Posted 13 September 2013 - 12:45 PM
While I don't know what their cap situation was, if I had to guess, I think arrogance from Kraft and/or Belichek had a lot to do with it. The thinking being we've won if the past with mediocre receiving and we'll do it again. And Welker was nothing before Brady was throwing to him, so we can find another guy to do the same thing. Also at the time, they still thought that Hernandez would be playing.
This was some of it. I know they're actually well under the cap, and could have afforded Welker without an issue...that team does not have any financial issues.
The fact of it was, for all of the high-scoring, front-running, regular-season prowess, that Patriot offense was getting shut down too often in the postseason recently...almost too easily, when compared against the regular season. I think the higher-ups decided it was time for a change, for some new faces.
From what I saw, I think Welker and the Pats kept mis-reading each other...I think both Welker and the Patriots thought he'd remain a Patriot...until he didn't. I actually don't have a problem with the Pats not bringing him back, even with all that he did there...I do think it was time to change things up. It's more how they tried to replace him (you don't do it with a guy made of Teflon and surgical thread)...then of course, you have the whole Hernandez mess, which is where things really got screwed up.
Basically, you had a perfect storm for a quagmire, and having an extremely arrogant head coach who thinks he can win with anyone doesn't help matters. Like I've said repeatedly, Brady has been covering up for BB for several years now. I'm curious to see how much progress the offense makes with the extended practice week.
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