Re: Patriots Missing Aggressiveness and Ball Hawking Skills?
posted at 9/9/2009 11:31 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Patriots Missing Aggressiveness and Ball Hawking Skills?
[QUOTE]People are missing the point that this post was about...the patriots lack the playmaking defender. Name a playmaker on defense? I cant without predicting the future...ie - "Merriweather will have a huge year" or "A. Thomas will stay healthy and become a player we all thought he could be before he signed a big deal with us"
Posted by Boston-kyle[/QUOTE]
I do not think anyone is missing the point - we understand the point. But if we had Bruschi or Harrison would we have a "playmaking defender"? I do not think so. Bruschi and Harrison WERE "playmaking defenders" but would not be this year. So we do not have any. We all admit that - at least I admit that.
So, we all admit there are no "playmaking defenders" right now, but that does not mean there will not be some this year. Can Mayo, Thomas, Merriweather, Bodden, Springs, Guyton, Burgess, Wilfork, Wilhite setup and be playmaking defenders? We will have to wait and see. BB and crew did not think Hobbs and others were going to be playmakers so they changed players.
My point is that at some juncture you have to try out new guys - the Bruschis and Harrisons do not last forever. We tried Hobbs, did not work, move on. We tried Eugene Wilson, we tried ONeal, we have tried a bunch of guys, and now we are going to try a bunch of new guys. The Pats do not sit around and hope. HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY. We hope that our defense is good in the second half of the season because we are younger, faster, stronger, but maybe we do not have playmakers. We have to wait and see.
If we do not have any playmakers, than I am sure we will see turnover in the defensive personnel. But don't go off the deep end if the first 5 or 7 weeks are not great. You have to give the new guys the season to try and establish themselves - it will take all year to see if we have "playmaking defenders" or not. If not - I am sure BB and crew will adjust ..................