Re: Brady Delusional About Chances of Winning Another SB?
posted at 7/24/2013 9:50 AM EDT
In response to Muzwell's comment:
In response to anonymis' comment:
I disagree. Not random. Yes, you do need players with talent. The one thing you may have forgotten are matchups. The fact is, teams like the Giants, Ravens, and 49ers match up well against the Patriots. In addition, our defense is not what it used to be. You actually think the Patriots won with JAGs?
Plus, one needs a healthy team going into the playoffs, momentum (like u said, teams that get hot at end of season/during playoffs), and a lil lady luck.
Fear the Ravens if you want. The Patriots have a winning record against the Ravens in the BB/Brady era. They match up just fine. They beat them in 2011, lost in '12. It's absolutely random that Gronk was hurt, that Flacco was playing the best football of his life, that Ray Lewis got back on the PEDs, apparently, and on and on...it's random that they even played each other last year because Denver never should have lost that game to Baltimore.
They match up fine against the Giants too, lost two SB games by fluke and poor execution. They've played SF once (and reeled off 31 unanswered points in one stretch), not sure how you can conclude anything from one game.
The things you mention, matchups, momentum, health and luck are the very definition of random. The only certainty is you must have a capable signal caller. The only difference between Cincinnati and New England/Denver/Baltimore is the QB play. Same with several teams.
And yes, I do believe you can win the SB with a good to great QB, a few quality guys here and there and an assortment of JAGs. That's basically every playoff team these days. All flawed. That's the salary cap, free agency and the draft at work. That's what it's designed to produce, flawed teams that are basically very similar. Do you think it's coincidence that the #1 seed wins so rarely.
Again, can you make the case that the Patriots talent in 2001 was anywhere close to the Rams? I think maybe four Patriots would have started for the Rams that year, all on defense (and the Rams had a better defense than the Pats that year). Just because they won the SB doesn't make them a better team.
For that matter, how many Ravens would have started for the Niners last year? Torrey Smith and Haloti Ngata (maybe), and Ray Rice, Boldin, maybe you'd want Flacco over Kaepernick because of experience (not talent).
The point is, the Patriots could have easily won two more SBs and have as good a chance to win this year as ANYBODY. They have the QB, some other good to great players and a bunch of JAGs. If they are healthy, have momentum, get favorable matchups and get lucky...
I still can't get past someone saying they can't win because Brady is too old and at the same time, the Broncos are the AFC's best team.
It is only because the guy is either a Manning fan or a Broncos fan. That is the only logical reason for a person say that about Brady and the Broncs.