posted at 12/26/2013 10:56 PM EST
In response to DeadAhead's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
I think it's perfectly ok to say Hightower had a great game against the Ravens. I think it's ok to say he played well for stretches against Miami, until he had to cover ten yards of space and lost a runner in coverage. I also think it's ok to say he has played like a pig for 90% of the time he's been here, despite the fact he was a first round pick with tons of positional flexibility. I won't make excuses for him, he was drafted because he had the ability to play every linebacker spot and play them well. Belichick said right after the draft he was a guy that had played all the spots...that he wouldn't have to come off the field, and that he played in a similar style of defense.
I was happy when they drafted him. I'm on record saying he would make a great inside linebacker. I thought he would be a Levon Kirkland type for us - a guy who has outstanding size, good speed for that size, good athleticism for his size, great strength and positional flexibility. I thought he would be a replacement for Spikes and he would line up next to Mayo eventually. I figured he would be able to do everything Spikes did and be able to offer a little something in coverage as well.
I watched him as a rookie and honestly I seriously questioned all of those things. Too me he looked like Andy Katzenmoyer - he had the measurables, but when he took on blocks he lead with his shoulders and wasn't using his hands. When he tackled, he tried throwing 260 pounds behind his shoulder, rather than wrapping a guy up. He looked lost in coverage. He looked a tad bit slower than expected. He wasn't diagnosing plays quick enough. He was the last one moving after the snap (often a step in the wrong direction). All of this stuff had Andy Katzenmoyer written all over it.
I said in August that I was hoping Hightower was going to make that big leap that everyone talks about with NFL players - aside from the Baltimore game it hasn't happened - excuse me if I'm not ready to pee my pants with excitement. Excuse me if I'm not going to bite my tongue, like I did when Chung showed serious signs that he was a moron.
I bit my tongue while I watched Ron Brace play like he was on rollar skates. I bit my tongue watching Rasi Dowling get hurt from a stiff wind - remember that guy? We all had to keep our mouths shut because he played well for two quarters against the Jets before never playing well again. The very same guy that started this thread jumped all over me and reminded me about his ten minute performance every time I began to question that selection. The same guy told my how great Cunningham looked his rookie year - even said he was better than Carlos Dunlop - then continued to call me a troll when I said I thought he was the absolute worst outside tweener guy that came out of the draft that year. I said that. I thought he was the absolute dumbest (blindly rush up the field ten yards past the tackle, taking himself out of the play), stiff, small, guy we could of selected. I sat quiet on Merriweather for a little while, while rusty told me he was the second best safety in the AFC, but that's when I began to realize rusty didn't know what he was talking about (and that we were no longer a lock to draft the right guys).
I could list literally 50 players rusty has told me were great and that I was a troll for criticizing. I'm not kidding, 50. I'm sorry I feel I have the right to call Hightower a bust a year earlier than I usually would, but I feel historically this is probably what he is.
It's comical how you think you know more than BB and have it all figured out 100% of the time as some makeshift Nostradamus around here with your superior scouting skills down at Gillette when Home Ec class gets out early. It really is.
Hightower would be a Levon Kirkland? bahwhah Levon Kirkland wouldn't survive in this era's NFL the way it is.
You can continue on with your lies spelling players name wrong and trolling the way you do, but the fact is, people know you as a liar. I'vv proven you as one many times.
You lying constantly and namedropping my name claiming I said things I never said, is all over. All over.
Ya lost. The Jets, your favorite team, the one hilariously duped you, Bustchise, RKrap and thousands of moron Jets fans, and that approach, LOST.
"I wish BB built his team like the Tannenbaum did!" - Mt Hurl
NOW THAT is a direct quote with no words changed whatsoever.
I find a few things diturbing about this post (and not your usual gay bashing stuff that you do in which you should be banned for), but rather you call me a liar. For what? Because I'm not willing to pretend (and lie) that a player is good when he isn't?
And Levon Kirkland wouldn't survive in this era? Bawahahaha!! Yeah Spikes runs a 4.9 and he can survive in Belichick's defense, but Kirkland couldn't? My Lord!! Bawahahaha!! Is this going to start heading into the "Curtis Martin never was a pass catcher" theme?? You know, where you were futher exposed as a know nothing google hack and nothing more.
And I never said that about the jets - which makes you a blatant liar. What I did say was I wished we had spent to the cap and went for it like the jets did, because if you add Belichick and Brady to the equation I believe we would of won another Super Bowl. Why is that so confusing for you? Why don't you believe that would of happened? And why do you think that would of been so bad? Because it would of put us into "salary cap hell"? That make believe land that will take a year to get out of and with a little luck in the draft department, wouldn't of been felt at all.
Stop blaming it all on Brady, it's sad and disturbing.