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  1. In all fairness to Luke, he's had 3 really NASTY concussions that were evident to anyone watching the games. He may have had others we don't know about. At times I think he is a bit more cautious when tackling than before in order to prevent another one. I don't blame him if that's the case. Like you said in your post an 85% Kuechly is still better than most MLB's in the NFL. I have noticed one thing...and correct me if I'm wrong... I don't think Luke missed a game the past 2 seasons because of a concussion.
  2. That's an AMAZING statistic. Your last sentence essentially says if a QB/Coach duo hasn't hasn't won a title in 5 seasons you're pretty much assured that they'll never hoist Lombardi trophy together. If you don't have a ring by the end of year 5, history seems to say one (or possibly both) need to go. Is that considered an analytical statistic?
  3. I see nothing wrong with drafting a QB in the upper end of the draft every few years and developing him into a reliable backup and/or possible trade bait for a team in need of a potential starter. My problem with the Grier pick in the 3rd round is the fact that your starting QB was coming off of a major shoulder injury/surgery. When Will was drafted we didn't even know if Cam would be ready to throw in training camp, much less start the season. He didn't have the luxury of being groomed given Cam's off season status. If the coaching staff wasn't sure he could carry the load if Cam was injured then they should have used that pick to address other needs and look for a veteran in FA or via trade. Taking a QB in rounds 4-7 wouldn't hurt as bad as blowing a pick in the top 100 in the 3rd round. Ron Rivera (and Marty Hurney) have to realize they could both be canned at season's end. If I was in their situation prior to the 2019 season and coming off of a 7-9 record, there is no way I would have bet my future on an undrafted FA (Allen) and/or a 3rd round rookie (Grier) to step and hold things together with the possibility of Cam not being 100% to start the season.
  4. I think Will was the one of the top 100 (give or take a couple of slots) in the draft. That's a pretty high investment for a team coming off of a 7-9 season and starting QB coming off of season ending shoulder surgery. I think most of us assumed that selection meant that he would be the #2 QB on the roster going forward, or possibly the franchise guy if Cam leaves the team after his contract expires in 2020. We all wanted Cam to return to his pre-injury form this season. But, Cam getting hurt this year gave the team an opportunity to see what it has in Will. Had he come in an played like Josh, we'd know that he is an effective back up at worst and possibly a starter under certain circumstances. Not playing him has made that pick practically worthless. Based on how this year has turned out we could have used that pick to bolster the O-line, D-line, LB core, or secondary. I know some may feel that he's not ready...and you could be right. I also think Ron realizes that the could be fired if this season go down the drain, so he may not be willing to put his career in the hands of a rookie QB. That said, if they feel that Will isn't ready then it means that he shouldn't have been taken in the 3rd round given our QB situation heading into the 2018 off season.
  5. Agreed. I think Will was the one of the top 100 (give or take a couple of slots) in the draft. That's a pretty high investment for a team coming off of a 7-9 season and starting QB coming off of season ending shoulder surgery. I think most of us assumed that selection meant that he would be the #2 QB on the roster going forward, or possibly the franchise guy if Cam leaves the team after his contract expires in 2020. We all wanted Cam to return to his pre-injury form this season. But, Cam getting hurt this year gave the team an opportunity to see what it has in Will. Had he come in an played like Josh, we'd know that he is an effective back up at worst and possibly a starter under certain circumstances. Not playing him has made that pick practically worthless. Based on how this year has turned out we could have used that pick to bolster the O-line, D-line, LB core, or secondary.
  6. Gotta agree with the last sentence. I believe it was Bill Walsh that said "Beat the teams that you're suppose to (the bad ones) and go .500 against rest". If you are a solid team, that should put you in playoff contention every year.The Patriots have won their division every year for a decade and the AFC "Least" always seems to be composed of bad teams. The last time they didn't win their division was the year Brady go hurt (2008); and they still managed to finish 11-5 that season. That doesn't say much for the division as a whole. I think the best QB they faced in the AFC "least" for the for the past 15-20 years is Chad Pennington, a solid, not great QB, who had a career derailed by injuries. The division title win every year guarantees at least one home playoff game. If you can win 12 per year that almost guarantees a bye week. If you beat the 2nd best team head to head or get a tie break you're home for the playoffs. I can't recall the Patriots ever having to start the playoffs on the road for the wildcard round in the Brady/Belichik era. That fact that they won SB"s and the AFC 3 other times proves that they are always solid, but I can't help but think having to play an extra game in the WC round, or less AFC title games at home would have made things a lot tougher.
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