In response to russgriswold's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
Four out of our five top selections in the draft were placed on defensive players for a reason (we weren't very good)...it's time for them to be good. This defense is going to have to carry the offense for a change...no more 3rd and 100's being completed between two safeties that look like they've never seen a football before. No more bad angles from defensive backs - I swear I have heard the term "bad angle" more times over the last three years than I've blinked. No more opposing quarterbacks feeling like they are in the most safest spot on the planet (in front of our pass rush), while they fire off pass, after pass...with little skill, trouble or care. A blind quarterback with no arms, facing the wrong way could of completed passes on our defense last year before Talib got there.
No more being the worst - it's been five damn years of "rebuilding" - we need to see the finished product winning games.
The rebuilding approach through the draft once the lockout became a reality or a known thing, was in 2010.
It's not five years at all. Brady and Welker also choked it down in SB 46, which makes it appear worse than this is. That was 2011. So, this isn't "five years ago".
I am still reeling from XMas eve 2011 when our offense did not cross midfield for the entire first half. Literally! Could not cross midfield vs Miami. lmao
Just forget it. We're 48 hours away from the season starting and you're still looking to excuse Brady from his own mistakes in SB 46 or poor play last January when our offense could have picked up our D for once with Talib and Jones down.
Brady sucked, so it didn't happen.
We're going on YEARS, since 2005 of Brady mediocre or poor in the postseason, minus like 3 games (Jax, Denver or Houston).
Brady's last 3 Conf Title games at home show us 3 TDs and 7 INTs. It doesn't matter what our D does in situations like that. The D bailed him out in 2007 and 2011, but couldn't do it last year.
Golly gee, aw shucks, let's blame the D that supposedly is so bad.
It's not 5 years at all?? How do you figure that? Super Bowl appearance in 07...Brady blows out his knee is 08, we rebuild in the off season of 08, 09, 10, 11, 12 and now 13. That's five years worth of second round busts...five years of parading guys like Haynesworth, Fenene and Shaun Ellis in here. Five years of extending or resigning guys like Banta Can't, Bodden, and Seau. I remember that 09 season - we had Wilfork on D and little, to no one else. Wilfork went down with an ankle injury at a game I was at, I was in the bathroom when word came trickling into the bathroom that Wilfork was rolling on the field grabbing his leg and I thought, "well now there is no one...how did it get this bad on defense?". Brady kept that team afloat until Baltimore gashed that D unmercifully in our home stadium in the playoffs.
So it's been five years of trying this guy out...drafting that one...trading for this one...cutting that one...signing this guy for two weeks...bringing that one off the practice squad...hearing that what's his name is going to be really really good (when he isn't)...extending so and so...he's heading into his prime...he's raw...he's got lots of potential. Now it's time for it all to come together and look like a defense that isn't pathetic, that isn't going to let balls fly over their heads on third downs like they've never even seen a football before in their life and think it's some sort of unidentified flying object. No more excuses...it's been half a decade of "rebuilding"...time to grow up.