In response to agcsbill's comment:
The piece consisted mostly of interviews with players who left the Pats over contract issues. For the most part, they asked the players if operating as it did, did it result in costing the team a couple more championships. The players said yes for the most part. I tend to agree.
For Pats fans, when key players are lost due to contract squabbles, players many here feel could give a few more years of great play, the question that arises is why play such hard ball when there are no players on board who can step right in right away. IMHO, letting a Lawyer Malloy, Ty Law, Syemour etc go, with fingers crossed you can replace them with lower cost options, did not serve the team too well if you count SB trophies since 2005, when this "business" approach started.
Who was interviewed again? What are they supposed to say to satsify their egos and defend against their selfish and irrational contract demands at the time?
There is only one player I can think of, maybe 2, where their holding out or BB moving on, hurt our SB chances. Deion Branch in 2006. Seymour in 2010.
That's it. That's literally it, unless you think Vrabel in 2010 would have also put that team over the top, which I am not convinced an old and done Vrabel by 2010 would have done anything of substance.
At every turn, BB had an answer. Law leaves, Samuel promoted. Ted Washington leaves, Vince Wilfork. Bruschi retires, Mayo comes in.
WHo are these players that are claiming their old self would have helped in SB 41, 42 or 46?
Ty Law was cooked by 2007. McGinest, same deal. The guy was like 35 years old. Seau to me at his older playing state was better than McGinest in 2007.
Every player that BB walked from minus Branch, was either done, retiring or nowhere near the contract amount they were seeking.
BB's legendary and brilliant cap approach started back in the early 1990s in Cleveland when he was cleaning house in Cleveland. He then got a chance with full control here in 2000 and has stuck to it this whole time.
Do you realize how dumb they sound or you sound if you agree? Punishing BB for drafting great players who want to take advantage of their cache in a great environment here? Are you this obtuse?
Milloy? Milloy wasn't worth what he was looking for with an extension and Rodney clearly provided an upgrade. Eugen Wilson was a fine draft pick who complemented Rodney well.
What are you talking about?
Oh, more ego talk. We have all seen how aware you are of all of these egos. Didn't Leon Washington get cut because of his ego?