NOTE : THIS IS A RANT .
To many of us Pats fans hungry for a championship ~ the Garoppolo pick feels like a slap in the face
IMO - It was a "cover-yur-ars " gutless call not worthy of a champion like BB .
It was like being up by one with a full quarter to go and playing prevent D
You've got a team that can win the SB now and you want to "draft an insurance Qb for the future " ?
Use 2015 or 2016 draft currency.
On Day TWO of the 2014 NFL Draft the BB I have grown to love and admire didn't show up .
He got his ars kicked by the vast majority of NFL GMs ..if not ALL .
If Brady's skill set had become noticeably impaired - then I get ...GO FOR IT !
But we all know that's not the case .
Brady is playing at an extremely high level ....PERIOD.
For BB to use an invaluable 2nd round commodity on a player that has zero chance of helping Brady & Co. win a ring this year ( or likely next ) to me is F' en -IN - ex F'n - Excusable .
Right now our two biggest impediments to getting back to a SB are probably the Broncos and Colts .
Well let's see...Denver traded up to get play making wr Cody Latimer for Manning .
( and potential protection help in OT Scofield )
While Indy helped out Luck by selecting play making wr Donte Moncreif .
( and potential protection help in OT Mewhort )
What did our favorite team do ?
We screwed Brady by getting him ...zilch .
( actually it's worse ... we insulted him by putting 2017 ahead of 2014 )
Maybe ...just maybe there's a third impediment to the promised land ?
Bills ego ?
I kept thinking O'Brien's abrupt departure from the Pats may have been a bit more acrimonious than advertised .
Maybe he took Garoppolo ( Im already tired of spelling out his frigggin' name ) because he knew the Texans wanted him ? Was Bill ticked off that they didn't want to pay up for Mallett ... I know ..not likely but I couldn't help thinking there may have been a bit of master / student thing going on ...hopefully not .
This Qb move also smacks of Kraft putting profits ahead of winning .
( SEE : season -ticket holders being booted from end zone to make room for unneeded , money -making Lounge ...involved and vocal attendees that likely contributed to crowd noise )
Maybe Kraft cares just a little more about seeing Gillette sold-out post-Brady than he does about hoisting another Lombardi in 2014 ?
I understand apologists want to point out that it's like the Aaron Rodgers / Brett Favre situation but its not.
Favre had repeatedly expressed an uncertainty about returning each year and Brady has not.
The Packers struggled to make a dent in the playoffs and...
WE MADE THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME 3 YEARS IN A ROW
Despite our GM's occasional self destructive , narcissistic draft behavior
( See : BB's ghastly "Look-at-me , Look at me " Tavon Super-Reach ...which in fact was the only other time I've taken to this sight and openly belly -ached against a BB draft move )
IMO Bill Belichick is a brilliant head coach .
IMO Bill Belichick is a brilliant GM .
But as a DRAFTING GM ... IMO his huburis occasionally drags him down .
Adding Garoppolo may have solidified his legacy by helping to ensure that once Brady is gone - BB's W / L record remains strong ( juries out )
But make no mistake - he just screwed the fan base out of a greater chance to celebrate a world championship in 2014 ( it might be only a slightly better chance , but even a little bit can be a difference maker )
By using valuable draft-capitol to select a back-up Qb at pick #62 in the 2014 NFL Draft ( when there were clearly more urgent pieces of the puzzle just waiting to be plucked ) he unnecessarily put the teams future well being before the needs of what I hope is our current ultimate goal ...
NFL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP #4
We enter the last day of this team-building process with squat at 2nd TE
( and truthfully - at this moment nobody can say w/o a doubt that we 'll even have a #1 TE healthy when the season starts ? )
The Jets ( Amaro ) , the Bucs ( Sefarian - Jenkins ) and the Cards ( Nicklaus ) all found a way to get a TE on day two .
Maybe they'll all suck and be wasted picks ...who knows?
But at least their GM's took a shot.
( I wonder if BB thought about trading our 2nd & 2015 4th to move up and take Amaro ... Too risky ? )
NOPE ...We stood pat and landed a back-up Qb . WOOO HOOO !
We also got something else ...
A DAY 3 of the draft that in my mind may make the difference between BB being considered a good draft day GM and a mediocre one.
At least for the 2014 NFL DRAFT .
Capt. out .