Re: What are we doing?
posted at 3/13/2012 9:54 PM EDT
In Response to Re: What are we doing?
Both the notion that "NE Absolutely NEVER plays the offseason free agent market loudly, or quickly, or richly, because it's altogether only for foolish and impulsive NFL Clubs" AND the notion that says, "AL-ready the 1st hour of free agency has gone by, and NE is doin' NOTHIN'...and so they'll inevitably fall just short of Lombardi dreams next season," Are equally faulty in their respective beliefs... NE has had 2 VERY Big Free Agent Offseasons that I know as a fact, had most NFL Analysts proclaiming that The Pats were one of the biggest, If not THE biggest in acquiring New & pretty big-named (at the time) & Numbered NFL Veteran cogs at those times. One could even make an argument of counting the very earliest of The Belichick Seasons in his tenure here (1999-2001/2 range, with the sheer number of castoff-cap vet pieces, A great majority of whom were Above-average in skill, yet down to a single one, Non-Elite)... Simply workin' off the past 8 years though (or just over- beginning at maybe 2005-06/2006-07, upwards to now: 2012-13)...? 2 years where NE was regarded as THE largest FA Market Players in that given off-year: 2007/08 and last year, 2011/12. 2007/08- Really, crazy year- Moss, Welker, Gafney, Stallworth, Kyle Brady, Adalius Thomas...just right off the top of my head, without checkin' the handful of others whom I'm sure to have missed. 2011/12- Ochocinco, Haynesworth, Ellis, Anderson, (+ what's-his-name? Uggh, brain hemmorage...the "other Mark Anderson" whom actually played run D and pass-rush D, but who tore 12 ACLs right before the playoffs...sheez), Brian Waters- Once more, Such a big FA period that I'm ommitting the remainder signings that year (not mention that these were 2 huge offseasons in terms of securing our OWN FAs during these 2 offseasons). And We know unconditionally, that many of these guys never panned out in the long run... We however, might also wanna at least subtley note, that it was strangely "coincidental" that NE made it to the Superbowl in the Only 2 Seasons they made decent sized ripples in the free agent pond (as opposed to the other years...when signing someone like Kyle Love to an extension <cough-for theoretical instance /> WAS the largest of the very few moves that NE actually attempted to make). Just sayin'... Blindly feastin' might be a bit impulsive and detrimental in the long run...but fanatical starvation usually ain't the healthiest answer to your hungry woes in certain team areas.
Posted by LazarusintheSanatorium
This. Laz said it a lot clearer then I have (which is sad on my part because of Laz's cryptic nature).
They don't need to make big splashes in FA but when they have been more aggressive in FA they have performed well in those seasons. When they were more passive with FA they didn't have bad seasons but not up to their standards