Re: Want a good laugh?
posted at 9/5/2011 9:07 AM EDT
In Response to Want a good laugh?
[QUOTE]Some fans have gone to great lengths to break down for us the brilliant rebuilding job super genius has done on our D. Sensational finds with high draft picks like Brace, Butler, Chung, Cunningham, Spikes, Wheatley, Crable and Meriweather have been painstakingly assembled by the mastermind and those in the know have told us this shiny new trap was about to be sprung upon an unsuspecting NFL this very season. Now here's the funny part. Instead of this master rebuilding plan finally reaching fruition, Hoodie goes out and finds a bevy of veteran defenders long in the tooth from all over the league, changes the basic premise of the D, and in doing so completely blows the hell out of that nonsense about rebuilding. He didn't rebuild. The people he drafted sucked and you can't rebuild with inferior parts. So now he's trying to throw something together at the last minute that might actually work. Are you laughing yet? You should be, because you just can't make stuff like this up.
Posted by BabeParilli[/QUOTE]
In basketball it's called "chemistry" and in football it's maximizing the capabilities of your players by utilizing a system that facilitates success and enhances player performance. In this regard both sports are similar. It's no secret that the draft involves projecting player performance in a given system. When the skill set doesn't match the system we have a problem. Does a coach, knowing that he has skilled players and a good system try to cover up player system deficiencies by changing his system or does he recognize that square parts don't fit in a round hole? How restrictive are the player deficiencies? Can we change the parts and get a better fit?
BB, with a modem of success with the former but several quick exits from the play-offs with the latter, suddenly recognizes that a unique opportunity exists that could facilitate a change in parts to substantially enhance his system. It means substituting "old" parts for newer parts but there is an urgency because Brady is entering the "twilight" of his football career. The temptation is too great to resist and the ultimate prize too elusive not to gamble.
Does this shift in BB philosophy mean that he is clueless or is it another BOLD move by an acknowledged football genius? The draft is a crap-shoot for all teams. The chances for success seem best at the top of the draft, a place rarely visited by the Patriots. Yet even high draft picks have failed to produce and it's always hard to admit failure in draft selections.
It would appear that the current player moves by the Patriots have substantially improved our chances for another Super Bowl victory. I prefer to look forward and not dwell on past mistakes but rather recognize that change was needed and BB has ...perhaps... orchestrated another serious championship run!