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    July: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    Can you think of a single #1 or 2 starter, amongst the league’s best pitchers who was sent to the minors for workload management? It’s one thing to shuffle your relievers around, but I’d say it’s almost (if not entirely) unheard of to send a guy of Houck’s experience and current performance to...
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    Misc. Pats Offseason News

    Well you can’t turn over a full roster in a year. But the 2001 team that won the Super Bowl had turned over the vast majority of the starters. Troy Brown, Damien Woody, Ty Law, Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Ted Johnson, Tebucky Jones and Lawyer Milloy were the only starters (plus Vinatieri...
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    July: Red Sox discussion, observations and trend tracking...AKA It's not all about the Benjamins

    I would think optioning Houck isn’t going to happen. Maybe giving him an extra day off between a start or two if they’re worried about workload management, but sending one of the best pitchers in baseball to AAA for a “vacation” seems like it would be a nonstarter even if it makes sense from a...
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    Are the Pats the worst team in the NFL?

    In theory I agree. Would much prefer a terrible season (record wise) with a team that can hang in most games but can’t quite win (i.e. a lot of 20-13 or 17-14 losses). But Wolf’s strategy is curious and I’d be concerned about his ability as a talent evaluator if they were terrible again this...
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    Are the Pats the worst team in the NFL?

    Brissett had 23 passing attempts last year The two years prior he had ratings of 88.9 and 78.1 (27 games played, 16 starts) He didn’t just have “early career struggles” He’s not a good starting QB. The only guys he’s better than are absolute trash (Zach Wilson, last years Mac Jones) or 3rd...
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    Are the Pats the worst team in the NFL?

    Bourne is coming off an ACL injury though and for a guy of his skills and age, along with when he tore it, I don’t know that I’d expect him to be particularly useful for a lot of the year. He might not even start the season on the active roster (PUP perhaps?). Even then, he’s pretty mediocre on...
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    Are the Pats the worst team in the NFL?

    Is the hope for a “much more functional” offense simply based on improved QB play? Or are you assuming AVP is a noticeable upgrade on BOB and the OL/WR rookies will be quality players from the get go? Better QB play will help (perhaps offset to some degree by a tougher slate of opposing...
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    Are the Pats the worst team in the NFL?

    It might have been worth 2 wins with last year’s opponents and last year’s opposing QB’s with last year’s Belichick ( and son) defense Not worth much with a totally different set of rosters league-wide and a brand new coaching staff
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    Are the Pats the worst team in the NFL?

    Panthers are probably worse in terms of talent but play in (likely) a much softer division in a (likely) much softer conference Also a good chance Bryce Young and their new/revamped OL are better than Brissett/Maye/Pats OL which counts for a lot in today’s NFL Pats and Panthers are likely both...
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    New lease on the Rham: Patriots extend Rhamondre Stevenson

    What’s the basis of “AVP offenses need experienced RB” He’s basically had high end (Hunt) to elite talent (Chubb) except for last year when Jerome Ford (neither especially good nor experienced) was adequate. I would think that if a “experienced” back was necessary, Ford would have been...
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    Misc. NFL Offseason News

    That’s kind of the way it always goes in the NFL. Fringe players with legal issues end up unemployed a lot more often than quality players Pat Chung and Duron Harmon stayed employed after their arrests. Nick Kaczur and Kevin Faulk as well. Willie Andrews, Montee Ball and Brandon Spikes (washed...
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    2024 Lineup (What we actually have - no trade speculation.)

    Yes I’m serious. The Sox (for now) are in a wild card spot. While they’re miles away from GFIN, I really don’t see any justification for guaranteeing a spot to a guy who (for health or just can’t cut it reasons) struggled offensively and isn’t anything special defensively. Especially if it means...
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    The glut of Middle Infielders: who do you keep and who goes and what could they bring in return?

    I agree that they shouldn’t really count on him too much but generally 32 year olds who can’t stay on the field have some sort of recurring/chronic/career altering injuries. I don’t know that there’s reason to think the injuries Story has had are going to lead to decline or are likely to cause...
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    The glut of Middle Infielders: who do you keep and who goes and what could they bring in return?

    If Hamilton demonstrates consistent performance for the next ~5 weeks why would they trade him? If anything, him continuing to show he belongs (either as a starter or a super sub type) incentivizes the Sox to hang on to him and trade someone from the minors.
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    2024 Lineup (What we actually have - no trade speculation.)

    Is there any reason to think Grissom warrants an MLB job when he returns?
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    The glut of Middle Infielders: who do you keep and who goes and what could they bring in return?

    The most realistic “good news” scenario would be for Hamilton to continue to show he can be an MLB regular and head into 2025 with Hamilton and Story as your opening day starters, with Mayer hopefully taking over by May of 2026. One of Gonzalez/Sogard can be your primary backup/utility...
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    R1/3: Drake Maye QB UNC

    Scott Peters may or not be a great hire, certainly his bona fides and resume are more unknown than Klemm’s when Klemm took over and look how that worked out. Simply being an assistant under one of the GOAT’s doesn’t mean you’re going to have the same level of success (or anything close to it)...
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    New lease on the Rham: Patriots extend Rhamondre Stevenson

    Isn’t the counter to this that guys who are making “big dollars” tend to be at impactful/hard to find positions and therefore you need to be able to take shots and absorb the risk of adding them to your team? Harder to do when you’re overpaying a guy at a very low value position In other...
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    R1/3: Drake Maye QB UNC

    Yeah I think Maye starting comes down to where he is in his development as a passer, and is unrelated to where the team is with talent around him. If it’s to his benefit to watch, learn and improve his footwork/mechanics etc, he should sit. He shouldn’t sit because the OL and/or receivers...
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    R1/3: Drake Maye QB UNC

    I don’t think it’s unfathomable at all that the OL is worse Trent Brown, as frustrating as he is, still gave them half a season of solid to good LT play. They replaced him with a guy who has never played LT in the pros, who had a stupid high penalty/snap ratio and was cut for being a...