Re: Every year BB neglects a position
posted at 5/21/2009 12:03 AM EDT
[QUOTE]Two reasons: talent in the draft and financial profiles. Everette Brown is a lot slower and shorter than Woods or Crable. And he is a lot weaker than Crable. Michael Johnson is the last player that would find a flying elvis on his helmet. People were so impressed by the names Cincy got. They can have them, thanks. In two seasons when they are a disfunctional underacheiving unit, everyone will still be asking how they always manage to do it. RESPONSE: Agreed...especially about Johnson, and the Bengals overrated draft.
There may have been OLB prospects BB liked, but they were likely at the very top of the draft, and he probably looked at the rest and thought that they were only as good, or worse than the young guys he had on the roster. RESPONSE: Quite right. Ayers, Orakpo, Maybin, and English all were gone by pick #18.
However, the players he took also fit needs, and are better athletes than what he has on the roster. RESPONSE: Amen. I love Butler's athleticism and speed. He could become another Asante Samuel. Getting him, Spings, and Bodden made Hobbs expendable. Unless Patrick Chung drank from the same spring as Eugene, he has the physical tools to be the Pats' Troy Polamalu. Brace could become a Ted Washington type at NT.
Ah, yes...isn't it wonderful to dream...LOL!!
Finances play a role as well, I am sure. If you can have equal talent at an equal need, you take a player who represents better financial value. Drafting corners and DTs is smart. The contract demands of these players in FA is much, much higher than Lbers, which means that LBers are a smarter FA investment and DT/CB are better draft investments. RESPONSE: Again...agreed.
Just compare the incoming and outgoing contracts for Dominque Foxworth and Bart Scott from the Ravens. Scott got $48/6y ($8mil avg) as a one time pro-bowler. The Ravens "replaced" him with Dominique Foxworth for a $28/4yr ($7 mil avg) deal for a CB who has four career picks in four seasons, and is going on his 3rd season. So one million dollars seperates a very good OLB from an "adequate" CB. The best corners get $14-16 million as of right now. The best OLB gets something closer to $10 million per. RESPONSE: You may be inflating the figures for top CBs. For example, Asante Samuel signed a six-year, $56 million contract with the Eagles. Heres' the breakdown of how he's being paid: http://www.eaglescap.com/Players/AsanteSamuel.html
If Butler has a good first season (4-5 picks) and Brown has a good first season (6-8) sacks and NE chooses to go to FA to replace the need they didn't pick, the FA price on a 6-8 sack guy is much, much less than the astronomical amount that a 4-5 pick CB would be worth. RESPONSE: I tend to agree.
With "any" development of the three young corners NE should be able to avoid playing in that rich poker game for FA corners for a few seasons, and can possibly make a solid FA acquisition at a spot like OLB. RESPONSE: Agreed.
I feel much more confident in this defense than last year's defense coming in. Aside from the development of Meriweather and Mayo into impact players, they aren't coming in with Deltha Oneal, and a crew of 34+ starters. I am saying now, Brace alone improves this defense. Having two big men for the nose will be enormous late games and down the playoff stretch. Ne hasn't had that luxury in a while. Bringing Brace in for even 25% of the sets to spell Wilfork will result in better play and more penetration from the DL.RESPONSE: Agreed again...especially about your comments on Brace, and the Brace/Wilfolk combo. The Pats' defense was much, much tougher when the team boasted two good NTs, in 2003 (Vince & Ted Washington) and 2004 (Vince & Keith Traylor).
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Lets' hope that somehow, the Pats can find that little extra nudge this year to finally get over the top...and earn that elusive 4th Lombardi trophy.