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  1. PatsWickedPissah

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    BB's words last Friday...


    Q: How do you feel overall about the depth on the roster here right now? (Felgie)

    BB: This is the first week of August. It's a competitive camp. I think it's a competitive camp
    Q: Just looking at it on paper... (Felgie again attempting to hype the Chicken Littles)

    BB: What difference does it make? What is paper? You're going to put my
    paper out there against Buffalo's paper? It doesn't mean anything. Depth
    is what you have in October, November and December. That is what depth
    is. Depth in May, depth in July, what difference does it make?
    The guys
    we have, we're trying to get better. We have a lot of people we're
    trying to evaluate. We'll do what we can do to put the best team out
    there and pick the players that we think give us the best chance to win.
    That's all this process is a part of. I don't think depth in July means
    anything. I don't think depth in May means anything. Depth in November,
    December, that's when you either have it or don't have it.

    Q: One year, weren't your fifth and sixth linebackers Ted Johnson and
    Rosevelt Colvin? You look at it now and it's not quite the same. Is it
    more work building that depth in this camp?

    BB: It varies from position to position. You look at the offensive and
    defensive lines, if you go back two or three years, I don't think you'd
    be saying... again in those units, what you're saying about them is what
    you would be saying about them now. That's part of the transition of the
    team. Year to year, it's never going to be the same. Again, I don't
    think really right now is any time to even try to evaluate that. We have
    a lot of young players. We have some new players on the team and who
    knows where they're going to be in a month from now. They might look
    pretty good or they might not. We'll know a lot more about what kind of
    team we have in four or five weeks than we know now. That's no secret.
    Guys can come a long way in the course of training camp and a lot of
    players that we're not even talking about that could end up being
    significant factors on the team. I don't know how you could possibly
    evaluate that now and I wouldn't really try to evaluate it. We're just
    trying to get everybody better and get everybody an understand of what
    they're doing and start to evaluate them and start to work them into
    system and figure out where their different roles could fall as they
    perform and establish something for themselves, and the we'll make those
    roster decisions in about a month from now. At least that's the way I
    see it.
    **************

    In other words, BB is taking action to resolve and improve the situation which at this time is way too early to stratify.

    Think about this before posting the next panic thread. This is a major reason I don't do season's prognostications until after the last pre-season game when the rosters are set and the summer injury season for us and the enemy is clearer.
     
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    that was felger raking up that issue and then following it up next day with the article in the herald
    http://patriots.bostonherald.com/patriots/view.bg?articleid=151484

    Someone needs to ask him, he says they dont have phifer's and all those guys as depth players..did he even know mike vrabel until 2001 ? now those guys are indespensible,how would you know depth unless you know how they perform ?

    Its just him trying to make news and turning into the borges personality.
     
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    Eric Alexander, Freddie Roach and Pierre Woods have all looked very good in camp so far from my point of view. Dont be surprised to see one them really contribute to this team this year.
     
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    OK. I'll take input from fans actually at camp over 'analysis' from Felgie, Cafardo and their ilk.
     
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    Good post! Talked about this quote exactly on our show last night. Long way to go before anything is "determined".
     
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    Love it, love it, love it

    Felger: Just looking at it on paper...

    BB: What difference does it make? What is paper? You're going to put my
    paper out there against Buffalo's paper?
     
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    that is unbelievably classic!!!!

    Go Billy!!!
     
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    This is a rarity.

    To me, Coach is saying,
    our OL and DL are much better than our Ols and DLs
    who won Super Bowls.

    Since team performance always begins ... and often ends ...
    at the line of scrimmage,
    it would seem that BB is somewhat as optimistic about this season as we are.
     
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    The only reason BB even bothers with a press conference, is because he is obliged to conduct one.
    On the other hand, why reporters bother to attend one and, even sillier, ask him questions, remains a mystery.
     
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    One more Belichick-ism regarding Depth:

    “I’m for doing what’s best for the football team. If it’s carry four quarterbacks like we did in 2000, then we’ll carry four quarterbacks. If it’s carry seven offensive linemen, which we did at one point last year, then we’ll carry seven offensive linemen. In one game we had 11 linebackers active for a game. That might be an NFL record.â€

    For a coach who is notoriously tight-lipped, he is very quotable.
     
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    It's only the vaccuous sports reporters who actually miss most of BB's good stuff as it flies over their heads or between their ears.

    flutie2phelan nailed it when he correctly opined that BB was actually telling the press that this season's team has many capable players on both lines. Now what's that cliche about 'games being won in the trenches'?
     
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    Unfortunately many reporters fall in that category; you sure hit it on the head. Ask Belichick if Branch will be in uniform come September 10th and you get a patented, curt response. Ask Belichick about a defensive scheme he employed as coordinator of the Giants and he'll talk for 15 minutes. It's all about the questions.
     

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