The Patriots ageing linebacker corp. We have heard about it all season long ranging from positive comments such as “this is a group of highly skilled and knowledgeable veterans” to “Patriots linebackers are old and ****** ( Insert opposing player of the week) will own them.” Well come what may you can bet one thing, today will either be their last game together or last but one game!
Junior Seau has proven what a totally remarkable player he is. To play the game the way he has for all those years and to still be able to play the way he does at 38 is nothing short of remarkable. I am sure there are many non Patriot fans out there who would not mind routing for him to win a Super Bowl it would round off the career of a truly great player. Has there ever been a player at 38 to show so much heart and fire as Junior does? Either way he is probably done after this season.
Tedy Bruschi, the very name has become synonymous with the Patriots and their way of doing things. Bruschi has battled a stroke to come back and play some solid ball and whilst not a yet a liability he is not the Tedy we all once knew. Bruschi can and will walk away from the game with his head held high. He is a locker room inspiration and a true family man. Will he call it quits after this season? It has to be a possibility especially if the Patriots win it all. He is and was a typical Patriot player, gave his all for the team effort. Not a Hall of Fame guy just a solid, smart football player.
Mike Vrabel has always been a force to be reckoned with since he joined the Patriots from that NFL Linebacker institution the Pittsburgh Steelers. This season saw a long overdue selection to the Pro Bowl and league wide recognition for his performances. What is often underrated about Vrabel is his ability to set the edge consistently and also to rush the passer. I think it is safe to say he has a few seasons left in the tank
Roosevelt Colvin, finished the season on IR and is due BIG money next year. Colvin never really lived up the high expectations placed on him when he came from the Bears. A terrible hip injury nearly ended his career and it took him a while to regain his old form. He was having a decent year when the injury bug hit him again. He has time left but unless he re-negotiates his contract his time in New England is surely done.
Adalius Thomas, what can you say about probably the most versatile linebacker in the game today that has not been said before. He does not play in a system in New England that enables him to showcase his considerable talents but he has been a solid performer this season highlighted by his interception return for a touchdown against the Chargers earlier this year. He will be back next year along with Vrabel and will along with Vrabel form the next group of ageing Patriots linebackers!.
So there you have it the end of an era is upon us, change will be forced on the Patriots next season come what may, but lets not forget our ageing linebackers it is because of their flexibility, knowledge, and abilities that this defense was able to do the things it does and helped make the team successful. In an time of ageism they have proven that while youth and speed are a blueprint for success experience and know how can still get the job done.