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    He's coming off a broken tibia. I realize that broken legs typically heal well but the stress of playing the Patriots brand of 3/4 defense is maybe a bit much for a guy coming off a break.
     
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    Not fair, but my biggest memory of Castillo is him going down like a sack of potatoes when he was "blocked" by Randy Moss. . . .
     
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    Nice, I wanted them to check on him. Assuming he's healthy a starting 3-4 DL of Fanene-Wilfork-Castillo would be nasty.
     
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    High-motor guy. Good depth move if hes brought on.
     
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    He's here to test the market...Chargers probably want to resign him at a lower price. He was cut because of the $$$$$.....

    Doubt BB overpays, besides..how much cap $$$ can the Pats still have ?
     
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    I liked him back when he was healthy. Depending on the money, could be a good depth signing.
     
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    he used to be good for us

    hasn't been good in a long time though

    every now and then he brings a little pressure though
     
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    Typical Belichick free agent move, he loves former first rounders at bargain prices.
     
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    That's why I said "Not fair" at the beginning; I didn't mean it to imply that I am absolutely opposed to Castillo, merely that that is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of him.

    Same way that the first thing that comes to mind when I think of DeAngelo Hall is his "business decision" re: GRONK. :)
     
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    Yeah but the reference to how he went down due to a Randy Moss tackle is amusing. :)
     
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    Werent there rumors of him sandbagging a little in the draft process so that he could go to San Diego to begin with? He should be the ideal BB player(former 1st rounder coming back from injury on the cheap)but I gotta agree that the fact that he left without being signed on the spot is because he is driving his price up for a return to SD.
     
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    fixed it for accuracy and the reason we do not need him.
     
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    when I think of Tom Brady, the first thing that comes to my mind is how he looks like Tony Eason when he plays the giants
     
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    Err, Eason broke super Bowl records for consecutive completions?
     
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    Am I the only one who is, like, super-pumped at the very thought of this? Castillo is like an ideal (attainable) acquisition who can do everything Bill still needs - at a reasonable price.

    With Fanene, and (hopefully) Castillo; you have two interior linemen who can put legit pressure on a QB in pass situations out of a 4-man rush. That's huge; especially since our two DEs (Carter and Anderson) might not be back. It's all about the interior rush in this era against elite QBs, no? Well, with Castillo (along with Fanene), we'd have it. Oh, and Castillo is also fully capable of taking on his blocker and occupying his gap against the run. That's the versatility this D needs; and somewhat lacked last year.

    Oh, and we clearly want Wilfork in at DT, in the 4-3, on run-downs (if not pass downs too, right?). Well, there is really no overlap. Meaning, there is no need to take either Castillo or Fanene off the field when Wilfork plays. Why? Because Castillo can play the other DT role at a high level. And Fanene is versatile enough to play 4-3 DE (as well as DT). My point is that these guys compliment each other so well. It's a nice fit for Belichick's brand of 4-3 D; that's puts major emphasis on ability to mix two-gap and one-gap responsibilities. Total upgrade over what Bill tried to get out of Shaun Ellis last season at DE; because he couldn't rush the passer for squat. Anderson at DE? Liability against the run. But kicking Fanene out to DE? Well, as of right now we'd have to go with Love. Don't get me wrong, he's quality depth. But I'm not sure if he's the starter. But with Castillo? Yeah, we can play Fanene at DE, and not worry the DT opposite Wilfork. Or we can rest Wilfork and not burn him out. Oh, and with Castillo, Fanene, and Wilfork -- against the pass or the run -- we are still in great shape to defend both. That just wasn't the case last year. Not enough consistency with the different lineups.

    So, you want to run the type of 2-gap, 4-3 defense that Belichick likes to run? Well, we can do it with: Castillo at DT, Wilfork at that 1-technique DT position shading the center, and Fanene playing DE. You got three guys who are physically big enough to occupy their gap and stop the run. Oh, and without needing to sub, you can sill get a nice pass rush if the opposing team drops back to pass....even if Carter isn't back to play the weakside 4-3 DE. I think that's very important.

    You want Wilfork to rest? Well we'd still have an interior rush that can put legit pressure on the QB. Yeah, guys like Love and Pryor show flashes; but I don't think they are on par with Castillo.

    Also, if we want to go back to mixing in a lot of 3-4? Well, we know Wilfork can play NT. But, as it stands right now, both of those other two 3-4 DE sports are pretty questionable. With Castillo? We know this guy can play in a 3-4. He did it in SD. Having two legit 3-4 guys like Wilfork and Castillo, makes it much easier to plug a back-up like Love or Gerrard Warren...or even experiment with Fanene. Can Fanene play the other 3-4 DE role? It's worth a shot, but we still have the aforementioned depth if he cannot. Without Castillo? That depth is being stretched too thin, imo. That's pretty important. Cause right now I really don't see the 3-4 being a legit option for this team. With Castillo? A big hole just got filled.
     
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    The Chargers never should have allowed him to go on Pole Dancing With The Stars. The broken labia Sanchez suffered in season 3 should have been a warning to them.
     
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    LOL....he didn't have any completions
     
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    Stanley Morgan's fault? Ouch, sorry for that. Still hurts to this day:

    Brady versus Giants:

    5 games

    123 completions
    191 attempts

    1,345 yards

    8 TDs and 3 interceptions.

    In last 4 years:

    4 games

    116 completions
    180 attempts

    1240 yards

    7 TDs and 3 interceptions.

    Not bad, the guy averages over 300 yards a game against the Giants and throws better than 1 TD for every INT. Completion % is a shade under 67%.
     
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    No, that Brady guy threw some picks, awful player :rolleyes:
     
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