the salary dollars to pay others. This was a long-term business decision - in the short term we are worse off - don't kid yourself. I am for the trade because I have been a Pats fan for 30 years and hope to be a Pats fan for another 30 years (that is a long-term view). But don't pretend that the Super Bowl ring in Feb of 2010 just got easier - it didn't. The ring in Feb 2010 just got harder. That is why the analysts are a bit concerned.
     

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