December 29, 2008

WHICH ONLY BEGS THE QUESTION...:

Stat of the Week (Peter King, 12/29/08, Sports Illustrated)

When the Patriots let the best kicker of his day -- Adam Vinatieri--leave via free agency in 2006 after 10 stellar seasons, they were widely derided for allowing a few bucks to get in the way of keeping one of the best clutch players of the Super Bowl era. That year, they drafted kicker Stephen Gostkowski from Memphis in the fourth round.

As usual, the Patriots are having the last laugh on the fourth estate -- and the rest of the NFL too. In the last three years, Gostkowski, kicking outside most often, has been more efficient in field goals, with more touchbacks on kickoffs, for a quarter of the cost of Vinatieri, who's been kicking inside most often. Gostkowski was named to his first Pro Bowl this year. And Gostkowski is 24 years old. Vinatieri is 36. [...]

One more thing: Average cap numbers over the past three years: Gostkowski $470,000, Vinatieri $2,036,000.


...how did the Bill Belichik who understands the complete replacability of players end up with all those old ones on defense?

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 29, 2008 8:46 AM
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