Re: Richard Seymour out 6 weeks
Originally Posted by Atlanta Dan
You keep throwing out his age of 27 as if he is practicing law or investment banking - wear and tear on the knees of linemen carrying serious weight can erode skills fairly significantly while a player is still in his mid to late - 20s.
Belichick may correctly assume it is all about the playoffs (which the Pats obviously are going to make given the level of competition in their division) and that having Seymour good to go in January is all that matters, but given that the D was the problem in the playoffs last season having your best lineman out the first 6 weeks of the season has to be at least a minor cause of concern even in that best of all possible worlds that exists in Foxborough.
Casey Hampton - 29
Chris Hoke - 31
Brett Keisel - 28
Travis Kirschke - 32
Aaron Smith - 31.
I'd take a closer look at the Steelers D-line before labelling the Patriots as 'old' or whatever it was you were attempting to do.
They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.