Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Laurence Maroney: the Carl Pavano of Football

Where do I start. I love Laurence Maroney. He is a great runner. He has moves, and he can break tackles. I thought this kid was going to be big when the Pats drafted him #24 overall in 2006. As it turns out, he has been a bust. Well, not completly.

When he is available, the Patriots are just as good running as passing. He completes the Patriots versatile backfield. But the bottom line is, he just can't stay healthy. Every year it seems that something is wrong. He gets injured, and stays on the IR.

Maybe he could go somwhere else after this year, stay healthy, and be the next LT. But right now, it is not going to happen. Defenses blitz the Patrioits expecting the pass, and he always seems to get the ball, and go down. The kid has a bright future, but I just can't see it in Foxboro.

It pains me to say this (mainly because I spent $70 on an authentic Maroney Jersey from Christmas money.), but it is time he leaves. The Patriots are fine passing. Expect at least 45 TD's from Brady if he can stay healthy. After all, he is throwing to three Pro-Bowl caliber Recievers in Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Joey Galloway, not to mention Ben Watson and Kevin Faulk who will grind it out for 10 on any screen play. Sammy Morris can pound the ball in and can pick up huge gains. Fred Taylor does not need an explanation. Kevin Faulk covers the passing plays, and 3rd and 2 situations (if he isn't stoned). Even Brady can sneak for the first on 3rd or 4th and short. So what do you need Maroney for?

Nothing. So long Laurence, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Post thought: Why do the first rounders become busts (not including Jerod Mayo), and the Late rounders are the Pro Bowl players?


  1. I'm looking forward to your football pre-season picks. Just to rev your engines, I predict Tom Brady and the Patriots will rewrite the passing record book this year...

  2. I one time heard the announcers praising the defense after stopping Maroney for a two-yard gain saying something about how anytime you can bring a guy with Maroney's speed and strength down that quickly, you've got to be pleased. It made me wonder if they've watched him run much.