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The OP is dead on....sorry fan boys. I don't know how anyone can defend these whiffs in the 2nd round. Second rounders are supposed to end up in the starting lineup eventually, not get cut, benched, or jagged. Personnel bombed badly. They are so regimented in their type casting of WR and OLB that a whole world of talent gets passed by.
As far as Pees goes, he was ultraconservative. The question is/was...did the roster makeup force him to sit back, did BB direct this approach, or was it Pees. Clearly they were not on the same page. Considering the defensive roster is now loaded with #1 picks with more likely on the way, it is a good bet that personnel limited Pees during his time here.
"In the end, Belichick juiced Moss like an orange, and once all the good pulp was squeezed, he tossed Moss aside. "
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Many ppl here wont admit it, but management in New England has been pretty bad in recent years.
-Patriots trade up and get the Packers pick. Patriots use it on WR Chad Jackson, a monumental BUST. Packers then selected star WR Greg Jennings. We traded up, they traded down. We end up with nothing, they end up with a superstar.
Dont forget Devin Hester and Marques Colston. The Saints got Colston with a 7th round pick.
Im not defending the pick, Jackson was an Idiot. But, Jackson played in the spread at U of Florida. Branch had just shot his way out of town and the Pats were in dire straits for a replacement. Supposedly, Jackson knew something about the spread offense. Exactly what, is a mystery to this very day.
Santurdio Holmes was the next highest ranked WR in that draft and is a criminal with character issues.
Youre right, the pick sucked and to make matters worse Moroney was the previous pick in that draft.
Originally Posted by MrNathanDrake
-Patriots have a wealth of draft picks and "own the draft". Instead of using 1 in the first round, we keep trading down over and over. We couldve had almost any player outside of the Top 10 that we wanted. We end up with Darius Butler (BUST) and Ron Brace (Barely sees the field). Meanwhile, Green Bay ended up with Pro Bowler Clay Mathews. Our 5 year search for a stud OLB is still going on...
Many on this Pats board have high hopes for Darius. Afterall, he does wear a NE uniform.
Im definitely not defending the Butler pick. But, again, Samuel left town in 2008 and NE tried to fill his shoes with Wheatley 2nd and Wilhite 4th. Niether panned out as a starting CB, so in 2009 enter Darius Butler and youre right, it hasnt been pretty. The 2010 selection of Devin Mcourty (thank goodness) said alot about the state of the NE CBs beyond Bodden.
Wilhite is a goner IMO and Butler is in a make or break season.
Originally Posted by MrNathanDrake
-Patriots have Dom Capers as Defensive assistant. He obviously wanted to be D-Coordinator but that spot was taken by Dean Pees. A couple years later, Pees is gone due to poor performance and Capers moved on to Green Bay where he turned their 20something ranked defense into the 2nd ranked defense in the NFL. This is poor management on BB's behalf. Why did it take him so long to realize that Dean Pees wasnt working and promote Capers?
BB and Pees go way back to Kent State. If BB is anything, he is loyal to folks that have been loyal to him.
Over the past 4 years, the Packers record is as follows:
While the fact that they won the title this year does not escape me, it is one title and once conference championship in one year. They are 5-2 in the playoffs, thanks entirely to a 4-0 run this year.
And the Packers were geniuses for hiring Capers, except he likely wasn't their primary target - Nolan was.. Capers has been fired repeatedly, including in 2008 after his stint as DC in Miami. As is the case with many coaches, he has had plenty of ups and downs. Prior to this year, I challenge you to identify anything he won of significance, as an assistant or head coach, over an 18 year coaching history. He won this year. Let's not lionize him as the greatest DC in the NFL. And how was the defensive backfield for the Pats when he was coaching in 2008?
I agree with others that there are picks and decisions every team would like to have back if allowed to do so. Consistently bad decisions make failed organizations, not the occasional bad decision. Hindsight is always 20/20. But comparing the Pats to the Raiders is ridiculous. Teams this year and pretty much every year say a win against the Pats is a big deal as the team knows how to win. That usually originates from Super Bowl winners, not the chumps.
So because the team traded down allowing the Packers to get Matthews who makes a few stand out flashy plays it's a bad thing?
How about the number of times he's simply out powered by a tackle or over runs the play? or how about when he just forgets the seal the edge and a RB goes right by him? For every big play he makes, there's 2 mediocre ones, just watch the Super Bowl and you'll see how many bad plays he has.
Now I'm not saying Butler & Brace are all world, but they fit into a rotation and I'd rather have the depth and wait for a more consistent player than Matthews to come along.
It is easy to cherry pick moves to prove a point. So the Pats picking up Danny Woodhead of the scrap heap wasn't brilliant? So the Pats deciding to pass on a flashy head case WR like Dez Bryant and trade down to get Devin McCourty was a bad move? Brandon Spikes other than his suspension a bad pick? Drafting Sebatian Vollmer who was considered a major reach in the second round a bad pick? The fact of the matter Belichick has almost completely rebuilt this team on the fly after losing his core Super Bowl years players only a few short years ago. That is pretty damn good. With this year's draft, they should fill in the holes they still have.
People need to get over the Clay Matthews pick. Hindsight is 20/20. The guy was the 26th pick in the draft and other LBs were picked before him like Larry English by the Chargers. He wasn't a sure thing. He might not have even been as good in this system. Matthews had several significant red flags as a draft prospect and was actually arguably the least productive of the three USC LBs coming into the draft. It wasn
Personally, I am more upset with the Pats taking Devin McCourty who was a complete head scratcher than the proven dominant pass rusher Jerry Hughes who lit the world on fire his rookie year. Everyone was peissed about that.
Every team makes mistakes in the draft. Bill Polian is supposed to be a genius on drafting, but has seemed to wasted a lot of first round picks in recent years (Donald Brown, Tony Ugoh, and now Jerry Hughes). The Jets have been good in drafting in recent years (at least getting home run hitters with few picks), but look to completely whiff on last year's draft and have one of the bigger busts in league history in Vernon Gholston.
Belichick hit a home run in last year's draft. He has had a few drafts where he was horrible in recent years. Overall, the last two drafts were pretty good. That is how drafts work.
I don't think you can look at any team and say they have great drafts year after year. The draft is still a crapshoot no matter how much you do your research. Guys like Clay Matthews and Greg Jennings were not guaranteed home run picks. If they were, they wouldn't have been drafted late in the first or in the second round. A lot of teams had needs for those players and passed on them or even took inferior players at those positions (The Giants took bust Sinorice Moss over Jennings).