Originally Posted by Benihana
Incorrect Steel. Adams was benched because he had a "questionable" injury that wasn't released to the public. Instead of risking tweaking it in practice, he preferred to sit out certain drills, which caught the ire of Mularkey. Adams was not benched due to performance. He was not invisible while on the field, he was just double teamed. However because of the rash of injuries to the rest of Buffalo's D (See Takeo Spikes) the remaining players were unable to take advantage of the freed up blocking that Adams presence allowed. With guys like Thurman, Simmons, Pollack, et al, I think this year will be different.
"Caught the ire"? Adams was benched because Mularkey didn't think he could help the team that week with his injury and Adams freaked out. Leaving the stadium just because you don't get to dress isn't a great way to gain the favor of your head coach. His character and performance issues are the reason why he's lasted this long in free agency.
Adams is a big load, but got his 2004 Pro Bowl selection by playing on the same field as Pat Williams (a real difference maker). By himself, Adams is a big fat guy who can be handled rather easily by one interior blocker with a few ounces of skill.
There's nothing particularly wrong with signing Sam Adams, but the current version of him is nothing more than a support piece that may or may not allow a team to improve its run defense against teams that can't figure out that Sam Adams is older, fatter, and slower.
And yes, he was invisible in 2005. A guy who garners two blockers per running play doesn't end up on a team that allows 4.6 YPC and 22 Rushing Touchdowns. A guy with the kind of presence you attribute to Sam Adams simply won't allow that to happen.