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I actually think the article kind of blows. Not that he doesn't bring up some good points, but he basically contradicts himself at the end. He basically spends the whole article saying how the Pats are done, they stink and are going to get worse. Basically calls BB a moron. Says the free agents/draft picks we bring in will suck. And that there is no way to replace the players the Pats had over their years of dominance like Bruschi, Vrabel, Samuel, Harrision, Seymour, Branch, etc. But then he starts to change his tune about halfway through saying that no teams stay great forever and that sooner or later then get bad. And at the end, he basically contradicts everything he says by saying that no one thought Bruschi was going to be great playmaker when he first came into the NFL and no one new Branch would be a SB MVP when he first got drafted and that maybe the younger guys the Pats have now may become that.
I'm not able to open the link. Out of curiosity, what does it say ?
Here are a few lines that I was referring to:
Sorry, fellas, but it's going to be pretty ugly. The loyalists in their No. 54 jerseys are going to have to be dragged by the feet, round bellies bouncing off the ground, fingernails bloodied from grabbing at the dirt. They know they are about to be birthed back into the world of NFL fandom where "on any given Sunday" once again applies.
And, aside from the fact that Elin Nordegren is a helluva lot scarier than the Patriots pass rush and the secondary couldn't cover a $2 breakfast, the more cosmic answer is probably the more accurate one: Why shouldn't it be happening?
And get this . . . the Patriots don't even SUCK right now. Although they may be well on their way to doing so,
"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."
- Marcus Aurelius
Interesting that nobody is here bashing at Curran for his comments, given how quickly most negative media articles are slammed on this site.
I don't think it was a negative article which is why people are probably not up in arms. I don't mind objective pieces that look at the state of the team. What I do mind is the hyperbole articles saying crap like it's the Patriots arrogance finally catching up with them, etc. It's a nice balanced piece from Curran. I don't happen to agree with several points in it such as the secondary not being able to cover a $2 breakfast since I blame the pass rush but that's splitting hairs.
"When Peyton Manning was a kid he used to go to bed at night and dream about throwing the winning touchdown for the Saints in the Superbowl. And on Sunday he did."
There's only two conclusions for Patriots fans on rookies. They are either a bust or being fitted for their bust in Canton.
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Thanks ! Looks like he is stating the obvious and if we don't make a course correction of whatever is wrong with this team, where we might end up. Only thing I could do at this point is keep the chin up and show up for the game on this Sunday and hope that everything will work out .
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He starts off by saying we're at the end of the Patriots reign and names a few new guys as unworthy replacements for everyone he could think of that we no longer have. He then proceeds to insult fans and Charlie Weis for some reason (must not have been invited to a party or something) and finishes with some quotes from Brady's interview on WEEI. Go get your own material already.
Sounds like he's attended the same school of journalism as Shaunasty, Felger, Mazz, and friends who don't seem to know their audience very well and who never bother go talk to any of the players or coaches on the team they are reporting on.
Here's the quote on Weis:
"You can hear the panic setting in with every fevered call to The Big Show to get Charlie Weis on the sidelines pronto, where he'll straighten things out. Folks, Charlie Weis pre-Notre Dame was barely tolerable. Post-Notre Dame? No chance.
You think he's going to be a picnic now that he's getting slapped back down to buck private and will be making a fraction of what he made the past five years? You think the personnel in the league, the defensive schemes and tendencies around the AFC and talents of the players on the Patriots are that easily digested that Weis can walk in and start punching up schemes with his Cheet-O crusted fingers?"