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Neal after game: "I'm not sure if I'll keep playing"

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  1. pats1

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    he's breaking down........sometimes it is better to get out when you have all your parts still working
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    Jeezus christ :( when players are thinking about retiring and are uncertain about their future with the team hours after a loss its really not good.
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    This team has zero heart, guts and balls. Serioulsly. Pussified statements. STFU.
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    Neal is one of the last dynasty players, and he has meant so much to this team over the years. I wish him well, whatever his decision.
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    Neal isn't the player he was and he has struggled a lot at the end of this season. Sorry to see him go, but he doesn't seem to have much left. RG was a need for upgrade no matter if he retires or not.
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    My prediction: massive retirements. Who wants to continue playing at 30+ years old during a rebuilding year.

    Moss
    Neal
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    Green (good riddance)
    Springs
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    maybe belichick himself.

    this is his payback for not developing young players and insisting on playing old beaten down vets.
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    Neal has earned his retirement. I wish him well. He should no longer start for us though.
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    Funny, I've heard differing opinions on him this season. Some said he's the best Patriots OL, and whenever he was inactive fans would say the Pats would suffer from it. ProFootballFocus.com agrees. However, I'm not convinced.
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    LOL! You are too funny.

    The Pats went 10-6 this year. It won't be a massive rebuilding year this year. They will have plenty of cap room and/or money if there is no cap. The Pats will be in the hunt for the Super Bowl next year unless there are a lot of injuries. They may or may not be an elite team, but they have the potential of being a much better team than they were this year which was good enough to win the AFC East.
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    I think early in the season, that was the case. But down the stretch, he has been mediocre especially today.
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    All those guys will retire. That will mean a pretty massive rebuilding.

    It better be massive rebuilding, starting with the coaching staff. Otherwise it's just another wasted year of predictable offense, boring no pass rush defense, one and one in the playoffs. That's what you WANT?
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    I don't think anyone would begrudge Neal the decision to retire. The guy's a warrior, but his body's clearly breaking down. He'll definitely be missed if he goes, though; hell of a player, and consistently underrated.
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    Moss - One more year on his contract
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    Why would Moss, Light, Bodden, and Green retire? Moss was a top WR in the NFL.

    It better not be a massive rebuilding. The Pats do have a lot of talent on this team. There are holes that need to be filled (and sa few big ones), but it isn't the case of a massive rebuild.

    We also don't know if some of the coaching problems are due to some of the holes I am talking about. Without a pass rush, it limits what the Pats can do on passing downs.
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    There is a degree of truth to this. The Patriots haven't really developed many studs on either side of the ball in a homegrown fashion.
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    Didn't the Patriots win three Super Bowls "playing old beaten down vets"?
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    It's a good thing we drafted Ohrnberger. Nice to see him developing throughout the year........











    Oh wait..............
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    with the exceptiom of Moss, would you miss any of these players? I won't.
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    We've needed an interior upgrade on the OL for a while even with a healthy Neal. Koppen and Neal are so overrated it's not funny. These two haven't open up interior lanes for a long time now, it's time to upgrade both and I would start with a serious offer to UFA Kevin Mawae. He would bring some great leadership and toughness inside where a major upgrade is needed.
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    I cannot fault a guy like Neal who hits a veritable wall on every play and who's plagued by injury from considering his and his family's best interests. It's a game and a business enterprise. Do not cripple yourself for decades for a couple more megabucks. Consider and decide. In any case, thank you for your service.
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    Wish him all the best. With him being a FA and unfortunately very injury prone, I doubt we see him back here next year.
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    I wouldn't make any plans around Neal for the future. I think we need to draft a rookie RG who is capable of starting day 1.
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    Today like the year the Giants beat the PATs a big part of it was the Oline.

    Give the Ravens the long run by Rice. But the Ints and the pressure on
    Brady led to a lot of extra points they should not have gotten.
    This Oline is good against most teams but not against top Defenses.
    It happened in the AFCC with the Giants ... it happen again today.

    There were lots of problems today but for me the most significant break down
    was the OLine. PATs need upgrades at Right Guard and Center and one
    Tackle position assuming they resign Mankins. They also need someone
    who can pick up a blitzer and not get run over.

    Neal had his time and did well but I think he knows it's time to move on
    or take a backup roll for less money. Thanks Stephen for the good times.
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    i think the front 7 on defense was worse. the whole planet jnew rice was getting the ball and we got manhandled. 250 rushing yards in a playoff game...ugh...
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    Yes but with exception of Rice's long 82 yd run they would have had less
    than 200yds of offense. Of that probably a lot less if Brady and company
    could have stayed on the field. With a more rested D the run D would
    have been better.

    So I'm not saying the D is ok, far form it. But it would have been quite adequate if Brady/Offense could could have sustained drives. Brady is
    a pocket passer and the Oline has to give him that or what happened
    today will happen.
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    Jeezes, if the mods can't control the trolls, then who is going to?

    Every single thread it's the same trolls talking about demolishing the team and firing the coaches, and then the thread devolves into a heated discussion about the same issue thread after thread.

    Mods, thank you for locking the other thread. I know you see it and you're on top of it, though surely it would be easier to just cut the cancer out at the source.

    thread after thread after thread...
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    Bodden was our best corner. And even by that fairly pedestrian standard, he is a good player. Should be re-signed.

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    Neal is done. As said, draft a OG, 1st round, hopefully.

    Our OL is questionable, and/or OL-coach. Our OL needs to be upgraded, as other positions as well.

    I mean, Colts/Jets/Saints OL are better than ours..
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    Maybe they can get Brock Lesnar to take his spot
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