Let the real games begin
Page 14 of 19 -- A: Believe me, Dave Wannstedt heard about it the entire offseason. It was actually O-coordinator Norv Turner who made the calls. I will say this, the Patriots defense was stopping Ricky Williams pretty well in the final quarter of that game.
Why are our teams doing everything "by committee." The Sox introduced us to closer by committee. That didn't work so they went out and traded for Kim. The Celts have been utilizing an awful center by committee since the Chief left only they have been negiligent to refer to it as such. In the case of the Celtics, there is no money to sign a decent center. So it's somewhat of a decent excuse. Although trading for Vin Baker doesn't say much. Now the Pats are giving us RUNNING BACK BY COMMITTEE? It's my understanding that right now they want to wait until next year and use of the first rounders on a solid RB. Are they exploring opportunities for serviceable backs like Duce Staley? With a plethora of draftt picks next year why not trade one or two to the Eagles, take Duce of their hands, and then draft a top RB next year?
-- Eric LaBatte, Baltimore, MD
A:The Staley scenario has been brought up. I think they'd rather get a kid out of college next year and make him their back. Staley is looking for big money. You'd have to take on $2.2 million right off the bat on the salary cap. I'm not so sure it will be RB by committee in the end. I think it's going to be Smith fulltime because in the end, he's their best chance for a running game.
Hi, Nick. Before the third preseason game there was a fair amount of speculation that the Pats would only keep 5 WRs and the odd man out might be David Patten. Then Patten goes out and has a tremendous game against Philly, promptly ending speculation that Patten is on the bubble. Do you think that Brady sensed that Patten was on the bubble and made a special effort to get the ball to him? More than likely it was just a matter of Patten getting open and making plays but the timing was interesting. Personally I think there is so much talent at this position that they will probably keep 6 WRs. This offense is so dependent on these quick receivers that they need the extra guy as insurance against injuries. Also is anyone else a little sad to see some of these guys who were so instrumental in the Superbowl win (JR, Otis) getting cut? I understand that it's a business and I am glad that the team puts performance before nostalgia. It's necessary but unfortunate.
-- Ed Ronan, Framingham Continued...