There were a lot of really lean years back then. Really lean. I used to cheer first downs as if they were touchdowns because there were so few of them. I used to promise them homemade cookies if they could score a touchdown. There was an appearance on Monday Night Football when it was still on ABC and announcer Al Michaels, forgetting his mic was still live, complained about having to announce the game when the Pats were no good and shouldn’t be televised on MNF.
Then came Super Bowl XX—dunt…dunt…dunnnn. And Da Bears. What a nightmare that game was. In interviews with the Bears after the game, many of them said they could see the fear in Tony Eason’s eyes. Fear that wasn’t there in Steve Grogan’s eyes but he replaced Eason too late in the game to do anything that would put the Lombardi Trophy in Patriot hands.
Fast forward through Drew Bledsoe and here comes The Man With the Golden Arm,Tom Brady. The Coach Bill Belichick/Tom Brady Era has begun. Three Super Bowl Trophies in five trips, records set and records broken, and many good memories. Life was good.
But now, after 14 seasons in the NFL as Quarterback of the New England Patriots (I say 14 because he missed a season with the tear of his ACL and MCL) things aren’t looking so good right now. I have no doubt that the team will bounce back from adversity but wonder if it will be in time for another trip to the Super Bowl.
I read in an article today that Aaron Dobson mouthed off the OC Josh McDaniels and was put into a 2-game “time out” thereby removing one of Brady’s targets, but I don’t know how true that was. But i do know I have faith in Tom Brady and the rest of his team, but until everyone is back and on the same page, the struggles will continue. As Shane Falco said in the movie ‘The Replacements’, “You’re playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move… you can’t breathe… because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand.”
Of course, some pass protection wouldn’t hurt.
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