In response to PatsLifer's comment:
In response to Muzwell's comment:
In response to prolate0spheroid's comment:
...the point is, you can point to the injuries at DT and TE last year as coincidence...which you do because you are a bb apologist. However, picking those combo of players with known issues, age factors is upping your risk something could go wrong. And, when it did, there was nothing behind them. I think it was a poor risk mitigation strategy bb had and it came back to bite him. Big time. i would also argue if not for Brady last year, we wouldn't have sniffed the playoffs. Not with the team we put out there.
Lifer gets it. Look I'm not criticizing the Pats. There are reasons why they do what they do, and given their repeated low draft positions year after year, the strategy may even be the best possible. But let's not put our heads in the sand. The strategy has trade offs, and one of its consequences is that we've had some significant talent gaps that have hurt us. I don't see a point in pretending those gaps don't exist.
Bravo sierra is right, jeesh. So the injuries to Mayo who's never been injured, Wilfork who's never been injured, and Gronk who got cut low on a chicken bleep play by a supposed tough guy, and Vollmer who got his leg snapped, those were forseeable? If those guys and Hern are out there, I like their chances.
But beyond all that, not one of you guys has EVER explained what the Ravens did, specifically, in terms of signing free agents or whatever, different from what the Pats did. You haven't, because you can't. Because they operate the exact same way, they give big money to their own guys just like the Pats have done.
All you can come up with is they "go for it" or some other such claptrap. I know you feel the need to keep this line of reasoning alive, but it's dead, it never had any credence. But half the people (or more) seem to buy in, so you might as well keep going with it. What do they say, repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth?
They got lucky in 2012, that's all, just lucky. If they don't get lucky, they're going on 14 years since they won anything. That's your model franchise?