Re: Pats Season In A Nutshell / Thumbnail Sketch
posted at 1/2/2013 10:51 AM EST
In response to CaptnFoxboro's comment:
When I clicked on this thread I thought it was going to be a synopsis of the season's events .
I guess I'll add one ...
Welker franchise tagged
Pats k/o free agency by signing Lloyd / S Gregory
Draft - BB goes against type expelling draft capital to move up for D-Help (C Jones / Hightower ) Controversial 2nd rounder Tavon Wilson belatedly welcomed on-board after rest of league passes on becoming Pats trade partner .... Zero future picks acquired .
Gronk / Hernandez signed long term
Vet wr depth surprisingly cut ( Gaffney / Stallworth / Branch )
Salas acquired in Rams trade.
Vet Koppen cut (his escalating salary discharged in favor of youth )
Mallete given keys to backup job ( Hoyer released )
Waters a no show
Season begins with replacement Refs
Pats crush Titans
Cards shock Pats - Ghost misses game-winning Fg ( Woody td called back on holding penalty - Gronk )
Replacement Refs hand Ravens controversial SNF victory .
Salas demoted to practice squad
Rookie Qb Wilson shines while Pats defensive backfield woes exposed - Pats fall to Seahawks in late game hometown heroics.
Pats right ship and begin to reel off string of 8 straight W's .
Branch cut ( again )
Talib acquired in Bucs trade
Gronk breaks arm blocking for XP at end of game
Shiancoe finally suits up (from IR Designation )
Jets destroyed on Turkey Night ( Sanchez butt-fumble )
Bolden / Cunningham caught with PED's dispensers
Salas promoted -then cut again ( Eagles p/u )
Pats win AFC East
Stalworth resigned .
Brady has a daughter.
Texans blown out on MNF .
Stalworth IR 'd
Branch resigned ( again )
49ers outlast Pats in freezing rain (Playoff top seed & Bye likely lost )
Ridley fumble-issues resurface
Team plays flat at 2-12 Jax but eeks out W
Brace officially a bust ( cut )
Gronk returns !
Vikes / Colts back-to-back upset of Texans gives Pats 2nd seed & Bye
NOTE : The above was just off the top of my head ...so timeline may be a bit off .
I leave off anything important ?
Excellent synopsis, Captn!
I might add "troubled corner-back (Dennard) who people claimed wasn't Patriots material keeps head on straight and emerges as a promising cornerback, solidifies the move for McCourty to Safety, haters exposed"
Also, "Ridley emerges as a true lead back, eclipsing 1250+ yards and 13 TDs. The commitment to the run game does wonders for the offense."