…I start a blog, make a few posts, then disappear for a long stretch. Then everything happens in Boston sports…everything. What a stupid move by me. It’s time to make it right.
We’ll start with comments of some of the recent happenings with the local teams (the four major ones anyway). As time goes on, there will be expanded comments about most of the topics below…and then some…
We’ll start from worst press to best, in my estimation:
*Aaron Hernandez–Whoa…suspect in multiple murders? And we all thought he just smoked a little weed. Crazy situation, no doubt. Would take him in the 4th round all over again though. Even if teams took him off their draft board because of his questionable connections. Well, who in the NFL DOESN’T have questionable connections? And expanded “posses” once the money comes rolling in? You could argue Tom Brady has “questionable connections” in Giselle. He stopped doing the “team” thing in the offseason once he hooked up with her (until this year apparently). And they haven’t won the Big One since. OK, maybe that is not a real comparison, but the point is that no one could predict the Hernandez situation. Could have happened to any team. Does it hurt the Patriots “brand”? Maybe. Should they stop taking chances on questionable “characters”? Maybe. But to think they knew his questionable character and his shady associates would turn into potential multiple murder cases, that’s absurd. Above all, it is really hard to fathom how a young player can just throw everything away like he did. But real life is hard to explain sometimes. Tough to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Only he knows what made him tick ultimately and maybe it all somehow made sense to him. However silly that sounds.
*Tim Tebow–Love the move…unless he actually takes snaps this year where Brady is on the sideline. Brady should never leave the field if he is healthy, certainly not for any gimmick plays. And I include The Wildcat as a gimmick play. Let’s face it, McDaniels knows offensive talent. He may have made a foolish move when he was coach of the Broncos when he traded those multiple picks to move up to the first round to take him. No one was taking Tebow in the first round or anytime soon after that. But he saw SOMETHING. And for some silly reason, I trust him. People keep saying Tebow can’t play in the NFL. And these people know a lot more about football than I do. Some played the game at a high level. They say his throwing motion and mechanics are awful, blah, blah, blah. That may be true. But why can’t he improve on his shortcomings? Why can a high first round pick with all the tools improve by working on their deficiencies, but Tebow can’t? We all know about his work ethic, so let’s put him in one offense and let him work. For years, not weeks. Let’s not screw around with making him a TE or a personal punt protector or gimmick player. Let Brady play and Tebow work behind the scenes to improve and learn. Brady can play at a high level for years still, since you can’t touch the QB or WRs in this day and age. Plus I believe the Pats rely on the running game more going forward. But Tebow can develop in the meantime. Why not?
*Alfonzo Dennard–Dumb, dumb, dumb…ok, let’s let all the facts come out. But if you get a gift of only 2 years probation and 30 days in jail for punching a cop, at least partly due to having a letter of recommendation from your current head coach and previous college AD (and ex-legendary coach), then you really should do everything you can to stay out of trouble. Especially in the wake of the whole Hernandez allegations. There has been some chatter that the Lincoln, NE cops were “out to get him”, due to him getting off lightly for a crime against one of their own, due to his professional football/college football career status. Would hate to think that the cops would act in this manner, but anything is possible. Just like any other profession, not every police officer is likely morally upright. But either way, if I were Dennard, I probably wouldn’t go out in that city after the sentencing, just to be safe. Wouldn’t put myself in the position of something bad happening at all. Ride out the penalty, have some of it potentially chopped off, and keep making great dough in the NFL. Now that is in jeopardy.
*Overall team–Didn’t particularly care for how the whole Welker thing went down and now with Gronk having setbacks and Hernandez’ situation, they sure could use him. Brady clearly has less weapons to work with. Think Amendola can be great, but he has to stay on the field, no easy task for him. The rest of the WRs are thin. Lloyd must have been so bad in the locker room that they seem to have no interest in bringing him back at all. Which is what people thought may happen before, considering that they were negotiating to lower his salary right before they released him. But he is still out there I believe. The thought here is that they use the running game more, given the emergence of Ridley last year, as well as the performance of Vereen at the end. Add in Bolden and Blount, these guys should carry more of the load and get less hits on Brady. Washington can take some screens as well. Run the clock and hope that the young guys on D keep improving. It’s time for the D to step it up and there is some talent there. We will see how it all comes together.
Enough for now…next: Celtics