is it. The marbles are in the bag, and it’s time to take them all.
Despite the distrust on both sides of the Boston-NY rivalry, the
truth of the matter is that these two teams are very similar. This
game is going to come down to execution, Turnovers, and a little
teams have flaws that are cover up by a Super Bowl winning QBs. You
can make arguments that both QB have also been the best QBs in the
clutch this season. Brady lead his team from behind more than any QB
this season. While Eli was the highest rated QB in the forth quarter
teams struggle this season due to injury and other factors with
establishing an identity. I hear the NY media whining about how
injuries have hurt the Giants, but they have no idea. The trials and
tribulations the Pats team faced this season are really astounding,
and proof that the truth is stranger than fiction. “There
are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in
the NE-NY game earlier, I was shocked at how different the Pats team
was. I started the avalanche that led to BB’s Coach of the Year
award last year. When I wrote that “You have to be an idiot if you
think anybody but BB should be coach of the Year.” Suddenly,
everybody was talking about BB being Coach of the Year. In
retrospect, he should be Coach of the Year this year.
Now I’m not
saying that I had this opinion the whole second half of the season, and
everybody else is an idiot. This season was so bizarre and disastrous in
so many ways that I don’t think anyone could have seen this coming. I
know I didn’t.
really rebuilt this team in the turmoil of disaster after disaster
striking this team during the
season. How many times has a coach successfully rebuilt a team in less
than two or three years and survived? Not very often. I have never seen
not heard of a coach rebuilding a team during the season. It was so
unprecedented, ugly, and awkward that it seemed to happen when we
weren’t looking. How, in the hell, did BB get this team to the Super
Bowl? The first half of the season was one disaster after another. First
the lockout, players moving all about, vested veterans not doing squat,
the defense in shambles, and finally the disastrous release of Haynesworth
and the benching of Ellis.
We were all so
focused on the negative, that we missed the positive. Slowly but surely
things came together, even as disasters continued to strike the team. They
went from a bend and break 4-3 defense, to a bend and sometimes break
sometimes 3-4 defense, to a pure 3-4 bend but don’t break defense that
has given up a little over 15 PPG in the Playoffs.
They kept getting
better and better as disasters struck, players fell, got bench, couldn’t
get off the bench, got cut, and got put on IR. BB transformed “The worst
defense in the history of the NFL” into a defense that championed the
Pats through the AFC Championship Game and straight into the Super Bowl.
Don’t forget the Pat’s offense struggled against the Ravens and it was
Wilfork, some guy named Sterling, and the defense that won that game. And
to make it worse, we all really missed it. Most real Pats fan thought they
were done at one point or another.
retrospect, we Pat’s fans should be ashamed of ourselves. A lot of
people thought they were done when Haynesworth was released. It was just
too much upheaval in one season. A lot of people thought they were done at
a myriad of other points. I wrote they were done when Andre Carter went
down. I wrote, “we may have won the battle and lost the war,” after
watching Carter get carted off the field. However, they closed off the
nonbelievers, and kept fighting and improving at such a snails level we
couldn’t quite see the slime trail through the upheaval. And all the
snipping behind BB’s back rather than praise for all the subtle and
remarkable improvements that kept striking the team, and the winning (they
just kept winning?), was our weakness. In retrospect it was truly amazing.
Even the offense. I know what you are thinking the offense wasn’t
rebuilt, they were on pace to break all kinds of records after week three.
That’s true. The pretty guys were all set. But the O-Line was a
Shakespearean tragedy this season:
is the winter of our discontent
****Made glorious summer by this son of York;
****And all the clouds that low'r'd upon our house
****In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
started 11 guys on the O-Line this season as one warrior after another
fell on field of combat.
before the season was to show it's colors, before the flowers of fall
could bloom, and the hearts of happy warriors could frolic on fields of
grass, our mortality betrayed us all:
Brutus, as you know, was Caesar's angel.
****Judge, O you gods, how dearly Caesar lov'd him!
****This was the most unkindest cut of all;
the Matriarch of the Pat’s family finally succumbed to cancer. And
Sorrow filled the hearts of New England.
To be continued...