Re: What should BB have done about the WR position.
posted at 9/17/2013 5:48 AM EDT
In response to Muzwell's comment:
Belichick takes the long view, not the popular view. I get that most think they should take advantage of Brady while he is there and surround him with all manner of expensive toys. I just don't think that's not how this guy thinks. He will do it by trading if he can find the right guys and the right trading partners, like Moss/Welker in '07. But he's not going to bring in a Mike Wallace and pay him that kind of money, ever.
The long view means he'd always rather let a guy go a year early than a year late. It means he will not spend on free agents, generally because: 1. they're rarely worth it, and 2. he doesn't want to upset the salary/ego balance of his own players.
He has no problem paying guys like Wilfork and Mankins and so on, but he'll never do that with a player from another team. He made an exception with Adalius and it didn't work out.
He's had success bring in scrap heap guys (Rodney, others) and he will keep doing it, even if most don't work out. They're low cost, low risk.
Obviously, the plan for pass catchers involved Gronk and Hernandez and a couple of veteran guys to go with the new draft picks he wanted to bring in. Probably planned on keeping Welker but not sure how broken up he was to lose him. I also don't think they went to the trouble of signing Sanders if they thought Pitt would match. But again, they have their structure with FAs and they're not going to veer much from that.
Stuff happens and the plan is adjusted. They'll figure it out.
About as well reasoned a discussion as you'll find of the approach BB takes: one that has proven itself to be successful over the long term. For the life of me I can't understand why anyone with a sense of understanding of how the Pats do business is surpised or, quite frankly, expected anything different.
I'm also rather amused at the criticism of the young wide receivers. I specifically recall outrage in this forum over BB not drafting wideouts and how how old the wide receiver corps had become.
As I've said before, the Pats (Kraft and BB) do business this way and it's not going to change any time soon. If you don't like it you have the following choices:
1) Remain a Pats and continue to whine;
2) Find another team that does buiness the way you like it;
3) Recognize that what we have as Pats fans most fans of other NFL teams lust after and then get a grip.
Have a sterling day, all.