- Nov 14, 2006
One thing I think I’ve noticed is that BB is going against his own philosophy with his FA signings recently. He has been notorious for the philosophy “better a year early than a year late” when it comes to cutting ties with aging veterans. But he has been signing older veteran FAs like Parker and Juju and they’re showing why better a year early is a good approach. Can’t help but wonder if he’s being over optimistic about the resilience and ability to sustain performance when players have performed well elsewhere. Maybe he doesn’t know how much time they spent in the tub trying to stay on the field with their old teams. Or am I imagining this trend?
IDK, he did build championship teams in the first part of the dynasty with wash ups and retreads like Bryan Cox, Anthony Pleasants, Ted Washington, etc. He has always tried the bring in the former stud player at the end of his career and try to squeeze out another year or two out of them. It has worked like the guys you mentioned, but have failed too like with Chad Ochocinco or Torry Holt.
But I don't see Smith-Schuster or Parker in that category. They are in the distressed assets category. He loves the guys who have shown in the past that they can be solid players, but they were no longer wanted on their team. Belichick loves to bring these guys in and hope he can ressurect them because he can get them cheap like they did with Randy Moss or LeGarette Blount or Trent Brown. Age isn't an issue with either of those guys.
The problem with both these philosophies is that there is a relatively low success rate. You might be signing players on the cheap, but most of the time you get what you pay for or less. It worked in the early dynasty because the Pats had a solid core of players from Brady to Bruschi to Law to McGinest, etc. And in the later dynasty it worked because Brady could hide a lot of the flaws. It doesn't work now because they neither have a solid core of players nor Brady.