We are so spoiled!!!! - Enjoy what we have
There has been a lot of sentiment about the Pats blowing the game because:
1. The offensive coordinator sucks (per NEM among others)
2. The team was too cheap to get good players (Felger and Callahan)
3. They were out coached (Borges)
While in part I agree with all of those statements it was still a great year. A very flawed team was arguably 1-3 plays away from the Super Bowl. Does it stink that the Pats lost an 18 point lead? Yup. Does it stink that they were about 3:30 minutes from the Super Bowl? Hell yeah.
Be that as it may, the Pats won 12 games and made it to the AFC championship game which by any account is a great season. Did I like the game plan? No. But they still managed to score 34 points (27 offensively). I HATE the TE trap and think the Pats need to if not scrap the play at least run a pass play once in a while when the TE goes in motion, stops, comes back and stands behind the T. If I know a trap is coming, so does the D and you are not helping the O out announcing to the world what is coming.
Do I wish the Pats had a game changer on D like a Jason Taylor or a true #1 WR on offense? Yes. But for all the people that are complaining I want someone to tell me who they would have paid big money to. Deion Branch (53/725/4) was what he always is solid. T.O. had great numbers 85 rec / 1,180 yards / 13 TDs but he is a cancer for a team. Javon Walker (69/1084/8) would have cost a #2 AND a ton of money AND was coming off a knee injury so he was high risk. Keyshawn Johnson (70/815/4) was ok. Stallworth (38/725/5) added a spark in Philly but had hamstring problems for a good part of the year. So who should the Pats have gone after?
As for D, the biggest need was LB and safety and the Pats did very little to upgrade. While there was some good LBs in the draft all went before the Pats picked in the first. AJ Hawk (5), Ernie Sims (9), Kamerion Wimbley (13), Chad Greenway (17) and Bobby Carpenter (18) all went before the Pats drafted. Could the Pats have traded up for one of them? Sure. But that was a risk they did not want to take.
Look at the Chargers. All the big names and they still lost. Baltimore 13 wins and one and done in the playoffs. Could/should the Pats have beaten Indy? Maybe. Im just happy that we get to root for a team that hasnt had a losing season in the 7 years. Think about that. Look at Oakland. Between 2000-2002 they went 12-4, 10-6 and 11-5 and went to a Super Bowl. Since then they won 4, 5, 4 and 2 games. Tampa Bay went 12-4 in 2002 and won a SuperBowl. Since then, 7-9, 5-11, 11-5 and 4-12. We are lucky everyone. Enjoy it!!!
Re: We are so spoiled!!!! - Enjoy what we have
DeMeco Ryans ended up better than them all and he was the Patriots target before they decided to take Maroney. They took Maroney from my understanding simply to keep him off the Colts, who reached on Addai (and it worked for them).
So with that in mind the Pats obviously scouted the field and even though they didn't take Ryans, they clearly knew who the best LB to take was. Hopefully they can do it again in 2007 and this time I'm sure they'll take whoever they feel is the best fit.
Anyone else get the feeling it seems destined that Donnie Edwards will be wearing the number 59 for the Pats in 2007?
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