Re: Even if we get a pass rusher....
posted at 12/7/2009 8:38 PM EST
In Response to Re: Even if we get a pass rusher....
LTP I think they swung and missed on Burgess. He has been a bust of epic proportions, having traded two picks to get him. He has been flat out awful, and that isn't a coaching issue - that is a personnel issue. Pees has been around awhile, and I am sure he learned quite a bit from Crennel, and in my opinion it is a lack of talent on the edge. AD was also a bad signing in hindsight. Just a couple of nuggets in six years with the Ravens - 38.5 sacks, 13 forced fumbles, and 6 int. 3 years with the Pats - 14.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and 1 int. He is clearly on the decline, and can't get it done. If they get a top-flight DE/LB i.e.: Peppers, J.Allen, or a Freeney-type then TBC could approach double-digit totals. AD was supposed to the guy that needed to be double-teamed, and that clearly has not been an issue for opposing teams. He doesn't even need to be chipped. That is not coaching.
Posted by DBAZ22
100% agree that Burgess is a bust. But lets flip it around for a minute.... NE picked up Vrabel out of Pittsburgh obscurity... no one saw him on the rader till he got here.... where ability + coaching
+ smarts made him great. Is he a better athelete than AD?.... no. Was he coached better in a better defensive scheme? Yes.
I know it's one quote from one player, but in my mind for AD to call out the coaching scheme tells me that he feels he's not utilized properly and is looking worse than he is.
Bottom line is that NE has moved away from an aggressive, confusing D that some teams have successfully copied to a plain, basic, predictable scheme. The time that happened was when Pees took over, when we still had rodney, Vrable, Asante, Bruschi, rosie, TBC, Seymour, willie etc? If most of your players are the same, but the D can't close, that's on the coach.