2.) Letting Jabar Gaffney Go:
3.) Trading a 5th round pick for WR Greg Lewis:
4.) Signing Fred Taylor:
5.) Passing on ILB Rey Maualuga:
6.) Releasing QB Kevin O'Connell:
Posted by TexasPat3
1. One big reason for benching Galloway is that Tom Brady can't hit a 40 yard pass to save his life. Zero forty yarders in five games. Galloway's only purpose is to be a credible deep threat. Keep him on the bench until Brady recovers.
2. Gaffney was signed off the streets, not even as another team's discard, as the third or fourth answer in a long string of WR non-answers. He's good but not THAT good.
BB and the Krafts aren't signing ANYONE beyond the 2009 season. They're playing some kind of high-stakes positioning of the Patriots team. When it comes to financial strategy the Pats have been 100% dynasty so far, so I instinctively will not criticize this clear plan.
This year Gaffney wanted (and got) the big Benjamins. You don't just sign people to contracts, you ask what you are losing by signing them. In this case BB decided that he could pick up something else for less than $3m. In fact he's pulled out a potential second Wes Welker in Edelman and a burner in Brandon Tate. Not too shabby on the WR front.
3. Greg Lewis was a waste of a fifth rounder. The other Patriots' 2009 fifth rounder was used to select George Bussey. George Who? Bussey may in fact turn out to be a good pick in 3 years, but right now he's not too useful sitting on the IR list.
The point is, taking some kind of a risk in the fifth round is part of the draft game. Second-guessing Greg Lewis is also second-guessing George Bussey or Myron Pryor or Julian Edelman.
4. Fred T. was a gamble. Can he still run? Sure! Was he useful against Atlanta? Yep! Do older guys go down faster and harder? Uh huh. BTW, I think Fred T will be back, simply because otherwise BB would have stuck him immediately on IR for the year.
5. I can't guess why BB passes on anyone. Too many individual rating factors that we don't know. Drug and violence rumors, hamstrings and bad knee questions, ...
It sounds like a plus for taking Malaluga would have been that he could start immediately. The four second round guys chosen by BB all have slow NFL learning curves, but maybe they'll be really good in 2010. Possible exception, Ron Brace has shown no progress, but we don't know if Brace is even healthy or just needs a year or two to get good. We do know that Brace is off the charts at holding his position and pushing. BB just had to see.