11-04-2012, 11:41 AM
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re: Bedard: Aqib Talib trade signals change in Patriots philosophy
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There’s only one thing we do know: The Patriots unquestionably have become a win-at-all-costs organization. They’ll entertain the acquisition of any player, no matter his issues, as long as he is talented.
They shouldn’t even bother to remove players from their draft board, because they obviously feel they can shape up anyone who appears to like football. Don’t go through the dance, just pick the player if that’s what you believe. It’s your organization, run it how you want to.
But I think we can stop with all the silly talk about how the Patriots look for leadership or being a captain, or any other nonsense. They’re looking for talent. The baggage is completely negotiable.
If you’re on board with the Talib trade, please answer this question: Where is the line on character for the Patriots (and many other teams)? Really, I’d like to know.
If that’s what you want, fine. But please, spare everyone any holier-than-thou notions about what the Patriots represent.
I love Bedard's work — it's a pleasure to read the work of an actual adult — and I can see some of what he's saying, but I think this is a bit overwrought. Sounds like something the Globe's whiny children like Gasper or Shaughnessy or Mazzerrotti would write.
Sure, I raise my eyebrows a bit at the trade (and Bedard does a nice job outlining Talib's past bad decisions); but I can't agree with the idea that it's a shockingly new slippery slope. First, it's the NFL - -these are tough guys, and many come with baggage. The Pats like to kick tires on guys with spotty off-the-field records; it worked with Dillon and Cox and Moss. Not so much with Haynesworth. But Albert didn't stick around long, did he?
I can live with "if you come here and play well and behave, it helps both of us." My only gripe is that the cost for both Haynesworth and Talib has been pretty high. If Talib helps the Pats win a Super Bowl it will be because he did what he was supposed to do on AND off the field. I can live with that.
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—President Barack Obama, April 18, 2013
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