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Brady: Patriots will be fine at QB with Brissett or Edelman

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If the Patriots really are down to rookie Jacoby Brissett as their starting quarterback on Thursday night, and receiver Julian Edelman as his backup, Tom Brady thinks they’ll be OK.

Brady said on his weekly Monday night radio interview that he thinks Brissett is fully capable of starting in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo.

“Jacoby’s done a great job taking advantage of his opportunity,” Brady said. “He went in there yesterday and showed a lot of poise. . . . I know our coaching staff will have him prepared and ready to go if he’s called upon.”

And what if Brissett gets hurt Thursday against the Texans? Brady said Edelman, a college quarterback who switched to receiver in the NFL, is capable of doing the job.

“If that’s the case I’d expect Julian to go in there and the coaches to be comfortable with the plays they’re calling for him,” Brady said. “He still talks about that touchdown pass he threw against Baltimore a few years ago.”

Overall, Brady is pleased to see his team 2-0 without him.

“It’s certainly tough to watch but it’s great to see us win,” Brady said.

If the Patriots can keep winning down to their third-string quarterback, it’s a very good sign for how good a team they can be when Brady returns.

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  1. jjb0811 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:18 AM

    A low scoring game in which the Pats D will let Brock make his typical mistakes costing the Texans. Then we’ll here all week how great NE is rather than what a waste of money Brock was.

  2. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 20, 2016 8:31 AM

    Watch carefully, this is what a team looks like.

    From 1969 until 1985 all we wanted was for our favorite team to be relevant. Came close in 76, got jobbed by a crooked ref Ben Dreith. Got clobbered in 85, no complaints. Got left behind by Parcells when he essentially stopped coaching a week before the Super Bowl in 96 and lost a tough one to GB.

    27 years of disappointment, since then, 20 years of success. No, NE didn’t win it all every year but there’s no team that has stayed at this level for this long.

    Of course there will be someone who will try to go back to Twinkletoes Flintstone to find a more successful team. How about we stick with teams in the full facemask with kickers who aren’t the also the left guard era.

  3. crewchief15 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:34 AM

    Sure they will…funny stuff

  4. touchdownroddywhite says: Sep 20, 2016 8:36 AM

    When Brady and Gronk return*

  5. piratefreedom says: Sep 20, 2016 8:38 AM

    Gronk is biding his time as well.
    As good as Martellus Bennet and Chris Hogan have looked, along with better o-line play and an improved James White I’m optimistic that when Brady and Gronk return the offense will be one of the best.
    If Pittsburgh and New England are both healthy when they meet that game will be awesome.

  6. denverdave3 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:40 AM

    It’s impressive alright, but our cheaters can beat their cheaters.

  7. cuda1234 says: Sep 20, 2016 8:43 AM

    A third-string qb once coached by Charlie Weis and a record-setting dual threat qb from Kent State. Its not like they’re trotting Tim Tebow out there for crying out loud.

  8. Bonerz'NPudz says: Sep 20, 2016 8:47 AM

    Kinda hope Jacoby jams a finger (small injury) just to see Edelman throw.

  9. rideforjesus says: Sep 20, 2016 8:47 AM

    True teammate ……wins verses his playing count more to him…the fact he isn’t playing has to be killing him….that is the price he was forced to pay even if it was unjust.

    But he will return and the rest of the NFL that have to face him will fear us once again.

    bring the hate……

    Hey Dictator Godell……still think you got your $4 million+ worth in flesh from New England….

  10. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 20, 2016 8:50 AM

    somehow Patriot Hater will complain that this is equivalent to ‘communicating with the team’

  11. billswillnevermove says: Sep 20, 2016 8:50 AM

    I have come to the conclusion that it doesn’t make any difference who plays QB for the Patriots, they win. They could start Hillary Clinton on Sunday and would win. Do they cheat? Maybe. Do other teams cheat? Yep, maybe. Until Bill Belichik retires, this team pretty much is going to win all the time. I hate the guy, but greatest coach ever, and it’s not even really that close. The Patriots are like a well oiled machine and never miss a beat.

  12. celticsforever says: Sep 20, 2016 8:53 AM

    This is hilarious. goodell must be punching holes in the wall right about now. He’s likely also beating the hell out of his boyfriend/girlfriend/wife but we won’t go there.

    I would not be surprised to see some trumped up accusation of Brady “communicating” with the team. I also would not be surprised if Brady has had a crew recording him 24-7 to refute any wrongdoings.

    How’s that hole rog??

  13. savethebs says: Sep 20, 2016 8:54 AM

    Shots fired! Brady taking shots at Jimmy G! Hey, we’ll be fine with Brissett & Edelman. They’re just as good as Jimmy G! We don’t need him.

  14. 12brichandfamous says: Sep 20, 2016 8:56 AM

    The Patriots design their scheme around the ability of all the players at each position rather than the strengths of the first stringer. This allows them to replace players with backups seamlessly.

    This is genius, unlike when the Falcons had Michael Vick. The offense was designed around his unique ability to scramble. When he got hurt, the backup could not do that and the entire offense had to be restructured.

    It’s about building a team rather than a collection of talents.

  15. drex1976 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:00 AM

    That D line is going to eat good this week.

  16. bullogne says: Sep 20, 2016 9:02 AM

    It’s funny how the Pats are more battered this season than were last year and yet this time no one is complaining about injuries and the Pats are winning.

  17. weepingjebus says: Sep 20, 2016 9:02 AM

    I would like to hear Mike Kensil’s views on this. Has anyone located the Alaskan radar tower he was transferred to?

  18. guitarkevin says: Sep 20, 2016 9:07 AM

    Anyone ever wonder how bad Brady would be under a different HC? Seems like all the QBs under Bill do great, but if they leave…not so much.

  19. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 9:08 AM

    I hope it doesn’t come to this but I suspect I’m not the only one who is at least a little bit intrigued by the idea of seeing Julian Edelman take snaps in a real NFL game.
    🙂

  20. footballgodtb12 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:09 AM

    Good God..Brady has to stop talking to the media…he informed the Patriots to use Jules as the back up QB..is that him illegally talking football??? I’m sure Goodell can find a way to increase the suspension for the violation. Actually he doesn’t need to find a way, he can just do it…because he can

  21. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 9:10 AM

    savethebs says:
    Sep 20, 2016 8:54 AM

    Shots fired! Brady taking shots at Jimmy G! Hey, we’ll be fine with Brissett & Edelman. << he said this, and he is right.

    They’re just as good as Jimmy G! We don’t need him.
    <<He didn't say this, you made this up.🙂

    Any questions?
    🙂

  22. 12coltsfan12 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:17 AM

    GOAT

  23. flash1287 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:20 AM

    bullogne says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:02 AM
    It’s funny how the Pats are more battered this season than were last year and yet this time no one is complaining about injuries and the Pats are winning.

    No ones complaining because it’s NOT true.

    They are NOT more battered now than they were at the end of last season.

  24. Thretosix says: Sep 20, 2016 9:22 AM

    Looks like the 0-4 predictors have returned from the rock they crawled back under. Time for the Patriots to make sure you stay where you belong.

  25. abninf says: Sep 20, 2016 9:23 AM

    cuda1234 says:

    A third-string qb once coached by Charlie Weis and a record-setting dual threat qb from Kent State. Its not like they’re trotting Tim Tebow out there for crying out loud.
    =================================

    Yeah, the Heisman QB from Florida who was drafted by a Belechick protege with a winning record (who took over a team with a losing record), twice as many touchdowns as interceptions and a playoff win against the Steelers in his only season as a starter.

  26. randomguy9999 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:23 AM

    asterisk….

  27. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 20, 2016 9:25 AM

    As the entire NFL wishes doom and gloom , the Patriots as always , continue to fly on auto pilot…keep hating

  28. 6ball says: Sep 20, 2016 9:34 AM

    .
    @billsmove

    Two areas where the Patriots have an advantage over the Bills and other AFC East teams is in :

    A. Continuity – it’s been the Belichick show since, 2001. There’s never a ” new regime with a new scheme ” coming in and discarding the old regime’s players. They’re building this year on last year’s foundation.

    B. Personnel – for someone who is usually picking very late, Belichick does an excellent job. Although some of his first rounders are not sexy (ie Nate Solder / Devin McCourty), he seldom drafts first round busts. He’s also able to hopscotch around the draft board, going after exactly the player he wants because there’s no committee of experts, or even the fans to answer to. Why do so many teams trade with the Patriots on draft day? It’s because they can get a deal done in 30 seconds. Pete Carroll did that this year.

    Besides the draft, Belichick also is a shrewd trader and astute free agent shopper. Most of his trades are not blockbusters and he’s not some sort of highway robber. Usually, other teams are getting fair market value in return (ie Mingo for a 5th rounder). His free agent signings usually come from the clearance rack which means he’s seldom stuck with a bad contract.

    PS – never go back and do a Buffalo redraft. It’ll kill you!
    .

  29. eddiea25 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:36 AM

    As the Tom Brady watch continues,I realize how much class Drew Bledsoe had. When he got hurt,and Brady took over,Drew never said a word.When Brady was crying about reps this pre season,knowing he was going to miss 4 games it showed me his true colors.Tom ,the aging process can’t be stopped.Looks like the Pats are in for a Montana , Young situation . As you know BB , will send you packing in a heartbeat.

  30. jbdvks says: Sep 20, 2016 9:39 AM

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr. is in a trance

  31. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 20, 2016 9:41 AM

    It’s amazing how good a team is when they cheat.

  32. marcuswelby1 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:41 AM

    The Patriots will soon be playing with all their starters, which spells trouble for the rest of the league…could be their best offensive unit since ’07!

  33. TB12RALLYCRY says: Sep 20, 2016 9:51 AM

    As the Tom Brady watch continues,I realize how much class Drew Bledsoe had. When he got hurt,and Brady took over,Drew never said a word.When Brady was crying about reps this pre season,knowing he was going to miss 4 games it showed me his true colors.Tom ,the aging process can’t be stopped.Looks like the Pats are in for a Montana , Young situation . As you know BB , will send you packing in a heartbeat.

    2

    3

    Bledsoe is a classy guy , Brady never complained about reps…………

    Report comment

  34. elvoid says: Sep 20, 2016 9:56 AM

    Everyone that wasn’t a Pats fan talked about the possibility of the Pats being 0-4 without Brady. Honest Pats fans will admit being nervous, if cautiously optimistic. So here we area and they’re looking at worst, 2-2 and may well end up 4-0.

    If there was ever any doubt of how important coaching and the organization of a team from top to bottom is, and that this may well be the greatest overall coaching/front office staff ever, it should end now. Brady’s been down a couple of times for extended periods, and the Pats don’t miss a beat. Bledsoe went down and the Pats don’t miss a beat. Gronk goes down and the Pats don’t miss a beat. It really doesn’t matter who goes down – they don’t miss a beat.

    Compare that to the Colts when they lost Manning for a year.

    It’s almost ridiculous.

    Signed,

    Insanely jealous and long-suffering Redskins fan.

  35. ricko1112 says: Sep 20, 2016 9:58 AM

    Super Bowls don’t count until the salary cap era.

  36. spotsdad says: Sep 20, 2016 10:08 AM

    Forgot to re-post this last week
    ******************************************

    Birdgang says:
    Aug 5, 2016 12:02 PM
    Take this one to the bank, folks, you heard it here first:
    Cardinals 84, Patsies 6

  37. justintuckrule says: Sep 20, 2016 10:10 AM

    Thanks for preaching mo pro babble. You’re exactly why us non pats fans respect your team so much. And let’s pump the breaks a minute. Yes, the pats have been successful. It’s not so much the players it’s that they have Bobby Fischer as their coach.

  38. jld62 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:11 AM

    As the Tom Brady watch continues,I realize how much class Drew Bledsoe had. When he got hurt,and Brady took over,Drew never said a word.When Brady was crying about reps this pre season,knowing he was going to miss 4 games it showed me his true colors.Tom ,the aging process can’t be stopped.Looks like the Pats are in for a Montana , Young situation . As you know BB , will send you packing in a heartbeat.
    ======================================
    Apples and oranges. There was never a time when a healthy Bledsoe was content to sit behind Brady. I still remember the radio interview with Drew when he was finally cleared to play and BB told him that there would be no QB competition (he decided Brady needed all the reps he could get). The anger in Drew’s voice was palpable at being denied the opportunity to “compete for my job”.

  39. letmefeelyourlove says: Sep 20, 2016 10:12 AM

    Julian, Tom Matte sends his regards!

  40. scrappler says: Sep 20, 2016 10:17 AM

    12coltsfan12 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:17 AM
    GOAT

    =======

    a “GOAT” who can easily be replaced by any garappolo or cassel or brissetts off the pile and the patriots don’t miss a beat.

    meanwhile cowboys are 2-18 without romo.

    who’s the GOAT? belichick or brady? brady or belichick?

    belichick’s record sans brady seems to weaken the brady argument.

  41. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 10:18 AM

    guitarkevin says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:07 AM

    Anyone ever wonder how bad Brady would be under a different HC? Seems like all the QBs under Bill do great, but if they leave…not so much.

    —-
    There is no doubt Brady would be great under any HC. 🙂

    As for “all the QBs under Bill do great but if they leave not so much”… examples?

  42. stipez says: Sep 20, 2016 10:20 AM

    Let’s not overreact. If this game were as simple as a system don’t you think other teams would copy that system and some would be successful?
    The Texans pass rush is going to scare the hell out of Brisset and make him look like a rookie, despite screens and dump offs. Edelman is tough but hasn’t has reps.
    We’ll see Thursday how good and practised Jimmy & Tommy actually are.

  43. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 10:20 AM

    jld62 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:11 AM

    As the Tom Brady watch continues,I realize how much class Drew Bledsoe had. When he got hurt,and Brady took over,Drew never said a word.When Brady was crying about reps this pre season,knowing he was going to miss 4 games it showed me his true colors.Tom ,the aging process can’t be stopped.Looks like the Pats are in for a Montana , Young situation . As you know BB , will send you packing in a heartbeat.
    ======================================
    Apples and oranges. There was never a time when a healthy Bledsoe was content to sit behind Brady. I still remember the radio interview with Drew when he was finally cleared to play and BB told him that there would be no QB competition (he decided Brady needed all the reps he could get). The anger in Drew’s voice was palpable at being denied the opportunity to “compete for my job”.

    —-
    Yup. Bledsoe is out of the game but to this day is still salty about how things went down. You can hear it in his voice and his comments.

    Absolutely a class act though. He could have caused a real problem in that locker room and yet he accepted what was happening for the betterment of the team.

  44. daddeeo says: Sep 20, 2016 10:23 AM

    Funny. Did anyone NOT KNOW that Edelman would be back up?

  45. trailerparkking says: Sep 20, 2016 10:26 AM

    Cheater!

  46. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 10:27 AM

    The uninformed love talking about Brady being a product of coaching, the system, etc. How would he do on the Detroit Lions, etc.

    How about we put Brady on Manning’s Colts team. You saw what Brady did in 2007 with a real weapon that is comparable to anything those Colts have. Convince me that Brady couldn’t win at least as many games and put up at least similar numbers as Manning did on a team loaded with a great OL, Edge/Addai, Harrison, Wayne in their primes, Clark in his prime.

    #YaCantDoIt
    #CauseYouKnowTheTruth
    #TheTruthHurts

  47. nfloracle says: Sep 20, 2016 10:29 AM

    I’m sitting here trying to imagine the head of steam Brady is building up for the fifth game of the season. Seriously, living with him right now must be like living with a bunker blaster bomb ready to go off. I have a hunch that watching him in the fifth game is going to be historical.

  48. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 20, 2016 10:34 AM

    How cute, the greatest cheater of all time chimes in.🙂

  49. exinsidetrader says: Sep 20, 2016 10:39 AM

    That statement just shows the genius of the System and culture created by the Pats: I honestly believe that Brady believes that receiver Edelman being QB gives them as good a chance of winning as anyone else.

    It was that kind of attitude that the greatness of America was built upon: everyone do their job and pull in the same direction and good things for everyone and America will happen.

  50. tommynatorii says: Sep 20, 2016 10:39 AM

    If they could only play my Fins 14 more times, they’d win it all, never lose a game.

  51. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 10:40 AM

    MiamiDolphinsNation says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:34 AM

    How cute, the greatest cheater of all time chimes in.🙂


    31-24🙂

    Patriots 2-0
    Dolphins 0-2
    🙂

  52. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 20, 2016 10:40 AM

    justintuckrule says:
    Sep 20, 2016 10:10 AM
    Thanks for preaching mo pro babble. You’re exactly why us non pats fans respect your team so much. And let’s pump the breaks a minute. Yes, the pats have been successful. It’s not so much the players it’s that they have Bobby Fischer as their coach.

    You’re welcome,

    I don’t think you can pick it apart like we often attempt. Is it Bill? Is it Brady? is it Kraft?, yes, no and maybe to all 3. Do great coaches bring out the best in players? Yup. Do players like Brady or Montana make coaches look smahtah than they really are, Yup. Does BB make mistakes? I got a long list. 4th & 2 in Indy comes to mind. But on balance, he wins more than he loses, by a solid margin.

    Again, most things aren’t mutually exclusive. And then again, you need luck along with all the other elements. Parcells & Levy know this as wide right proves. Just imagine for a moment if Norwood hits that FG. Whole different timeline from that moment. Buffalo & NY have different legacies, who knows what may have been.

  53. tylawsprick says: Sep 20, 2016 10:42 AM

    marcuswelby1 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:41 AM
    The Patriots will soon be playing with all their starters, which spells trouble for the rest of the league…could be their best offensive unit since ’07!

    Geeze, you learned absolutely nothing last year. Oh, and BTW, thanks for finally admitting that you are a system QB Tom.

  54. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 10:49 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:41 AM

    It’s amazing how good a team is when they cheat.
    ————————–

    Lol. The Jets aren’t that good.

  55. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 10:49 AM

    I wonder what Goodell and his rump smoochers will do next. You know this doesn’t sit well with the owners who know their teams aren’t man enough to put in the work and effort to compete with the Patriots… they really need to do something about those meanies in Foxboro who keep winning all the time and it’s just not fair!
    🙂

  56. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 10:51 AM

    who’s the GOAT? belichick or brady? brady or belichick?


    Who says it has to be “or”?🙂 How about they BOTH are the GOAT at their respective jobs.

    #WellTheyAre

  57. bullcharger says: Sep 20, 2016 10:54 AM

    guitarkevin says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:07 AM
    Anyone ever wonder how bad Brady would be under a different HC? Seems like all the QBs under Bill do great, but if they leave…not so much.

    ——————

    Let’s analyze that:

    Cassel 11-5 and no playoffs.
    Brady 16-0 and Super Bowl appearance with the same team.

    5 more wins is like the difference between 5-11 and 10-6. Big difference.

    Cassel also was sacked about twice as much.

    Garoppolo. Looked great for 1.4 games and went down. I hope the best for him and hope he is elite. However, Brady has played 223 regular season games and still looks great.

    How did the QBs do in Cleveland when Belichick was there? Not so great,

    BB is a great coach and no doubt he helped make Brady great, but Brady is the greatest QB of this generation in any case.

  58. bullcharger says: Sep 20, 2016 11:01 AM

    elvoid says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:56 AM
    Everyone that wasn’t a Pats fan talked about the possibility of the Pats being 0-4 without Brady. Honest Pats fans will admit being nervous, if cautiously optimistic. So here we area and they’re looking at worst, 2-2 and may well end up 4-0.

    If there was ever any doubt of how important coaching and the organization of a team from top to bottom is, and that this may well be the greatest overall coaching/front office staff ever, it should end now. Brady’s been down a couple of times for extended periods, and the Pats don’t miss a beat. Bledsoe went down and the Pats don’t miss a beat. Gronk goes down and the Pats don’t miss a beat. It really doesn’t matter who goes down – they don’t miss a beat.

    Compare that to the Colts when they lost Manning for a year.

    It’s almost ridiculous.

    Signed,

    Insanely jealous and long-suffering Redskins fan.

    —————

    Maybe so, but keep in mind the only time the Patriots misses the playoffs in the last 13 years was when Brady was hurt.

  59. raidernation210 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:04 AM

    27 years of disappointment, since then, 20 years of success. No, NE didn’t win it all every year but there’s no team that has stayed at this level for this long.

    _________________________________

    actually the Raiders from 1960-2002 had the highest winning percentage of ANY franchise in ANY sport. GOOGLE IT!!! so get a clue

  60. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    Gotta love how some Pats “fans” are secretly hoping for a Thursday loss just to say see you can’t just play anyone at QB and win. The problem with that theory all QBs lose at some point including Brady. In fact Brady is 0-1 against Osweiler so there is no guarantee he would have done any better than Jacoby or Edelman.

  61. flash1287 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    Geeze, you learned absolutely nothing last year. Oh, and BTW, thanks for finally admitting that you are a system QB Tom.

    So by that STUPID logic Joe Montana was a “system”
    QB. Young came in and won a SB

    Farve was just a “system” QB. Rogers came in and won a SB

    People who call Brady a “system” QB are dumb! Plain and simple.
    Or just trolling.

    In their minds the only way to validate Brady’s 16 years HOF career is if the next QB sucks.

    It’s amazing how all these players and coaches present and former call Brady one of if not the greatest of all time are all wrong.

  62. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 11:07 AM

    Let’s analyze that:

    Cassel 11-5 and no playoffs.
    Brady 16-0 and Super Bowl appearance with the same team.

    5 more wins is like the difference between 5-11 and 10-6. Big difference.

    Cassel also was sacked about twice as much.


    I can’t wait to hear who “all” these QBs are that did great with Belichick and not so great elsewhere. To me “all” means a lot more than 1.🙂

  63. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 11:11 AM

    Cassel also was sacked about twice as much.


    I thought Cassell did quite well in his role in 2008. But you’re right the downgrade in QB was a massive one, as the 2008 Patriots could not beat good teams anymore which was the ultimate reason why their season ended in only 16 games.

  64. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 11:20 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:06 AM

    Gotta love how some Pats “fans” are secretly hoping for a Thursday loss just to say see you can’t just play anyone at QB and win. The problem with that theory all QBs lose at some point including Brady. In fact Brady is 0-1 against Osweiler so there is no guarantee he would have done any better than Jacoby or Edelman.


    Tee hee🙂 I don’t know what’s funnier – the fact Patriot Hater actually thinks fans of the 4 time World Champion Patriots are hoping for their team to lose on Thursday or the fact Patriot Hater apparently thinks they can read Patriot fan’s minds.
    🙂

  65. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:23 AM

    guitarkevin says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:07 AM

    Anyone ever wonder how bad Brady would be under a different HC? Seems like all the QBs under Bill do great, but if they leave…not so much.
    ————————

    Who cares? He’s been great under Bill Belichick. That’s all that matters.

    That said, if Brady were to go to a good team that had a good coach, he would likely fare very well.

  66. flash1287 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:30 AM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:11 AM
    Cassel also was sacked about twice as much.


    I thought Cassell did quite well in his role in 2008. But you’re right the downgrade in QB was a massive one, as the 2008 Patriots could not beat good teams anymore which was the ultimate reason why their season ended in only 16 games.

    Brady 07 -68% 4800 yards 50 Tds 8 int. Qb rating 117
    18 wins 1 win away from perfection.
    Cassell with the same team. 63% 3600 yards 21 Tds 11 int QB rating 89
    Didn’t beat a team with a winning record didn’t make the playoffs

    I would say that’s a big drop off in QB play

  67. nyneal says: Sep 20, 2016 11:34 AM

    Bill Belichick is the best HC in the NFL and it’s not even close. What he has done over the years while continually turning over his roster is amazing.
    All the haters can call him what ever they want, but this much I know. I’d trade my favorite team’s (Packers) HC for Belichick without any hesitation, and so would they.
    He is just amazing.
    I will say to my dying day that Vince Lombardi is the greatest HC the NFL has ever seen, but Belichick is without a doubt the next one.
    As Bum Phillips once said, “he can take his’n and beat you and then take your’n and beat you”.

  68. jjackwagon says: Sep 20, 2016 11:35 AM

    If they are so good with out you Tom, then they don’t need you.

  69. ikeclanton says: Sep 20, 2016 11:38 AM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:41 AM
    It’s amazing how good a team is when they cheat.

    ———–

    Newsflash: every team has “cheated” to some extent somewhere, or at least bent the rules. Sorry, but your team too. It’s just that you’re hurt and angry that your team doesn’t have the talent and coaching to win like the Patriots have on a historic level and you created a name confirming that fact.

    That’s all you’re showing here.

  70. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 20, 2016 11:38 AM

    “Brady has to stop talking to the media…he informed the Patriots to use Jules as the back up QB..is that him illegally talking football???”

    Yee gods the Pats haters are stretching it already.

    In what universe do you think Belichick didn’t already have Edelman installed as the backup QB before Brady was interviewed?

    He didn’t “inform” or “advise” the Pats to do anything. That plan was already in place.

    SMH

  71. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 11:39 AM

    Brady 07 -68% 4800 yards 50 Tds 8 int. Qb rating 117
    18 wins 1 win away from perfection.
    Cassell with the same team. 63% 3600 yards 21 Tds 11 int QB rating 89
    Didn’t beat a team with a winning record didn’t make the playoffs
    —-
    The results speak for themselves.

    2007 Patriots with Brady: 8-1 against teams that made the playoffs that year. That is absofreakinglutely incredible when you think about it.

    2008 Patriots with Cassell: 1-4 against AFC playoff teams. 3 blowout losses. 2 blowout losses at home.

  72. 6ball says: Sep 20, 2016 11:40 AM

    .
    @dudewithfakescreenname

    ” Gotta love how some Pats “fans” are secretly hoping for a Thursday loss just to say see you can’t just play anyone at QB and win. ”

    I’m not secretly hoping for a loss and I don’t need Thursdays game to know that you just can’t play anyone at QB and win.
    .

  73. piratefreedom says: Sep 20, 2016 11:58 AM

    Yup. Bledsoe is out of the game but to this day is still salty about how things went down. You can hear it in his voice and his comments.

    Absolutely a class act though. He could have caused a real problem in that locker room and yet he accepted what was happening for the betterment of the team.
    ——————

    I still remember the news paper thank you ad he bought when he left boston.
    I’m glad he got to play against the steelers and win a game to be a vital part of that first superbowl run.

  74. elvoid says: Sep 20, 2016 12:10 PM

    “Maybe so, but keep in mind the only time the Patriots misses the playoffs in the last 13 years was when Brady was hurt.”

    Yeah, but keep in mind these two things:

    1. Nothing in my post was to denigrate Brady – he’s in the GOAT argument with about 3 or 4 other QB’s, so no need to defend him.

    2. They missed the playoffs going 11-5. How often does an 11-5 team miss the playoffs? Just one of those rare years that kind of thing happens. With Brady, sure they would have been better – but they weren’t exactly the Colts without Manning, were they?

    Put it this way: If Brady were the Colts QB they would have been a perennial playoff team just like with Manning. And if he went down for a year, the Colts would have sucked just as bad without Brady as they did without Manning.

    But the Patriots still win without Brady – they win without “insert-name or names-here” and that’s all about the organization, and I don’t know if we’ve ever seen anything quite like it before.

  75. mmack66 says: Sep 20, 2016 12:16 PM

    superpatriotsfan says:
    Sep 20, 2016 9:41 AM

    It’s amazing how good a team is when they cheat.
    —————————–

    The 80’s-early 90’s 49ers were pretty amazing.

  76. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 20, 2016 12:18 PM

    raidernation210 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:04 AM
    27 years of disappointment, since then, 20 years of success. No, NE didn’t win it all every year but there’s no team that has stayed at this level for this long.

    _________________________________

    actually the Raiders from 1960-2002 had the highest winning percentage of ANY franchise in ANY sport. GOOGLE IT!!! so get a clue

    Yep, As predicted, a Twinkletoes guy showed up. 1960? Really? That’s better than 11 titles in 13 years? That would be the Celtics. Yankees might have a say as well.

    But nice that you picked a range of years that suit your argument. But since your going that way, I’d say the Patriots from 2003-2004 were better.The 17-00 Miami team was certainly better at 100%.

    Foolish assertion. Accurate, perhaps, but still foolish.

  77. infectorman says: Sep 20, 2016 12:20 PM

    Pats?? Same as ever.

    How bout dem’ Dolphins and Bills though?

    Bahahahaha!!!!! Lets hear it, Beachside!!!
    BAHAHAHAHA!!!

  78. whywerule says: Sep 20, 2016 12:24 PM

    LOL. The management could post a headline on this site that said nothing but “Brady”, and it would likely get 100+ replies.

    As it should, because Tom Brady is the Greatest NFL Player of All-Time, the Greatest NFL Ambassador of All-Time, and the Greatest NFL Leader of All-Time.

  79. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 20, 2016 12:31 PM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:18 PM
    raidernation210 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 11:04 AM
    27 years of disappointment, since then, 20 years of success. No, NE didn’t win it all every year but there’s no team that has stayed at this level for this long.

    _________________________________

    actually the Raiders from 1960-2002 had the highest winning percentage of ANY franchise in ANY sport. GOOGLE IT!!! so get a clue

    But since you asked that I google it,

    from 1996 to 2016 the Pats have finished 1st in their division 14 times. From 1960 it took the raiders 40 years to get that many. Let’s also remember that until 1977 they only played 14 games so that throws out the comparison since we can only guess if they would have won or lost games.

    You asked.

  80. eldarknight says: Sep 20, 2016 1:01 PM

    Always interesting to see all the claims made about how great certain teams are, so I went and looked up the statistics.

    Most regular season wins since 2000 in order:
    Colts
    Patriots
    Steelers
    Eagles
    Packers
    Broncos
    Ravens
    Titans
    Giants
    Chargers

    Most regular season wins since 2010 in order:
    Patriots
    Broncos
    Packers
    Steelers
    Seahawks
    Ravens
    Saints
    Bengals
    49er’s

    Playoff winning percentage since 2010:
    Giants – 100%
    Ravens – 70%
    Seahawks and Jets – 66%
    49er’s – 62%
    Patriots – 61%
    Broncos – 60%
    Packers – 58%
    4 others at 50%

    Years in Playoffs since 2010:
    Packers, Patriots – 6
    Broncos, Seahawks, Bengals – 5
    Steelers, Ravens, Colts – 4

    So you see the same 5 or 6 teams at the top of each stat which means there is no single dominant team but a definite top tier of teams.

    Go Broncos make it 2 in a row!

  81. justbegbaby says: Sep 20, 2016 1:13 PM

    Wow, now that Camera 1 is not on Brady on Sundays, see how desperate he is to keep his name in the media? His words are not the “Patriot Way” and I’ll give you even odds his wife made him do it!

  82. crewchief15 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:13 PM

    It’s a long season girls, Eagles are 2-0 with a rookie QB, so lets not get to carried away!!actually I think the best teams are Pit (2-0)and Denver (2-0) (who buy the way are starting a never heard of guy). Giants are 2-0 with a girl at QB😉.

  83. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 1:13 PM

    Most regular season wins since 2000 in order:
    Colts
    Patriots


    Looks like you got the top two mixed up.🙂

    Including this season…
    Patriots 189
    Colts 168

  84. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 20, 2016 1:24 PM

    Playoff winning percentage since 2010:
    Giants – 100%

    Nicely done! You picked a start year that made the Giants look a lot better than they have been for the last 20 years. Yes, they won 2 SB but there’s been a lot of non-playoff years around that little bit of success.

    12 division titles, 6 SB appearances, 4 SB wins in 14 years.

    You can sort the data any way you like, that’s impressive. Name one other NFL team not from Bedrock that can claim that in the same number of years. Let’s not forget salary cap makes the current era much different than those 60′ & 70’s teams.

  85. ocgunslinger says: Sep 20, 2016 1:40 PM

    Most PFT comments about Bill Belichick being the greatest coach are right on the mark but BB also is the GM. It is the combination of the two positions that gives him the unique power of using his knowledge in selecting the players with the abilities he seeks to play for him. When you recognize that the Patriots are always picking begining with around the 28th pick in the draft and frequently trade down yet he always seems to have “The next man up” ready to fill in and blend with the “team”. That’s why Goodell has to realize that fines, taking away draft picks and suspending key players won’t destroy the Patriots and only enhances the reputation of Belichick overcoming NFL subversion.

  86. jag1959 says: Sep 20, 2016 1:45 PM

    crewchief15 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:13 PM
    Giants are 2-0 with a girl at QB
    _____________

    Even though he has taken a fearful beating over the years that ‘girl’ has never missed a start (185 straight) and is a 2 time SB MVP.

    So, yeah..okay there ‘chief’

  87. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 20, 2016 1:48 PM

    Playoff winning percentage since 2010:
    Giants – 100%

    Nicely done! You picked a start year that made the Giants look a lot better than they have been for the last 20 years. Yes, they won 2 SB but there’s been a lot of non-playoff years around that little bit of success.

    —-
    Yup. Much better to show W-L instead of percent, that way you get an idea of how many times they were even there.

  88. chippysbinky says: Sep 20, 2016 2:44 PM

    MiamiDolphinsNation says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:19 PM
    firecracker87 says:
    Sep 20, 2016 12:48 PM

    Wait till a fresh Brady returns in October. If the Pats win this week a perfect season wouldn’t be out of the question.
    ROFLMAOOOOOOOOOOOO
    ++++++++++++++++

    We all know the educational system in South Florida leaves a bit to be desired chipster, but it is not out of the question that any currently undefeated team might produce a perfect season. It may seem unlikely given that none of them will face the kind of .357 cake regular season opponents winning % of the ’72 fish, in fact no team will. Going into this year the lowest strength of schedule any team was scheduled to face was .457. But unlikely does not equal out of the question. Out of the question would be the teams that have already suffered a defeat. Although for an 0-2 team like Miami it is not out of the question that they may yet equal the Lions 0-16 standard of futility, so there’s that to shoot for.

  89. bullcharger says: Sep 20, 2016 6:40 PM

    eldarknight says:
    Sep 20, 2016 1:01 PM

    Always interesting to see all the claims made about how great certain teams are, so I went and looked up the statistics.

    Most regular season wins since 2000 in order:
    Colts
    Patriots
    Steelers
    Eagles
    Packers
    Broncos
    Ravens
    Titans
    Giants
    Chargers

    Most regular season wins since 2010 in order:
    Patriots
    Broncos
    Packers
    Steelers
    Seahawks
    Ravens
    Saints
    Bengals
    49er’s

    Playoff winning percentage since 2010:
    Giants – 100%
    Ravens – 70%
    Seahawks and Jets – 66%
    49er’s – 62%
    Patriots – 61%
    Broncos – 60%
    Packers – 58%
    4 others at 50%

    Years in Playoffs since 2010:
    Packers, Patriots – 6
    Broncos, Seahawks, Bengals – 5
    Steelers, Ravens, Colts – 4

    So you see the same 5 or 6 teams at the top of each stat which means there is no single dominant team but a definite top tier of teams.

    Go Broncos make it 2 in a row!

    ——————-

    Patriots are #1 since 2000, not #2. As someone else here pointed out.

    Also, playoff winning percentage is not a valid stat. If you don’t make it to the playoffs you can’t get a loss, but if you make the playoffs and don’t win the Super Bowl you are guaranteed a loss.

    SO the Giants are batting 1000 because they only made the playoffs the time they won in 2011, but making it and losing a game is better than not making it.

    Also, getting a playoff bye is equivalent to winning WC weekend, yet you don’t get a playoff win for it. So the team that goes 14-2 and gets the first seed will have less playoff wins to their credit than a team like Baltimore that always ends up playing in the opening weekend of the playoffs.

    That stat is useless.

    Years in playoffs is a good stat as you listed and playoff wins would be a good stat if you counted a bye like a playoff win.

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