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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.