RESPONSE: So you say. Where's your evidence to back this up? Surely, you're not placing all the blame for the Jets' playoff loss on the defense? Your unanimous MVP QB had an awful game. There was that botched, silly 4th down play at the end of the 1st half...there was the Alge Crumpler drop. In short, the all-world offense was awful. The apparently over-confident Pats were outplayed, out-muscled, and out-coached.
RESPONSE: Please state who you would rather have seen the Pats draft with those late second rounders, than Spikes and Cunningham? What NFL rookies drafted after them performed better? Laurinaitis, Cox, Barwin, Byrd and Smith have all performed better than the 3 guys we took in the second for 2009. Dunlap, Angerer, Spivey, Verner and P Cox have done more than either of them for 2010.
RESPONSE: Surely you jest. Talk about spin, Laurinaitus went 35th in the 2010 draft...well ahead of Spikes and Cunningham. Cox?? Are you talking about DB Derek Cox...the clown who the Jags got in exchange for their 2nd round pick in 2010?...LOL!!! Barwin??? The guy missed the entire 2010 season with injuries. Where's your evidence that he'll become a good player? Byrd had a very good rookie year...but fell off in year two. But, I will agree that the Butler bust, with the 41st pick in 2009, really hurt. Smith?? What Smith, Alphonso or Andre? Alphonso is no better than Butler, as we all saw on Thanksgiving Day in Detroit. Andre Smith, the 6th overall pick in 2009, is eating himself out of the league. Spivey, Angerer, and Verner?? LOL!!! The Pats did choose Cunningham over Dunlap. Where's your evidence to show that Dunlap is the superior player?
RESPONSE: Yes we are talking about results. Which team had better results from their 2010 draft class than the Patriots? Not sure why you are harping on 2010 as that is clearly one of his best drafts. But I have already addressed the lack of impact the 2nd round LBs have had,
RESPONSE: What impact? What are you talking about? You have one complaint...and that's Clay Matthews. The rest is BS.
RESPONSE: Again...who did you want the Pats select in the past drafts, in which Chung, Spikes and Cunningham were selected? What better prospects were selected after them? see above RESPONSE: You can't "fix" the defense by merely wishing it to be fixed. It's hard to add stud players when, every year, your selecting at the bottom of every round? Again, the cornerstones of the Pats' formerly great defense, Richard Seymour and Willie McGinest, were top 10 picks. Ty Law was a #1 pick. Mike Vrabel and Rodney Harrison were brilliant free agent acquisitions. BB is building his current "D" around top 10 pick Jarod Mayo, and former #1 picks, Vince Wilfolk, and Devin McCourty. You keep whining about who the Pats should have gotten. Other than the Clay Matthews whine, who could BB have gotten to significantly improve his "D"...and at what cost? If you leep trading down you are correct - it's hard to add stud players.
RESPONSE: Other than with Matthews, you have failed to set forth facts showing how trading down has hurt the team.
RESPONSE: Please cut the generalities, and tell us specifically how the Pats screwed up? Who, other than Clay Matthews, did they miss out on by trading down? As a result of the Matthews deal, the Pats ended up with TE Rob Gronkowski, CB Darius Butler, and WR Brandon Tate. Gronk looks like a budding pro-bowler. Tate needs to step up. Butler has terribly disappointed, and looks to be a bust. Would you trade those 3 for Matthews? I would. But I doubt GB would make the trade. The problem has been too much trading down and not selecting the best players with the picks we did have.
RESPONSE: Here, I have to agree with you. Although Gronk had a great rookie year, and appears to be a budding all-pro TE, Butler has been a bust, and Tate hasn't shown that he's even as good a player as Bethel Johnson. The name of today's game is to rush the passer...and a guy like Matthews is a force off the edge. But, admit it...Matthews is really your sole complaint.
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