Re: Edelman... the 7 Million Dollar Man ?? What??
posted at 2/10/2014 6:51 PM EST
In response to TFB12's comment:
In response to RallyC's comment:
In response to rkarp's comment:
Rally, I disagree. There is no reason why Vince cant come back 100%. He has the recovery time and work ethic.
I do expect him back on a new deal, and to play well next year. Ditto Kelly.
Rkarp, A 320lb man returning from a torn achillies at the age of 33 is not even close to being a sure thing. Given that 66% of the players who suffer the same injury NEVER return, I'd say that there is plenty of reason as to why Vince might not make it back. It is HEAVILY against the odds, first of all. And, Vince post achilles 'back at 100%' is relative, to be kind. If you are saying 100% of who he was in 2013 prior to his achilles injury, then you aren't saying much at all. In the 4-games before the injury, Vince had 4 tackles, 5 assits for a total of 9 and an average of 2-per game. At that rate, Vince would have had a whopping 16-tackles TOTAL in 2013. VW is as big as a VW and must rehab a flat tire that must hold up and drive half of his obesely large body. Not to mention the counter force of another 300lb man with healthy legs pushing aginst his at the same time. THATS OVER 600lbs of force against the smallest part of his body aside from his wrists. Really, no matter how much of a work ethic or time, we will NEVER see the VW that we saw before 2013 again. He already was nearly done before the injury that ends 66% of all who suffer it. Bye Vince, WE LOVE YOU, Thanks for the memories. With all due respect, his money will be spent well in other areas. He better take a huge pay restructuring if he wants to wear an Elvis embossed helmet ever again with an emphasis on IF he can make it back to the field. its not insensitive, its reality.
rkarp - I haven't agreed on much with RallyC but I gotta agree with him on this. On the 60 minute Sports show on Showtime they also mentioned the statistic RallyC mentions in his post... "nearly 66 percent of players who suffer an Achilles injury do not come back or return at a lesser level." At his age, his weight the amount of pressure and torque that is going to be put on that ankle during drills, practice, games, I just don't see it holding up. As much as I like Big Vince I am afraid his playing days are very limited. IF he makes it back, I don't think he ever finishes another season. It's time to let the big fellow go. I would really like to see him retire and take a coaching job with the Pats. He traveled with the team on game days and was there on the sidelines so I think that says a lot right there.
Taking a coaching position would be NIRVANA. He is unquestionably one of the ALL TIME leaders of the NE Patriots and has the undying respect of everyone in the organization. My hopes are that he does exactly as TFB implies and bows out gracefully. The man has nothing more to prove and can really step in where help is needed, defensive front coaching. Based on his reputation as a hard worker, a great leader, and committed winner, he appears to be a perfect candidate for such a position. We shall see if it fits for him soon enough. WIN WIN.