04-05-2008, 10:26 PM
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Re: Has Colvin Signed for anyone?
Originally Posted by The Great Fork
Yes, we love all our linebackers, we love them until they are 40. We need YOUTH. I love every guy who is a Patriot or was for a long time, but sometimes you have to move on. Is he really going to help us in the long run? I just hate to see the Pats continually sign vets at LB and not get the youth they need.
If you've been watching the Patriots play football this decade, you've been watching older linebackers. This angst over the need for youth is misplaced. Look at the age of Belioli's starters throughout this record breaking dynastic run (youngest age as a starter, beginning in 2001):
Age matters, but so does experience. The team needs to add linebackers to the squad, but it's not as if it needs to focus on young linebackers. It needs smart linebackers who can read an offense and can grasp the nuances in a frequently changing defense. I'd love to see the team add speed too, but a fast, clueless, player doesn't get it done. New England doesn't need the defensive version of Bethel in the linebacking corps.
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