Unless he cries and whines his way to the courts (again), Tom Brady will miss the week 2 game against the Dolphins. This means, in theory, that the Dolphins have their first chance to win a game in Foxboro since the advent of the Wildcat.
As I’ve stated many times, the courts are not deciding on Brady’s guilt or innocence. Rather, the courts are deciding whether the commissioner has the right to punish players. Of course he does.
Everyone knows this. But last year the Patriots took their chances with a liberal judge and got their way. This year, they met a much smarter judge who believes in something called contract law. Law…what a concept!
Roger Goodell has the right to punish players under the CBA that the players themselves ratified. Period. He can punish them. Most players take their punishment like a man and realize that Goodell’s job is to punish them. Just ask Ray Rice or Dion Jordan, for example, or dozens of other players who break rules and must endure their fate, as imposed by Goodell.
One must remember that at the beginning of the deflategate debacle, Robert Kraft and the Pats said they would accept whatever punishment the NFL handed them. But they were lying. The whined to the courts instead of accepting their fate. Now, finally, common sense may prevail.
The Patriot loved Ted Wells when he maligned Richie Incognito, but when the same man found it hard to believe that Brady didn’t know anything, then Patriot world erupted. Good riddance!
Now onto the draft. Looks like RB Ezekiel Elliott is a hot name in the mock drafts for the Dolphins. Still baffled why they let Lamar Miller go away, and maybe they had their eyes on Elliott the whole time. However, I don’t want to draft a RB when we have other needs. Besides, I don’t see Elliott dropping to 12th.
I still think we need to stick to OLs and DBs. The rest can be filled in eventually over the summer. We keep wasting picks in the later rounds on positions we don’t need and on guys who have no chance to make the team. Why not draft some big fat OLs in the later round and pray that one turns into a gem?
Vernon Hargreaves is a CB who I’d love to nab, but again, I don’t see him lasting until the 12th pick. We’ll see.
My biggest draft fantasy is that Hargreaves AND Elliott are BOTH available at 12, That fantasy would soon turn into a nightmare because the Dolphins would probably draft a Defensive tackle anyway. Let’s face it, the Dolphins do not draft where they have needs.
Miami hasn’t had the NFL’s worst overall drafts the last few years, but we’ve definitely have been the very worst at filling needs. Last year we had excellent depth at WR, and we drafted Davante Parker. When we were absolutely desperate for OLs, we traded up to take Dion Jordan. A need at QB? Some of my readers have serious opinions on that, and I am not opposed to drafting a QB. I’d call it a need, but maybe not a hugely pressing need…yet.
For a poll: who do you guys want to draft? What positions? What specific players?