A Mistake On Everyone's Part: Joey Galloway

Anthony EmersonAnalyst IOctober 21, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 20:  Joey Galloway #13 of the New England Patriots grabs his jersey against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on September 20, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

When the New England Patriots signed Joey Galloway, I thought that Galloway would provide extra depth at wideout, while giving Tom Brady a reliable target.

I was dead wrong.

Galloway was terrible, playing in just three games, starting two, with just seven receptions. He hadn't played in a game since the win against the Atlanta Falcons. He had no touchdown receptions.

The 37-year-old wideout sat on the bench for the rest of his Patriots career, even during the 59-0 trounce of the Tennessee Titans, when almost every backup saw playing time.

But, did the New England brass actually believe the Galloway could be the player he was with Tampa Bay and Dallas?

Obviously, no. But the Buccaneers knew that Galloway was going downhill, releasing him on Feb. 25.

Galloway signed with the Patriots on March 14. I didn't think it was bad having Galloway as the extra wide receiver for the Patriots until I saw him missing passes in the loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 20.

I only watched a little of the game, but I saw Galloway miss at least three passes.

Galloway's 37-year-old body seemed to act it's age in the game against the Jets.

Something was obviously up when Galloway stopped playing, and he probably had his bags packed during the 59-0 route of the Titans.

So, whose fault is it? Is Belicheck's, for thinking Galloway could be reliable, when he clearly wasn't? Or is Galloway trying to play past his prime?

Galloway should've retried with the Buccaneers, where he was beloved. He should be remembered as a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Instead, he may be remembered as a guy who was over the hill trying to play a young man's game.