Re: Thoughts on Pats Season Record:
posted at 8/16/2010 2:43 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Thoughts on Pats Season Record:
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Thoughts on Pats Season Record: : Oh, I agree those are question areas compared to others, but this is like me saying Indy with their O Line issues, will go 8-8 with Peyton Manning. I mean, that's laughable and I hate Indy. No way that team does an 8-8 or a 9-7 type thing. A Brady led team is not going .500. It's just not happening. They'll win at least 9 games in their sleep. It's the remaining 3 or 4 others that they'll struggle with against tough competition. I am not saying you said they'll be .500 but considering all that went wrong last year, that was a team that, yet again, was in a rebuilding phase under less than stellar circumstances, and won 11 games (lay down in Houston). So, if we agree here, where is the real concern? Is it truly that differen than what another team is looking at on their own roster? I feel it's because fans don't see the name on the jersey, they don't know how a player plays. Sure, it's true that some newer players will have to prove themselves, but how will their STs be worse, their pass rush be as bad or worse, will Brady settle for FGs again over TDs? I think all these things IMPROVE, not regress. When BB signed Gerard Warren for example I thought "strange, he's a 4-3 DT". Now, BB has him using the 4-3 techniques and his using them at DE here. It makes sense now that I see it. A large body to absorb the blocks, allowing the LBs to finish the deal. Jarvis Green isn't big enough to handle a 3-4 DE for 16 games, hence he why was never a starter here. I wasn't happy with either Ty Warren or Jarvis Green's performances last year. I think some just assume since these guys have rings, they are the best option at those positions. As for Mankins, how much of a downgrade is it? Scarnecchia is superb here. Connolly has been here for 3 years now and knows what to do. He's played both Center and Guard which means he has a brain. This is a good thing. How can any LOLB on this team be worse than Adalius last year?? Mankins, too, is a known commodity and a better producer than either Ty Warren or Jarvis Green. But, the difference here is he is a Guard. If Mankins was a Tackle or Center, I'd be more concerned. I agree health is ALWAYS a concern for every team and I feel Light and Neal are actually the key to the O Line play, not Mankins. Vollmer will challenge for a Pro Bowl with Mike Oher and others, and he's a HUGE upgrade over Kazcur. If Light or Neal aren't healthy or go down, then count me as one with serious concerns. Kazcur is not missed to me at all. He was terrible last year. Every concern you have stated above, is a concern every single NFL team has right now. Who will step up, can 2nd year players repeat their performance, who will avoid injuries, how is the depth here or there? All these questions should be applied to all 32 teams. No NFL team comes into a season as stacked as they think. NE is in this category, but I am not buying the Mankins or Ty Warren losses as disastrous.
Posted by russgriswold[/QUOTE]
Agreed with most of the above, my larger point being that there are question marks, and whether most or all teams have them, new players need to step up before we can call them legit answers. I really believe that Brady and the offense is a guarantee for 10 wins, +/-, probably +, depending on how well the guys they've drafted can take the place of those "names" you allude to.