posted at 1/21/2013 3:23 AM EST
In response to FrnkBnhm's comment:
In response to dapats1281's comment:
I posted something on another thread about during BB's halftime interview, he told the sideline reporter he was worried about the game because the Ravens were a deep ball away from taking the momentum.
During Harbaugh's sideline interview he said he wasn't concerned about anything at all.
The Pats were winning at that time 13-7.
While BB is great with X's and O's, I really don't see him as the type of coach that can rally this team when things go bad.
If the Pats finished the regular season the way the Ravens did, I'm not sure the Pats would have made it past the first round.
He needs to better prepare this team emotionally and mentally. We've coined this term a lot, but the Patriots truly have become a machine, and not in a good way. There's no fire in this team, it's just a bunch of guys who line up and seem to take this stage for granted.
I feel like the X's and O's are not there in the playoffs. At one point the Ravens had three consecutive TD drive (87 yards, 63 yards, and 47 yards). The Patriots defense looked completely outmatched. Ten years ago, BB had Troy Brown playing defensive back against Peyton Manning the AFC Championship game and a team that had averaged nearly 33 points per game scored 3.
The other part I simply cannot figure out. There is an idea that the are this team with some Championship pedigree that they just know how to win, but with the exception of Brady only Branch (who is barely on this team at all) has more than one ring. Wilfork is the only guy on the defense who has even one ring and he was not even a full-time starter back in 2004 (although he was in the playoffs). I feel like this team gets regular season accolades poured on them for piling up points and yards, but guys like Gronk, Hernandez, Welker, Woodhead, Ridley and Lloyd forget that collectively they have accomplished nothing other than regular season success, and really would you rather be the Patriots with 12 wins, the number offense in the NFL and stats galore, or the 10-6 regular season Ravens who are playing in New Orleans in two weeks.
Lack of execution can be attributed to a lot of those short comings. You can make the perfect defense call and still give up a big play because Arrington or Cole can't cover.
This team just flat out plays like they don't want it. They play with the mentality that they'll just try again next season. I put some blame on the coaches for not getting these players ready to match the Ravens' intensity, but ultimately, it comes down to the players.
Remember during the 2010 regular season game after a Woodhead run failed to get a first down? Brady started screaming and shouting and then gathered the offense and gave them a talk. Maybe the camera just didn't point anything else, but I didn't see that fire from Brady. Just seemed like he would just walk to the sideline and sit down on the bench.
I also don't know if this team has that kind of guy on defense. As annoying as Ray Lewis can be, he knows how to pump up his guys. And I think that makes a huge difference. You can beat the man across from you, even if he's more talented, as long as you want it more. Ravens just wanted it more than us.