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NFL Sunday Puts the Rest of Season for the Pats "On the Grill"

Nov 4, 2012|

The Pats aren't playing this week, but the guys still put them "on the grill" and discuss what the Pats need to do for the rest of the year to be successful.

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    Our number two Chris aligning with sports Sunday Sports Radio WEEI 6177797937. Then not all Red Sox some pretty much all Jon Lester threw the first hour lie detectors weighing in on the AT&T tax line on that will get to that just a moment. Out final round of the masters is going on a maturity people. Into getting into what is much science tiger. And without Phil as well he Mickelson showed up I think late Thursday night she flew in and Friday after energy is flied out. With Phil Mickelson. I he had a tough weekend are tough early going Richardson first round in a local guy Keegan Bradley struggled missed But there are some big games of the top the leaderboard some exciting. I young names of the Jordan's BT's twenty years old he's cash to win the masters I he'd be the youngest winner since 1979. LEB younger. Then the tiger was the first time you want it. And one of the things that really stood out to me is speaking with some people were down there this week to cover the toward talks and these young guys and it get back to tiger. The complete and water. Lack of off. Around around Tiger Woods to these guys are too young you think about twenty years old 21 years old with somebody like camera some would like walker. In somebody like Blix the Swedish guys and second right now and he's. He's like 28. You know some of these guys too young to really remember or at least have played with tiger against tiger. When he was hitting level like we never seen before the PGA tour earlier received since Jack. And they look at him now a Zagat shoot 77 on the weekends. Is that cats really contention anymore where is I mean Aaron I'm not old and your and all of you remember when. Final round tigers in the lead it was done forget about it I mean one year in the PGA YE Yang those big shots out late and ended up beating and yet that epic battle with Bob May. I nearly beat him in the PGA but it would for the most part just wasn't close he would get a lead and he was one of the best closers in the we'd seen in the sport. But it's just it's different now that's a different vibe. Around Tiger Woods and it's gone from seemingly a foregone conclusion that he would get to nineteen majors is seemingly foregone conclusion that he won't eat next year. Does play majors this year. Is give forty years old Jack won three. After he needs five Jack won three after forty to two of those were when he was forty and the masters in 986. Was kind of an out Larry's 46 years old. Tiger would be a hall of fame career from here on out five major championship all career to get in nineteen. I think it's interesting not only his fall from grace just as a player. In terms of winning majors the was in my opinion at least the best player on were last year he had five or six wins a torch to win major. But the bigger thing to me is just how some of these younger players perceive him do tiger as a contention it used to be regarded. The average stroke. The average round rather up a stroke in. In in the in the final round on Sundays when tiger was in contention real just kind of melted aged just. Folded around with a few exceptions mentioned Bob revealed in Nickels and it's good battles but. For the most part it was just tiger's world everybody else's playing for second they were on him Ernie Els just not Now is young guys just young enough to cocky enough and don't really remember that at least they didn't play through it. And they're saying how statute 75 on the weekends with what's not ID in the turn now but. I should be upon Sunday Bubba Watson very very likable guy. And I Jordan who were finding out a lot about trying to become the youngest masters winner a long time quick birds update we'll get back to the calls against 617779. 7937. Cordially NC DM IA's doing great to get the good news on him that was definitely a concern that you know DM IAA was. Out I got hit looked like in the that it from I thought it was illegal but not dirty if that makes sense I don't think there was intent to injure there. It was just one of those times you're trying to make a hockey play get the principal point contact up higher and you won it. So I thought it was an illegal hit not a dirty hit but by a help not the that you concussion translated to on the ice Thursday that part we don't know just yet. But Patrice Bergeron it sound like is fine I he missed the third period yesterday that would would have been a huge concern. I outside to go. There's not too many guys you point to and say this more important to the bees and Bergeron two way player in hockey this year. Obvious he's good according to coach Julianne and Chris Kelly looks like still day to day with that back injury so some. Relatively speaking. Minor bumps and Bruce is going into the Stanley Cup Playoffs but you know these guys especially Alec Bergeron if he could be on the ice on Thursday against the red he's going to be there. I HTT tech slide is 37937. It's like grab a few of these real quick a one Dexter says eight times over David Price let Lester walked. While you make Casey price a better pitcher at this stage of his career early younger I can cost more money. And now your bidding against everybody else you've got the cost control guy. Housing cost control we get the guided the under your control rather. The of the exclusive negotiating window with wants to stay here to guide it. As more in depth track record in the post season to sign him. And that point it's not a knock on price and gives great pitcher. But if you're looking at what you can do it even easier than that that will save you some money relative to what price can get on the open market signed last. I know detector can you imagine having Stanton in Boston did it forty plus homers easy architecture from western mass. Two words about prospects Daniel yep they can go hard the other way. I another one here says agree with you order percent top of the rotation guys talk about Lester innings a year post seasons died. Given the cash over five years five for one and should get it done. And out finally is Lester stats are comparable to average career he walked away from 244 million Lester has been better than Homer Bailey and look at the contract. That he just signed a few textures telling me the gets four clocked at. Well evening parade for a UConn for the championships I assume the men and women together out both of them winning the national title. Yes as tougher as Turkey's but happy for Kevin Ollie who now is the next. Hot coaching named to go from college to the end beauty after eight seasons. But undefeated in the NCAA tournament ally guys can say that are at six or 77797937. is in New Jersey he's up next When then. Just try to not cute bit Ali thank you and I can't believe that a low ball. Jon Lester like they don't agree that you like a side impact by one and whatever argument sake. We have been out of my. But you see a lot of contracts for your team that have gone got into the contract stratosphere and some of them have really worked out so well. But for a number like dapper Lester what he's so willing to stay. I agree I was surprised. When I saw what the number was at the end of spring training where the Red Sox know Lester broke off toxin seems like a a low ball contract terms of dollars in a low ball contract thirty years. definitely. god I G I mean lucky probably let out a little bit like that way radio reluctant I had. Yeah I mean yeah I'm with you thanks to the fall being a former yankees fans perspective. They're never shy about spending dollars. That Lester contract is makes sense and I've said this a few times. Because just getting back to this point I do think my gut still tells me they get a Don. Gut feeling they still get this contract done because I hate candidate it player just wants too much just wants to be a Boston too much. You back going to be here at the expense of taking deal it's foolish and a four year seventy to eighty million dollar contract before which. At ball way below market terms years below market terms the average annual There's no upside here it sounded like a Red Sox blown away with a give you four years but here's point six million a year. Which is probably more than you gonna get I guarantee each and every year on the open market that it could at least. I still think Lester would walk away from crystal he'd say no. But I could look at that is saying the Red Sox in good faith effort to try to. Do with last year what they've done with other guys which is over pay an average annual dollars but try to take that discounted terms of the number years seventy. I can't say that. I can't see it as they came under years came under dollars 6177797937. Bill isn't busted up next they've built. They would subject. who visual. You know what about. You guys keep in the world. Could together okay. guys they look at the guys renewed deal if everybody involved. Make him have the option to. Who boarded deals rivals ordered to the guys will. Make it work. So real simple. So three years of his make sure Israelis and three years seventy million. And then assuming he stays healthy another two years at how much. Ordered me at all. That would come out to volley at 5110. About then you know what would actions. YouTube. 120. It was cute guys so. Yeah It it it any guaranteed dollars sport. That that's just not gonna work for the players work for last. Well hope what works right now what made two big guy a two year deal seven million. With a guarantee. Appeared to remain nimble. The two more years of targeted what are enviable. Well let's get. That that that the five year 120 million dollar contract. Where. OK I guess that that's reasonable but I mean you if you're guaranteeing the money that it's not three years in the two years to five years. And yet we could what three years didn't work out three years it will be created numerous believe that you develop very animated. You know. Yeah I mean I like well. I guess I can't get what you in there you know again trial period so to speak at three year seventy million dollar. You know test blown the CP states LP and see if he still producing. The news saying guaranteed fifty million after that which is five for once money. Why would John again you'd think about it okay hometown discount know we heard the operator gets excited about it. to get past the idea of a hometown discount meeting complete insanity. Seventy million dollars even over a three years average dollars a lot of money. But it still. 50% of what can get out in the open market. You know why would I take seventy million guaranteed even for three years when I could just double that six years guaranteed at 140 million. You know six I can get that extra seventy million dollars over three more seasons just to go out in the open market. That would be a great team friendly kind of idea but Lester were being eyed Joseph and Wakefield once the way HL. What they've done so much for the in the you know 78 years. That burning up I don't know are already up at. I agree with UN and the injury concern for me is that they're now we are talking about Clay Buchholz we'd be having added I merely different conversation. But with Lester even a year it was bad in 2012. Still pitch to plus innings. Yeah I mean you don't get a picture wondering about that party and you don't hate you guys brought there get a going to be offered. And I are I think I really like the attitude that you just want the behavior I don't understand why the Internet situation black. We're not talking about giving the guy a 140. I'm not all that with the amount of money more book like the object audit. Well he had I think the Red Sox kind of Hewitt in the regard as well that's why I wasn't completely floored when he said OK if we here opera was the most that they had. I'll put out there by the time they broke off negotiations. But I'd be and neighbor of 400. Yell now and a and a big. Average annual value a Ford seventy for is an opera that you know the players get a that's an opera that it's designed to be turned out. Yeah independent though they looked like but based on the yacht I don't know it. All the the PR stunt getting negative PR because I think I had tickets ridiculous they have any Lester did lie to me if he blocks away at the end of the day. And and the Red Sox look back and in the end flick back and say. And they could of they could negotiate they could out of spring training but the only opera percent beat the teams the only one's gonna look bad that's an. Aerial my opinion darker integrated you know integrated I'm sorry you know it made it. It's the same age and it did Dustin Pedroia has I can't think of his name off my head to similar Pedroia as we negotiated down discounts the This situation it is thought here we cannot I mean update completely done park are now completely. It sounds like till the end of the season got to do have an exclusive negotiating window. Went thanks for the college and they've exclusive negotiating window with Lester. After the season is over and that it's free agency. But you know in my mind even if the Red Sox were come back with a big number in the fall. But it even gets to. Reagents even gets to the point were other teams are our ticketing contracts are offers a Lester you're probably spending more than what you have spent. It just get the deal done now. You just avoid any possibility any any chance did you rate in the another team another suitor and unlike David Ortiz we can't you know we had a debate about Ortiz is going to be even a market that is. And I thought maybe lot of people but absolutely now. That's fine with Lester there's no debate right. I mean when I can debate the fact that it thirty year old going on 31 year old lefty it's starting pitcher with a great post season track records that market. We know that that's the case there's going to be money thrown at this. So you have the opportunity. To not only negotiate exclusively with him up or you even touch or even Free agency. It to get an offer on the table to sign this guy if they're not able losing the player beat. I signing into a deal that maybe goes outside their comfort zone because now they worry about free agency not to worry about other offers them. You could have made a better fate in my mind decide than these reported figures in at these numbers are right you know he's not taking. It's an it's designed to be refused to keep brought out their deceit it's a hit proper. I don't think organ necessarily buy that I think that this mark baseball banner that. That they and as long as you're in line with keeping Lester some cables don't want that at any high price and that's fine that's your opinion I disagree by. It any band that wants Jon Lester back is valued at his team. It and understand just what the market is looking for the seventy's at It's an insult. Text messages committed 37937. AT&T like. Texas is Red Sox have too many pitches in the system they had the upper hand. Now that it's does its thing is too many pitchers in this is have a lot of starting pitching depth they have a lot of potential. As allowed by hope and is better than Jon Lester obese Kerr shot why not. But you know what you have in Jon Lester. You don't know what you have yet Henry and that goes to my point of if you're gonna have some of these cost control pre arbitration arbitration guys up. Lester got the money to do. He could have a a lot of money coming off the books over the next read of where years. Yet a pitcher John Lackey threw for 500000 dollars on next season. In NA and it not a salary cap sport but it sport I care about a 189 million dollar luxury tax threshold for the at least they're from last. I that to take three years the market's already at five to six. years as Lester won't get 140 on the open market I disagree I think he will. I the Texas is give Lester one of these two deals. Or for a hundred or seven and 12611. if the offer candidate for for a hundred then I would say you know the Sox made an effort. They made shots try to sign him and take battled down discounted terms of the year when it for par seventy it. and a few text is going back to a couple calls as a wide world Lester take three year deal and a trial period. We can get five years guaranteed and I completely agree this is an interesting text here get this one before the break. I you know I'm not entirely sure why everyone has the phrase 110 for five I should get it done because he had no idea. What will get it done in theory. Yet that would be a hometown discount. 111 for five years an option six and eight I have no way of knowing. Whether that would get it done so he's looking at 5110. I just keep coming back that number because I look at. What the market would probably and keep going back to guys like Cole Hamels you know reasonable comparable to last year's regular season numbers I see six. In 144. EC 23 and change per year so take roughly that average annual value. 43 in his case it's going to take a year back it five years old hometown discount. But he's not leaving and and the billions of dollars That's why I come back to that number I'll get it done I have no idea what I'd be willing to go to say. 150 over 520 million a year probably. Start pushing diablo or we'll talk. You see what the number but a number I have in mind. And a lot of people have in mind they think 22 million a year twenty to 22 million a year years and college day. Five years a 10210 million dollars 6177797937. The point though I had no idea we don't know. What gets I can tell you this though. Ward seven he doesn't get it on told you that before knowing. That that was the for the Jon Lester turned out we get back to your calls coming up next we'll talk war. A Red Sox get to the Bruins as well and what touch and the Celtics before the end of the show as well get to 4 o'clock Chris Blondie with Sports Radio. WE yeah.

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Transcript - will not be 100% accurate

As a staff this week and as teams to try to find things. Waltzes to identify and then. Helped plan for how to work on things -- -- -- we can improve along with the situations techniques plays. And it changes scheme whatever happens to be. You know knowledge I mean obviously reckon -- -- today vote. We can do some things -- it also have a plan going forward. But longer we have practice next week. I'm in the coming weeks things that we feel like equal or if we improve long -- a football team and certainly -- number those. Its -- work on this week has closed you know of course turn our attention buffalo. And again if the bills so. -- they're productive -- force that we can use. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick here on NFL Sunday presented by -- natural casing francs. The official frank and sausage of the New England Patriots look for the Campbell box that your favorite -- tea. Celebrate something this is on its -- gonna sound ludicrous to the extreme. I'm sure that Matt slapped me about the head and shoulders for a we're doing it this way it's something I hope the patriots do in the second half of the season going back to a Bill Belichick just sent. Helped Josh McDaniels is less creative with his play calling. I'd like to see a little less of rehearsals per citizen I'd I'd like to see them you know. -- on third and one run the football once and while that's sort of thing but -- back to basics -- and I agree with you I think there's something to that I think that the trade. The trying to to smarts of times and I think that there is in place for that occasionally. But I think that they have leaned on a little bit too much over the over the first after the season there at their best. I think when -- back to basics and do the simple. Often -- I don't know how -- admittedly would go to an anecdote you'd only broad brush of where we're talking broad brush here but I actually did sometimes they try to helping the. I I agree it's certain points about what would be hardest. You know I take the counterargument I take if I'm Josh from severe or do you just say that I look back to some the most successful series last week. It was sort of the bizarre stuff it was the double pump screen to the west that they had set up that on the screen a few times. There were on the -- green everyone bites and in my -- tomorrow on the flat. They had series where they -- -- there's sort of trend busted themselves over and over again and spreads out were they were doing everything Woodward that you wouldn't do. Some of the bulls are so -- -- mentioned the third 13 one was the touchdown -- ward from once that are sharply which to me you don't do what the cut short and so you kind of -- -- -- -- -- -- that is would you rather not have Dutch council. I do agree to a certain extent of some sort of four minute situation reflect. You know but the goal here is not -- touched on display just keep the clock and -- and yet -- Daschle may be but you know that's three for a soul I think they've actually settled down some situations remember the good the last few weeks -- as abroad bush comic yeah probably but I think they've addressed. So little weirdness housing mess we're -- critical situations I think they've actually. Benefit from being creative and some spot production still darn it. So maybe -- just settling into a better reds don't package to rent reform and a package -- two minute package and some of the more unusual things illness are composed. I think there is something to the idea of them putting something out there and letting opposing defense of coordinators think about it in putting that possibility in the back of their mind but I think. At times they like materials by each pass attempt type thing yeah yeah and I yelled out the clock in -- I think there is something to -- anything that's good and I think that makes opposing defense of -- thing but he just think that they pushed into one of the things I don't did wanna talk about is this is a team. Going into the bye week the patriots that is that a played the last three games. In three different time zones on two different continents in the -- still managed to what's to be competitive you know two point being competitive but the rest the way. All their games in eastern times. From here on out. Interest you know in -- think that says Francisco here and replace it Francisco here they play in the -- the road games are you know in New York reminds me in Jacksonville relatively short flights. I think it's it's a very nicely for everything from -- to the bottom of the so am I gonna do an entire three hour NFL Sunday show when they play Jackson that's not gonna talk to support December and as I did it for Christmas it's gonna be the -- Definitely out of my gut it that we -- we -- talk about the Jacksonville Jaguars in the I just couldn't care less about. It is actually time believe it or not to take you on the grill. This week's on the -- was brought to by the cam natural casing franks -- for the -- blue box that your favorite -- believe it or not. Although they don't have a game today we are gonna put patriots on the grow. Kind of a simple bumper sticker version of what you think this team has to do in the second half of the season to improve on what you've seen in the first half Ivan three. OK not great probably not as good as you want it but what are the what does the team have to do to be a better football team in the second half and in the first half. And and look at a ticket beyond the obvious just get guys healthy because every team in the NFL as that issue going forward and Chris what I have to -- I think he need to do. A lot of the same things they did after the bye week last year -- that the figured out and we talked about this earlier figured out how to minimize -- overall deficiencies in -- people over those in the league again. That's not to say that there are going to be you know they're -- there can be eliminated going forward but figuring out ways to. Cover up problems when it comes to pass defense. Figuring out ways to improve your -- dolphins figuring out ways to get more consistent in the red -- Use the bye week in this is again broad brush here used to buy we toured the image to figure out some of these issues so you don't have them they're not as big an issue going for. I'm I am getting used the injury thing the bill mentioned not to do but in a different context an apartment you mean people healthy. But I think it important to keep and I am moving forward -- on the real issues is -- -- -- So I think it's management personnel from her now you mentioned -- who's dealing with something which contribute dozens of early we started actually look a little healthy he didn't need to address with both of these tight -- say they're they're not a 100%. Are you right there on the result that. Faux controversy here in your what was walker his -- -- percentages of electric stuff I think the idea that. A lot of these guys who look up and on the roster of the important partisan writing in December with the best version of view. So you know the idea that you know you don't need a guy that you but it was my -- today -- one obvious pieces really went into the office to breakdown persons. In west Miami 2% of the plays -- -- You know you don't resentment over the place you can still get and the twelve and it actually down from last year it which is right and accidents which -- the controversy was nothing you can still -- -- -- -- to catch six depend balls with those kind of play -- percent. -- don't wanna blow thirty some old guy out. So that he pulls soft -- thing in the first week of December so I think as much as managing we got you got good players got some issues you've got a couple guys with. Hearing injuries injuries that are manageable additional blog in a book -- our situation we're sitting here in the second week Syverson just loss was Walter. He just lost wrong with the back just lost. Hightower with the re injured whatever -- for announcers are so getting through and it's basically best use of the -- personal you guys use the depth drafted well. Did some savvy backup situation you saw just for baskets and snaps last week he stalk her which got there the can takes reps on the edge you know lose one key piece. And I have to be critical because the guys two and 99% of the snaps I think it's it's interesting to see what group arrives the mouse game with. Is all additions to what you did in December as opposed absence of track and may be able to control in that -- do you think the restaurant and it is back to quickly. You know he had a re injuries so if it had been something that happened in -- game it's on -- public at a set -- the guy steps and whole practice field. Or has someone else steps on his ankle stop the -- you know if it was just simply use them because they actually did his -- percentages first week back the public 40% yeah. And in the next week seventies a solitary we come back we're gonna run him in the ground that they did -- so. Someone -- wants to to keep an eye on is is wrong commitment beat up but he's a guy stays on the field for 95% of the snaps and -- like that so he's a guy that. You know they have enough weapons were they don't necessarily -- that I mean he's obviously problem -- personal almost. -- its -- that can probably handle it. Result in a -- point three years old -- -- so he knows managing principal for people lose a -- like that managements of these guys make entry ride December with the four group. Still Angel if you wanna handoff performances in the meantime. Manager which got in right with a as a follow up to your point is just a quick aside here and on and on TV when I think the patriots have to do in the second half. Is there any player in the NFL who takes more vicious shots and Wes Welker. Is there anybody who seems to get -- last at least once a week in -- out of its eyes lit up. Not at that size he takes some I always wonder if you know that there was a guy. Billy Jenkins -- -- houses since it was for cup -- rookie small guy it was a hard hitting safety. A big Billy ball pickle and justice party will do but sometimes. Little guys hit the big price. They bounce off pretty far image and to not take the brunt of it does sometimes you know I don't know it's it's guys to take their hits. But the just absorb whatever for canals of their body -- out his thinks that's one of these about what I Welker and this is gonna sound strange knows how to get hit it exactly. You knows how to would absorb a hit or you don't -- you kind of glance the blow you know of course we saw the really bad. You know. Belt off passed earlier this year couple weeks ago just got killed you know take that kind of him but he does a good job of glancing up we'll look back to like via. Now rams receiver. A -- holds them so those guys' -- congress both guys are great it's sort of getting hit and getting hitting Guinean Downey junior to their outlook electoral yards on the field. Wes is really go to that so I think you know managed his body as well I'm not taken sort of the wrecking ball each and every week is a big deal you talked about early on the the full story about Wes Welker in his playing time in is easy -- part of the offense. Another full story. Was the plight of the Patriots offense. And it was some people I know I ever wrote this I don't know if he's I wrote this this week that's absurd his mr. but it's it's it was in in hindsight it was a mistake to meet broad -- judgments on the patriots offensive line based on what we saw the pre season in the training camp because. You go back -- you look at the personnel. Robert Gallery. They were mixing and matching and finding combinations that work that's chipped in Cuba I don't think some people rightness of people calling in and just understand what to look at that time it was sausage factory. They're mixing smashing they're probably running covered -- that protections you know run. They're trying guys in different spots. Perceive people makers of places this player you know the season. When they are the beat paired with a -- they've been practiced with its its mix and match practice mean. The ruling was no concern and insult people but you've got the most sort of venom about. -- guys that. You know what -- of one and two or three bad plays a pre season game that becomes the highly for the week in the -- -- -- almost -- just want to put 55 others. The people voters in most things are going back out of it but I guess my point of view is actually comparable to watch the of the 55 the Taliban on the opposite the or guys on. Pre season rosters should look like they can't play. That happens every year in that the teams generally weed them out but I think the focus was kind of on. Marcus cannon and Donald Thomas and and meet our electric the three of those guys do some really good things in the patriots to a good job of making sure the older plugged into once they can do -- expose them put them on an island for. For 65 snaps you don't expect that so. They used improperly they came together you know the soft suspect party's over now rupture point football games that ruling government concerned. Well and it gets me back to my point which is which was a you kind of really really good offensive line coach here may be as good coaches there is in the National Football League. In Dante Scarnecchia but more importantly. -- wanna see them keep running the football the way they are so far this year. I wanna continue to see Steven -- be crucial part of this offense I wanna continue to see the balance that this team has had. Because while it's been fun over the years deceit Tom Brady put up these tech mobile numbers I think are better football team the way they run the offense this year. I think one of the cool things went when I look back and again I'm only economically it was Mike -- who did appoint a percentage stuff and his group halftime steps for the year. But I checked out but they had. I was surprised to see you Stephen earlier as it would be carried the -- number City Council four -- seven yards rushing in the production sectors. I try to get the sense it's been sort of a balanced group. There's been weeks were some guys have been -- a little more than others but that he's actually sort of the dominant production out of -- -- I think there were some weeks where. There were running a lot of up tempo -- anything people -- -- get more comfortable with had back there you know in that package. But we've seen them go up -- lately in the views more Ridley is well they think -- he's grown into that role a little bit more is the season -- -- -- -- -- -- few valuable was happened to match the actual statistical reality and what's interstate to say how this again in the group for the people there that are very concerned about the patriots ability to draft. And develop a moment kind of things with people on the secondary. Remember that the two groups remember the tight in group and how I've lived here through that time -- there was a lot of bitching about whether or not this group could evaluate tight -- we're never gonna have another -- when a coach in elders never. They had invested a first round picks and you know I defend these guys because Daniel Graham was a -- would depart for the team he was not. He was not Antonio Gates he was a different kind of player but he didn't have Bakken production but he did a good -- the team but I think there was a feeling that. You're investing you know Benoit is not wanna be good player -- you know again not Antonio Gates. There was a feeling that you know and impart those guys they do some draft picks on some Jabari -- are for -- would be tried a lot of the position running -- small Meehan said it was like big receiver and -- -- There are always trying to address the middle of fuel thing you don't you just can't evaluate ideas -- just can't hit on the issue of bill Mosul things about defense analyst but he just can't evaluate -- -- -- problem. And it hits on two guys and one year the beast with two test in the NFL and said about the running back group you know but the feeling with. Most recent first or thrown it was -- you know do you finally invested a top pick on the guy we've we've been telling you for -- to do we can't just give retreads like Corey Dylan rushed to a you -- investment and you missed on that can you can't you can't evaluate argument. Or that now they got a big booklet they have the future for right now here with that with this group of of marine. And -- emboldened with an as an undrafted guy in game you always -- for what it looks like that -- to move for her for the next three or four years. And the future's bright from a group that group bring back the running game and invest there. I think you know it'd -- NFL team there's always going to be one group is down because your work under cap to work 45 guys there's always going to be group that's less than operable. And I think that's the group now words you know one or two guys in a -- bottom guy that I think every NFL analyst for scout was said that was a really savvy Smart move. It was the right call and it can work out so I think there are situations like that work we might be a little of it now. What something's gonna come populist -- this it always does. And you'll never have a perfect senior never gonna have every group that's that's great so we'll just see -- plays out I think -- maverick ways to make work. On the grill has brought to you by -- the official Franken sausage of the New England Patriots KM. Celebrate something.

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