Re: Would any other NFL team treat Tom Brady like this?
posted at 6/22/2013 8:48 PM EDT
In response to zbellino's comment:
I never said anything about Tom's mental health or that they should have drafted any of those guys.
My point was about "developing young WRs."
Look, if it's BB's philosophy to use 1st round selections on combo-TEs like Graham, and second rounders on multi-purpose KR/WR prospects like Bethel Johnson .... that is fine.
If it's his philosophy to go an grab defenders (as in recent years) with first round selections that is fine too.
My point was, don't lay the revolving door at WR at Brady's feet. They've made do, and excelled, with an offense that has one first round selection on it, and he's an offensive lineman.
Lastly, the fact that none of those teams featured a defense that is near as good as what Troy Brown had backing him then plays a role ... as well as Gronkowksi, who has proven to be as injury prone as he was in college ... dropping off the map just in time for decisive games plays a role in NE not having trophies.
But that point is not what my post was about.
It was a simple re: developing WRs response.
Fair enough, though I wasn't referring to your post specifically re Brady's mental state or my comments overall - they were directed at the thread in general.
Obviously it would be ideal if there were less of a revolving door and if some of the picks they made at WR could play, like Johnson, Jackson and Price.
But I wonder how much it would have mattered in the end? Would the offense have been that much better? Any better? I mean how much better could they be? Would they have won the '11 SB or beaten Baltimore last year?
I think it is clear they've come up short recently because of the things you mentioned, defensive shortcomings, untimely injuries and generally not being at their best in the biggest games.
There are a bunch of ways to win games in the NFL, but there seems to be only one thing that virtually every SB champ has in common: they got really hot and they got really fortunate. Baltimore makes the playoffs largely because Ray Rice almost impossibly converted a 4th and 29 vs. SD. They advanced because Denver's secondary collapsed at the worst possible moment. They weren't the best team in the league last year. The Giants were 32nd in rushing in 2011 and not much better than that defensively, they made the playoffs at 9-7. The Packers in 2010 made the playoffs at 10-6 because of a bad call in a game between Detroit and Tampa Bay.
Anyway, I'm way off point - but not feeling sorry for Brady and not all that worried about who's going to catch his passes this year. They'll figure it out.