Re: Has Anyone seen J-bolt??
posted at 12/28/2010 9:40 AM EST
In Response to Re: Has Anyone seen J-bolt??
Tex Thanks for the "shiny hood ornament theory" post. Next questions: How much should teams invest in WR's? When do WR's change the equation? What kind of wide receivers should one invest in? I suggest you open this up as a new discussion.
Posted by NYC
Using the Pats as an example, who did they have as WRs in the 2001 SB season? Troy Brown, David Patten, and the Pats got rid of diva Terry Glenn. In the 2003 SB season, their WRs were Deion Branch, David Givens, and David Patten; In the 2004 SB season, their WRs were Branch and Givens.
As you can see, the Pats had no real stars at WR. Sure, Troy Brown had a career year in 2001. But, how much of that was due to Tom Brady, the coaching staff, and the fact that Troy was really the only viable option to go to? Deion on Branch was a good player, not a great one. Deion benefitted from having om Brady as his QB. We saw this when he went to Seattle, and accomplished nothing. Finally, in 2010, the Patriots' offense explodes after trading Randy Moss...and going with smurfs, Wes Welker and an older, wiser Deion Branch.
Should teams invest big money in WRs? No. How much did the Dolphins benefit by having Brandon Marshall? In the NFL, generally speaking, teams win when they have a good QB, and are dominant on the OL, and DL.
When do WRs change the equation? Occasionally, when a team has a stud like Plaxico Burress, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jerry Rice...they can make a difference. But, how good are these guys without a good QB? Plax didn't win with Cordell Stewart, or with rookie Ben Roethlisberger. Fitzgerald is irrelevant without Kurt Warner. Jerry Rice wouldn't have been Jerry Rice without Joe Montana and Steve Young.
In fact...in that silly top 100 players list named by the NFL Network, it was a joke that Rice was named the best football player of all-time. Yes...Rice was a great WR. But, he had a ton of help.