– Yes, the unthinkable has happened, Kevin Faulk is out for the season with a knee injury, and it absolutely sucks. Even though Faulk was never invited to a Pro-Bowl the impact he’s has on the Patriots is profound: he’s the player who has constantly pulled an impossible first down out of his ass time and time again. Faulk is also one of the few remaining Patriots with Superbowl rings (3) and absolutely epitomized the idea of a ‘team player’ with his quote “If cleaning the bathroom floors will help the team win, hand me a mop”.
Not only is Faulk such a skilled player but he’s also incredibly versatile, playing Running back but he’s also lined up as a Wide Receiver, Tight End, Kick Returner, and he’s even taken direct snaps as QB and thrown a completed pass to Tom Brady.
While most people usually think of “Tom Brady” as being the backbone of the Patriots unfortunately it’s no longer true, he’s no longer the skinny kid from Michigan who drove a beat-up pickup truck, now his world consists of $10k Movado watches, swimsuit models, hobnobbing at the Kentucky Derby with various celebrities. If you’ll recall during the playoff game last season when the Ravens mopped the floor with the Patriots it was not Tom Brady firing up the team and leading them, it was Faulk.
I hope your surgery and time off go well, thanks for everything you’ve done.
– This brings me to my next issue, with Faulk down our Running Back situation becomes even more precarious. We have a relatively old and thin running corp., with 2 backs over 30 and the undrafted Ben Jarvus Green Ellis (Law Firm) who seems ok but he doesn’t exactly blow my skirt up, and we traded Maroney (which I am still completely in favor of, I HATED HIM and am still thrilled that he’s gone) Ok, so were thin there, why not sign Derrick Ward when he was released from the Tampa Bay Bucs?
Apparently he didn’t jive with the coach there and he came to training camp out of shape, this kind of thing will be more and more common when players get big money guarantees in their contracts, no problem, you just give him a deal with little guaranteed money but with good incentives if he performs well, and constantly throw in his face the fact that he was cut from a shitty team.
The guy is a young (by Patriot standards) runner and he’s very good running out of the shotgun, which we use a LOT in our offense (not that I agree with this though). This was not to be, the Texans signed him soon after he was cut and that window of opportunity closed. Seriously, why not sign him? Let him come to training camp and at least compete for a job, if he sucks you can cut him at virtually no cost and it boosts the confidence of the guys you keep, and if you keep him then by default it’s an upgrade over what you had before.
I also wanted to pick up Jason Taylor, who has routinely OWNED Matt Light throughout his career and subsequently terrorized Tom Brady. I mean, even if he’s lost a step or two you still get a damn good player who provides veteran leadership and he’s also not on the opposing side. His strip of Brady in this past Sunday’s loss to the Jet’s basically sealed the game, we couldn’t come back after that.
Ok, more lost opportunities, there was Brian Westbrook, who was in Free Agency for a long time before the 49ers signed him. An aging vet like him can be signed for cheap and also cut if he doesn’t perform like the other guys. Good reward potential with very little risk, and like Taylor he adds veteran maturity and leadership to a locker room.
It’s pretty damn disappointing to see your team fall apart right in front of your eyes, especially when they have the potential to skyrocket. We threw away an absolute golden opportunity to destroy the Jets this season, after Sanchez opened his mouth about going 15-1 the New York media would have been over him like Rex Ryan over a Mongolian buffet table, and he would have cracked from the pressure. Sexy Rexy’s chair would also begin to get a bit warm. All we had to do was beat the damn Jets, but instead the coaching and playing was so horrible that we let mark Sanchez play like Tom Brady and Tom Brady played like Sanchez.
While I’m not going to bash Brady at length today, I’ve done that in the past and I’ll probably do it soon enough (unfortunately) I would like to clarify at least one reason why I dispise them: their uniforms are just aweful, they remind me of the fucking Spearmint gum wrapper.
So is it me or does one actually have to put in effort to make a uniform look so bland and stupid? Also, what on that uniform has ANYTHING to do with an actual Jet? They just have the “NY” inside a football shaped oval as their logo, what’s the deal with that? Take a look at this logo, would the Jets be way cooler with this as their logo?
That would look MUCH cooler on the side of their helmets than what they have now. One very important thing about that logo is that it incorporates a 3rd color, black. All good uniforms (and flags) have 3 main colors, you just need that 3rd to provide balance and movement, otherwise the 2 just become booring and there’s no movement (hey, that’s true of political parties as well). There have also been plenty of psychological studies black clothing’s effect on the wearer, they tend to act more violently, this is why SWAT teams use it extensively. So, they need to throw in a little black (is it too early to make Gary Coleman jokes?) around the edges.
Take this Jets uniform from the 80’s, this is WAY better than what they have right now, just add black and the above logo and you have a winner.
Oh, and another reason why the Jets suck, their mascot: a bald idiot screaming at the top of his lungs with a fireman’s hat, what the FUCK does that have to do with a Jet? Take a look at the New England Patriots, the macots are essentially Revolutionary War MinuteMen. See the connection? New England, where the revolution began, and we have “patriots” who were soldiers in that war.
I guess that’s too logical for New York, they’d rather have this…makes me want to run out and become a Jets fan right now.
Oh, and 1 more reason why I hate the Jets: their fans are jerkoffs (exception being JT Thomas, I miss ya buddy)