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  1. May 30, 2009 at 1:59 pm | | Reply

    I’m so excited for Tom Brady to be back at the helm for the Pats this season! 3 superbowls, playoff appearances year after year, one of the most explosive offenses in the game and all we need is Brady to be back in there taking control.

    As long as the defense steps up, there’s no doubt New England will be back in the Super Bowl.

  2. May 30, 2009 at 2:40 pm | | Reply

    What we really need is for our defense to return to form. The three super bowls we won where when we had a kick-ass, bend but don’t break defense. The year we had a kick-ass offense and a good but not great defense we lost the Super Bowl and didn’t put up more than two TDs.

    Great to have Brady back and all but it doesn’t matter how many points the offense puts up if the defense can’t shut down other teams.

    That, and Brady and Bellichick need to stop playing Madden videogame football on the actual football field.

    1. May 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm | | Reply

      I wouldn’t say our superbowl defenses were bend but don’t break. I would say the year we lost to the Giants we were bend but don’t break.

      The three superbowls the Patriots won were attack style defenses that dictated to the offense what they were going to be able to do, not the other way around.

      I’m sure with the right personnel, Bellichick will go back to that attack style defense with an influx of new, younger linebackers and secondary defenders.

  3. May 30, 2009 at 6:58 pm | | Reply

    I think the confidence in the offense will be better having Tom Brady back. The defense had to rely too many times on making stops because there was less confidence in the offense being able to score.

    Now possibly the fear from opposing defenses might return as well. The threat is there to go long again and the entire playbook will be back open and they might be able to spread the field again and get Welker back into the offense a little bit more.

    Time will tell and it all depends on the new guys on defense learning the system and on Brady’s knee.

    1. May 30, 2009 at 7:10 pm | | Reply

      Good final point Matt. I thyink we’re all caught up in the fact that Brady is making his return that we really haven’t thought about whether or not his knee will hold up the same as in the past over a 16 game season and possible post season.

      I keep my thoughts on the up and up, but I also have to keep the bad thoughts in mind as well.

    2. Adam Pieniazek
      May 30, 2009 at 9:15 pm | | Reply

      Yes, Welker is a crucial part of the offense. The real reason the Pats lost Super Bowl 42 was because Brady did not throw to Welker enough. He was open for 10-15 yards constantly but Brady kept trying to go deep instead of taking a few yards at a time with Wes

  4. June 1, 2009 at 1:24 pm | | Reply

    That first superbowl against the Rams was a definite “classic” bend but don’t break defense.. You’re right on that one Adam.. No doubt, all year long. That has been and forever will be Belichick’s forte and formula if you ask me.. He doesn’t really value the cornerback position. He values linebackers and he can stack up his best linebackers inside the redzone to make the biggest plays of the game..Move it on the pats between the 20’s and shut down in the redzone. Love Brady, he’s the man but I agree with you on the comments about the D.

    1. June 1, 2009 at 2:33 pm | | Reply

      Exactly Chuck. How many goal line stops did we see during the Pats Super Bowl runs? Heck, how many did we see against just the Colts (seems like a lot)?

      I love(d) that about our defense. We had the attitude that we didn’t care what the opposing offense did between the 20’s because once they hit the red zone they’d face the stone wall that was our defense. Made for some truly intense moments for the Pats fans and football fans in general. Brady is great but without that defense we’d have won no championships.

  5. June 1, 2009 at 5:51 pm | | Reply

    or Vinatieri!

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