Aaron Hernandez was #9 on PFF’s list of players who failed to live up to their contract salary for the 2012 NFL season.
9. Aaron Hernandez, New England Patriots
2012 Cap Hit: $3.2m
2012 Performance Based Value: $892k
Value Differential: -$2.4m
Like many on the list, Hernandez was unable to perform to the level of his cap hit at least in part due to injury, missing all, or most, of seven games.
The other reasons for this inability to meet that level – poor run blocking, drops, and penalties. The poor run blocking was not terribly surprising, but the drops were, as the dynamic receiver’s 10 drops(in only 10 games) doubled his 2011 amount and his Drop Rate was the third-worst among all TEs.
Also, only Jermaine Gresham was penalized more often, even though Hernandez saw just 573 snaps. making Hernandez the 2nd most penalized TE in the NFL in 2012.
Aaron will need to make it rain a lot more often in 2013, stay healthy, and be smarter if the Patriots are to fill a majority of the void left by Welkers departure.
If you look at the last Super Bowl on a drive-by-drive basis it’s hard to make the claim that we were unbalanced, didn’t establish the run, or didn’t try to utilize The Law Firm.
Here’s how Benny and Woody were utilized on each drive:
This is a lot of what ifs so you have to take a discussion like this with a grain of salt.
I am playing devils advocate here and not placing blame anywhere or saying it would have worked. Let’s look at the drives in more context.
WR/RB/TE – Kendall Wright
OL – Peter Konz
DT/DE – Michael Brockers
DE/OLB – Whitney Mercilus / Chandler Jones
S/CB – Mark Barron / Stephon Gilmore
WR/RB/TE – Doug Martin / Reuben Randle
OL – Mike Adams / Kevin Zeitler
DT/DE – Kendall Reyes
DE/OLB – Vinny Curry / Andre Branch
S/CB – Josh Robinson / Harrison Smith
WR/RB/TE – Marvin Jones / Ryan Broyles
OL – Amini Silatolu
DT/DE – Mike Martin
DE/OLB – Cam Johnson
S/CB – Casey Hayward / Trumaine Johnson / Jamell Fleming / Justin Bethel / Brandon Boykin
It was no great secret that the 2009 Patriots had an uncharacteristically sour locker room. A couple of mutinous bad apples causing unrest.
Patriots 2009 Starting Playoff Offense
LT: Matt Light
LG: Logan Mankins
C: Dan Koppen
RG: Stephen Neal
RT: Sebastian Vollmer
TE: Chris Baker
QB: Tom Brady
WR: Randy Moss
WR: Julian Edelman
WR: Sam Aiken
RB: Laurence Maroney