It’s time to put this myth to rest once and for all. It is believed that if you take “Joe Snuffy” off the streets and plug him into a starting NFL roster and he will produce instantly. That notion is very untrue. It’s not about the system that makes teams successful in the National Football League it’s the type of players that are plugged into those particular regimes. ESPN Radio’s “The Herd” hosted by Colin Cowherd is a strong advocate of this philosophy. He believes that any player is replaceable, other than the quarterback and that you can find the next guy to plug into the system, and he will contribute.
No one on an NFL roster is safe; however, that does not mean that you will get the same results from the player that you are replacing. It took the Patriots almost three years to get back to the Super Bowl and win it. Could they have won it two years earlier if they had their core nucleus intact? The loss of Wes Welker, Danny Woodhead, and Aaron Hernandez he’s in jail now contributed to the Patriots downfall in the 2013 AFC Championship game against the Broncos a season ago.
On top of that they were embarrassed once again by the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. In that game, the Pats played with a 60% Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots also had a mediocre defense that season as well. If Gronkowski were at 100%, the Patriots would have defeated the Giants in that year’s Super Bowl. That goes to show you that you need impact players to make a decent system work in the National Football League.
The three players along with Gronkowski that were mentioned earlier were not a bunch of third string players off the practice squad. Those guys are some of the best at their position in the NFL. Even though Woodhead is no longer a part of the Patriots, he would have been a huge factor in the Chargers making the playoffs in 2014. Woodhead missed the majority of 2014 regular season with a broken fibula that he suffered in week 3 against the Buffalo Bills. The same argument can make about Eagles head coach Chip Kelly down in Philadelphia.
Kelly has completely gotten rid of anyone that had ties to the Andy Reid regime, on the Eagles roster except Riley Cooper. Until we see the finished product in the 2015 season, no one should continue to character assassinate Kelly for the recent moves that he has made, since taking over as General Manager of the Eagles. However, Chip Kelly is digging an enormous grave in Philly if his philosophy does not work out. The Philadelphia Eagles fan base along with the media will turn on anyone quick, fast, and in a hurry.
That was a championship roster that Andy Reid had left Kelly with in Philadelphia. He will have no one else to blame but himself if his plans do not come to pass this season. Certain philosophies and schemes can be successful in the National Football League. However, it’s not because you can just throw some paint on the wall and expect it to become a work of art. You must have a skilled artist (the coach) and the right colors (the players) to paint a beautiful picture in the National Football League.
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