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Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:38 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 12:13 pm
 

So New England makes a move it had to make at wide receiver and adds Deion Branch. My question is: Is Deion Branch an upgrade from Randy Moss? No. Can he be the wide receiver he was for them five years ago? The Patriots better hope so.

Because this isn't the team of five years ago. The defense is younger and not as good, missing the veteran leadership and opportunistic play that characterized those teams, and there is no Corey Dillon to run the football.

I know, Branch was a Super Bowl MVP with New England, but that was a long time ago. He was a disappointment in Seattle, averaging 44 catches per in his last four seasons there, and did nothing to validate the first-round draft pick it cost Seattle to acquire him.

If Branch is the player he was in Seattle, New England hasn't improved itself greatly at the position. But it has improved itself, gaining a route runner who does have a history ... and a rapport ... with the quarterback. But is the move enough to keep up with the New York Jets? I don't see it. With Moss, you must know where he is at all times and have a safety sitting over the cornerback to prevent a deep strike. With Branch, you don't.

Bottom line: The Patriots aren't as good as they were with Moss, but they are better than they were a day ago.

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Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:33 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

Wish my Broncos could do this well with player decisions.

McD is slowly watching the city give up on him.  Sorry but in Denver, when the coach loses the city, he's as good as gone.  The injuries that have mounted shows the terrible depth on this team. And his coaching and personell decisions have pretty much assured me that you probably won't have to deal with the in way over his head jackhole that's been decimating your Broncos for the better part of two seasons,
not very much longer at all.

Also, could not agree more with the analyisis of the trade for the 'Hawks.  I like Lynch, but Branch basically ended up taking a paid vacation from football the entire time he was with Seattle.  I mean, how many games did the guy play in Seattle?  10?  Seemed like 10 to me.  In addition, the Seahawks lost a first rounder for a fourth.  It was a move that had to have gotten done, though.  Just like Housh. 

Probably won't remember Deion very well in the future.  The Holmgren era is being cleansed, and it's only a matter of time now before the last of the players get the axe.  And that time is when the playoffs are officially out of reach. 

I think both of our teams will be quite entertaining to watch towards the end of the season.  If you like carnage. 



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:09 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

and any1 who doubts a qb can look as good as he did without a stud outside WR. Look At Peyton Manning without Marvin. Look at Philip Rivers with no Vincent Jackson. When Colston got hurt in like week 5 a few seasons back Dree brees still completed 67 percent of passes and threw for 4000 yards.  Look at Romo last season without T.O. ( Heck heres hoping that Brandon Tate can do what half of Miles Austin does for the dallas Cowboys) Cant really say Eli because he struggled the first year without plaxico but than again i dnt think he is in a league with the other guys. But the good qbs dnt make excuses when they dnt have these great outside WR. Dree Brees even showed losing 1 mid season can be overcame be great coaching and a good o line and great quarterbacking



Since: Feb 27, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2010 3:01 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

While no1 can ever make a argument that Deion Branch is better or does more far an offense than Randy Moss heres the thing. Moss wanted to be traded and isnt here. So the Pats move on best they can just like we did with Cassel when Brady got hurt.  With Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Brandon Tate, Aaron Hernandez, Julian Edelman Brady will spread the wealth and this offense while not the high scoring offense of the past 3 seasons ( that got us 1 superbowl appreance) it will be good.

Also i think more balanced. Alot of Bradys INT were balls that were forced to Moss. Now i think the Pats put Alge Crumpler in the game along with Rob Gronoski a little more and run the rock some. A more balanced offensive attack maybe wouldve beat the giants in 2007 instead of dropping back in the shotgun and allowing pass rushers to come after our Qb and change the face of the game.

But the whole notion that these "professional" analyst have made that the patriotrs forfeited there season is silly. We won 3 superbowsl without having a offense that was super spread but instead one that was more balanced and more spread in ball distribution. Now while the defense isnt as proven they will get better and we will see in coming weeks how good they really are.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:07 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

In the end, this should prove to be a good move by/for both teams. Branch was considered a bust in Seattle. So be it. Seattle is NOT New England. How many players have been a bust on one team, then prove very valuable when moving to another? Exactly!  His chemistry with Brady and familiarity with their system is exactly what the Pats are in need of with Moss' departure.  As for Seattle, the effect of this trade is almost as if trading Branch for Lynch, which is a great improvement for their offense.  Also, They'll now have a higher draft position (Buffalo's) than if they hadn't done anything. Not too bad for Pete Carroll's rebuilding process.



Since: Jul 28, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:02 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

That My Good Man  is One Of The Dumbest Posts I Ever Ever Read  , But What can you Expect from a Steelers fan and a (0-5  HeHe )  49ers fan



Since: Sep 2, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:47 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

cry babby cry.the pats made a good move.let"s face it,he will help them with all the young receivers they have.stability from branch will help.longer drives,longer possesions.which means the other team will have the ball less.with the young defense learning it will help.-they will beat out the jets!-take that to the bank crybaby!



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:31 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

I've been trying to find this report you speak of. Who wrote it?  And you're not really mentioning any conversation between Branch-Brady about reuniting in the same breath as the conduct of Roethlisberger, Favre and Braylon Edwards? Come on, man...




Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:22 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

Hater.




Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:22 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

Get a life you loser



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:20 am
 

Pats better hope for ol' Deion Branch

Hater.


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