[QUOTE]I preface this comment by saying I am a life long Pats fan and always will be. I am not jumping off the wagon, but have grown disgruntled over the last several years due to some key decisions that have been made. 1) First, we let Asante Samuel walk. Since he left we have had a parade of has-beens and never-were's come through Foxboro in an attempt to fill his shoes. God knows how much money, energy, and high draft picks have been wasted in an effort to find a "cheaper" version of Asante. We should have just paid him and used those picks to improve in other areas-perhaps an OLB who can rush the passer, maybe a RB who can move the pile, or even an O-lineman who can run block? Instead, we let Samuel walk and the D has not recovered since. 2) Lack of skilled offensive/defensive coordinators. What the hell? Why can't we get a decent offensive/defensive coach or two? Does BB have to micro-manage every aspect of this team? He didn't win three Super Bowls BY HIMSELF! No, instead he relied on a well qualified scouting, coaching, and personnel team to build a 3x Super Bowl champ. How well has he done since Pioli was emasculated, since Weiss and Crennel left? How about 0 championships! 3) The draft. Let's be honest, until this year our drafts have been lousy. Most of the players selected are no longer on the team, or have been relegated to reserve roles at best. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens/Pittsburgh Steelers continue to stockpile talent at a blistering pace. 4) Free agents/trades. Do I even need to go there? Simply put, we have struck out over the past several years in both of these areas. 5) Logan Mankins. We have an all-pro interior lineman who is looking to get paid market value. Instead of rewarding him for his hard work, they try to embarrass him by demanding that he bow and kiss the feet of one Mr. Bob Kraft! If those stories are true, Kraft needs to be ashamed of himself. He acts like a Lord who is "allowing" his lowly peasants the opportunity to exist and thusly they should pledge a blood oath to him forever. Wake up Bob! Just because you have more money than anyone of us doesn't mean you are any better. Remember what the bible says about the man who gains the whole world but losses his soul. Besides, you are probably over leveraged like the rest of us-just to a greater degree. To summarize, the Pats are out of touch with the modern athlete. Gone are the days when a coach or owner could treat their players like garbage. Today, athletes demand to be respected and treated fairly. In most cases, this means they want to get paid and they want security. I believe that athletes are like the rest of us, if you pay them a "fair" wage and show that you respect them, they will respond favorably. Trying to grossly underpay them, and then minimize their contributions is a mistake they never forgive. Because of this disconnect, it is my belief that the Pats will not win another championship in the BB era. We will waste the remaining years our all-world QB has by surrounding him with inferior, cheap talent. The Krafts will make a ton of money because we will continue to support our beloved Pats no matter what. Eventually, Bob will sell them for $1.5 billion dollars and laugh all the way to the gold vault, a modern day PT Barnum. Looks like we are the suckers! I realize this is a long rant, but I had to get this off of my chest. I know some of you will criticize me, but if you were truly honest with yourself, you might find out that you agree with me more than you disagree. GO SOX!
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