Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Patriots will be watching the playoffs at home

Let me go on record and say that the New England Patriots will not make the playoffs. These national media guys (and gals) keep trying to convince the viewing public that Matt Cassel has what it takes to get Belichick’s bunch (fka the Brady Bunch) dancing again post season.

Two words folks – AIN’T HAPPENIN’!

You think maybe their endless pimping of the Pats has something to do with TV ratings?

Look the Pats were on their way down WITH Brady. I’m not suggesting that they would not make the playoffs with their supermodel boyfriend QB, but look at the back end of 2007 and you will see a team nowhere near as dominant as they were during the first half of the season. Opponents began to figure New England out a bit more as the season progressed. A soon to be 5-11 team near and dear to our hearts nearly beat the Patriots in December. The Giants nearly beat them later in December and somewhere in between that loss and the Super Bowl, the G-Men unveiled a blue print to beat the Patriots. And the rest of the NFL took notice.

With Brady, I expected an 11-5 team. Without Brady, they are a .500 team at best.

We all place Bill Belichick up on a pedestal and exalt him as a genius on the level of the dude who came up with EMC squared. But take away Tom Brady and Belichick is a sub .500 coach. Some say that the Patriots are too talented not to be successful even without the 2007 MVP. I agree provided you define success as 8-8. Brady makes a difference, a big difference. We’ll see how this all shakes out and how long Randy Moss will remain interested when things turn a bit south.

Oh and by the way, the Jets are favored over the Patriots today.

That should tell you what the odds makers think of Matt Cassel.
Photo by Sabina Moran


Anonymous said...

not looking very good on this one, tony.....hindsight is 20-20...the pats don't beat themselves....that'll keep them as divisional champs again this year.

Lloyd said...

Uh, not so fast anonymous poster, looks like Tony's right on the money. I mean, c'mon, the Dolphins? By that much?