Bill Belichick’s Antonio Insurance Now in Play

Penny: Here you go, (to Leonard) Quesadilla, (to Howard) Salad, (to Raj) Here’s your pizza. And thanks to Sheldon’s heated discussion with my manager, one barbecue bacon cheeseburger, barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese on the side.
Sheldon: Thank you!
Penny: Go ahead. Eat it. I dare you!

The Big Bang Theory: The Panty Pinata Polarization 2008

There was a rather amusing moment yesterday after the Patriots unexpectedly released wide receiver Antonio Brown Friday afternoon. Sean McVey is at a press conference and is asked if the Rams might be interested in Brown, here is the response.

Remember this is the same Antonio Brown who was voted 7th best player in the NFL for this season right behind Tom Brady and who caught a touchdown pass from that same Tom Brady last Sunday.

There are many reasons why the Patriots might have released Brown after only 11 days. Maybe they decided the charges against him are credible, maybe the text messages were the last straw, maybe they figured that the league was going to make him ineligible anyways and figured to get a jump on things, maybe after only 11 days they figured the distraction level wasn’t worth it or perhaps he just wasn’t picking up the system.

But one thing is sure, that the dynamic I mentioned in this post is now in play:

What’s the downside for the Pats if they cut him? The worst that happens is the betting line get slightly worse on them AND the best that happens is Tom Brady has yet another motivation to prove himself to the pundits who will all declare how losing Brown hurts the Pats chances.


Meanwhile what’s the downside for Brown? You not only become the guy in a contract season who has confirmed to every GM in the league that you are uncoachable,

Now in fairness to Brown this likely has more to do with new revelations that being coachable, but consider this.

If you’re Kansas City, or Baltimore or the Chargers or Dallas or Seattle or the Rams before the Patriots signed Antonio Brown you might have been thinking that the 7th best player in the league might be just the guy to put their team over to top to dethrone Brady and Co

Now that the Patriots have ditched him after only 11 days do you think there is going to be a single team out there that’s an actual threat to the Pats that will take the risk, and that’s of course assuming the league allows him to play?

Signing Antonio Brown on the roster for those 11 days might turn out to be the greatest insurance policy every written for a NFL team.

Patriots Under the Fedora: 43-0 , Antonio Brown , 36-0 Bring in Stidham , 3 Patriot QB Wins, Vinatieri in twilight

43 to nothing

76-6 over two weeks

Seriously?

Barring catastrophic injury is there anyone who can stop this team?

Do you remember when everyone told you that these guys were doomed without Gronk?

 


Was it just me or was Brady throwing early to Antonio Brown simply to piss of the NFL media

Was it just me or was Brady throwing early to Antonio Brown simply to piss of the NFL media


I know that Bill Belichick is the greatest coach of all time and I’m just a baseball fan pontificating, but if you’re up 36 to nothing in the 4th and you have lost members of your offensive line to injury you take your starting QB out for his own safety and give your rookie a shot at playing in a real game.

You do this even if your QB is Brady and even if he was 25 and not 42.

This is a no brainier.


BTW 2 former Patriot quarterbacks who started games in NE in the last three years are starting this season, they are currently 3-1 and if it wasn’t for a few bad kicks would be 4-0.

Not bad at all, but in fairness what would you expect when you’ve got two guys with 3 superbowl rings between them?

Yeah I know they were backups but if they stunk they wouldn’t have been here.


Speaking of that one loss that was due to Adam Vinatieri missing FG’s and xtra points, he missed two more xpts yesterday and might be announcing his retirement today. I hope not as I’d hate to see him leave on a down note, but I think he’d never forgive himself if he cost his team more games.

If this is the end for him, it doesn’t make him any less one of the greatest of all time, but it does make him like Willie Mays who lost suddenly and all at once. I suspect this will not happen to Tom Brady if he retires at 45 as he has announced, but if he tries to go beyond that, all bets are off, but his wife likely won’t let him.

Could the Post Luck Colts Pursue Brady after this Season?

As I mentioned at the backup blog one of the funniest things I’ve heard concerning the retirement of Andrew Luck is the repeated meme that this was their year for the Superbowl.

The blunt Truth is that until someone in the AFC manages to figure out how to get Past Tom Brady it’s his year and nobody else’s.

But the Luck retirement has opened up one possibility that nobody has talked about.  In Brady’s newest contract he is able to become a free agent at the end of the season if he so chooses, if indy is really serious that their team as constructed was only Andrew Luck away from a serious superbowl run why not go all out and try to sign Tom Brady to fill that hole?

Not only would that unite Brady with his Superbowl partner and the only player in the league older than him in Adam Vinatieri but it’s likely that the Colts would offer him a hell of a contract with as much control as he wants.

Now in fairness all of this is dependent on Brady having another big year without injury and the Colts not making another long term move or Jacoby Brissett suddenly breaking out big and I mean REALLY big.

But if I’m the Indy front office I have nothing to lose by going all in on the Brady sweepstakes at worst it’s a short term hit that puts butts in the seats and at best it could mean another super bowl heading to Indy and wouldn’t it be something to see Brady and Vinatieri hoisting that trophy together again?

FYI If I’m the Patriots front office I’m making contract offers to prevent this possibility RIGHT NOW!

Brady vs Luck One Hit Away

At the backup site I noted with Irony that Andrew Luck is retiring before Adam Vinatieri but his situation should be a reminder to Patriots fans in general and to Tom Brady in particular just how lucky we are.

As a rule in any sport, basketball, hockey, baseball and football etc an athlete is only one injury away from retirement, but in football this is more true than any other.

This is a sport where one is continually hit by extremely muscular people weighing 200 pounds or more if they’re small or 300+ pounds if they’re not and this takes place every 45 seconds for a period of 15 minutes. Often a person will be hit by more than one such man and it’s not uncommon for a person being hit to not see the person about to hit him until it happens.

Even with the new rules every single person on that field understands that they are one hit away from surgery and extensive rehab.

And that brings us to Tom Brady.

Tom Brady has been playing this game for 20 years and has had only one serious season ending injury in that time. That’s pretty good when you think about it, but he has been constantly on the field every other year. When he scrambled for a 1st down in last Thursday’s preseason game every single Patriots fan was asking himself “What are you doing, it doesn’t count!” but Brady being Brady knows that if he’s on the field he’s expected to play to win.

Yet he knows and most importantly his wife knows that each year the odds of an injury that will force him to live in pain for the rest of his life (presuming he already isn’t already living in pain every day) increases. That’s why his wife has been pressuring him toward retirement (I also suspect that such a compromise with her is the reason he no longer shows up to voluntary pre-season camps). Every single snap there is a tackle or a defensive end who dreams about wrapping him up and taking him down and if he scrambles for a 1st down those linebackers are not going to show him any mercy of deference, nor should they and in fact Brady would he expect them to do so.

I expect Brady to have a good year this year and likely a good year next year too but he has defined the odds, not only in terms of skill and victories but in terms of injury and that as much as all his other attributes is why is has managed to become the greatest player every to play his sport.

So was we wish the 29 year old Andrew Luck well, let us remember how lucky we have been to have a healthy Tom Brady leading our team to victory for two decades and be grateful for it.

I’m sure Tom Brady and his wife and family are.

Bad News for Patriot Haters Gordon’s Back

Ok so you’re a football fan who’s thinking, Hey Tom Brady’s 41, he’s lost Gronk Edelman is hurt and Brady has bunch of no names for targets.  This is our best chance to finally get Brady out of the Superbowl and maybe even out of an AFC Championship game.

And then you hear this…

Josh Gordon’s wait is over.

The NFL announced Friday evening that the wide receiver’s filing for reinstatement has been granted on a conditional basis.

Gordon, who had been suspended indefinitely last December for violating the terms of his reinstatement under the substance-abuse policy, may rejoin the New England Patriots for meetings, conditioning work and individual workouts effective Sunday.

“We are all rooting for Josh to succeed, both personally and professionally,” NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement released by the league. “Everyone shares in that hope and will continue to support him to every extent possible. But as Josh acknowledged, ultimately his success is up to him.”

Now it’s true that Gordon has a history of failing in terms of his personal demons and there is every possibility that like last year he will not last a whole season and be there for a playoff run.

But every game he DOES suit up for is a game where the Patriots have a legitimate “A” level deep threat and playmaker.  Even worse from every other teams point of view  this isn’t like getting a stranger that has to be acclimated.  He has played with Brady and in this system.  Baring injury he can make a contribution at once.

Every game Gordon plays will make it one game harder to knock of the Pats and if he somehow manages to make it through the whole season and into the playoffs, he will be deadly, particularly once Edelman is back.  Who do you cover with your best guy?

A lot of primal screams are going out in AFC team locker rooms tonight.