Originally posted on Bloguin Best  |  Last updated 5/24/12


Ever since Tom Brady and Belichick teamed up to win a few championships early in the aughts, the football community has held the team in this high regard that they can do no wrong.

Trade for Haynesworth and Ochocinco? They can get away with it because maybe these guys will buy into the "Patriot Way". Draft a kid from some unknown school? They can get away with it because it is all part of the master plan. Ignore glaring needs in your skill positions? No big deal, because Belichick will make it work.

Enough.

At what point are we going to call a spade a spade? They have been unable to get over the hump for the better part of the last decade, and we will all soon forget that magical season they had that Plax and Eli cut short. That season showed what Brady can do with a serious downfield threat along the lines of Randy Moss, so what have they done since then? Given him so serious threat down the sideline.

Gronk, Hernandez and Welker are all well and good for the dip and dunk, but there is never a threat of a big play which allows opposing defences to stack up and allow the plays underneath.

It would have made sense that at least one big time receiver or running back would have been brought in this offseason, considering the going rate for skill position players is at an all time low. But no, instead they call up Joseph Addai and Brandon Lloyd, decent players in their own right, but both far enough removed from their glory days that a significant impact might be out of the question.

Read more...

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Fred Hoiberg: Rajon Rondo ‘longshot’ to return during Celtics series

Pat Riley: LeBron James’ departure from Miami ‘was personal’

Marcus Smart fires back at Jimmy Butler over ‘not about that life’ talk

Tony Gonzalez: Tony Romo did not cost me CBS job

Martavis Bryant conditionally reinstated by the NFL

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Dustin Pedroia: No rift in Red Sox clubhouse after Manny Machado incident

USGA tries to simplify rules by ending viewer call-ins, somehow makes it more complicated

NFL GM: Peterson could push Saints ‘into the playoffs and beyond’

Report: Derek Jeter/Jeb Bush-led group wins auction for Miami Marlins

Jets GM: ‘No problem’ avoiding domestic violence offenders in draft

Texans will have a draft pick announced from outer space

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

Box Score 4/25: 'So long, sleeves'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Where it went wrong: Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 exits

20 of the best NFL Draft red carpet looks

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

The 'QB or not QB? That is the question' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Paul Millsap needs a twin phone

Perfect matches: Handpicking players for certain teams in the 2017 NFL Draft

NFL Draft do-overs we'd most like to see

NFL Draft X-factor players you may have missed during their college careers

Everything you need for the 2017 NFL Draft

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

NBA Weekend Awards: Who takes home the Wilt Chamberlain Trophy?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker