Looks like Belichick is being Penny Wise/Dollar Foolish in letting Vinatieri become a free agent.
This decision could haunt him (Belichick) early next year should the Patriots face off the Colts in next years' AFC Championship Playoffs (provided that they both make it that far).
One needs to keep in mind that it was Vinatieri's 11th hour field goals that won 2 Super Bowls & the point-difference in last year's Super Bowl between the Patriots & Eagles was only by a 3-point field goal.
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KROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1820 times:
Quoting PHLBOS (Reply 2): All the more reason why Vinatieri's signing w/the Colts is good news for them, bad news for New England. He's replacing their chink in the armor so to speak.
Too little too late. The "chink" is no longer the kicking game. The team is aging, the window is rapidly closing to win if it isn't shut already. And now besides a kicker, the Colts need a big time running back to replace James. I'd be more worried about that than the kicking game at this point.
CastleIsland From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1807 times:
Here in NE, we have a saying: "In Bill We Trust." Many people are questioning this move, or lack thereof, but the fact is, the Patriots will not overpay for players. It is this philosphy that created the dynasty that thay held for several years. Time will tell if this is to continue, or whether their philosophy back-fires eventually.
Vinatieri is no doubt one of the most clutch kickers ever in the NFL. I'm sure Belichick knows more than we do about this than we do, so I, for one, will give him the benefit of the doubt.
One thing, though: If they bring Vanderjerk here, I will be pissed.
DeltaGator From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 6341 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1792 times:
Quoting KROC (Reply 3): The team is aging, the window is rapidly closing to win if it isn't shut already.
Add to that the fact that Peyton "The Second Coming of Christ" Manning can't win the big game. Sure they had a great record, sure he owns the TD record now, yada, yada, yada. He did the same thing in college by winning lots of games but never beating Florida in 4 years and thus never getting an SEC title. His "aw shucks" attitude is really annoying and I love to see him lose. Nothing against the Colts but may they continue to fall short in the big games as long as Manning is there.
Let's go Dolphins!
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VC10 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1423 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1780 times:
If I remember when watching " American Football " the kicker just comes on to kick the ball over the bar and does not get involved in the rough and tumble. Well if that is so, we here in the UK have a rugby union player who is a great kicker, but seems to be unable to stay uninjured in the games rough and tumble .
If any team interested Johnny Wilkenson is his name and he plays for Newcastle and sometimes England injuries allowing
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13499 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1775 times:
Quoting VC10 (Reply 7): If any team interested Johnny Wilkenson is his name and he plays for Newcastle and sometimes England injuries allowing
Actually over the years, a number of kickers in the NFL were very good soccer players in high school either in the USA or in Europe (Janikowski of the Oakland Raiders is a good example, but for his off-field Vodka swilling induced stupidity). At least one NFL kicker palyed Australian Rules Football (kinda like Rugby), so your idea may not be a bad one.