Do you wish we had taken Addai with our #1 pick over Maroney in 2006?

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  1. PATRIOT64

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    After watching these 2 runners pitted against each other on the opposing teams again,I must say I think Indy got the better overall runner of the 2,Addai is quicker,faster and seems smarter when it comes to choosing where to hit the hole.

    You might say that Addai may not have fit into this system and he is suited better for Indy and Maroney for the Patriots, but I think if you look at these 2 players today and you could pick which runner you would want on this team (which we did have the pick before Indy),I cannot envision most going against Addai in favor of Maroney.

    One of the announcers during the game even compared Addai to a version of a young Barry Sanders - That is a mighty big compliment for a 2nd year player.

    Addai it seemed at times almost by himself,outsmarted and outdid a very intelligent BB defensive unit many times during the game especially during that incredible run at the end of the 2nd quarter which was a combination of shoddy tackilng and smart brilliant moves by Joseph,If that does not spell an impressive RB,I don't know what other way to explain it to anyone.

    A rare healthy Maroney has shown flashes of being a good player but in my opinion if you look at these 2 players,Addai is the better overall runner,Maroney has more power,but Addai seems to have the edge in the other facets of a running back - albeit Maroney's stats are decent,I still can't envision my opinion being any different in the future.
  2. brady199

    brady199 Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    If the pats Featured Maroney, you would probably see similar Numbers, Addai is probably better in the passing game comprable to Kevin Faulk.
  3. reflexblue

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    I remember that Addie wasn't held in high regard that year. He was considered on the bottom of the top running back list. Maybe even dropping into the 2nd rd. because the rap was he had great front line speed but not elusive enough. Iguess he proved the experts wrong. Because Maroney was picked with the info available (Polian wanted him instead of addie) I can't say that it was a mistake to take Maroney it looks like Polian lucked out.Like I said he had his eye's set on Maroney and took addie as the consolation prize.
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  4. Ishdul

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    Not that there's not a hint of regret on my side, but it's two years in and they have two completely different roles on on two completely different teams. It's not even a question of hindsight yet.
  5. Ghost of Ben Dreith

    Ghost of Ben Dreith Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Hindsight is 20/20. If you remember, Brady stated that Manning told him we took their RB when we grabbed Maroney ahead of Addai.

    At this stage, yes, I think its pretty clear that Addai is better. Maroney isn't a stiff by any means.....but if I had a choice I would rather have Addai. But on draft day I was all about drafting Maroney over Addai, so no complaints from me on it. Both good at this point, Addai just a bit better.

    If Maroney stays healthy for the rest of the year, this discussion will probably take care of itself.
  6. Deus Irae

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    Why would I wish that the Patriots had taken the lesser player?
  7. SoonerPatriot

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    The only thing I don't like about Maroney is that he's allergic to the endzone. It's clear BB has very little confidence in him to punch it in on short and goal situations. And even when they gave him the ball down there (for once) today, he couldn't get it in.

    I think Addai is better right now. There's no question about it. However, I give Maroney a little bit of a break because some players take longer than others to develop and Addai walked into an offense that's basically stayed the same for years and is the perfect fit for his style.

    The real "what if?" in my opinion is us taking Steven Jackson in the 2004 draft rather than trading for Dillon. Jackson's injury issues on a very bad team with very bad QB play notwithstanding, he's a beast.
  8. So far... Addai is ahead of Maroney, sort of obvious.
  9. PATRIOT64

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    OH,Theres absolutely no doubt BB took Maroney knowing Indy wanted him badly but Polian got lucky again in choosing a top quality player almost out of nowhere,Polian has been doing this with draft picks for a very long time,Thats why he is such a brilliant GM when it comes to choosing drafted players and a big reason why Indy is almost solely built around the draft and rarily by FAs and why that team has been competitive every year Polian has been there.

    Like him or not, if the Colts did not have that man select the perfect players for the Colts in just about every year in the draft, we would not be talking about Indy being such a great team for so long - name the last time Indy had a bad overall draft and had nothing but busts....can't remember any years in the Polian era?..I can't either
  10. Fencer

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    Didn't Addai have an injury rap in college? Or was he just presumed fragile due to his size?

    From Curtis Martin onward, it seems that predictions of RBs' pro durability have been very questionable. Adrian Peterson is just the latest draft steal based on health concerns.
  11. PATRIOT64

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    Yes Curtis Martin was definately one of those guys other teams passed on because of college injury - If Addai turns out to be another Curtis Martin type runner,then the Colts will have a great runner for a long time.
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  12. VJCPatriot

    VJCPatriot Pro Bowl Player

    Umm Peterson was selected 7th overall. People expect you to be special when you're picked that high. The crazy thing is that he has met and even exceeded expectations so quickly in only his rookie season.
  13. jbb9s

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    I know this is off topic for this thread, but Adrian Peterson is the best back in the NFL. His breakaway speed is amazing as he separates from DBs and he hits the holes so fast its scary.
  14. rabthepat

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    Addai is pulling away from Maroney. Let's hope Maroney picks it up.
  15. PATRIOT64

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    Adrian Petersen is the next Emmitt Smith-type player - He looks exactly like Emmitt did as a rookie

    I would almost never put a rookie into a likely future HOF career but how can you not seeing what this kid is doing in tearing up defenses and some pretty decent front 7s at that.
  16. Deus Irae

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    Coming into this game, both runners had been averaging 4.8 yards per carry this season. I'm not sure how that's supposed to be Addai pulling away from Maroney.
  17. PATRIOT64

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    If you are going to look at stats then so be it,but most stats as any professional athlete or coach will tell you is misleading

    While they have similar 'stats', Addai has been more explosive,more of a factor in the running game and more of a reason why the Colts have won than Maroney's part for this team which is to gain some yardage on 1st and 2nd down if needed.
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  18. Deus Irae

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    On a play for play for each player basis, that's simply not true in my opinion, and the stats showed the same thing coming into this game. Now, on a gameplan basis, it's absolutely correct, for 3 reasons:

    1.) Maroney's injury

    2.) Morris' strong play prior to his injury

    3.) New England currently has the greatest passing offense in the history of the NFL

    However, Maroney is still the better back, in my opinion, and he was considered that by almost everyone last season, prior to his rib injury. As people should have learned from players like James, Mungro and Rhodes, running backs in the Colts offense appear to be better than they actually are.
  19. Patriot Missile

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    No doubt Addai is featured much more than Maroney as well as much less injury prone. I don't lie to myself and believe Maroney is a better back at this point because he isn't. So far Addai is the complete package and worthy of best back in the league consideration.

    As far as Adrian Peterson? I don't know how to classify him except to say this kid is special. So far he has been an m-80 right out the shoot and I don't expect any slowing down. Makes me question how good is Guard Chad Hutchinson for Minnesota? Is it a coincidence everywhere he goes rb's turn to gold? But then again Peterson's openfield cut's are inhuman. Most of it is him too.
  20. PATRIOT64

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    You mean 'Steve' Hutchinson? - Hes pretty damn good
    Ask Alexander and Hasslebeck if they miss him...hell yeah! they'd say
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