Re: ONLY 3 STARTERS OUT OF 26 PICKS FROM 2006-2008 PATRIOT DRAFTS!
posted at 9/10/2009 4:17 PM EDT
In Response to Re: ONLY 3 STARTERS OUT OF 26 PICKS FROM 2006-2008 PATRIOT DRAFTS!
A somewhat objective way to assess whether or not our past drafts were great, average, or poor is to look at the number of free agents on the 53-man roster, especially the starters. I remember a game against the Colts, I think in the year they won the SB (not sure) where the announcers were giving kudos to the Pats and Colts for their drafting ability. They used free agents as an example. At the time, the Colts had one player on their entire roster who was not drafted by them. The Pats only had a few. The reality of the NFL has not materially changed since that observation was stated. While it is fair to say that FA's augment the draft, is it also fair to look at the FA count on your roster to judge past drafts? I believe the FA count on our roster is fairly high at the moment compared to our SB years. I haven't compared each roster, this is just my eyeball observation. I'm sure if I need glasses someone will point that out. Anyway, if that is the case, it supports the case that the 2006-2008 drafts were rather average. I think this year's draft will turn out very good, and the drafts in our championship years were pretty good. I'm not sure why everyone has jumped on the initial poster and acted like we should put the 2006-2008 drafts in the draft hall of fame. C'mon, how many people on this board have made similar comments? There are those who would claim a filet mignon served by BB is a piece of sh%t, and there are those who would claim a steamer laid by BB is a filet mignon. Do we have any moderate posters out there?
Posted by carawaydj
great point there caraway. most of the time bel's filet mignon is the BEST filet mignon ever. but sometimes it does taste like sh%t or a steamer. its not just the members of this board who go to the nutty extreme but the moderators tend to side with them when they ban folks like reg122 and commiemoderator who try to use socratic principles to civilly stimulate different contrarian dialogues and moderacy by default.
i am a fan thus i want the pats to always win and i want every move to work even if i disagree. even when he is "sneaky", i ultimately want belichick to ALWAYS win and be successful. but sometimes it is important to not just bring the pom poms but to also question and challenge certain decisions. sometimes the koolaid is a little off. we may be the team of the decade but we still have not won one in 5 years. hopefully that changes this year. sey really only had 1 1/2 flawed years yet so many here conveniently ignore the TOTAL picture of his greatness to only focus on the narrow sample that reinforces their argument. i think bel should be judged by the same standards as he judges others. it is about the NOW and the immediate future, which is always a small sample by default! of the 10 things it takes to win, bel is close to a 10 on most of them which is y we win. on this one point, about his recent 2006-08 picks of college-specific talent, he will not be put into Canton.
something has gone wrong with how they develop that talent. when an o'connell fails, that has to be put largely on belichick. he was a highly touted third round choice that most still believe can be great in this league (Flaccoish). so what if we know how to select guys who become great elsewhere after we cut them?baltimore ravens are by far SUPERIOR in this area than we are. same with pittsburgh, SD and other good teams we must compete with. as a fan, i want to socratically know y that is. we cant just dismiss it because we are great in other areas or the end result ends up good. u keep ignoring this area, soon u have a quality-control problem that will soon impact the final results. we are not the first team to be a team of the decade. do we want to be asleep at the wheel and suffer through what the cowboys, raiders and 49ers have gone through? had i told u after 2004, we would not win another super bowl in 5 seasons, would most of you have believed me?