The New England Patriots (3-0) defeated the Houston Texas (2-1) by nearly 4 tds in the Texans first shut out since 2003. To be fair, I did not watch most of the game due to not caring about either team. However this is what I did pick up from both teams from the 45 minutes I did watch.
New England: Offense proved that not only is Tom Brady a Top 2 qb of all time, there is also a system in place that will boost any qb whose willing to listen to Bill. Defense proved that being stingy can cost you. In the very little time I watched the defense missed about 5 pretty easy ints. Although they did destroy the offense and held them to their own side of the field for the most part of the game, there is some slight growing pains. Special teams well two turnovers is all u need to know about their nastiness.
Houston: The offense proved Brock was still an overpaid back up qb. I mean you don’t have a trio of good WRs and a decent RB, and still not score. You have to wonder what they will do to adjust for just the division games. The defense well was absolutely invisible. Watt who? I have to give credit to Bill for that though. He’s known to prepare well enough to eliminate players. Special teams needs a lot of work.
Offense A- Defense B+ Special teams A
Offense C- Defense C Special Teams D
Sensational. Lights out. The next big thing. All these phrases once described Matt Flynn. Nobody. Back up. No longer important. These phrases now describe him. Quick without google, where is Matt Flynn playing now? If your answer isn’t the Saints, don’t fret too much I had to look it up as well. What is with the media overhyping a back up?
Look at the big names and where they have landed. Brock Osweiler, Brian Hoyer, Matt Cassel, Matt Flynn, Jimmy G etc. So far only one massive example has been made of a back up being great forever: Tom Brady. So if ONE back up has made it big time why keep it up? Bradford, Osweiler, Cousins. All three qbs were back ups. All three end up making more money than they were use to. (Cousins was Franchise Tagged). Teams like Cleveland, LA, Philly and even Washington all fall for the same thing.
Instead of hoping a back up is the next Tom Brady, draft a qb and build up your back up. This is a time for a wake up for the 31 owners and 32 GMs. DO NOT PAY BIG MONEY TO A BACK UP! Look at Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Jameis Winston etc, they are all drafted and doing well. Yes there will be RG3s as well but that’s why you have a backup with experience to help build up your rookie and themselves. Who would have thought Matt Hasselbeck would have been better than Luck last year? I didn’t but I sure did thank Jim Irsay. Let’s stop the over hype train.
By Joshua Sweetland
After a lot of fans claiming the Patriots would go 1-3 or even 0-4 without Brady, the Patriots have shocked a ton of people by starting out 2-0, including upsetting the Arizona Cardinals. This brings me to the question, was Brady that amazing or was Belichick’s system that good?
Brady is easily top 2 quarterbacks of all time, some argue the greatest, and after now the second time he’s had to be benched, the backup is doing well. If Belichicks were to move from New England to Philadelphia, and Carson Wentz were to go 4-2 in SBs, would we finally talk about Belichicks system being nearly perfect and acknowledge the QBs as cogs in the system or would we still boast about the QB?
As of right now, Brady will stay number 2 in my book until proven otherwise. Until Belichick can bring 6 Super Bowl trips to another city ready to give up on their team, I’m looking at you Philly and Cleveland, I don’t believe we will give a system the full credit its due with the exception of the bad one in Cleveland.