Scouts Inc: Patriots need Maroney

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  1. They just give a rundown on the Pats RB situation but one point caught my attention that I've noticed for awhile:
    Since 2007, it's seems as though Maroney has lost some speed, yet he hasn't suffered any leg injuries (knock on wood). Other than the game against Tennessee, he had a hard time getting to the second level. But when he did, he got caught pretty easily.

    Has anybody else noticed this?
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  2. patriotscpfc

    patriotscpfc Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    He's running harder which caused the fumbling issue.

    There's less dancing which means he's less likely to hit the home run.

    He has the package, but he just doesn't seem to find a way to put it all together in one (apart from the Titans game).

    If he can be given carries from the start of the season, it'll help him and the offense and maybe set up some play action.
  3. AndyJohnson

    AndyJohnson Veteran Supporter

    I do not believe that long runs are as much a function of the runner as of the blocking. E.g. BB has always said the first 10 yards are on the front 7 and everything beyond that is on the secondary.
    Outside of a few RBs who excel at the long run and a few who are too slow, and Maroney is neither, the blocking is more critical.
    We consistently hear people say that Maroney has an advantage because we are a passing team, but the converse is true here: if the defense is in nickel/dime, playing off because of Moss as a deep threat, won't bring a safety into the box, etc, then they are BETTER equipped to make the play after those initial 10 or so yards. I can recall a ton of times Maroney broke through to that area and had an unblocked DB there.
    I don't see any difference in speed, explosiveness or mobility in Maroney now than as a rookie.
  4. sbpatfan

    sbpatfan Banned

    The thing about Maroney is he's a pretty young guy for how much time he's spent in the NFL already. With how little carries he has in four years he should be entering his prime. I doubt he does anything amazing this year but hopefully he becomes consistently reliable. I'll be happy with that, because that's all we need from the running backs.
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  5. woolster22

    woolster22 In the Starting Line-Up

    The pats need Maroney like I need an annurism...
  6. Patspsycho

    Patspsycho Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    I would like to wager that this thread exceeds 20 pages by next week.
  7. kurtinelson

    kurtinelson In the Starting Line-Up

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    He's an enigma or a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
  8. eagle eye

    eagle eye In the Starting Line-Up

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    And it could seriously affect my newly found psychedelic mood too!
  9. KontradictioN

    KontradictioN Do you even lift? Supporter

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    There's actually an excellent breakdown of Maroney's fumbling issues on PatriotsPlanet by a poster named AllWorldTE...

  10. farn

    farn In the Starting Line-Up

    Maroney, though usually ineffective, is not in my top three concerns.
  11. Deus Irae

    Deus Irae Retired Jersey Club Supporter

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    AWTE is almost always an excellent read.
  12. lillestroom

    lillestroom Practice Squad Player

    Maroney offers zilch except a low cost RB for the Pats who knows the system.

    When he gets cut (not if) no team will pick him up and he'll be a campbody for Lions, etc.

    He only ran well when Dillon ran well.
  13. patriotscpfc

    patriotscpfc Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    You're a moron.
  14. KontradictioN

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    If he gets released, my guess is he'll play well for whatever team picks him up and the same people who called for him to get released here (you) will dissect the front office for actually being "dumb enough" to let him go (ala David Thomas last season). Maroney is a solid running back. But this point has been discussed to death, hasn't it.
  15. robertweathers

    robertweathers Pro Bowl Player

    If LoMo was to be cut, he would be picked up in a heartbeat. There are a number of teams who would want him. He may not be an immediate starter with his new team, but the guy has value.

    There is no way the Pats cut him. Not w/ 3 other RBs on the wrong side of 30 and 2 of them habitually injured (may not be fair to Taylor but he was last year).
  16. Triumph

    Triumph Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

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    Whats being overlooked is the fact that Koolade changed cereals last year when he watches cartoons. He went from Cocoa Puffs to Captain Crunch. Then, the fumbling started to happen.

    Hes crazy for Cocoa Puffs again.
  17. JoeShmoe

    JoeShmoe 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    There was an excellent discussion on Maroney on one of the PatsCast podcasts (the myths one) and the point was made (which I agree with) that the Pats run blocking system just doesn't support a runner with Maroney's style. So many times last year when he got the ball a defender was already in the backfield ans he did well to get 2 or 3 yards

    I think we need to decide if we want a donwhill type of runner like Taylor or Morris or a more finesses runner like Maroney - for that reason he'll always do well for us in some games and badly in others

    As has been said I think if he went elsewhere you'd see be productive
  18. Patjew

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    Am I the only one that still likes Maroney?
  19. italian pat patriot

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    i expected more from him, no doubt; that's the reason why i'm a little bit hesitant to judge him

    let's see this season; i really hope he will have a huge good one
  20. patsinthesnow

    patsinthesnow Supporter Supporter

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    Maroney's next contract on another team will be a minor one. It will be for a Kevin Faulk role, not a starting runningback.

    His next contract won't be here, thank god.
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