Re: Great Offenses and Flashy WRs Do Not Win Championships
posted at 2/22/2013 8:10 AM EST
In response to Muzwell's comment:
To me, blaming Welker for the Patriots failure to win Super Bowls is like Texans fans blaming Arian Foster because they stink in the playoffs. Paralysis by overanalysis.
He's a great player, it isn't his decision to run the offense through him. How about using Vereen more? How about a receiver that can get open other than Welker?
They needed Gronkowski to be healthy, and they needed Talib to stay in the game.
It's about winning playoff games and playing your best in the end games. The Ravens got hot, they're not a great team on offense or defense. Same with the Giants in 2011.
By the way, is Torrey Smith flashy? Victor Cruz? I'll take those guys, flashy or not.
Your post really has nothing to do with this thread. It's purpose was NOT
to blame Wes Welker for the Patriots' failings. It's to point out top WRs are not the key elements to championship teams...and that even first rate offenses alone do not win SBs. Well balanced teams on offense, defense, and special teams do.
In the playoff loss to the Ravens, the Patriots were able to march up and down the field against the Baltimore defense...between the 25 yard lines. But, once inside the 25, they couldn't get it done. On defense, the Pats were able to get zero pressure on Joe Flacco, and, once Aqib Talib went out, Anquan Boldin dominated.
True...not having a healthy Gronk really hurt...AGAIN!!! But, the main reason for the loss was that the Pats failed to control the line of scrimmage on either side of the ball. As a result...they got no pressure on Flacco, Tom Brady was pressured and made to hurry his throws, and the Pats could not establish a running game. Baltimore's dominance on the OL and DL was particularly obvious in the red zone.
By the way, no one is calling Torrey Smith or Victor Cruz bums. But, they are not worthy of being paid huge money. BB has always placed a low value on WRs. The Pats generally have allocated the big bucks to the QB, and the lumberjacks on the OL and DL. Paying Gronk big bucks made sense because he has the potential to be a Hall of Famer at the TE position...is a great red zone weapon, and is also an intrigal part of the OL on running plays. I was a bit surprised that the Pats shelled out big money to Aaron Hernandez.
As great as Wes Welker has been for the Pats, at age 32, he's not worth anything over $8mil. per season...tops. If healthy, the Pats must sign C-Bass. What to do about Aqib Talib will be BB's toughest decision this off-season...especially since Alfonzo Dennard's future is somewhat clouded, and Kyle Arrington is an UFA. If Talib walks, the Pats will almost certainly have to use a high draft pick on a CB...AGAIN!