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    http://patriots.bostonherald.com/patriots/view.bg?articleid=157302
    that seems to be the gist of it...
    " Once again, the brains and talent of Belichick, Scott Pioli and the Kraft family won out. They beat the system. Maximized their value. They now have more than $12 million in cap space in 2006 and two first-rounders for 2007. It all looks great on the spreadsheets up in the front office of Gillette Stadium.
    Now what about on the field?
    You know, the team?
    Remember, you’re supposed to care more about winning on the field than the negotiating table. The Pats held the line on Branch the last few years and now he’s in Seattle. That may be a win for the organization, but how is that a win for the players and coaches in the locker room?"

    Man these guys seem like red sox writers.
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    This is why Kraft gave Belichick total control but not Parcells. Parcells would have done everything he could to win now then left. Belichick will keep this thing rolling forever it seems.

    Next 6 years - Branch at $6M per year. Or a #1 pick at less than $2M per year (I used Maroney's 5 year/$8.8M deal, assumed contract inflation and also the pick being lower than #21).

    I'll take the pick every time. Seriously, if they keep drafting well this looks like it'll never end - at least until Brady retires.
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    Am I the only one a little wierded out how he cuts at the Patriots for doing buisness the Patriots way, but is praising the Jets for doing things the Patriots way. Very strange to me.

    Anyway, why exactly will it be hard to sign Koppen or Samuel? Sure Koppen has been a full time starter, but Samuel has just recently been playing up to the level of a full time starter. Why should either of them be terribly difficult to sign? Was Hochstien difficult to resign? He was a superbowl starter too.

    Maybe I am missing the boat here, but were they not trying to resign Branch early? Shouldn't that have allowed to get the deal done easier by this logic? If you are going to have pay players like they are free agents, ala Branch, Vinitieri, Seymour, etc. what is the incentive to resign them before their rookie deal is done? None of these guys seems willing to take a discount to get more money now.

    But I seriously believe the Branch situation has taken the whole resign and extension time table out fo whack. The Pats are pretty methodical on these things, once they have recaculated the salary-cap impact, then things will start with Koppen, then Graham, then Samuel, then TBC etc... (I think Koppen is next just because of BB love of lineman, then TE)

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    Slight off-topic. Why exactly are people speculating we will be in nickle more this year? A lack fo Bodies upfront? When did we get a lack of bodies upfront? Maybe he means thin depth at ISLB? But then he references the nickle package where we took out a lineman. We have a surplus of lineman, not a deffeciency.
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    Once again, where's the balance in his reporting???? How about FA's(Neal & Troy for example) that went out to test market and came back. How about the vets that stayed and were well paid(Willie Mac comes to mind) and worked with the team for years, adjusting their salaries to work with the cap.
    His whole article is slanted for one reaction, and sadly he'll get it from those who've not followed the details of the BB era.
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    One of the points that Football Outsiders made a while back (maybe a year or two ago) is that winning on the field comes back ultimately to 'winning' in negotiation. Felger says that you don't have to win every negotiation, which is akin to saying you don't have to win every game.

    You certainly wouldn't want the Pats to go on the field and let another team win. They have to approach every negotiation the same way, even with Brady. And they do. The reason they gave Brady and Seymour the money is because those guys were worth it, plain and simple. Branch wasn't.

    Every player who is 'better' than their contract raises the overall quality of the team per cap dollar. Every player who is worse lowers it. To field a better team, you must have more bang for the 'cap dollar' and there's only two ways to get that: scouting well and negotiating hard. Do either poorly and the win/loss column suffers.

    Coming to terms with Branch at a pay level that exceeds his value would hurt them on the playing field eventually. Their error, which I'm sure they know, was in not recognizing that Branch would hold out for the season and not replacing him earlier, e.g. by more aggressively bargaining for Stallworth.

    They heck with all that 'shouldn't have offered the trade' baloney. The game was over by then, and they'd already lost Branch. Getting the first rounder was salvaging something from an error made much earlier.

    This is an obvious point that the columnists don't ever seem to make because, I suppose, it doesn't play to emotions.
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    I do think it'll be hard because they're close to non franchisable as the franchise numbers for their positions are really high and if the players wait it out they know someone will offer big money.

    I'm sure we'll find good players to extend, though, even if we have to dip into our FA in 2008 instead of 2007 - who, like you said about Branch, would then be signed a year early.
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    So what's his point? That teams are better off losing negotiations? Does that make sense?

    I agree with the other posters that the Patriots way of doing business keeps them competitive year after year. It's been a while since we had a losing season.

    If back in 2001, BB had listened to guys like Felger, how many Lombardis would the Pats have now?

    The sad thing is that we take Felger at his word, and likely he doesn't believe what he is saying. He is going for reaction. And getting it. He must be laughing his ju-ju's off at us right now.
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    Felger is an Internet troll with a real media gig. The only way he has any point is if the Patriots get to the end of the year and still have all this cap room.

    If they do that, I'll be *pissed*. That will be extreme mismanagement and going for profits over the product on the field. But, I really doubt they'll do that. They'll probably start adding money to this year's cap fairly soon to save it in later years (Sey's bonus, maybe some of Brady's money somehow, etc). Then they'll be strengthening the team for the future, and Felger can ... well, find something else to say to get people riled up and paying attention to him.
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    If the Pats won one SB 4 years ago and didn't win again, I can see questioning the "Patriot way". However, they have won THREE SUPER BOWLS over the last 5 years. How can you be critical of that....

    If the Pats don't make the playoffs this year and come back with a so-so season next, then say all you want about the "Patriot way" of doing things. Until then, shut the F up!
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    We might not be able to franchise them, but we would have been hard pressed to franchise Brady, but he got his deal done, as Well as Seymour and Neal found the best deal was back at Foxboro.

    Why should it be automatically that these two guys would want to leave, or that someone else is going to offer them an overall better deal?
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    I'm an avid reader of anything to do with the Pats but I'm seriously thinking about giving up on the media. It's all about sensationalizing every thing that takes place.

    Each year people laud the Pats approach to sustaining excellence. Yet every time an issue comes up about a player wanting more money or more respect or more anything, the media immediately takes a contrary approach and implies the team is stiffing the player.

    No, they are just following their plan. Do they make exceptions? Yes, I think Seymour was an exception but it reflected their assessment of his value.

    Will they make mistakes? Of course they will, not every FA or draft pick turns out great. Regardless, they have turned over much of the team with fresh young talent while retaining an important nucleus.

    Are we out of the running this year because Branch left? Of course not.
    Patten, Givens and Branch did there job because coaches identified their skills and utilized them. They will do the same with Caldwell, Jackson and Gabriel and whoever else comes along.

    When we didn't have a running game we did passing. Now we can feature the run and emphasize the passing game a little differently.

    I know I see the Pats through rose colored glasses but I still think this team is deeper as a unit than our other teams. We started seasons without parts before, safety, nose tackle, inside linebackers and the coach figures it out and we become competitive. Last year was one of the worst until mid season. We didn't lose to Denver because of personnel, it was poor execution.

    It's time for the players to circle the wagons, focus on the job at hand and begin developing the next piece of the mythology. SBXLI
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    These are great points. These guys are trying to sell newspapers to keep their jobs. That's it. Newspapers do not care about reporting the truth. They want an approximation of the truth, I imagine, but they NEVER have all the facts straight. Sports writers are the worst. They get to write opinion pieces. Talk about an absense of facts!
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    Bingo!
    Despite a decades long habit of reading all things Patriots, as the net evolved I stoped reading any and all columnists. Don't watch ESPN or pre-game shows. With the single exception of Patriots All Access and the Foxsports show with Smerlas & DeOssie I don't watch sports TV.

    But I do have Pats forums. Result...I have more factual information, good discussion, a wide variety of insightful opinion and less fatuousness. Try it.

    Why read these buffons? Why listen to them? Let them get a real job.
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    I totally agree....I read Reiss and the departd Curran and a few others..BUT most are just totally dumb..and have points of view that the facts would shred. Felger is Borges on radio..Borges..is an idiot. ONCE in a long while he'll have a good piece away from opinion..but maybe once..twice a year..if that rest is garbage!! Even Holley looked like a Branch eumpswab yesterday..Contracts mean nothing..What a D**k..talk about avoiding the truth..Branch said he'd honor the contract and lied..Holley is even making me sick on this one..Let's all bow down to Deion and congratulate him..and all sports turds..and all others who have ZERO integrity...Very surprised at him.. Again the facts trip him up and he falls flat..
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    Felger = Shaughnessey
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    I think that's fair but, unlike Felger, Shaugnessey has some legitimate writing talent. As much as I "love to hate" Shank Shaugnessey, one thing you will never hear me say is that the guy is not a talented writer. Quite the contrary: he is brilliant with the written word.
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    Great post!! As far as the media goes, people like Felger and Borges will write anything to 1.) Further their own agenda and biased point of view and 2.) Sell their stories. Acting as a contrarian to everything the Patriots do is a good way to gain attention (even if it is derision) and sell papers, have people watch your show, etc. Anyways, I think you are right in your assessment of the Patriots. They will use their current players strengths and design the offense accordingly.
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    Excellent post!
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    Felger is just like any other knee jerk columnist. They see this as: the good player leaves from one team for another so that team can not possibly do well without him. The team that got that player is now unstoppable. All hail to the Redskins on that philosophy. Example: Vinatieri leaves and the Patriots kicking game is now terrible. Those stingy Patriots why couldn't we be like Seattle (oh wait, they have never even won a superbowl). We have created one of the best football dynasties of all time with this organization in place.

    Lets look at this deeper. What has been the issue with the Patriots for all reporters the last few years. AGE! We have been accumulating an amazing amount of picks. Age is going to be addressed at linebacker and depth is going to be added at all other positions. We just keep getting deeper with this philosophy. I am not worried. I reserve judgement on our receivers until they actually play in a game. If they dont work out Belicheck will find a way to get it done. HE ALWAYS DOES

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