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Some random thoughts on the eve of the preseason opener Ö
1. Has any other team brought in as many significant veteran free agents as the Patriots this year? Taylor, Galloway, Lewis, Baker, Smith, Springs, Bodden, and Burgess Ė are near locks to make the team. These guys not only address immediate needs, but also buy time for the younger players to develop and grow. In particular, I felt right along that one of the reasons Fred Taylor was brought in was to mentor 24 year-old Laurence Maroney.
2. This shapes up to be an unusually deep team. In training camp, depth means competition for roster spots and playing time. As the season wears on, depth has been a huge factor in the success of Belichickís Patriots over the last nine years. The team that takes the field in September is not the same team that competes in December, January and (we hope) February. BB understands this better than anyone Ė itís one of the reasons that his teams improve as the season progresses.
3. Itís been suggested that Chiefs fans should get ready for a steady stream of Patriots cuts to find their way into KC. But remember that Pioli is now looking for players to fit Todd Haleyís system. Denver may be the more likely landing spot for Patriot castoffs.
4. Did NE overpay for Burgess? Well, they paid more than I thought they would but not unreasonably so. With the influx of young players from the 2008 draft, 12 draftees from 2009 and four picks in rounds 1 and 2 in 2010, they could well afford to invest a couple of picks to fill a need. And it's reassuring that the other bidders were the Eagles, who have to know Mr. Burgess quite well.
5. Letís see. Jet HC Rex Ryan has already said he canít wait to shake hands with the President after the Jets win the Super Bowl. Kerry Rhodes has declared the Jet defense to be the best in the league. Mark Sanchez and Shonn Greene have been anointed co-rookies of the year and future Hall of Famers by the New York Sporting Press. Gee, will there be a parade if the Jets win their preseason opener against the Rams Friday night?
6. Sorry to even mention this, but Iíve enjoyed my vacation from the nonstop brettfavre lunacy. Hey, itís gotta be tough on a guy in his late thirties to come to the realization that the most exciting part of his life is probably over. But, the person I feel most sorry for is Mrs. brettfavre who now has to deal with brettfavre himself, up close and personal, 24/7/365. Thatís gonna chafe just a bit.
7. Fifty years from now, football fans will know more about the 2007 Patriots than the three Super Bowl winners because thatís the team that did what no one else had done before: 16-0. The haters make light of this Ė thatís to be expected. Sadly, too many diehard fans do not fully appreciate the enormity of the accomplishment.
8. Canít wait to see TB play again. 9/14 is going to be an EVENT. The best time of the year is right around the corner. Let the good times roll Ö
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16-0. The haters make light of this Ė thatís to be expected. Sadly, too many diehard fans do not fully appreciate the enormity of the accomplishment.
Myself and a few other posters were dicussing this in another thread just the other day. I asked if I was the only one who looks back on that season with found memories and a few guys agreed. It didn't get much discussion past that but I was happy to see I wasn't the only one. And I think the more time passes the more people will look back on it as special but there is still a sting to the loss at the end.
Kraft gets it....See the 16-0 Banner
"We go down to New Orleans, and ain't anybody give us a chance? Nobody! And what did we say to them?"
7. Fifty years from now, football fans will know more about the 2007 Patriots than the three Super Bowl winners because that’s the team that did what no one else had done before: 16-0. The haters make light of this – that’s to be expected. Sadly, too many diehard fans do not fully appreciate the enormity of the accomplishment.
You know, I've always said that every year there's a Superbowl champ.
In NFL history though, there's only been one 18-0 team.
1 & 2 make me salivate, this along with a lot of pretty good looking rookies ... these factors coupled with BB having too much time on his hands and continually be reminded how poorly his team did in Red Zone Defense make it even more interesting...
__________________ "Being the best doesn't mean you always win. It just means you win more than anyone else".. tweet from Kurt Warner to Tom Brady.