Re: Get ready for it Patriot Nation.
posted at 11/5/2010 9:50 AM EDT
BBReigns - You are absolutely right about the cap era being infinitely harder to win multiple championships, and after our 3rd title in 04, even the Cowboys, who also won 3 in 4 years said that they never thought any team would do that again in the with the cap era now in place, because teams turn over incredibly fast now a day. Many coaches and GMs had to agree. It is very easy to get that one SB now than back then, heck, even Trent Dilfer got one. But what happens is the teams lose players immediately after the SB, and they may fall apart the next year.
So in this era, it is actually easier to get good very fast, and in the next year or two, you can become very bad, where in the pre-cap era, it was harder to get good fast, because the good teams stayed good longer, because contracts were valid for its entirety, and the players the bad teams had with long contracts couldn't be broken, and now a day, 5 year contracts are guaranteed for seemingly 2-3 years maybe, making it easier to change the whole team very fast either way.
Now to say Montana was washed up at 33, players are in much better shape, they workout all year round. Surgeries are much more better now, so players have less scar tissue, and they come back much healthier. Montana also went to a so so Chief team and then made them look like a great team that might win it all. He was a great QB. I watched his whole career, living just north of SF since 1980, and in the Brady era, I have moved back to Boston a few times, plus I have had Direct tv, and until 2007, I would have taken Brady, but in 07, I saw Brady stop doing the things that made him great like throwing to the open receiver, sustained drives which in 07 didn't exist. We scored so fast that the D was out there all day, they got complacent because the games were never close till the 2nd half of the season, and I believe the team thought the Offense was so good, and by the time the SB
vs the Giants, the offensive line in particular, seemed very lethargic as if their mere presence was enough.
Now Brady seems to be coming back to managing the game again, and it's funny how it is said, a young QB manages the game until he learns enough, and then he doesn't have to anymore. His job IS to manage the game. Look at all the multiple SB winners, even NFL/AFL winners like Bart Starr, Bob Griese, Bradshaw, Plunkett, Montana, Simms, Aikman, Elway, who won when he was older and actually managed the game, Brady, and Big Ben. They all played on teams that wanted to win as a team, and the QBs generally played mistake free ball, good running game, and some of these QBs could air it out, like Simms, but toned it down to win big games.
It's funny how in the Moss era, there were 2 games we really needed our offense to play well, and one was the SB, where we scored a whole 14 points, and all of you were shocked, and then blamed the D for the loss. The D was not the teams strength by then, and the offense was needed and failed. Heck, even the 06 Reche Caldwell team scored 34 points vs the Colts in the AFC title game, and then in 09, last year, the Ravens scored 24 in the 1st Q and the offense didn't do a thing. Once again the D was our weakness, and the offense, supposedly our strength, and once again 14 points is all we got.
Brady became Manning in a way. Manning's 10 losses have averaged 12 points in each of them.
The Moss offense didn't translate into the playoffs, and I saw that clearly in the 2nd home game, I believe vs the Bills. I did not like it at all, with lots of fluff, no toughness at all, and I got beaten up here in these posts all year, but I took it and stuck to my guns, and now most of you who saw this great offense as the greatest of all time, have realized it didn't score when it needed it most; in the one game that mattered every year, the game you win it all or your hopes for a title end, whether it be getting ousted in the SB, or not making the playoffs at all.
And yes it is harder to win it all now, no question.