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I gotta tell ya, Denver best win the SB because their weak salary allocation and poor budgeting may be why they can't sign Decker in the offseason.
I would be ticked if my team drafted two good WRs and then could not give them a second deal due to that fatal budgeting flaw.
This article is pathetic because no one was saying a word last week about BB, the GM. In fact, people who hate him were gushing on tv about his GM and coaching work this year.
This is a hindsight 20/20 article all because Goodell's henchmen allow a dwarf like Welker in a Geat Gazoo helmet to pick top notch CBs across the field, illegally, a Brady shotgun spread preferred gameplan to show he could be like Gomie, and previous HUGE personnel losses.
Funny how all your "salary cap hell" teams (Baltimore, Denver) are beating the Pats in the AFC Championship game. Maybe a little overspending is what it takes to get over the hump in the playoffs? You may pay with some player losses the next year, but you win before you pay.
Something to think about . . .
Yeah its good to think about if you have two things.
1) A horseshoe up your rear end and are lucky enough to stay mostly healthy as a team for the season because you probably won't be able to afford great depth all over your roster and also catch a few breaks along the way.
2) AND most importanlty, All you care is winning one and not mind sucking or being mediocre on purpuse for at least a small number of years afterwards.
To me #2 is a total LOSERS mentality. I've never subscribed to that as a coach.
I'm not a fan of Tony Dungy but one thing he stated has always had my respect.
He thought what the Buffalo Bills did was either the greatest or one of greatest NFL team acheivements made. Making it to the superbowl FOUR years IN A ROW. Even though they never won.
What the Patriots are doing for the length of time they have been doing it is just amazingly impressive as well.
NYGS beat us because Welker drops a ball or Brady makes poor decisions on 1st downs. COngrats, Giants! I mean, the objective observer would call that serving it up to the Giants.
As for Baltimore, good for them for Moore falling dow on a Hail Mary on the heels of Ray Lewis announcing his retirement.
But, clearly they weren't built all that well for years and years under Ozzie. Good team, but didn't have enough to get past Pittsburgh until recently.
You look at those teams, their cap hells, they either ended up sub .500 due to poor system depth, bad planning and money management, or bad drafts to backfill the key spots.
Meanwhile, our entire starting lineup down the middle either missed most of the season or played hurt on a ligament tear during most of it.
Go look at Pitt, NYGs, Baltimore, GB, etc, when they lose literally key player and how their teams just collapsed outright, going sub .500 or barely .500, hiding their flaws well.
But, expect more of that from those organizations. 2 postseasons missed, with more to come.
Then, compare it to NE's team moving forward. The team has system players all under contract at a 90% clip, continuity, some more experience and waiting on some nice talent to hopefully be infused by midseason.
Bad luck with massive injuries is why they aren't in the SB. But, 12-4 and an title game appearance proves the approach is vastly superior.
I am surprised at MacMullan's premise. It's 100% wrong. BB is clearly the Exec of the Year with Caserio with what they and the scouts did. It was incredible.
Great POST, agree 100%. I was pleasantly surprised they made it as far as they did, All of the injuries esp. after Gronk & they continued to move forward. BB never blamed any loss on injurues and as far as I can remember he has never called out another player. Every lost before loss were for Bill to be coach of the year, now he's a sore loser and a micro manager, how quickly they turn.