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14 May 2010
The Patriots have re-signed Derrick Burgess to a one-year deal.
Posted by: Bill Barnwell on 14 May 2010
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17 May 2010, 1:29pm by
listen, i like the wire too, but can we stop saying "re-up" when it comes to football contracts?
Or, the great mystery of the universe: How Bill Belichick retains his reputation through a half-decade of the slow deterioration of Patriots defensive talent.
His reputation for what? A good coach? A good personnel man? I think having one of the best records, nearly the most regular season wins and playoff wins, the most Superbowl wins, making the playoffs 7 times out of his 10 years with the team (and missing two of them due to the obscure NFL tiebreaking rules), and a team that hasn't had a non-winning record since 2000 might speak to why he still has a reputation as a good coach.
I will agree that one area where his reputation is NOT deserved is as a draft genius. The more research I do about drafting and value, the more I conclude that the Patriots are average at best at drafting. They play it very safe and rarely bust on 1st rounders, but get significantly less value out of late rounders than may "good drafting" teams do, especially at WR and on defense. The bulk of the reason for their defensive decline in the last two years is that they had absolutely abysmal drafts in 2006 and 2007...so those good young 2nd and 3rd year players that should form the youthful core of a good defense don't exist.
"They play it very safe and rarely bust on 1st rounders, but get significantly less value out of late rounders than may "good drafting" teams do"
How many teams get league MVPs out of the 6th round?
I'm tired of people bashing the Patriots' drafts. Yes, the 2006 draft was a disaster, but they've had a lot of good picks, too. As always with Belichick, the standard people hold him to is "perfect". No, he's not perfect.
Belichick got his reputation for being a defensive genius by running the defenses that have won five Super Bowls.
Reminds me of that fantasy football commercial
better numbers last year than shawne merriman...
that is not saying much at all. and kudos nathan. i feel like its comment like these that keep me coming back to this site despite the absence of any significant news
For me the interesting thing here is that Mike Reiss was basically reporting that this was about to happen a few weeks ago. Reiss also was the only mock drafter I am aware of who had the Pats taking McCourty in the 1st round. Reiss clearly has the best inside sources when it comes to what the Pats are going to do next.
As for Burgess, the question is "can he play better than he did inn 2009?"
He made the biggest catch of the playoffs so far, but Green Bay's tight end had a lot of bad plays against Dallas too.
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