Re: Potential Cap Casualites Around NFL
posted at 2/8/2014 10:55 AM EST
In response to ATJ's comment:
Interesting perspective, rkarp, and I see your point. Haven't they always done that though, going back to shortly after BB's arrival (I'm referring to point 2)?
That is a very good question, becaue you are right in a sense. This is what I'd say to that...
There were quite a few very good players currently on the roster when BB inherited the team who were in their primes...Ty Law, Troy Brown, Willie McGinnest, Lawyer Milloy, Teddy Bruschi, Ted Johnson, etc.
Bill had to rebuild the defensive line, which he did with the 7th pick in the draft (youth and talent), Brandon Mithchell (already here and a underporforming 2nd round pick Bill turned around), Anthony Pleasant (a old player/value signing) and a younger player from the Jets that knew Bill's system and wanted his chance (I can't remember that guy's name for the life of me).
He added a older linebacker with attitude (Cox) and signed a very very underrated linebacker in Roman Phiefer for reasonable money - Phiefer turned into a guy who could cover, pass rush a little and knew exactly what he was suppossed to do (and physically actually do it). Cox was a physical tone setter that helped hold the team together when we needed it early in 2000. All the guys signed were guys Belichick coached previously who he knew, trusted and knew his system.
The guys he's signed recently were old, hadn't been coached by him, didn't know his system, were well past their prime, or didn't have a prime at all. One of the few free agent defenders Belichick brought in during those Super Bowl years that wasn't coached previously by him was Vrabel, but Vrabel was young, talented, selected in the third round by the Steelers and fit the outside linebacker mold in a 34 defense. This is a guy who was burried on the depth chart in Pittsburgh behind guys who were stars - he came here and got his chance - and it worked out for everyone...but don't forget Vrabel was young.
So yes this team did sign cheaper, older players, but they mixed them in with young guys that were stars (McGinnest, Bruschi, Law, Milloy, Seymore, Vrabel). Also the team Belichick inherited was a salary cap mess - total mess - with huge contracts invested in Coates, Armstrong, etc...they only had money for cheaper alternatives.