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New England Patriots Links 9/07/09 - Belichick Shakes Down the Final Roster

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<em>How can Belichick have so much up his sleeve when he never wears any?</em>
How can Belichick have so much up his sleeve when he never wears any?

Tony Massarotti wrings his hands in a "this will be good unless turns out to be bad" sort of way over the Seymour trade.

For Belichick and for the Patriots, this suddenly appears to be a pivotal time in their evolution. Their dynasty from the first half of this decade is now a thing of the past, symbolically and otherwise. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won two titles since the Pats last won a Super Bowl and the Indianapolis Colts have won one. The core of Belichick’s defense now has been transplanted. Belichick has not made a move as this one since releasing Lawyer Milloy just before the start of the 2003 season, a move that seemed to blow up the coach’s face when the Pats subsequently absorbed a 31-0 loss to the Bills in Week 1.

By the end of that season, the Patriots were Super Bowl champions and Belichick looked like a genius.  But what happens if this one goes the other way?

Steve Corkran (Oakland Tribune) Raiders acquire Richard Seymour from Patriots for No. 1 pick in 2011.

Cable said you can't pay too much for a player of Seymour's ability. "The issue is, you want to make your team better for right now," Cable said. "Right now is all that matters. We'll address that when the time comes, but I don't see that as a negative, I really don't. Not at this time." In Seymour, the Raiders get a versatile player who has flourished as a tackle and end in a 4-3 scheme and as an end in a 3-4 scheme. The Raiders prefer the 4-3 scheme under defensive coordinator John Marshall. "It's pretty self explanatory what he brings," cornerback Stanford Routt said. "He has championship-type of intelligence, comes from the Patriots, so he, obviously, knows football. He's a beast coming off that edge. "... He's going to bring a lot."

Ian Rapoport says the players have no choice but to fill the void left by Seymour.

"We’re getting younger on the defensive side of the ball," second-year linebacker Jerod Mayo said. "There are guys that can really play football, and we’ll see this year. [Seymour] will be dearly missed, but we have players ready to step up. Hopefully, we can replace him."