The 2009 calendar year didn't begin with any Patriot playoff football. It was weird. Disappointing. Frustrating. Void of purpose and meaning. Thankfully, the same won't be said of the 2010 calendar.
We're spoiled up here. The Patriots have won the division, and most of us seem to remain focused on the games the team has lost this year. We obsess over the inadequacies in the defensive backfield, the lack of pass-rush, the red-zone troubles, the drama, the play-calling.
THE PATRIOTS ARE IN THE FREAKIN PLAYOFFS PEOPLE! FOR THE 7TH TIME IN 9 YEARS! Before 2001, the Patriots had a total of 9 playoff appearances. That's 9 between 1960 and 2000. And since then, 7 playoff appearances.
The nominees for Patriots Player of the Year are...
Tom Brady, QB
Wes Welker, WR
Randy Moss, WR
Vince Wilfork, DT
Tully Banta-Cain, OLB
And the winner is...
This is the 3rd straight season that Welker has won this Award. He is the ONLY 3-time winner of a BBS Award. And it's hard to argue with him winning this.
122 catches (in 2009's games), 1,336 yards, he's also averaging 12.5 yards per punt return. Oh, and he has 122 catches and 1,336 yards in 13 games. Had he remained healthy, he would've challenged the NFL record of 143 receptions in a season.