Re: Here's why Pats WILL not win another SuperBowl.......
posted at 12/23/2012 3:24 AM EST
In response to jimmytantric's comment:
Lety me define playmakers for you Digger: a playmaker is a player that CONSISTENTLY comes up big in playoff/big games and on a regular basis. His body of work is such that his plus/negative regarding missed/bad plays are much less than his big plays therefore making his plus/minus differential hugely favoring of his great plays, (didn't think I'd have to explain what a play maker is?)---sorta like the turnover margin where the Pats sit at + 21 ---You are cherry picking a couple of good plays by these guys and leaving out the countless times they've been burnt or just didn't show up---shame on you for distorting facts to support your argument--you sound like a politician!
I believe there is more than one way to win the SB. The previous four years prove that you can win teh SB despite being in the bottom third on defensive yards.
As for CONSISTENT playmaking, you are promoting revisionist history, benefiting from 20/20 hindisght.
At the beginning of the 2001 season, the Patriots had few playmakers too. The best playmaking WR was in thr dog house. I still remember callers on WEEI criticizing BB non-stop for benching the only offensive playmaker other than Bledsoe. Oh an with regard to that other playmaker - Bledsoe - he got injured early in the season.
Who did people expect to make the plays? T Brown (an 8th round PR)? Wiggins? Patten? No way!
Running backs? Faulk had fumble issues. A Smith was nobody. Pass? Redmond?
On defense? Are you kidding?
Let's start with the LB corps. Bruschi was no different from Mayo now. Had a lot of tackles but was not feared in the league. Mcginest? Very good, not feared either. That leaves us with the following: Vrabel, cast off from Steelers; Cox (cmon); Johnson (Mayo ahs better numbers)
DL... Seymour (a rookie trying to play NT at 300 lbs); Pleasant; Hamilton
Secondary... Sure, Milloy, Law, Jones.
NWE made critical plays on a lot of games, but it was not the same people all the time. Big plays were made by different people. The same people who were nobodies.
Brown and Faulk embedded in fans' minds now. But the other names - Wiggins, Pleasant made them too... Cloud. He made a couple of big plays in the playoffs for the Pats. Do you even remember him?
The big plays came from everywhere (even from the ST thatw as maligned earlier in the season). In recognition, if you remember, the team demanded to be introduced together on the SB - not the individual PLAYMAKERS.