Re: Is there anyone who hasn't been blamed yet?
posted at 12/9/2009 5:05 AM EST
In Response to Is there anyone who hasn't been blamed yet?
Here's an idea: maybe the Pats are struggling due to the fact that they have a young defense which is retooled because you can't play with guys who are 75 years old and still want wads of cash, have lost many of their coaching and management staff to other teams because they were so good at what they did, and have a QB who is in his first year back from missing a year off (look at the stats on QB's coming off of that injury - how did Palmer and McNabb do?...not so hot....). I've read accusations on these boards against just about everybody in the organization blaming the Pats for their shortcomings this year. The NFL is built on PARITY - the Pats lost 3 games this season which were within a touchdown....one play the other way and you're looking at a 10-2 team. It happens, but it's amazing how little perspective and common sense people have when posting on here. Next year the Patriots have a wealth of draft picks, will likely add some free agents and will have a QB who has a year post injury under his belt (as well as a more experienced, yet YOUNG!!!! defense). OBVIOUSLY they need a pass rush and a third option at WR......but to think these things are going to appear out of thin air is assinine - show at least the patience of a five year old. The blame game gets old - this is the time when as fans, you need to act like grown ups and have REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS for a team that has more than earned the benefit of the doubt over the long run. Simply amazing that people on here even resorted to calling Bob Kraft 'cheap' after bringing this team a new stadium and 3 championships.......sometimes the stuff you read on here is simply mind-blowing......
Posted by jeffab
I like this post. I understand that people have come to expect greatness every year from the Patriots. Still, I don't know how they expected the D to not struggle at all this season. There are many young players on the team now who are still adjusting to the NFL, and they lost a lot of leadership when Bruschi, Vrabel, Harrison, and Seymour left.
As for those who are throwing TB under the bus, well, I guess I didn't realize how terrible almost 4000 yards on the year, a 300+ yards per game average, 22 touchdowns, and a 96.9 passer rating is on a guy's first year back from major knee reconsctruction surgery. Maybe the Pats should give JaMarcus Russell a call and see if his services are available for the right price.
I do think the complaints about the play-calling have been valid. It all seems kind of stale and predictable, and I think that opposing teams have had them figured out by the second half and O'Brien has failed to adjust accordingly. They can do better, and I'd like to see a new OC next year.
Anyway, I don't mind if people are frustrated -- it's tough to watch the team lose, I know -- but all of the hyperbole like "fire Belichick!", "time to ship Brady to the glue factory!", "Adalius Thomas should be sent to live in Mordor!" is getting a little crazy. Even the most wildly successful franchises have down years, and we happen to be in one of them. The future still looks pretty bright.
Oh, and I don't think I've seen anyone blaming Theo Epstein yet. :)