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ivanvamp
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Recall that blowout down in Miami when the Pats noted that the Nick Saban-coached Dolphins players seemed to know what was coming nearly every play.

Sometimes the scouts and coaches just get it right.
Right. I was just talking about the respective narratives though.
 

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The article gives more context than the quoted tweet. The tl;dr version is that Edelman was upset when the Pats signed Amendola, as Julian had hoped to take over Welker's role once Welker left for Denver. He was UFA and considered signing with the Giants, but decided to stay to play with Brady.
The Patriots and Celtics both dodged huge bullets by Edelman, Hightower, McCourty, and Smart opting to return when they could and should have been poached by others.
 

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Edelman came into the league in 2009. Gronkowski came into the league in 2010.

The Pats won three Super Bowls during their time with the Pats, and lost two SB games.

2011 Pats - Edelman was a special teams player who caught 4 passes. Way down on the depth chart. Gronk was a monster already, but was hobbled in the SB by a badly injured ankle. Pats lose 21-17.

2014 Pats - Edelman was a star in the making - 92 catches for 972 yards. Gronk was an even bigger star. Both had big roles in the SB victory over Seattle. Pats win 28-24.

2016 Pats - Gronk is injured and misses the playoff run. Bennett takes his place. Edelman has a huge season and makes one of the greatest catches in SB history against the Falcons in the comeback win. Pats win 34-28.

2017 Pats - Edelman is out for the year following a torn ACL. Gronk has another tremendous season but the Pats can't pull off the SB win. Pats lose 41-33.

2018 Pats - Edelman is back and has a lesser-than-normal season (still good) but elevates his game in the SB, winning MVP. Gronk also has a bit of a down year but makes one of the biggest plays of the SB that year. Pats win 13-3.

When both guys were playing, the Pats were 2-1 in those five SBs. When Edelman played but Gronk didn't, the Pats were 1-0. When Gronk played but Edelman didn't, the Pats were 0-1. Who was more important to the Pats?
 

streeter88

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Edelman came into the league in 2009. Gronkowski came into the league in 2010.

The Pats won three Super Bowls during their time with the Pats, and lost two SB games.

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When both guys were playing, the Pats were 2-1 in those five SBs. When Edelman played but Gronk didn't, the Pats were 1-0. When Gronk played but Edelman didn't, the Pats were 0-1. Who was more important to the Pats?
If Malcolm Butler had played in that Super Bowl, it would be even.