The State of the Patriots

Oct 13, 2008

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.

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. LEV
    October 13th, 2008 at 3:17 pm #

    Very honest and poignant words. Also very true. I mean even though i think Belichik is an egomaniac, if there is any coach in the NFL who can turn it around, its Bill. I wouldn’t count them out just yet. The AFC is still wide open. Not sold on the Bills or Jets yet in the East. And if you take a look at the AFC as a whole, who do you fear… Steelers (no o-line), Colts (no run defense), Jags (no receiving weapons), Broncos (no D). The AFC is wide open. Don’t sound the alarms yet. If the playoffs started today and the Pats were in it, I’d still pick them because of their coach.

  2. CK0712
    October 13th, 2008 at 5:51 pm #


    Money, that is just money & truer words haven’t been spoken!

    The Patriots figured that with Tom Brady they could beat anybody. So much so that they operated without a safety net

  3. LestersLegends
    October 13th, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    LEV – you’re prob right. just not used to this
    CK – i wish it weren’t the case.

  4. CK0712
    October 13th, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    me either, but that is a money answer!

  5. LestersLegends
    October 13th, 2008 at 7:00 pm #


  6. CK0712
    October 13th, 2008 at 7:27 pm #

    i don’t mean it badly, because that very well could be my team. it’s scary though, to bank on one person.

  7. LestersLegends
    October 13th, 2008 at 7:28 pm #


  8. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:53 pm #

    I think that, without Brady or an effective rushing attack, it tires out an aging D with a questionable secondary

    hard to win consistently with that formula

    personally = I’d play O’Connell over Cassell

  9. LestersLegends
    October 13th, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    Great point 3rd. That might not be a bad idea.

  10. Chuck
    October 14th, 2008 at 12:26 pm #

    At least you don’t have Childress.

  11. LestersLegends
    October 14th, 2008 at 12:35 pm #


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