Re: WEAKEST POSITON ON OFFENSE NOW IS CENTER - KONZ in round 1- GIVE BRADY MORE TIME to use his weapons
posted at 3/20/2012 7:51 AM EDT
In Response to Re: WEAKEST POSITON ON OFFENSE NOW IS CENTER - KONZ in round 1- GIVE BRADY MORE TIME to use his weapons
[QUOTE]I'm not sure I would spend a first round pick on a center. While the position is important, Connolly was not the problem in the big games this past year. It was that overpriced guard getting his lunchbox handed to him after every play...yet AGAIN. Solder's inexperience caught up with him and the Vollmer's year was essentially lost. He had no business being on that field. Connolly did very well in the SB game and showed he belongs right where he is. We could use some depth there though...so I wouldn't be surprised if someone is picked up in the middle to late rounds. Maybe Koppen will be that depth signing...with Connolly taking the reigns as the starter. Wouldn't surprise me in the least.
Posted by Ytsejamer1[/QUOTE]
We learned last year that quality back-ups are an important component of a championship-caliber team. The lack of such key players cost us the SB....our secondary was short-handed and a one-legged Gronk was another. Ditto for the outside receiving corps.
There comes a time when even the most talented players find their skills eroding, re Branch, who couldn't gain separation in the most critical game of the year. Yet we should sign Koppen, who already was considering retirement, whose full recovery from injury is uncertain...as a backup to Connelly? Where is the wisdom in prolonging the inevitable especially when a "blue-chip" option could be available in the draft?
There seems to be a general consensus that the Pats need to improve their running game in order to remain dominant offensively. The difference of opinion seems to be the REAL reason our running game is anemic.
Mankins wasn't the same player last year (little did we know that he played with a torn ACL), Solder was getting his feet wet and prone to rookie mistakes yet surpassed expectations and Vollmer was beset with back issues.....and Connelly was adequate but far from dominant. We lacked a strong forward thrust, especially against a stout defensive line.
Some believe that a great running back could do it alone but Larry psonka "isn't walking through that door"! Even average running backs can be effective when the holes are there. Now we have the opportunity to acquire A "ROAD-GRADER", a blue-chip center prospect that could anchor a potentially great OL and some prefer to WAIT?
BB has excelled because he makes the tough decisions to sacrifice immediate needs in order to insure future competitiveness. We need youth at the Center position and we're lucky that a Konz could be available at #27. No other defensive player has a comparable skill-set or the level of predictable success that Konz presently enjoys.
Our activity in FA has reduced some of our most pressing needs defensively and at the wr positions. We have 4 draft picks in the first two rounds which provides us with the flexibility to select additional players or to trade down or into next year. We still need to protect our most valuable asset...TB...and a blue-chip center would go a long way to achieving that goal.