The Patriots faster-than-the-speed-of-sound offense has been a hot topic around New England over the last few days, and it's gaining national notice too.
Ross Tucker of NBC's Sports Talk was on with CSNNE's Bob Neumeier to talk about the offense, and count Tucker as a fan.
"Well I think it's pretty awesome, and it's really interesting to me, Bob, how the last couple of years a lot of the concepts of college have actually come to the NFL. It uses to always be the opposite way, it used to be always that everything would trifle down.
Tucker said the Pats are "not afraid to beg, borrow, and steal from other successful collegiate organizations"
But just how good does Tucker think the Pats offense is? They broke records in 2007 . . . but are they better than that?
"I think this is the best Patriots offense I've ever seen. I know that will give a couple people pause, but they really have everything."
Tucker defends his point by saying that the Pats were a great offense last season and added a "dynamic running game and deep threat in Brandon Lloyd.
Speaking of receiving threats, Wes Welker may have ruffled a few feathers with his joke about Belichick, saying that it's "always nice to stick it in Bill's face" when talking about his production in Sunday's win over the Broncos.
"There's always a little bit of truth to sarcasm," Tucker said.
But he also says that Welker should be on the field as much as possible.
"If the Patriots lose any games when they're not playing Wes Welker pretty much full time I think they're opening themselves up to a tremendous amount of criticism from folks like me."
FOXBORO -- While Bill Belichick didn’t say a whole lot about 85th overall pick Antonio Garcia, the player himself touched on an issue that some may have seen as a red flag.
Garcia, a left tackle out of Troy, is praised in his NFL.com scouting report for having “outstanding athleticism.” It notes that he is “rarely beaten cleanly around the edge by speed.”
Yet it also knocks him down a peg because of his frame. The 6-foot-6 tackle is considered lanky, with the scouting report noting that he “consistently” played below 300 pounds in college.
Asked about his weight following his selection Friday night, Garcia says that he is currently over 300.
“I’ve been here consistently at about 305 for a few months now,” he said. “I’m just more focused on being in shape and being able to play to the best of my abilities.”
Garcia also said that he’s weighed as much as 310 ponds and is “comfortable anywhere between 300 and 315.”
If Garcia can get to 315 while maintaining the athleticism and footwork (he was a high school basketball player) that made him an NFL prospect in the first place, the Pats could have an intriguing player on their hands.
FOXBORO -- The bullet points from Bill Belichick on the team’s second pick in this year’s draft, Troy left tackle Antonio Garcia:
- He’s a person.
- He’s a left tackle.
- He has played tackle and will play tackle.
- He visited with the Patriots.
- We’re not sure if he’ll play guard at any point.
- We’ll see how it goes.
That’s generally as forthcoming as Belichick was regarding Garcia, a player for whom the Pats moved up from No. 96 to No. 85. Garcia’s selection came two picks after the team made Youngstown State pass-rusher Derek Rivers their first selection of the draft at No. 83.
“He was here last week; [we] had a good visit with him,” Belichick said of Garcia. “So we’ll see how that goes, but we think he’ll be competitive. He’s done a good job for them down there.”
Asked whether the lanky 6-foot-6 player could play guard, Belichick was noncommittal.
“I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes,” he said. “He’s played tackle. He’s got the length and I think the athleticism to play tackle, but we’ll see how he does. I don’t know.”
As for which side, Belichick viewed Garcia “primarily” as a left tackle, though Garcia himself said he has experience playing the right side as well.