A CBA complaint: Best franchises are unable to remain on top under this deal
There may be a false believe that there is parity.
I think your post is a reaction the recent difficult player losses of the Patriots.
This is understandable.
The day 32 teams finish 8-8 maybe a change is necessary. For now it
seems in recent history there are teams finishing 14-2.
Recent didtribution of wins and losses suggest that the system is not
by any means driving teams to the middle of the pack. In fact instead of a
bell curve you have double hump curve meaning there are two groups.
In fact the distribution for the last three years shows the double hump
phenomena. the two humps = The Haves and the Have nots.
Actually this seems to be an indication that in a given year there is a lack of
parity. If there were parity I believe you would see the traditional bell curve.
The reason for this double hump phenomena might be a
good research project. :)
The top teams don't win under the salary cap? There is too much parity? Look at the AFC. The same nine
teams that were in the fight at the end last year are likely to be in it again, and again and again, as long as they manage, draft and coach well.
The patriots have certainly shown what can be done in the so-called age of parity (the draft giving advantage to the weak, free agency, salary cap and subsidies of unsuccessful teams).
This year the patriots may be somewhat disadvantaged by choosing to be more conservative with regard to contracts. But we will spend almost the same as everyone else, and the 2006-2009 patriots could be the best in football as the 2000-2005 patriots have been. Certainly, the same things that made us great will continue to make us great. We will be a contender every year. That is NOT parity.
Having a few million added to everyone's budget doesn't in the end make the poor teams much better. They still can't manage, can't coach and can't draft.
Who are the other teams sitting out of FA chase?
I read that the Pats are (or were until a day or two ago) one of only 6 teams who haven't signed a free agent this year. Anyone know who the other 5 are? It would be interesting to see if there's a pattern, like quality franchises (e.g. Pittsburgh) joining us on the list.
We have signed Caldwell, Hawkins, Poteat, and Tucker (not counting ERFA's)
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