Good read on McCourty.
Vince Wilfork | New England Patriots Highlights | Big Vince | HD (by ThePatriotWayMixes)
Great news and not entirely unexpected given the tone of the last few days. This really solidifies things at the defensive tackle position. Now let’s go get some pass rush and call it an offseason!
Vince Wilfork’s new deal with Patriots really is a one-year, $8M deal that includes $3M guaranteed and deal has an option for 2 more years.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 27, 2014
My thoughts pic.twitter.com/MUW3I3ml4Y— Vince Wilfork (@wilfork75) March 27, 2014
Nothing would make me happier this offseason than to see the Pats and Wilfork come to a new agreement. I know Vince is a proud man and we saw in his last contract negotiation that things got a little contentious at times, but they still found a way to get things done to keep Vince in New England. Hopefully they can bring it back from the brink once again.
Well, he’s not gone yet. All things being equal I’d want Vince back on the roster, no question. But they couldn’t just throw him back in to play 85% of the snaps like he was doing before. As part of a rotation, playing closer to 50% I think he could be really effective still.
Vince Wilfork was an elite player for the Patriots, especially from 2010-2012 when he became the ultimate piece on Bill Belichick’s defensive chess board.
Belichick would move Wilfork around to take away a team’s strength and that covered up what were significant holes elsewhere in the defense. There was a time when Wilfork was viewed as nothing more than a 3-4 nose tackle, but Wilfork proved he was a three-down defensive linemen who could slide up and down the line and destroy multiple blockers.
But I also think that Wilfork became somewhat of a crutch for the Pats, and they essentially ran him into the ground. An injury like tearing his Achilles is really not all that surprising considering the wear and tear that added up on a man of Wilfork’s size.
Every year I felt the Pats needed to deepen their defensive tackle rotation and despite their best efforts (Albert Haynesworth, Tommy Kelly, Gerard Warren, Ron Brace) they could never find the consistency or ability next to Big Vince.
So what do the Pats do now?
Great, thorough read, from PatsCap.com’s Miguel.