Originally Posted by ObsiWan
Establish chemistry and timing with WHO??
Four different guys?!
Pick a damn starter O'Brien.
And I've not seen a single word that says O'Brien thinks Andre' is a "major piece".
Think about it, under the "Patriot way" Tom Brady has only had one or two top tier WRs in his N.E. 13-yr career. And the two they had, they let walk.
Wes Welker? Don't need him. We can get Danny Amendola cheaper.
Randy Moss? cut him. We don't need him.
Andre Johnson? The "Patriot way" says he just another WR.
Those (Welker/Moss) WRs you named both always routinely attended OTAs when they were part of the team. Heck, Welker was recovering from ACL surgery in 2010, but felt it important enough to participate (which included helping out the other WRs), even though he was only 4 months out of surgery and still wearing a heavy brace.
From another year where the Patriots had coaching changes.
OTAs Begin, Don’t Discount Their Importance
Written by Steve Balestrieri
Posted May 21, 2012 at 5:57 pm
The New England Patriots started their OTAs today as the players (in shorts and helmets) start to go through their first organized team workouts for the 2012 season.
While teams have been doing off-season workouts together these are the first real teaching points for the Patriots’ coaching staff and the team can start back again with the basics. While most casual fans breathe a selective cry of “so what?” the answer to if these workouts are important lies within a few important points.
Team Building- This is a very important aspect of any organization not just a professional NFL team. The Patriots have brought in many new free agents, draftees and unsigned rookie free agents. These initial practices are invaluable in showing the new guys how the Patriots conduct business. Everything from team meetings, how practices are conducted, what’s expected of veterans and rookies is spelled out early in the process.
Make no mistake, the Patriots and Bill Belichick value this very highly and this is where it all starts. Building team camaraderie and character begins today…now. Veterans will be looked upon as teachers as well as competitors and with so many coaches switching positions, this time will be invaluable to them to adjust to their new surroundings and different players.
And as far as OB not commenting on AJ being a "major piece," all I can say is that he has made all attempts to avoid the subject. Remember when asked about some players, he said we will only speak about the players on the field. The sky is certainly far from falling, but I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.