Much like Adrian wailed to Rocky before the big Ivan Drago bout, Comcast SportsNet New England writer Tom E. Curran has a message for the Patriots:
"You can't win!"
Curran was referring to which team got the better end of the Richard Seymour trade in 2009.
The Patriots traded their star defensive end to the Raiders for a 2011 first-round draft choice. The Patriots used the 17th overall pick on Colorado tackle Nate Solder.
Solder might not start this year. The Raiders, meanwhile, have had two seasons of production from Seymour. He was voted to the Pro Bowl for 2010, registering 5.5 sacks and 10 tackles for losses in 13 games.
"And for two years," Curran wrote, "the Patriots have missed the hell out of him."
Curran goes on to explain the trade might've been a "necessary divorce" because of financial considerations -- his and nose tackle Vince Wilfork's contracts were up after 2010 -- and uninspiring play.
But the Patriots biggest problem on defense the past two years has been a laggard pass-rush. They tied for 14th in the league with 36 sacks last season.
The Patriots went to the playoffs each season since Seymour left, but they got knocked out in their first games. You have to wonder if Seymour would've made the difference.
What do you think? How great must Solder be to overcome two seasons with no compensation for losing Seymour?