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You wrote about the Patriots' loss to the Ravens:
"Given that performance—not only on Sunday but through most of the regular season—we can now say with absolute certainty that Belichick’s decision to ship off both Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour was a big mistake on his part. Amidst all the off-season losses New England suffered over the last two years, it was foolish to think replacing key veterans with young talent would be a seamless transition, because it simply wasn’t."
First of all, I agreed with 90 percent of what you wrote. I think the dynasty has fallen. Anything done from here will be the creation of a "new" team that will fail or succeed based on a new set of standards while carving out its own niche in history.
But for you to write that with "absolute certainty" Belichick's decision to ship off Vrabel and Seymour was a "big mistake" is not a certainty at all. There are so many factors to consider when judging that move. I for one loved Vrabel and like Seymour. But Vrabel was not an impact player anymore and was making a fairly hefty salary for a player, many scouts were rumored to agree, who had lost a step in spite of his servicability in Bill's system.
Seymour? He hasn't been a playmaker for years. I know he's a big body who occupies blockers. But he's paid at an elite, playmaking level and a playmaker he ain't. With the contract of Wilfork due at the same time, along with fellow Pro Bowler Logan Makins, not everyone could get paid and be happy---especially when you consider D-line is the Pats' most deep position.
Did you know there had been a rift between Seymour and Bill? There was. Everyone knew of it but it was rarely written about. Not sure of the exact details why, but it existed and was a prevelent theme around here. So Seymour was a goner if he wasn't paid like a playmaker, while the younger and much better Vince Wilfork ALSO wanted to be paid like a playmaker gets paid. Couldn't pay 'em both. Wilfork is MUCH better and a lot younger. Granted, Wilfork isn't a "playmaker" but few fat guys in the middle of a 3-4 ever are. A huge, immovable nose tackle is a must in the Bill Belichick style 3-4. You just can't find those kind of guys out there, so Wilfork is nearly irreplaceable. Seymour, on the other hand, has been over rated for many years, I'm sad to say. He's a guy who is good-not-great but whose reputation preceeds him and has people thinking he is better than he is. And he was gonna walk for the big fat zero. Goose egg. Nada. Zilch. Unrestricted free agent. So Belichick, seeing the writing on the wall, sold "high" and got a first round draft choice from one of the perennial cellar dwellers in the league (Oakland). He DIDN'T necessarily dump Seymour because the guy couldn't play, or because he thought he could win a championship this year without him.
Same with Vrabel. Nice player. Got 10 sacks last year. Helped us win a lot of championships. But stats are stats and performance is performance. Randy Moss had about 80 catches this year, but he really under-performed at the end of the year and went missing in action at times. But look at those 80 catches, right? Same with Vrabel. He was an invisible man sometimes and wasn't very good in coverage anymore. He wasn't breaking the bank, but he commanded a hefty salary in a capped year on a team that was getting old. It was time to try to groom some young guys---some of whom got injured and resulted in bringing back Seau, granted. But again, I don't think Belichick thought Vrabel couldn't play or that they would be better THIS SEASON without him. Had to start developing Vrable, Crable, and a couple other guys who got hurt or were under-performed as inexperienced rookies.
You said that Belichick thought things would go "seamlessly." Do you have inside information? The media around Boston can't get the damn time from the guy without him speaking in his notorious cryptic tongue. But you say he thought this was going to be seamless? I assure you that Bill Belichick has his thoughts on what life without Harrison, Vrabel, Seymour and Bruschi will be like and the word "seamless" most likely did NOT come to the forefront of his mind. While I suspect he was hopeful he could make things work with younger players, if I was a gambling man I don't think he expected to win the Super Bowl this year with all the injuries and the retirements and trades.
Finally, you said Belichick was foolish to try to go to younger players. My friend, the guys he shipped off were getting old, weren't performing as high as they once were, and were leaving for nothing at the end of the year (as I mentioned earlier). Again, this man is in things for the long haul. He has made mistakes (Asante Samuel). But getting a 1st rounder for Seymour and letting Vrabel go didn't cost this team a ring. A few bad drafts, injuries, and retirements depleted this dynasty to the point that it finally fell and is not forced to "rebuild."
Want to write a good Patriots article? Write about their suspect drafting over the past several seasons, while the Colts have gone to the Super Bowl again based on the strength of their ability to find talent in the later rounds of the draft.
CJ in NH