Re: On Paper: Dolphins better than Patriots.
posted at 7/10/2013 8:10 PM EDT
Brady threw for 4,827 yards in 2012.. over 70% of those yards were gained by players who are no longer with the team. Are you seriously trying to tell me that Amendola, Edleman and company are going to pick up that slack?? The Patriots offense is not going to be as strong as it was last season. Sorry to burst your bubble... good news for you is that your D is going to get better with it's additions and natural progression.
Meanwhile down in Miami, we've upgraded our WRs, upgraded @ TE, upgraded our D ends, upgraded @ linebacker, upgraded cornerback by leaps and bounds. Also consider that our safety tandem (Clemons and Jones) is widely regarded as a top 10 duo going into the 2013 season.
The only downgrades we made are at RB (moving away from the running game and towards a spread offense anyway) and OL. The loss of Jake Long was big but he was a non-factor all last season due to injury and our Oline still wasn't bad.
Like i said in the OP, the Patriots took a step back for sure (how much of a step back remains to be seen) and the Phins took a step forward for sure. Is it enough to close the gap? who knows. that's why they play the games. but i will say this, if there was ever a year where the patriots status as top dog was in doubt it's this one.. big losses, off-field distractions, not the strongest draft.
in response to all the people who discredit the phins solely because the Bills and Eagles spent money in the offseason and didn't perform. I'll trade you one bad comparison for another... The yankees lost 178 of their 245 home runs in 2012 (over 70%) and just like the Pats expected an injury prone player (youk/amendola) and role players to replace that production. Now as the all-star break approaches they sit in 4th place.
expecting players who are ill equipped to replace surpeme production is foolhardy. Uncle Bill has some work to do on the offensive side of the ball or the Pats could be looking up at the Phins come November...
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