Re: I can't believe we didn't draft a pass rusher!!
posted at 1/18/2012 8:31 AM EST
In Response to Re: I can't believe we didn't draft a pass rusher!!
Here we go again with the anal "I told you so" thread. I suppose that would be nice if you were right. The book on BB the GM is written. He is an average drafter. He is mostly a good trader. He is a mixed bag with FA signings. You may have noticed his QB just tied the all-time record for TD passes in a playoff game. A guy like that makes any GM look good. As far as drafting a pass rusher, people need to get a clue. This D might be showing itself not to be terrible, but it isn't going to win any awards.
Posted by BabeParilli
There you go again. Brady is the only reason BB wins games. Never mind that they went a whole season without him (less a few minutes) and went 11-5. Not 2-14 like the Colts. Not 5-11. Not 8-8. 11-5. Guess they got lucky game after game. Starting a QB who not only had never started in the pros but wasn't even the starter in college!
Lets put your rediculous theory to rest.
Check out the O line. Light, Mankins, Koppen, Connolly, Canon, Volmer, Solder. All good to really good. None the very best perhaps. None the best at run blocking or the best at pass blocking (though I think Solder will be all world pass blocker when the day is over). But good at everything. And coachable. And hard workers. And a winning attitude. This is a big part of the team.
Check out the TEs.... nuf said there.
Less strong at WR but Welker is the best at what he does and Branch is still a good player when healthy.
Check out the punter and kicker. Both very good.
Check out some special teams players like Slater... The only less than average aspect to the special teams is the blocking on kick off returns.
THey are building the core of a good D. Vince, Pryor when he comes back, Deaderick, Love, Brace... Mayo, Spikes, Nink, Chung... Maybe McCourty will be a good safety or bounce back at corner. Have to wait to see about Dowling.
Then you have guys like Edelman who are cleary good football players. Nink is in this catergory. Edelman has played some good bump and run. Is a good and dangerous punt returner and has shown some glimpses of being able to play WR. He also has done well on kick off coverage.
And you have a guy like Mallett who could either be a good QB here or another draft pick later.
You can point to draft choices and FA that didnt pan out. SO WHAT. NO ONE hits all the time. And no team seems to combine the consistancy of bringing in talent one way or another.
THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE PATS ARE EITHER THE MOST OR ONE OF THE TOP TWO OR THREE TEAMS DEPTH WISE. What happened to the Jets when they lost their center for 2 games? They fell APART. What happened to the Pats when they lost their center for the season???? And then the backup center for two or three games?! The team didnt miss a beat. Depth.... This team has depth. It has players who can be coached. It has players who have the talents which when combined make them a better team than most of their opponents an any given day.
Yes Brady is far and away the key player on this team. But it is a really good team. And having Brady has influenced personnel choices. Your frequent statements that TB is the whole team has been proven wrong (in 2009) and is still wrong. The Pats are not the Colts. Only you think so.