Posted on: January 7, 2013 9:47 am
If the Patriots somehow win the Super Bowl next month, I think virtually all conversation will be ended as to who the greatest QB of all-time is. If Brady wins a 4th ring, 8 seasons after winning his last one, in the era of free agency, parity, etc., I personally think that is a greater accomplishment than Bradshaw or Montana's 4 titles or anything pre-merger (Graham, Luckman, Tittle, Unitas) or early modern (Lombardi's Packers).
Along with that, Belichick (who already has a HOF resume) has to go down as one of the greatest not only coaches, but personnel guys as well.
Belichick took over in 2000, which was also his first draft. He ended up with the following drafts:
2001- Richard Seymour, Matt Light
2002- Daniel Graham, Deion Branch, Jarvis Green, David Givens
2003- Ty Warren, Eugene Wilson, Asante Samuel, Dan Koppen, Tully Banta-Cain
2004- Vince Wilfork, Ben Watson
2005- Logan Mankins, Ellis Hobbs, Nick Kaczur, James Sanders, Matt Cassel
2006- Stephen Gostowski, Ryan O'Callaghan (this was the Maroney-Chad Jackson year, bad draft)
2007- Brandon Meriweather (nothing else came from this, worst draft of Bill's NE era)
2008- Jerod Mayo, Matthew Slater (this was the "fix the secondary draft, Wilhite, Wheatley) Crable never got healthy
2009- Pat Chung, Ron Brace, Darius Butler, Sebastian Vollmer, Brandon Tate, Myron Pryor, Julian Edelman
2010- Devin McCourty, Rob Gronkowski, Jermaine Cunningham, Brandon Spikes, Aaron Hernandez, Zoltan Mesko, Brandon Deaderick
2011- Nate Solder, Ras-I Dowling, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley, Ryan Mallett, Marcus Cannon
2012- Chandler Jones, Donta Hightower, Tavon Wilson, Jake Bequette, Nate Ebner, Alfonzo Dennard
That first chunk (along with what Bill inherited) won this team 3 Super Bowls. The middle chunk were lean years. Those guys helped the Pats reach another Super Bowl. And this last chunk appeared in another Super Bowl last year, with a chance to get back and win another one this year. Overall, Belichick has drafted very well and lots of teams now copy the Pats model of not paying older guys, stockpiling picks, staying out of free agency for the most part, and trading down in drafts to build depth. If Belichick & Brady win another ring this year, they are the best coach-Qb combo in history beyond a doubt, they are already in the discussion but that would clinch it I think.
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:40 am
I was just listening to the Pixk-6 podcast on this website, not something I normally do but they were looking ahead at the pending NFL offseason following Super Bowl XLVI. Whether the Pats win or lose, they will have a bevy of offseason moves to make and that's not even taking April's draft into account. As usual under Bill Belickick, the Patriots have multiple picks in each of the first couple of rounds and all New England fans want to see what we've never seen: the Patriots to draft an impact pass rusher with a 1st round pick.
However, in this podcast, Ryan Wilson and Will Brinson went over the list of upcoming free agents the the WR position, and the list is astounding.
As follows, all will be unrestricted FA's this offseason:
That's quite a list. After looking at a few websites, most people see Bowe and Welker as the most likely to stay with their current teams, while there is a good chance a few of these guys get franchised.
For Patriots fans, an interesting theory has been put out there by a few sources now: Brandon Lloyd will follow new Pats OC Josh McDaniels to New England, giving the Patriots the deep threat they have been missing since Randy Moss left. The Joey Galloway/Chad Ochocinco experiments didn't work, and both Brandon Tate and Taylor Price flopped.
The Patriots will have little to no shot at Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd or Alshon Jeffrey, so FA will be their best bet to acquire a top wideout this offseason. If they resign Welker and bring in Brandon Lloyd, the Patriots can continue to score enough to cover up the glaring holes on defense and devote draft picks to other areas of need (being mainly DE, OLB, CB and C if Dan Koppen isn't brought back). The Patriots also have BJGE as a free agent but I can see him returning and splitting time with Ridley next year, with Vereen more a 3rd down and special teams guy a la Kevin Faulk in his prime.
Fellow Pats fans, what do you think? What do the Patriots need to do this offseason?
Posted on: December 16, 2009 9:52 am
What is this, the Big 10 (or Big 11 as I like to call it) thinking about expanding? There are already 11 teams in the misnomer that is the Big X. If anything, the Big 11 should be thinking about contracting (hey Northwestern, take a hike) not expanding. Over the years, the Big 10 has tried to recruit Notre Dame. This would make sense on every level for the conference (geography, tradition, revenue) but would be detrimental financially to ND, which is the only reason it has never happened. Besides their lucrative national TV deal, ND has the luxury and flexibility to schedule whoever they want. Instead of half their schedule being a conference slate, ND seeks out home and homes with teams that will pay them (and teams they think they will beat even though that hasn't been the case with the Stanfords, UConns and Syracuses of the world). I can understand why Missouri would want to leave the difficult Big 12 and join the eminently winnable Big 10, but what will the Big 10 call itself? Can't call itself the Big 12, for obvious reasons. Downsize, not supersize.
Also on college football, can't wait until bowl season is over and kids start making it known whether they are coming out for the draft or staying at school. The NFL draft is one of my favorite sports events and I love mock drafts, Kiper vs. McShay, the Big Board, combine, everything. Jake Locker really surprised me by returning to U of Wash. It's not like they can even win the Pac-10 next year, never mind the national title. Sam Bradford I could understand last year because Oklahoma had a chance to win. Returning to a team that has Gerald McCoy, Jermaine Gresham, etc., that makes sense. No one can foresee injury, but I think Bradford made the right call. He will probably still be a first round pick this spring. With Locker out of the draft, Clausen is the clear first QB off the board.
Devin Harris should not have been ejected last night. He was cleary going for the ball, took a horrible, stupid angle on the attempted block, and got Moon's dome piece instead. We see this once or twice a month, a bad foul.
The Celtics are destroying people right now. They have to be number 1 in any power rankings until the Lakers play some road games.
Keep the DH! Pitching has become way waaaaaaaay too specialized for these guys to be batting and running the bases. I understand they are professional athletes that should be able to swing the stick and run like anyone else; but come on, it's sad watching these guys try to hit. It's a Sportcenter Top 10 when Carlos Zambrano, Micah Owings or some other "hitting" pitcher smacks the long ball. That's stupid. I'm all for consistency between the AL and NL. Some people say put the DH into the NL, and some say get rid of it all together. I say put it in the NL.