Bruschi has his say, now let’s move on
If you’re like me and have an interest in the NFL, you’re ready to drink a few beers tonight, get ready for the Rose Bowl tomorrow and settle in for NFL action on Sunday. With two AFC spots still up for grabs — and plenty of storylines involved — do we still have to go back to coach Jim Caldwell’s decision to rest his players in the second half last Sunday?
Tedy Bruschi, the former Patriots linebacker who was a part of a 16-0 regular season, offered the latest in a long line of opinions that have sprouted out of the ground. Bruschi, who now works for ESPN, said of the 14-1 Colts: “When you compare the ‘09 Colts to the ’07 Patriots, I am going to say something that a lot of people are thinking but aren’t saying: At least the ’07 Patriots had the guts to go for it. That’s what they did, that’s what the Indianapolis Colts didn’t do, and that’s their problem.”
Now, I was never part of a 16-0 team, nor do I have multiple Super Bowl rings, but I do know that you play the regular season to get into the playoffs and get the best possible seeding you can. The Colts, well, they did that, and now every media outlet is crucifying them.
That’s really the only opinion I have about the situation. I can’t compare anything I did in my own lackluster career with Bruschi and his pedigree, but I do know that we need to move on to more important topics.
And I’m starting to wonder what the opinions will be next week if New England and Cincinnati — both playing teams in the AFC with playoff hopes — decide to shut it down. Because it probably will happen as they have done their work. They’re in the dance, right? Do we pile on them, or do we start pointing fingers at the Jets because they got in playing against second-team guys?
Let’s be honest here. As great a player as Bruschi was, it’s now his job to make those comments, just as it’s my job to react to the nonsense that’s following this story.
No guts? I don’t know. Sounds a little overblown for a meaningless football game if the Colts don’t win it all, like Bruschi’s 16-0 Patriots.
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