Fans seek safety
Suffice to say, Patriots Nation was miffed at the release of Lawyer Milloy. The e-mails this week raised many questions concerning Bill Belichick's decision to let Milloy go. Mostly asked was "Why?" Before I attempt to answer that, here's what some of you had to say about the Milloy decision:
Scott Bryant from Lakeland, Fla., said, "I guess we better hurry up and resign Victor Green. The thought of Lawyer Milloy playing elsewhere disgusts me but once again I realize that football is a business. Apparently, there was no give on his part in regards to working a new deal and that's a shame. I always envisioned him as a Patriot. He was the heart and soul of the red, white and blue."
Laura Peckham from Acton writes, "Why would they let a player like Lawyer Milloy go? Who are they going to go to as a strong safety?
"Do they want to go to the Super Bowl this year or is this another let down for New England?."
Bob Anderson from Santa Margarita, Calif., writes, Milloy released? Why now, right before the season opener? Was this move based solely on cap or was performance a part of it? And does management now regret trading Tebucky Jones in the offseason?
Marc Passman from Nashville, Tenn., reasons "I suppose I can convince myself that letting Tebucky Jones go in the offseason was acceptable given some of the recent acquisitions, but letting Lawyer Milloy go as an unrestricted free agent?
Nick, you're going have to explain that one to me.
After all, you had him listed in your top ten most valuable Patriots in this week's mailbag.
Paul Jimerson from South Boston brings out this point, "I'm more worried about how losing Milloy is going to affect the morale on the team than I am how it's going to affect our secondary during the season."
Mark Bubniak from Castleton, N.Y. recalls, "I cannot believe what I saw on my computer screen late Tuesday morning. I logged on to Patriots.com from work to check out any news and I immediately saw it -- Milloy released.
"I must have sat there for a good 10 seconds before I could even bring myself to click on the link.
"I have been eagerly anticipating the debut of this year's team, but this kind of took the wind right out of my sails. Not to say that I don't think we can be a special team this year, but this certainly doesn't help."
Al DiSanzio from Billerica questions whether the loss of Milloy has weakened "what we previously thought was a top-notch solid defense. I'm not so sure that they're as solid now without Lawyer than they were with him!" Continued...