Re: The Pats are failing, and few want to look at the main reason!!
posted at 11/6/2011 9:36 AM EST
In Response to Re: The Pats are failing, and few want to look at the main reason!!
Thanks ipot, there is a lot of truth to what you are saying, and then again, a great team, a great QB, will find ways to get the job done in those big games. Brady today is like a coach on the field and he is free to audible, which is the one thing that separates him from the young TB. Where is his creative mind here? Why does the offense look so lethargic these past 5 years when behind, and why was Brady so cool back then, taking tons of hits and always cool? Has he lost his edge, and I heard him after the Cowboy game saying he would much rather have been up by 3 or so TDs instead of a last second win. Isn't the greatest feeling of being an athlete the chance to be in the final seconds of the title game, Montana getting that TD late to win it all, Brady's drive vs the Rams, Russell making that shot block in game 7 setting up Sam Jones for the winning shot at the buzzer, & the best ever, the Turk setting up Superman Bobby Orr for that greatest photo or video in sports history. Why has Brady lost that desire to COMPETE?? A huge question after what he said after the Cowboy game, a great team effort and with a great finishing drive at the end. We all want our teams to win big, but what we remember, and so do the athletes themselves, is playing the game of there lives where there is no separation for 95% of the game between the two teams till that last second when that separation happens, and now your team and fans are feeling a great relief, a joy beyond words or they have a feeling they just can't explain nor do they want to. We all remember 2 huge Red Sox moments: Beating the Yankees in game 7 in 04 and in 86 that infamous Game 6 Seinfeld reruns keep rubbing in. But it keeps you on the edge of your seats, you are finished biting your nails off your hands, and now you are biting off your toe nails, or maybe you are so stressed, you are now on to your girlfriends nails! I know Montana loved those moments and I couldn't believe when I heard Brady say it; that he'd much rather have the blowouts!! That was the moment I knew it was time to write this post. I blame BB for going this root, not TB, and I feel it killed something inside Brady, and if it dies inside him, the man who brought that invincible feeling to his team for the 1st time way back in 2001, then his team will follow suit. More than anything this team has lost its intangibles, the attitude, the belief in each other, in knowing how to WIN no matter what direction that game seems to be going. The best example for those who don't understand intangibles is watching Tim Tebow w/ the Broncos. He looks like he can't play QB at all for most of the game, the tangibles, and then in the last few minutes if the game is close, he finds a way to win which can't be explained with Xs and Os, and that is the intangibles as his spirit rallies his team behind him for the win! The 2001 team didn't have anything that looked like it had the ingredients for greatness, till this skinny kid who was 4th or 5th on the depth chart a year before, came on to the field to fill in for the injured Bledsoe , and the whole attitude of that team changed completely on both sides of the ball, and on the sideline, and up in the owners box. Something is philosphically wrong here, and it all started in 07 when it became ok to be "classless" when most fans here want class from our athletes, and the Pats already being up 49-0 in the 4th Q and keep pouring it on, trying to win by 100 points if possible, when this kid Brady had brought to this team a gift of always being in the game no matter how close, and then rally around this kid to win games this franchise had never seen before. 07 ended that, and hence, this team had lost its identity. It will still be very competitive, but is it built for the playoffs which is tough, gritty, very close games, where winning by 49-0 is virtually out of the question?
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