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    I agree with Shanny. And i'm not just jumping on the bandwagon. I think Maroney has more POTENTIAL to be one of the best backs in the league.
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    wow, i would have been amazed if he said that Maroney would be the best back in this draft with all the hype of Bush, but to say that he's going to be the best back in the league speaks volumes of how he feels about the kid. Now i'm not so disappointed that we didn't take DeAngelo Williams instead! lol. The more i hear and read about Maroney, the more I agree that this was the best value and best pick for us at 21!
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    The Son of Gods name should not be used in such a way.Thats very offensive.
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    Yeah, whatever.
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    anyone runs for a 1000 yds in denver so easy for him to say :)
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    Except that he didn't say he'd be the best in the league if he played for him ;)
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    Maybe I pay too much attention to vocabulary, but Shanahan said he would, not could, be the best back in the league. That's a lot coming from a running back guru.

    I believe we got a steal as well. Bush never had a heavy workload, and Bush and Williams are smaller physically than Maroney. Multiple scouting reports mention the same thing: that Maroney is a threat to score from any point on the field at any time. That is pretty much the best thing someone can say about a running back. Ohio State had 3 defensive first rounders this year, and Maroney had a 200+ yard game with over forty carries against them. Maroney is a stud.

    A double benefit I love from this pick is that we also screwed over the Colts. Polian had Maroney as his RB to replace Edge, but now he's stuck with Addai, who is good but not as special.
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    As irritating as Shanahan is, I think he's probably the second best HC in the game in terms of Xs and Os. Which is one reason I was a little uncertain about trading for Lelie. Any player Shanahan wants to dump likely has peaked.
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    Actually shanny is a joke and what has he won since Elway?
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    By the way, that is good of Peter King to have his MMQB up already. I hate it when some columnists wait to post their regular columns in the afternoon or a little later than I expect.

    As for the knock on Shanahan... what are you talking about!?
    Shanahan has two superbowl rings, and he was also an assistant on previous superbowl winners.

    Aside from his inability to develop cornerbacks and safeties, as well as an average drafting record, I'd say he's a very smart coach. When the Broncos beat the Pats in the playoffs, I thought the Broncos had run some very clever plays on both sides of the ball to expose us.
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    They asked Borges tonight on Sports Extra if Maroney was just the second rated back on some boards or if it was more widespread - and he said everyone he had talked to had him second behind Bush with just a few giving Williams the edge. He also said that Shannahan had thought about taking him with his first pick before the whole QB scenario unfolded and Cutler fell within his reach. He had also planned (as BB apparently had surmised) to take Jackson if he was unable to get the deal done on Walker. But that deal was done apparently just before we traded up.
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    Ahh, life is good :)
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    Dude thats pretty off topic!
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    I had Maroney rated as the next best back after Bush but since the Pats "never" take RB in the first round I shelved him as a possibilty at 21. Glad I was wrong. Happy, no thrilled to have him in Foxboro. Dillon needs a decent year to ease the kid in and I think he will deliver. 800-1,000 yards would be perfect production for Dillon. Nice 1-2 punch at RB this year........:rocker:
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    God **** you're a funny guy. I think I laugh at everyone of your posts. Unfortunately I think you just piss everyone else off?
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    I agree!
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    Shanahans certainly one of the best judges of RBs in the league, so his comments are very encouraging.
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    Yeah, kind of. I still think it is just as likely some species of coach to coach mind games. Whenever Shanahan starts talking I automatically assume it's a misdirection of some kind - sort of like Belichick.

    I mean, I don't know what he could possibly accomplish with it in this context. I just don't put any stock in the commentary on the Pats' draft from the redoubtable Mr. Shanahan.

    PFnV
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    Change shanny to belly and "since Elway" to "without Brady", and you sound like a Colts fan. Remember he was coach of the year a few years ago, and that is voted on by other NFL head coaches.
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    Ditto to that. I dislike Shanahan and wouldn't take anything he says at face value (unlike Belichick: trouble with BB is he says almost nothing! You can't imagine him commenting on another team's draft pick in a million years, can you?) but he is a good coach, no question.
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    Mike, when I made that "every statement is a tactic" comparison, on the BB side I was thinking more of the injury report, really. But BB's actions speak for him. You really think he wanted Javon? You really think he was courting every player he had down for workouts? Half the moves, half the statements to the press, were smoke screens. I'm pretty sure he mentioned linebacker a time or two in print in the last month or so. Any mention of running backs?

    But that's all speculation and addressing his press talk by vague memory... It really was the running fiction of the Pats' injury report that put him in the incorrigible press manipulator category for me. And know what? He's got three rings that make that okay. (I don't count anything he won with anybody else) ;)

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    BBYO wakes me up too. doubt he needs much encouragement though.:D he gets more creative with each post.

    Whenever Shanny says anything in public I take it with a grain of salt, but that's definitely a heck of a statement on LoMo.
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    Just a word of caution, Shanahan also loudly proclaimed that Kevan Barlow was the best running back in the draft that year, which included LaDanian and Lamont, among others.

    I'm not sure he can evaluate RBs without projecting them into his offense. Maroney fits great into Denver's offense. I think he'll fit here too.
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    The Son of Mr. Shanahan's name should not be used in such a way. Its very offensive.
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    Mmm, thought-provoking.

    There's a very old Jewish joke about two businessmen who used to meet on the station platform in Warsaw. One asks the other where he's going. The second businessman says he's going to Lodz to buy coal.

    The first one says "Every time you tell me you're going to Lodz to buy coal you go to Poznan to buy wood, and every time you tell me you're going to Poznan to buy wood you go to Lodz to buy coal. But today I know you're going to Lodz to buy coal. So why are you lying to me?"

    I don't think that BB is like that (that's more Parcells, Al Davis, Shanahan). His policy is not, by and large, active deception but minimum informativeness. I think that they really wanted a look at Walker. How interested were they in him really? I have no idea whatsoever -- and that's the point. The minimum information policy on the injury list seems to be: put everyone down as questionable.

    My two cents (pence).
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    Maybe Maroney will provide a spark to the running game

    In the playoffs, I was absolutely sick of seeing teams abandon any pretense of defending us against the run. Denver blitzed continually. OL had trouble picking them up in the first half, esp. the wrestler LG, Stephen Neal.

    Brady's great, but no one can do it all continually.

    Now they may have to be more cautious. Can you imagine a blitz, and we counter with a draw with Maroney zooming up the field with excellent speed for a long-gainer? F'ing sweet.

    I'M SO SICK OF THE PATRIOTS NOT BEING ABLE TO RUN THE BALL DOWN THE OPPONENTS' THROAT! What is this, blitzing 43-year-old men (John Lynch) at us, and we can't even burn them?

    That's where Laurence Maroney and Chad Jackson provide problems for the defense. Speed kills.
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    Maybe he thinks Maroney is so good he could run for closer to 2000 yards, like Terrell Davis. Would be nice.

    For people who don't like Shanahan, imagine Bill Belichick coaching the Broncos or another AFC top team and beating your team most every year. Would you like him? :D
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