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  1. Fencer

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    Hobbs talks Pats in MMQB - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com

    As told to Peter King, via Mike Reiss. An example of Hobbs being classy enough to IMO offset his occasional descent into classlessness.

    "I respect Bill as a coach more than anyone I've met. Bill was so smart. He went about it like the team we're playing is a building. You don't just throw a bomb at the building; it has to be strategically placed. Like against Dallas a couple of years ago. Everyone's analyzing the game and saying, 'We've got to stop T.O. to win.' Bill said to us that the key to the game for Dallas was [tight end Jason] Witten, not T.O. You stop Witten, you stop Dallas. We did, and we won.

    "Early in my career, Bill called me into his office, and we sat there -- for a long time -- studying film. He taught me to look for the simple things, and not to make football so complicated. I got better. I realize I was with one of the best coaches of all time, and he helped me become a better player.''
     
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    BB should have said "WATCH OUT FOR THE FADE ROUTE"
     
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    Do you realize Hobbs played with muscle tears and other major injuries?
     
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    Hobbs was a great Patriot. A real try hard guy who made the most of his gifts. He wasn't the best CB, but he DID his best, and THAT should be enough for Pats fans to give the respect he deserves.

    I think he'll do fine in Philly. IMHO he was best suited to play in the slot as a nickel back. He just didn't have the physicality to play big receivers down field. In Philly I think THATs where they will play him and he'll do well.

    BTW, I'm still pissed that we traded him for draft picks THIS year, instead of getting a 4th next season. I would have been OK with a 5th this year and a 4th next year instead of 2 5ths this year.
     
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    But if we kept him, I'm not sure he'd even play in our dime packages at this point...
     
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    Same thoughts here, well said, I liked Hobbs, gave it all on returns and a pretty smart CB, he was great.
     
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    They immediately turned those two 5ths this year into a 4th and 6th this year which netted them an OL and LS and probably allowed them the felxibility to take a flyer on a guy like Edleman in the 7th. I chuckle at people who get pissed at BB's draft day trading and drafting. I'd like to think he too has done enough for Pats fans to give him the respect he deserves.
     
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    One of those maligned characters I felt. Probably wasn't worthy of being a number 1 corner, but was more than competent and good enough to do what he did.
     
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    Totally agree. I was never a fan of the Hobbs bashing, the kid gave us his all every Sunday. He was a spark for our team in a lot of ways..but was used in situatinos that were perhaps beyond his physical abilities. Can't fault the kid for giving us his all and never giving up. He was also an incredibly exciting kick returner. He was an underdog in a lot of ways, and I respect that. I will certainly miss him (i won't miss his coverage of comeback routes, however.)
     
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    Thats because he basically played the last year as a patriot with a torn groin. If he ever manages to stay healthy (big if), he'll be a great player.
     
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    For the sake of this thread, can someone define "great"? Are you using "great" as we would in the context in paying homage to CBs like Ty Law/Raymond Clayborn/Mike Haynes great or are you using "great" to describe a career like Steve Grogan?

    Hobbs was a fine KR but he was a stretch as a #2 CB and much more suited to be a nickle/dime DB. In trading him, BB got value commensurate with his production-to -date and upside. Sure he played hurt and that deserves some adulation for that but great would not be the word I'd use to pay homage to Hobbs' time here. Instead, I'd catagorize him as a max-effort guy and a professional and put him in the same class as Sam Gash.

    My .02$
     
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    Or, maybe the coach shouldn't have called a formation that left a 5'9" CB one on one with a 6'6'' WR.
     
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