posted at 1/17/2012 11:02 AM EST
In Response to Spikes
[QUOTE]Is he slowly becoming this team's defensive leader? He just seems to be the spark. Every time that he's been in the line-up, the defense plays hard. While stuffing the Broncos offense is nothing to pound your chest over, it was the fashion that they did it that was impressive. 15 plays for loss of yardage. FIFTEEN. Most of them were running plays on a team that has hung their hat on running the ball effectively. That was the hardest I've seen a Pats defense play in a long time, and a lot of it has to do with his crazy mentality. Though not nearly as good (physically or mentally) as Ray Lewis, he's got that same attitude. I think the best example of this is when Mayo was out vs. the Cowboys, and he lead the defense to shutting down a very good offense. Anyone think the calm demeanor of Mayo and the craziness of Spikes is the perfect combo in the middle for this Pats defense going forward?
Posted by TheGuyWithDaThing[/QUOTE]
Spikes is, in short, a winner.
I wanted him on the Pats a year before he came out, and had NE using a first round selection on him (he went in the second because of a bogus 40 yard time).
My favorite private moment last Sunday was watching the old Gators' defensive captain play an inspired game, and the #1 target (Hernandez) of the Gators' offensive captain absolutely put on a show.
All the while Tim Tebow looked just awful.
It was a good time for a guy who basically has been calling Tebow over-rated for a bunch of years.
Of course, he still won some games this season ... but as always I question how much of it was him, and how much was defense and his playmakers.