Manning's eight 4000-yard seasons
posted at 1/2/2008 11:07 PM EST
by the same token we could say that the pats played too much in their game in order to accomplish their achievements. And we saw some of these same actions when playing brady well into the 4th during the season when games were already won.
but the real answer to your issue is that the colts earned the right to play in whatever way they wish. the pats earned the same right.
On the "integrity" comment. Everyone in pats land has a problem with dungy due to his comments about belichick. fair enough. But dungy's comments never would have come out if the crime had not been done. Not only that, but dungy didn't offer it of his opinion unasked. If we are to cut bb slack for his transgression then I think you all need to cut dungy twice as much slack for his comments. They are not somehow worse than what bb did.
Re: Jeff fisher. Again, the colts earned the right to play the game they wanted. They have been dealing with significant injuries all year and were not going to put others on the team in harms way too deep into the game. Look at Vince Young. He was hurt in the third. I think the pats are fortunate they came out of their game unscathed. It would suck to have your superbowl go down the drain in pursuit of regular season perfection.
Re: your comments on manning vs. colts poor defense being the reason for losing games. It is easy to make your comment that manning was the problem, but Brady has never felt the need to carry his team on his shoulders because the defense couldn't hold their own. While I agree manning had bad games, in my opinion, some of that was due to concerns that the d would not hold up so he pressed too much.
Brady has been excellent, no doubt, but again he has had much more of a complete team around him to help get the wins.
In 2003 - he beat tennesse with 1 td and under 50% completion rate in a very cold game and one t.o. by both teams; against the colts, the d came up with 5 turnovers vs. 2 for the colts. vinateri kicked 5 field goals. Manning was awful. Brady was not special; the superbowl, brady was great, but again vinateri pulled it out. one t.o. by both teams.
In 2004 - brady threw for 144 yds and the d came up with 3 turnovers (1 by manning) against the colts vs 0 by the colts). against pitt, brady threw for 200 yards and the d came up with 4 turnovers. against philly the d came up with 4 turnovers and brady threw for 2 tds and no ints.
I could not get 2001 stats. My point here is that Brady had some great d to help. I do think brady has been remarkable in that when I went through those games, he did not turn the ball over. That is key.