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  1. Seahawks definitely did it before the Patriots did, both earlier and more often.
  2. I did not, but this is just evidence that Google is very good at determining what is a relevant search result. Particularly of note is the date on that thread. September 15, 2009.
  3. So you're saying the pig is ripe for the slaughter?
  4. If the Patriots don't have Hightower, they don't win either 2014 or 2016 Super Bowls. In particular, look at the play right before Butler's pick against SEA. Look who was the first one to meet Lynch in the backfield. It is true that Hightower is at best average in coverage, but he is an exceptional tackler, a very good blitzer, and can stay on the field as a straight pass rusher if necessary on 3rd down. Additionally, he was defensive captain and wore the green dot last year. No he is not a sideline to sideline pursuit guy, nor an exceptional coverage backer (how many of those even exist that aren't tweeners?). He is however one of the best in the league at running downhill to the ball. Is that worth 12m a year? Probably not. I could definitely see the Pats deciding it is worth 10 though. Bill Belichick has never valued pure pass rushers (though he tried to get Colvin from the Bears, Rosey had a pretty gruesome hip injury that ruined his career). The most notable edge players under BB have been OLB/DE tweener types (McGinest, Vrabel, Ninkovich). He has always spent more money and draft stock on the big guys (see, for example, the pretty damn good Seymour/Wilfork/Warrent 3-4 DL. Very few sacks, but a lot of first rounders and cap space were spent on keeping those guys together).
  5. Brady is 39, of course his days are numbered. I don't think anyone can say for certain what that number is, though. As for the defense, I'm not surprised Bill traded Chandler Jones or Jamie Collins. Bill doesn't value the athletic freaks the way many other teams do. On defense he is willing to pay for solid, above average but not great mid-price guys. As much as Boston loves guys like Bruschi, Vrabel, and McGinest, no one thinks they hold a candle to the Steel Curtain. He traded Seymour rather than pay him. He let Ty Law go once his skills slipped. He let Asante go. Wilfork stayed because there is no mega-bucks market for NTs, even a guy who might go down as one of the best NTs ever. The Hightower thing looks a lot like how Bill treated McCourty. Let him shop around, find the best offer, then decide whether to match it.
  6. On the play before Butler's pick against the Seahawks, Hightower completely stuffed Lynch. Hightower is at best an average coverage lineback, but he is a downhill monster between the tackles, and an excellent blitzer. In addition, he also is extremely football smart. He was a defensive captain and wore the green dot for the Pats. He isn't a sideline to sideline guy like Lewis/Urlacher/Vilma, and he isn't the freak athlete like Julian Peterson was or Jamie Collins is. But he absolutely is a prototypical thumper and the heart of the defense.
  7. The problem with tinkering with the cap system is that it is a function of the relationship between owners and players in the CBA. A certain percentage of the revenue goes to paying players, which is how the cap is determined. If you start making exceptions, you can end up in the situation where some larger market teams, or teams with richer owners, can afford to drop megabucks on players. No small market team (or a team with a poorer owner, like Mark Davis) would ever be able to retain a QB, because someone like Paul Allen or Jerry Jones would come in and offer a monster contract. I don't think anyone wants the NFL to turn into MLB. For all the talk of Brady taking less, he is still the highest paid player on his team every year, and his dollars per year are consistently near the top of players in the league, depending on who happened to sign a mega contract each year. The Patriots cap situation is more largely affected by Bill Belichick's unwillingness to give out monster contracts to players. Look how much Chandler Jones got from Arizona. The Patriots, especially on defense, just don't give out megabucks deals. The Gilmore deal alone feels pretty out of character. That is why they have so much cap space.
  9. They are still employees who are getting a bonus for being better at their job. If you were the best back judge in the league, but on a crew where the ref made a lot of bad calls, would you want to be penalized?
  10. Would you say that the pig is ripe for the slaughter?
  11. Pats fans thought that they were going to break all the records AGAIN in 2008 to make up for the 2007 Super Bowl. Injuries happen.
  12. Carroll won 10, then 9, then 8 games with a Pats team that Parcells built, but GM Bobby Grier slowly destroyed with some terrible drafting and veteran reward contracts (remember that he made Drew Bledsoe the highest paid NFL player ever at one point). Carroll was never an amazing X's and O's coach. The schemes in Seattle are not complex. They just happen to have a lot of very good players that they taught sound fundamentals to on defense. The biggest problem the Jets have is talent at some key positions. Give Bowles another year, jettison some of the troublemakers, and find a new QB.
  13. I think so. Someone reported seeing him in warm-ups.
  14. I haven't spent a lot of time watching Jets games this year, or spending much time on your forum. Hence my question: Do you legitimately think Petty has any chance of being the future for the Jets? What about Hackenberg? Or are the Jets guaranteed to be in the market for a starting QB next year? (either draft or trade or FA)
  15. I don't see the big deal. Even Tebow says he would do it the same if it happened over again. Dude was 3rd string QB, and BB said he'd prefer no distractions. Props to Tim for buying into the Patriots team concept. Tim was unfortunately not an NFL caliber QB, and got cut. Not much else to say.