Re: The Magic Carpet ride is over
posted at 12/9/2013 12:18 AM EST
Let's make a couple of things clear. I do not think anyone is saying the Pats, with the current injuries, is the best team on paper. But there are several peolpe here who have given up. You know who you are. And you are likely one of those who gave up when we were down 24-0. I don't mean that I would have wanted to bet on the Pats when it was 24-0. But you do not give up. And this team has the players and the coaches to pull games out even when mere mortals cannot. So no, many did not give up. Nor the next week. ANd when the Pats gave up that last Cleveland score I said it was a long shot but there was still a way. Did you? Were you one of those now saying they have lost before it is over? What do you say about the Denver game? About today's game? When did you give up? But most important - the players and coaches did not give up and they did what YOU said they could not. THey did the near impossible. And you sit there and say IT IS OVER.... Ha!
What did you have to say about that first BB SB win? You never gave em a chance to get to the playoffs did you? You never game em a chance against The Greatest SHow On Turf did you? ANd here you are again...
It is easy to recognize that this wont be easy and the odds are not in our favor. But there still are not too many teams with odds any better.
Some bring up the weakness of the D. Yes the injuries are big and clearly have an impact. But we beat DENVER with this D. Even after giving them 24 points. We beat Houston with this D. And lets talk about the D. The secondary is better than last year. The pass rush is better than last year. ANd we ALL know how long we were crying for a better pass rush. Not saying it is great but it is a heck of a lot better than it was. Moreover it is possible to scheme to shut down the run but it is not as easy to shut down the pass through scheme.
Now we have a few young guys - rookies and 2nd year players - on D and they are playing. I speak especially of some key players in the secondary and at linebacker. Guys who might be bigger names before they are done.
And we have three rookie WRs plus Julian who is playing better and better (a drop or two notwithstanding). Danny is healthy enough to play and to come up with some big catches. Vereen is looking like a reincarnation of Lenny Moore (look him up if you dont know him). Ridley is a very good runner (when he holds on to the ball - so yes we will need him to go the distance)... Blount keeps giving several good and important runs a game. Brady becomes DEADLY....
The D wil have to step up. The O line will have to step up. EVERYONE will have to step up. But that is the mark of a champion anyway.
You say it is over just shows you are a fantasy football fan. Football - I mean the type where real people put on the pads and take the field - is all about stepping up and doing it no matter what fair weather fans are saying. It is not about the consensus team on paper. It is only about what they do ON THE FIELD.
Take you fantasy football and your paper lists and rankings and put em where the sun dont shine.
This team is 10-3. It has a shot at a bye week in the playoffs. It even has a shot at home field advantage. With or without it all this team is one of the guttiest teams in the league. They deserve whatever they can earn. Those saying IT IS OVER should not be allowed to watch THIS team again. Dont show up in Foxboro - you are not wanted there. Dont watch on TV - you dont deserve this team. Its ok to know the odds are hard. It is NOT OK to just give up. PERIOD.
One last word for you cowards - if you want a sure thing become a Jets fan.