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The Patriots off-season ways

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I’m going to rant a little about New England’s off-season ways the past couple of years.

The last time the Patriots did anything big in the off-season was when they went and traded for Randy Moss and Wes Welker.

How did that season turn out?

The offense was amazing and the Patriots were a minute away from a perfect season if it wasn’t for that defense. The one thing that hasn’t been good since the Super Bowl days – the defense.

Tom Brady is always working with less than Peyton, Drew, and Aaron Rodgers and I hate it. I hate when free agency starts and other teams are signing the big names, the talented players to their team, while the Patriots are looking for hidden gems.

The Patriots are struggling to find Brady good weapons outside of Gronk and Edelman, and they’re really struggling to find him someone over 6 feet tall. The biggest problem is they don’t want to pay for that outstanding player or give up a draft pick for Josh Gordon back in 2013.

They didn’t want to pay Vincent Jackson because he wanted money, well he’s great so duh he wants money! Almost all the great players do! Except for Tom Brady, who took a pay cut last year, and for what? They didn’t sign anybody worth while and failed to re-sign Brady’s best friend Wes Welker back. They also made him throw to rookie wide receivers that were horrible for the first half and barely okay the second half.

That offense the Patriots had around Brady was not a playoff offense, if any, other QB outside the great 4 was the Pats QB, they wouldn’t have made the playoffs, led alone another AFC Title Game.

Brady needs help but New England probably won’t sign any big names tomorrow or someone with great talent on their own. The Pats will sign someone they think can be a hidden gem because Tom Brady will make them good. That, my friend, isn’t fair to our QB.

The Patriots have the luxury to be cheap because of Tom Brady, but that isn’t fair to keep asking him to do so much with so little. Or, to keep scoring over 30 in most games because they haven’t fixed the defense.

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The Patriots defense went down fast when Aqib Talib was hurt in the AFC Title Game in January. Talib makes the defense better, but the Patriots probably won’t pay him and let him walk, but if they do that, they will HAVE to do something in order to help their defense not bottom out.

Without Talib they will need another big time corner and they still need a pass rusher regardless.

My pick is Jared Allen, who has had double digit sacks each of the past 7 years. He wants to play for a team that’s a contender and of course he’d love to play for the Patriots. But, is Allen too good for New England? Too expensive? I certainly hope they make this big move and not focus on his age (31) considering Tom Brady is aging and his time is running out. They need to win now!

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Allen’s stats were 52 tackles, 2 FF, and 11.5 sacks last year.

I don’t want Arthur Jones. We have Vince Wilfork, and Jones is a great run stopper more than a pass rusher. Running isn’t what beats us, passing is. We need players that can get after the QB. We already have the best run stopper and I don’t want New England spending a ton of money to go after Jones. Jones stats were 4 sacks last season and 53 tackles.

Lamarr Houston is another name the Pats might need to look at. I think he could fit the system for New England if they wanted someone young, but still Jared Allen is my pick.

I really want that pure awesome pass rusher.

Corner wise, I like Antonio Cromartie. He has great size that you need now at the corner, he’s actually bigger than Talib. Cromartie, every year, has been a really solid talent, and we saw how good the Jets defense was last year. Cromartie could replace Aqib Talib for New England, and he’s only 29 years old, and stays healthy. 

Alterraun Verner is another great option at corner.

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We saw what this current defense did without Talib, so they have to upgrade if he leaves.

On offense, the Patriots need offensive linemen, wide receivers, and a tight end.

Dobson wasn’t as great as people thought or I thought and I would NOT bank on him improving. Putting all your eggs in that basket is stupid. The Patriots can draft a wide receiver or two, or sign one in free agency.

Eric Decker is a guy a lot of people are saying is not number 1 WR talent, but I say he fits the Patriots offense perfectly.

The Patriots do not need a WR that is a deep threat only. Not anymore anyway. They love running routes, and throwing short passes all the way up the field and last year they did that just fine, but the problem is in the redzone with NO RZ threat outside of Gronk.

They need a big WR with great hands who can run routes, be good on 3rd downs, go deep and make plays sometimes, and be an RZ threat. Decker could do that in New England’s offense. He runs good routes, big guy, can go deep, and be an RZ threat. Decker is young, and over 6’3. He was an excellent RZ threat for Denver He hauled in 11 touchdowns in 2013, and 13 touchdowns in 2012. I wouldn’t over pay Decker though, because he still has to prove he can be a number one guy.

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Hakeem Nicks is willing to take a one year deal and has decent size. Emmanuel Sanders was a guy New England wanted last year, however, I doubt he’ll help in the RZ, considering he’s only 5’11, but he’s speedy. Though a report has linked Sanders to the Lions.

Devin Hester and Dexter McCluster are great candidates that’ll be cheap for slot receivers with New England. They can take a 5 yard pass and turn it into a 50 yard gain. Adding one of them with Edelman would be excellent.

There is a report that the Saints will release Darren Sproles and New England could be interested. I’d love to have Sproles on the team. He is a play maker coming out of the backfield with excellent speed. Can you imagine Sproles and Vereen for Brady?

If the Patriots draft Kevin Norwood, I’ll be happy with that! So, they might not have to sign a free agent WR.

Tight end wise there is Garrett Graham, who is a big guy who looked promising with a bad Texans team last season. He has good size and speed, and hands. The other notable tight ends are Dustin Keller, and Scott Chandler.

The Patriots might be better off getting a big, talented tight end in the draft.

On the offensive line, though, there is plenty of good talent New England could pick up and even add depth.

Branden Albert was on the trading block last season, but will test the market this year. Albert had a great year so he won’t be cheap, but he’d be worth it.

OG Geoff Schwartz would be a great pickup for New England. He’s only 28 too, and did a great job for the Chiefs last year.

At center Jonathan Goodwin is a capable and reliable guy. He hasn’t missed a game since 2008. He did great for the 49ers and he shouldn’t cost too much considering he’s 35 years old.

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There is also Brian de la Puente, who has plenty of experience in protecting a pass heavy team, coming from the Saints.

Ryan Wendell shouldn’t be brought back unless it’s for depth purposes because he was awful last year. Dan Connolly has to be moved around because he wasn’t great at OG.  Marcus Cannon didn’t inspire confidence at RG either.  The Pats have to upgrade this position on the team as Brady took way too many hits last season.

Again, the depth in the draft at this spot could afford New England the luxury of just drafting their needs.

The Patriots should address their defense through free agency, considering there is a lot of talent out there.

Will New England make big moves this year? I doubt it, but I’m hopeful.

 


 


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One Response to “The Patriots off-season ways”

  1. Steve says:

    Jeeeeez who are ya’ll hiring

    Sounds like this article was written by a teenager with zero analytical experience

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