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Posted by Charles P. Pierce  April 23, 2010 05:11 PM

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There's nothing more hilarious to hear on the day after the NFL draft than hearing a radio talk-show host argue that a pick cannot yet be judged because "we don't know what will happen yet." Does it not register on all these guys that, if we accept that argument as axiomatic in all cases, then there wouldn't be any point to talk radio at all?

It's true that we don't know whether Devin McCourty will turn out to be the Final Answer to the Patriots's chronic pass-defense problem. (Although the fact that he had more blocked kicks than interceptions has to be the greatest stat of the entire draft.) What I do know is that it is very unlikely that the team will use this draft to make Tom Brady's life any easier, and that is very concerning.

Brady's had two consecutive years in which he has been far from healthy throughout most of the final third of the season, including 2008, which he missed entirely. He took a savage beating a couple times last season, including the playoff debacle against Baltimore. His primary target -- Wes Welker -- is unlikely to be a factor for most of 2010 and, as a result, Brady's other important weapon, Randy Moss, even while playing for a contract, may wind up as the only real threat again, which means he can be defended out of the game. There is no tight end. The running game is still more notional than anything else. Brady will be 33 in August and the only good thing about that is that he won't be 34.
 
Exactly how long is this team going to persist in the notion that it's Brady's job to make chicken salad out of that which the old wives say you cannot make chicken salad? Without question, he's the most valuable asset this team has. It is not too much to ask that the brain trust down there recognize this fact and actually do something about it. There is one thing that Brady knows of which the team is apparently blissfully ignorant. The window is sliding shut in a hurry.


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