Re: Get ready for it Patriot Nation.
posted at 11/5/2010 1:51 PM EDT
I have been reading thru all these posts and some from way back some have been interesting, particularly the one about the old Pats having a 10 point lead or so, and the team would just have sustained drives for one or even 2Qs without any scoring, and as soon as the other team scores, the Pats would score virtually every time. This one post said it was the Pats system of winning SBs.
That is incorrect. I read an article w/ his Dad and he said Tom had always been that way since he was a kid. He seemingly played to the score, and scored when it was needed.
Personally I loved that about Brady back then, mostly because it kept everyone involved in the game, no letdowns, and all this ended with Moss era, when we blew everyone out, and the D especially would begin to get lethargic late in the 1st half, early 2nd. I knew it wasn't good, because we forgot how to play for 60 minutes in the trenches where the games are won and lost, and I also didn't think the new offense would translate in the playoffs which was correct, 14 points a game in SB loss and Playoffs last year vs the Ravens. The Oline came out looking very complacent in the SB vs the Giants, and got their butts whipped, which was sad.
I remember in the 1st quarter, early 2nd maybe against the Eagles in our last SB win, and the Pats looked horrible on offense. Something wasn't right with Brady and I knew it, and saw the whole team out of sync offensively. I was living here in SF, and my brother was at a SB party back there with all my cousins, aunts, and uncles, and they were all nervous, and I told them all we needed was for the Eagles to score and then watch out, and they were "what"?
The Eagles scored to take, I believe, a 7 - 0 lead, and Tom came out with the offense right after, and you could see it in his manner, more relaxed and whatever he did or said, and the way they came out of the huddle, you knew they were ready, and they started their march down field and controlled the trenches the rest of the game. This was the Joe Montana, the part of Brady's spirit which made him great. His QB as a kid was Joe, and he obviously took on much of his persona, the way they were most relaxed at games end when they were neck and neck, and everything was on the table, his ability to see the whole field like Joe, and they were both just winners. Tom lost most of that in the last few years, and that is what all of us are seeing in the last month, the reemerging of the late great Tom Brady. He is not just the leader of the offense, but the leader of the team, and they are responding to him, and let's just say his mystique is back, and all the players, even most of us can feel it and we are drawn to it. Now I can begin to see him maybe being as great or greater than Joe Montana, and being out here, I have watched both of them closely, being a Pats fan (can never get them out of the child in me) and a 49er fan as an adult.
Back then Tom could hold the close leads forever, it seemed, or come back from being down in the 4th like few others ever at the time. If you noticed, in the last years with the big offense, he seemed to lose that ability, I believe, because he wasn't playing to the score, and wasn't looking for his "favorite" receiver. I am not saying the old Brady didn't win by crushing teams at times, but the whole team was always involved in the game. It was always about the whole team. In the year they lost to the Bills in game one after the Milloy left, I believe they were never never behind the rest of the year thru that winning streak.
What I see now, is Brady is coming back to us, and you can see it by how great he is playing in the second half and down the stretch, and the rest of the team is following suit!
So long Randy! I watched you here with the Raider and back here with the Pats, and your time was here was better than I expected after the fiasco here, and I knew if anyone could get your attention it was BB and Tom.
Welcome back Tom!