Punchin’ Out: Clock Killin’ Corey Dillon Retiring

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According to Boston.com Corey Dillon has asked for his release so he can retire from pro football. You kind of had a feeling it was near. Honestly, I thought Corey would’ve been forced out rather than retire on his own due to his declining game. He seemed to be the type who would stay on as long as he could. But I’m glad he’s making the decision here, and he can go out with a relatively healthy life ahead of him.

Dillon was most integral in his first season with the Pats, accumulating over 1600 yards on the ground. The newly found running game propelled the team to a 14-2 record and a win in Super Bowl XXXIX. Above all, he shook the rep of being a bad apple, showing he can play hard for a team without making waves. He bought in to the system, and for him, it paid dividends.

For the Patriots, this means the Maroney era officially begins in 2007. Even if the Patriots go out and get someone to compliment Maroney, he’s now THE GUY. With that comes a lot of pressure, but I think he will be able to work it out, as he’s an exciting young back full of speed and tough as nails. I don’t see a drop in production from the RB side.

Corey Dillon gave the Patriots a look we hadn’t seen in quite awhile. For the first time in nearly a decade, the Patriots had a solid, stable running game to balance their offensive attack. Make no mistake about it, without Corey Dillon, the Patriots wouldn’t have had the success they did in 2004. As a Patriots die hard, I congratulate Corey on a great career and thank him for his efforts in keeping the dynasty alive in New England.

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4 Responses to Punchin’ Out: Clock Killin’ Corey Dillon Retiring

  1. Angela says:

    Corey had been dancing a lot lately, and it seemed as though Maroney was picking up a lot of Dillon’s bad habits as the season went on. If he does want to play somewhere else, I don’t see any real contenders willing to pick him up.

  2. SMD says:

    Well first of all, it seems he is not retiring, just headed to greener pastures on some other team.
    If he were to retire that would be great, as it would save 4.5 million on this years Cap. It only saves the team 2.5 million if he is released and does not retire.

    Maroney will do fine in his place if the OC Josh McDaniels calls the appropriate plays for his talents.
    95% of Maroney’s negative runs this season came w/o a FB, almost all his great plays came behind one…During the first half of the season, Maroney ran primarily behind a FB, and at that point, Maroney coincidentally appeared to be the best, most complete, and the most productive RB of his draft class…From November on they started playing him more and more in a singleback double-TE double-wing formation and Maroney’s numbers tapered off quite a bit from that point on…

    The worst part about that particular formation for running plays beyond the lack of a FB is that both WRs are standing inside the hash marks only a few feet from the TEs instead of between the hash marks and the sidelines, which means the Pats were running against not just 8 or 9, but 11 in the box, because the corners were going to stand in front of where the WRs were… thus allowing them to read a run and react that much quicker, this also brings the Safeties up, as they don’t have to worry as much about the WRs getting behind them, all things considered, this is about the worst formation you could possibly go into when wanting to run.
    Against an all or nothing defense built on speed, such as the Colts have, running behind a FB would help you run right over them for big gains when they’re playing the run, which they were…This was what the Patriots needed to do when we were up 21-3 with the ball and 7:33 in the 2nd qtr, not lose 5 combined yards on Maroney’s 2 negative carries on that possession and put Brady in 3rd and long twice in 6 plays. The decision to continue to try and run out of this formation had much to do with why the Patriots couldn’t establish the run in the second half of that game, and so long as McDaniels keeps making such mistakes, Maroney will continue to look like a poor RB.

    With Maroneys speed and moves, when he gets 3 steps to build up speed on a run because a FB is blocking that 1st penetrater, he is a great back capable of taking it all the way. Without that FB, he is getting hit behind the LOS as he gets the ball because the Defense is able to stack players inside the box against the 2 TE 2WR set.

  3. Boy George says:

    Oh wait. Yes, I have. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me right now to type it all out again. Besides, it was just ramblings anyway. You didn’t want to hear me go on and on about this, right?

  4. bobby says:

    not sure i agree

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