The Texan trap
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As always, thanks for taking the time to answer so many questions about the Pats.
-- Mark V. Lonergan, Waltham, MA
A: I agree 100 percent. This is a great opportunity for this team to draft a star running back and take care of that position once and for all. They need the next Curtis Martin. The receivers should continue to make progress. Keep Troy Brown, please. And then add another big receiver; hopefully JJ Stokes turns out OK. They have to get younger at linebacker, but they probably also have to draft another corner if they intend to keep Wilson at free safety.
Do you know if the Pats have any long-term plans for Chas Gessner? Having once caught 24 passes in a game, he must have good hands and the ability to get open. Not that the Pats could use a 6' 4" wide receiver, of course. Thanks.
-- G.W. Aubin, Stratham, NH
A: I think they do. He was briefly on the 53-man roster for the Dallas game, though inactive for the game, but they re-signed him to the practice squad, which is a good sign. He's big, smart, and understands the system.
Is Bill address the short comings on the coin toss picking? By my count that make 10 coin tosses in a row we lost, 11 counting the overtime messed up toss).
-- Mark Dowdy, MA
A: I didn't realize that Mark. Maybe that's why they've been successful. Start out on defense and set the tone.
Why is there an issue with letting Wilson play safety next year? I know the Pats used a second round pick to let him play cornerback but we've got a corner sitting on the bench who can start with Asante Samuel. Wilson looks like a fantastic safety, Samuel is a capable starter at corner. So why not leave things well enough alone and use the picks we have this year to fill holes we've had for years like, I don't know, running back and 0-line?
-- Chuck Lewis, San Angelo, TX
A: Sounds logical, Chuck. It's a hard question to ask them right now, whether they feel Wilson is best suited at free safety or corner.
All your readers know you are a big fan of Tom Donahue (in a mailbag earlier this year you said he was as good a GM as Belichick was a coach). This isn't a bashing Tom Donahue email because I think Donahue is definitely a good, not great GM. My question is who do you think is a better GM, Belichick or Donahue? Just comparing their GM results since both have been with their current teams I would say that Belichick is not only the best head coach in football, but also the best GM .His earlier drafts were good and this year's so far looks great. A point not talked about enough is that the Pat's are 8-2 and next year have two #1's, two #2's, and two #4's. One of those #1's looks like it could be in the 8 -16 range. That's unheard of for a playoff team. Also, it was all the maneuvering last year on draft day the led to this year's stellar crop. I don't pretend to know Buffalo's last 3 drafts well enough to say whether they were good or bad but I do know Donahue drafted McGahee this year because he said there were no other pressing needs and now he has a 4-6 team and a #1 pick that's not ready to play. Also, Donahue is the one that hired Greg Williams and let him be a lame duck coach this year. What do you think?