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Suitanim
03-31-2006, 08:19 PM
The shittiest site on the net for accurate info, but this one was too good to pass up:

http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm

Just the IDEA that Belichick has started to buy into his own bullshit (and some east coast media nonsense) is worth a laugh...

BELICHICK LOOKING TO SHOW IT'S ALL ABOUT THE COACHING?
As New Englanders continue to wring their hands regarding the exodus of key players from the Patriots and the failure of the team to throw cap money at available free agents, there's a theory making the rounds in league circles that coach Bill Belichick plans to show that, in the end, the team's success has had more to do with the coaching than with the quality of the players on the roster.
We don't know whether or not this school of thought is accurate. All we know is that, for some folks who work in and around the NFL for a living, the only plausible explanation for not using a cap bulge believed to be in the neighborhood of $20 million is that Belichick wants to show that he can win even if key players like David Givens, Willie McGinest, and Adam Vinatieri leave, and even if no one with any significant name recognition is added to fill their shoes.
If that's Belichick's intent, some of his current players haven't gotten the memo. "It's been discouraging at time, to tell you the truth (http://patriots.bostonherald.com/patriots/view.bg?articleid=132990)," said linebacker Tedy Bruschi regarding the recent exodus.
Part of the team's cap surplus surely is being held for the purposes of extending the contract of defensive lineman Richard Seymour. But don't expect a new contract to come soon, because under the CBA a team cannot restructure a player's deal twice within the same year in order to give him a raise. Last August, the Pats "adjusted" Seymour's rookie contract to get him to abandon a training camp holdout (http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2005/08/03/with_a_40_percent_raise_seymour_comes_to_camp/).
(Editor's note: For any CBA nerds out there, Article XXIV, Section 9(a) says that the contract of a veteran player may not be renegotiated to increase the player's wages during the original term of the contract for a period of 12 months after the player's most recent contract negotiation. Note that multiple restructurings are permitted if the player does not end up with more total money.)
Though the notion of an eventual new deal for Seymour won't be enough to reduce the collective blood pressure of the team's fan base, we think the situation isn't as bad as feared. This team has won games over the past couple of years despite a revolving door of injuries. So for 2006, the faithful should just assume that Givens, Vinatieri, and McGinest already have suffered torn ACLs.

MattsMe
04-02-2006, 01:27 AM
the team's success has had more to do with the coaching than with the quality of the players on the roster.

:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Damn it, my sides hurt from laughing so hard! That's some funny stuff. Thanks for posting, suit.

Ambridge
04-02-2006, 05:13 AM
If that's Belichick's intent, some of his current players haven't gotten the memo. "It's been discouraging at time, to tell you the truth," said linebacker Tedy Bruschi regarding the recent exodus.


I think Bruschi's stroke must have short circuited the "mind control-microchip implant" in his brain. Belichick has said that he's thinking about using a bark collar on Tedy until surgery is scheduled to replace the drone chip.

3 to be 4
04-02-2006, 10:27 AM
thats the stupidest article ive ever read regarding pro football. If you know ANYTHING about Belichick and his background and history and M.O. is he is not that kind of egomaniac, ala Parcells or Johnson. All he cares about, in a draconian sort of way, is the bottom line.
that article is pure bullshit from a bullshit site.

Livinginthe past
04-02-2006, 11:19 AM
thats the stupidest article ive ever read regarding pro football. If you know ANYTHING about Belichick and his background and history and M.O. is he is not that kind of egomaniac, ala Parcells or Johnson. All he cares about, in a draconian sort of way, is the bottom line.
that article is pure bullshit from a bullshit site.

I wouldn't worry too much.

The original poster left a get out clause in his first post when he rightly proclaimed the whole site to be a joke.....

After that, subsequent posts just became an exercise in purging built up frustration and anger...we have these little sessions about once a month on SF :cool:

NM

Suitanim
04-02-2006, 01:46 PM
Again, it's "worth a laugh"...

Lighten up, Francis.