Let the real games begin
Page 9 of 19 -- A: Good theory Shawn. And really I get a lot of readers who don't care what Romeo or Charlie have to say. As reporters we try to do the most thorough job we can to inform our readers of what's happening with the team. Romeo and Charlie are two very smart, eloquent coaches who can really explain their defense and offense. I know I often hear readers and fans say 'Why on earth did Weis call that play?' And it would be nice to get an answer. I understand why Belichick does it. As a coach if you can control everything, that's the goal. It doesn't mean I have to accept it or conform to it. In fact, it's my duty to fight that type of access.
Hi, Nick. Great mailbag! Ted Washington was the missing piece to make this a truly dominant defense. I just hope he can play more than half the snaps. I have to comment on this from the 8/15 mailbag - Anyone who thinks Tippett doesn't belong in the HOF didn't watch him play, along with 100 sacks he forced offenses to game plan around him! Did they keep stats on how many hurries he had or how many times he had tackles behind the LOS or forced the RB to go the other way? Do you think it hurts his chances that he played in the same era as LT? Will Warren be as good as Seymore? Could the Pat's trade Huard if Davey continues to impress? - we always read how quarterback starved the league is, and, look what happened to Pennington. Could the Pat's keep 4 QB's until someone comes off the pup list? - maybe other teams will have QB injuries. Could the Pat's get a 2nd or 3rd round pick? I hope you have time to answer this. Thanks, Nick!
-- Boris Becker, Portland, ME
A: Good questions and comments Boris. Tippett was a great player. He could chase down running backs and pressure quarterbacks and cover. I think it hurt him quite a bit that he played in the LT era, because nobody could measure up though Andre came real close. Warren looks like he's going to be a very good player, but I can't imagine him being as good as Seymour. In this league, you can't afford to trade Huard. What if Brady goes down? Huard is also a free-agent after this year. I think what happens with backups is every couple of years or so you need to have a backup who has played a few games.
Hi, Nick! Ted Washington is the perfect fit at NT for this season and maybe next. With all the high draft picks in 04, is there anybody on the radar in the Ted Washington mold?
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