The New England Patriots,Julius Peppers and The 2009 Season

robert hendersonContributor IFebruary 15, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Former Patriots teammates Asante Samuel #22 of the NFC's Philadelphia Eagles and Vincent Wilfork #75 of the AFC's New England Patriots greet one another on the field during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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I can see The Pats signing peppers but I'd keep him as a DE. The Pats dont run a traditional 3-4 they switch it up. Even if the made Peppers a OLB he will rush the passer not drop into coverage. As far as A Thomas The Pats didn't use him properly.They never did. They will let him go although he's not the main problem.

The problem the Pats have is that they went away from their Identity.(In fact The Pats & Steelers did the same thing this year and the complaints are the same. Too much shotgun,pass happy,lacked balance causing ineffective running game when needed) 
The Pats Use to throw the ball to whoever was open. Teams weren't able to focus on one player and take them out of the game. Brady threw the ball to everyone and if no one was open dink & dunk pass to Mr Dependable Kevin Faulk.

Picking up Welker was a smart thing for them to do and I understand why they picked up Moss. However once The 2007 season was over they should of went back to their Identity. Unfortunately Brady got hurt in 2008. Once Brady came back everyone in this Area thought they would jump right back to where they were in 07. So unrealistic and by the end of the season everyones wondering what the f*&^ happened. 
What happened is the fans forgot that Brady is a human who has a Knee problem & 
they were so blinded by 07, Cassell doing well in 08.

Bill traded away or lost to retirement too many people at once. I understand that you don't let players walk for free and Wilfork is younger than Seymour and he plays the Anchor in the 34. But what might have happened if you keep him and just used the transition tag on him this year to be able to match any offer he gets. New England might have beaten The Raven,SD and Indy.Then its onto The Super Bowl and I'd put my money on Bill B when he plays you a second time after the embarrassing way they lost to New Orleans. ONce again I'm a Steelers fan living in NE so I'm not drinking the Bill B kool aid.