Page 4 of 18 -- A: I hear what you're saying Patrick. It was an unusual week and a very emotional topic for sports fans. I let everyone have their say and responded to quite a few, but believe it or not there were just as many I didn't have the time to respond to.
Hi Nick, Love your mailbag! After reading for two weeks in row about Lawyer Milloy I am concerned about the team now. If fans like me and readers of this mailbag are passionate about Milloy just think about the player that played with him feel like. So here is my question I know we won the Super Bowl with thinking of getting Vets at low cost to play hard in the scheme, but my belief is if you have a good chemistry in your team it hides lot of the weakness. Just like how we won the Super Bowl and how the Sox are playing this year. I think our chemistry has been compromise by releasing Milloy it will take awhile before it gels again, then it might be to late for this season. I think that is what BB has miscalculated. Yes safeties are easily replaceable, but not chemistry it takes time. What do you think?
A: That's a good evaluation of the situation. This team won the Super Bowl on intangibles like chemistry and character and that was ripped away with the loss of Milloy. I think BB is trying to see if his younger leaders can save the day. he's very fond of Richard Seymour who has become quite outspoken. Tedy Bruschi is obviously an emotional leader. I think the bigger issue is becoming their injuries. Tough to lose Colvin and Ted Johnson.
Thanks for consistently taking the time to answer all of our questions each week. After reading last week’s mailbag I have a comment about Patriots fans rooting for the Bills: Good Riddance, Buffalo could use the gate receipts anyway. On to my question: Have you ever heard of a team having 8 picks in the first four rounds of a draft? Lost in all of the hyperbole and hysteria of recent events is Belichick's masterful handling of the draft. Maybe shortsighted Pats fans cannot see the makings of an empire, but these days the way to build a team is through the draft. Also, I think Donahue's 22 million expenditure on 4 players was a last ditch attempt to save some jobs and doesn't really set them up for the long haul. What do you think?
A: They have eight picks but I doubt they'll pick them all. Too expensive. They'll package them to move up and probably package some in the '05 draft. They need a good draft because they have so many old players. They started the year with 22 players 30 or older, the most in the AFC, so they need a youth invasion. As for Donahoe, the Bills are a pretty young team surrounded by vets. They'll be fine. Continued...