Seau or McGinest: who will have a better season?

Discussion in ' - Patriots Fan Forum' started by PromisedLand, Sep 8, 2006.


Who will have a better season?

  1. Willie McGinest

    32 vote(s)
  2. Junior Seau

    32 vote(s)
  1. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

    The parallels are obvious. One #55 leaves, another arrives. Both played at USC. Both are linebackers. Both have multiple Pro Bowls on their resumes. One is 35, the other is 37.

    So while the media lambasted the Patriots for cutting 35-year old Willie McGinest for salary reasons, the same media calls the Patriots "desparate" (Len Pasquarelli, ESPN) for signing 37-year old Junior Seau, who arguably was the far superior player in his prime.

    My question therefore is, who will have the better season? At this point in their careers, who will produce the most THIS year? Not that the answer to that question alone tells us who we should have on the roster because McGinest is getting paid far more in Cleveland than Seau is in New England. But at the end of this season, who do you think we would have WISHED we had on our roster, McGinest or Seau?
  2. BelichickFan

    BelichickFan B.O. = Fugazi Supporter

    #12 Jersey

    I had to vote for McGinest just because he seems way more likely to stay healthy. If that weren't a factor I would vote for Seau behind our DL vs. McGinest behind the Browns'.
  3. The Next One

    The Next One Rookie

    I'm a self-admitted homer but I have to say McGinest in this case. Seau's recent injury history, age and expected limited use (running downs only) could all keep him from putting up the numbers. Don't get me wrong, I think he'll help but he's not going to mean as much to this defense as Willie will to the Browns.
  4. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

    I agree if you base it on the past 3 years but injuries are tough to predict. Willie was on the shelf a lot of the time between 1997 and 2001, when he was in his mid to late-20's. Ironically he has been relatively healthy since then, but will he be healthy this year. Junior has been on the shelf a lot of the past 3 years but will he be injured this year?

    "Past performance is no guarantee of future results." ;)
  5. Richter

    Richter In the Starting Line-Up

    Assuming both guys stay healthy, it has to be Seau by default, doesn't it? He's the guy surrounded by superior talent, and being asked to play a small, specific role. Willie has to go into Cleveland and be a starting OLB, with a poor defensive line in front of him and a worse secondary behind him (not to mention a 3 and out offense keeping his unit on the field). All he's got is whatever Andra Davis and the rookie Wimbley give him for help on defense. Contrast that to Seau, who gets to play with Vrabel, Colvin and Bruschi, with a half ton of grade A, black angus quality beef controlling the trenches in front of him, and a solid secondary behind him, and who will likely only have to play 15 snaps a game or so, and will likely be playing with a lead more often than not... the choice has to be Seau, regardless of their individual talents.
  6. Patjew

    Patjew Supporter Supporter

    No Jersey Selected

    Willie will have a greater impact on his team. Though who wouldn't in Cleveland?
  7. patsfan55

    patsfan55 In the Starting Line-Up

    #95 Jersey

    first of all during their primes willie was very close to seau, NO WAY was seau far superior, so far off on that statement

    for ur question i say willie has the better year, seau is often injured at this point in his career, and willie still has a knack for the big play
    plus willie will be in for a lot more plays
  8. Digger44

    Digger44 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Ummm hellooooooo? Junior getting his first ring is better than Willie earning the #1 draft pick over all.
  9. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

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  10. Born_a_Patriot

    Born_a_Patriot Supporter Supporter

    I hope Seau He is a Patriot McGinest is a Brown. But I will never Understand why we let him go. It makes no sense to me. If some one wants to take the time to explain it by all means. I know we have to get younger, but based on our options keeping him would have made more sense.
  11. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

    He was going to count a bizillion dollars against the cap - I don't remember the exact amount - $8M, $9M, $12M, whatever it was was way to high to spend on a 35 year linebacker. Once we let him go we made what the team felt was a fair offer and Cleveland bid more. That's nobody's fault; it's just the way the system works. Willie himself said he has no bad feelings about on Rome Is Burning, yesterday.
  12. captain stone

    captain stone Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    No Jersey Selected

    Willie Mac - he shows no signs of slowing down. Remember the Jacksonville game? Effin awesome.

    Junior will have the more successful season, because his team has a legit chance to win the SB.
  13. bishbash

    bishbash On the Game Day Roster

    Well, guess you'd have to define "better season". Better, as in highest personal #s, or better, as in wearing a Super Bowl ring in Feb.?;)
  14. PromisedLand

    PromisedLand Virtual Internet Person

    I tried to define "better season" when I wrote "at the end of this season, who do you think we would have WISHED we had on our roster, McGinest or Seau?"
  15. robertweathers

    robertweathers Pro Bowl Player

    We all seem to agree that Willie Mac would be better on the Pats, but the Browns D is spotty and for someone of his age, I question his ability to hold up playing 50 plays a game. I think Seau will do very well here.

    I've got a feeling that by Week 7ish that this D will be rolling and Seau will have been able to grasp the defensive concepts with Bruschi helpig him be in as better position to make plays.

    So I guess I say that Seau will have a more sucessful season based on the surroundings and supporting cast.
  16. FloridaPatsFan

    FloridaPatsFan Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Willie had the heart of a champion.....I mean, how many times, late in the game, when you are so tired it hurts to breath did Willie come through with a great defensive play. And how about all the years he played DE at 275 lbs and taking on 300-335 lb D lineman?

    Willie earned his SB rings. If Seau plays one more season at 90% of what he used to be for the whole season and playoffs, I will gladly buy a Seau jersey. But I for one, will never say Seau is better than Willie. I wish the Pats would retire his # when he calls it a career.
  17. patsfan55

    patsfan55 In the Starting Line-Up

    #95 Jersey

    as dirty as it makes me feel
    its kinda like the way players are when they go to the (throw up a lil in my mouth) yankees

    hey, nem, bout to go onto 15,000-mazel tov
  18. FloridaPatsFan

    FloridaPatsFan Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Wow Nem, Congrats on 15000!!!
  19. jct

    jct Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Seau will have a better season.
    McGinest is old slow and will be injured soon...
  20. jczxohn1

    jczxohn1 Supporter Supporter

    You are correct, sir. Willie's rejoining RAC and coaching of players on the field will make a big difference in installing the 3-4 that RAC had to abandon last year. They just didn't get it. While his stats may drop off (teams won't be heading his way to avoid Sey and Rosie), he isn't learning to fit into a new system like Seau.

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