Re: Wilfork asks for Release from Pats
posted at 3/13/2014 5:38 PM EDT
In response to soups' comment:
Sorry for this mini rant, but anyone who questioned this guy's heart and/or loyalty simply hasn't been watching him play for the past decade. He was the epitome of hard work and, in many ways, the very representation of blue collar workers throughout NE.
He got hurt playing this game, playing it hard and fair. That was among the most devastating of injuries a player could have, and he took the whole affair with as much grace and dignity as any player who ever played in this league. He traveled with this team through the season and into Denver, battled a tough marriage, raised children, and made a public spectacle of Mark Sanchez on national TV.
Meanwhile, the same folks who are accusing him of being "weak" or "slow to recover" have already starting hanging another banner because they think Revis is enough. It's not. Not even close.
There is no player on this current Pats' roster that can get, much less handle, a triple team on the line. Not one. And for that matter, name five other guys in this league who can handle being doubled on every, single snap they ever played in this league. You can't. Because there aren't five guys out there right now who get doubled or tripled on the line. Wanna know why some of these guys had artificially inflated sack numbers? Because of Wilfork's drawing the double or triple team.
End rant. But seriously, how can anyone out there accuse Wilfork of being disloyal, weak, or a detriment to this team? Get over yourselves. Maybe you aren't old enough to remember what this team used to be in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Just another "What have you done for me lately" mentality.
Soup it's not so much that it's this "next man up" mentality that people think anyone is replacable, which they aren't. I mean we have people comparing Siliga to players like Bryant and even Wilfork. People around here fall in love with a couple of games of performance and suddenly even UDFA's are probowlers in their mind. Never mind the reality of the Seahawks, a team much better at finding DL than we are, cut Siliga before he even came here. This is what our fans do and what's so annoying. They block out of their minds that we spent years upon years trying to replace receivers, LB's, DE's, and CB's unsuccessfully with these very same types of UDFA's and JAGs no other team wants. They did it with Underwood, they did it with Thompkins after a couple games, they did it with Jones and Vellano saying who needs Wilfork and Kelly. They fall in love in the first couple of games and think there is always a next man, yet the numbers never play out that way