01-25-2010, 11:09 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: New York, NY
Re: OT: For the future, we should worry about the Jets, not the Colts...
Originally Posted by geddie72
The only shot the Pats have to be a contender in the short term is...
A) They have to Hit and I mean hit on all 4 of their picks in the 1st two rounds.
B) Bring in about 5 key players. Similar to 2001.
C) Lock up Brady and Wilfolk and Bodden, maybe Cain.
D) Hope Butler, Chang take steps forward next season. Forget Brace he's a bust, it shows you Belichick didn't do any homework, as a BC season ticket holder I could have told you he benefited playing next to an All-American in BJ Raji and had Mark Herzlich behind him.
But the reality, they probably franchise Wilfolk, transistion Bodden. Defense will be about the same as you saw this year. The Draft, they might hit on 1 of 4, that's been their average. They will badly miss on at least one 2nd rounder.
They won't bring in anyone impactful and because they care more about the CBA than the fans. Look for Brady not to be locked up and he to walk in 2012probably to the Cowboys. Also look for 2011 to be strike shortened and the owners giving up on the franchise tag. So there won't be two #1's for Tommy.
That 2011 pick from the Raiders is going to be a QB. This dynasty is over, so get used to watching the Colts, Jets, Dolphins, Chargers, Texans, Ravens and Steelers. All teams better than the Pats right now and setup to win over the next 5 years.
And guess what folks, Peyton Manning and Colts have left Tom Brady, his super model and this team in the dust. But the CBA, that's the Kraft's focus.
Are you talking about the 6--10 Bills or the 10--6 Patriots there? They won their division with a game to give away at the end, they came within an Official's Spot of beating the Colts in Indy (if that's your definition of "dust") and were a feared team going into the Playoffs until the injury to Welker threw everything off for them.
I'll hold you to that litany of teams that are "better than the Pats right now and setup to win over the next 5 years": Colts, Jets, Dolphins, Chargers, Texans, Ravens and Steelers. Five years is an eternity in football and we have the uncertainty of the CBA and a possible stricke, but if I knew you from work or my local bar, I'd bet you a meaningful sum that the Pats Regular Season record will be equal to or better than four of those seven teams next season; you gave me odds or something to sweeten the pot and I'd make it five of the seven. If there's no strike, I'd take the bet again in 2011.
I'm not saying they can't improve in a lot of areas and that I wouldn't mind seeing a couple of new impact players in the Backfield and on D, but they're already rebuilding on Defense, have a HOF QB with a few strong seasons left in him and four picks in the first two rounds of a strong draft this year.
It is what it is. It wasn't what it wasn't.