The State of the Patriots
It appears the Patriots’ Interchangeable Parts theory may have finally got the best of them. For years they lived with the philosophy that they could plug in new parts without any regard to the players they were casting off. I don’t think they appreciated the players any more. When a player asked for more, they got shown the door. Success may have got to their head. Instead of developing young talent, they turned to aging veterans because they came at a good price tag, and you didn’t have to live with rookie mistakes. The Patriots also got away with what they do well. They swung and missed in the 2006 NFL Draft going Offense by taking RB Laurence Maroney and WR Chad Jackson, both of who have been disappointments. They knew their LB corps was aging. Wouldn’t DeMeco Ryans have been a nice fit instead of Maroney? Instead of addressing a serious need at LB they continued to try and patch the problem. Chad Jackson has never lived up to the hype. He’s not the type of player they do well. They’re good at taking guys like Richard Seymour, Vince Wilfork. and Ty Warren. The Patriots figured that with Tom Brady they could beat anybody. So much so that they operated without a safety net. When Brady went down they were forced to go with a QB who didn’t even have college experience, let alone NFL experience. Their miss at RB in Maroney (Addai, MJD, and LenDale White all were picked after him) left them without a consistent ground attack. So you have an inexperienced QB, an inconsistent ground game, and holes in both your linebacking corps and your secondary. That is not the Patriot way that we’ve grown accustomed to. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt that they’ll get it turned around, I’ve just lost some of the faith.