At the six week mark the 2012 Patriots are CHOKERS. From Tom Brady to Patrick Chung, from BB to who the clown is coaching the secondary, from the O line to the secondary, from the kickoff coverage team to the placekicker. CHOKERS. Over the last seven games (going back to the SB) this team plays like it is afraid to lose.
I fully expect they will be a better team by late in the year but they have the minds of losers in the bodies of winners. Brady is exceptional yet he choked so many times they could have taught every boy scout in the country the heimlich maneauver. So has and so did the secondary lead by Too Late Chung to Blind Lemon McCourty to Blind Willie Arrington. CHOKERS.
They get a lead and they hope and pray that the other team will choke. I would rather see them play with some authority than play this scared rabbit style of football. And frankly I am a little tired of Tom Brady choking in the clutch. He had multiple opportunities to put the game out of reach, to put it away. And he played his worst at those times.
I know Brady is still exceptional but I am tired of this. I know the team and the coach are good but I am tired of this. I wonder is it worth it to make the trip to Foxboro next week. Even if they win this is not a team that could carry the jock strap of the team we watched a decade ago. Nor is this QB able to carry the jock strap of the QB from a decade ago. Oh yes, he is more polished and more dangerous and more savy. But he is not that guy. I wonder if that guy retired or if he is just on the sidelines.
I am not expecting perfection. But this whole thing is OLD. This team needs to stand up and play football. If they are not playing scared then they are just playing STUPID. Either way it is OLD.
They did not deserve to win this game. Nor the other ones they have lost. And at week six they sure as heck have not come close to earning anything more than being a forgetable team.