That is the conclusion that one must come to at this point.
I remember in 2005 when Rodney got hurt for the year in Pittsburgh - - it was such a terrible moment. The next day he held a "goodbye for this year" press conference back in Foxboro. In an otherwise bittersweet, but predictable presser, someone asked him about the remaining Safeties. Expecting him to say things about Geno,Chad Scott, Dexter Reid, Guss Scott, etc. he bypassed that list and started raving about rookie James Sanders. Now, at that point, Sanders had barely showed up in a game, but Harrison spoke about him that day as if he was Head Coach material. It was almost shocking.
Today, in Reiss' Pieces, http://www.boston.com/sports/footbal.../reiss_pieces/
Tom Dimitroff, new Atlanta GM-former Pats Dir. of College Scouting was interviewed about his last thoughts upon leaving Foxboro:
One leftover nugget:
In his scouting work for the Patriots, Dimitroff always felt strongly about one player, in particular.
“Of all the people that I really felt could do it, and could grow into the position, it is probably James Sanders," he said. "I think he should be very proud of what he’s achieved. Coming in as an underclassman, at 218 or 219 [pounds] and looking at how he was moving then vs. how he is moving now – and his understanding of the game – it’s taken himself to another level.”
James Sanders is a PATRIOT. I can see this guy becoming the next Rodney , Troy or Tedy.