Couldn't agree more. I reacted a little emotionally after the SB
(who didn't), when I insinuated that he was washed up and should
retire. As a more situational player, and mentor for the younger
guys, he's still extremely valuable. He's just an instinctive
player, motivator, defensive QB, and terrific locker room
presence... "Ooooooh, yeah!". There's always a place for a guy like
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "George" <patswingr@...> wrote:
> ***** Totally agree on every point you made, Randy. I'm extremely
> see that Tedy is still with us, while, like you, hoping that we
add youth to
> that position, thus reducing Tedy's reps. I want to see him used
> "situationally" this year, and for however long he is able to
perform at a
> high level in that role.
> (I'll love him until he goes to play for the Jets or Colts.) ;-)
> An imperfect fan of the imperfect Patriots!
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> Subject: [patriotzip] A take on the return of Tedy Bruschi
> Sleuth asked me my take on Tedy's return. First and foremost I
> Tedy would return if he didn't have the fire and believe he could
> contribute. I think in his case he has an excellent vantage to
> that's true and while I'll take his two year deal one year at a
> think this multi-year deal implies the team is of the belief he can
> contribute in a worthwhile fashion.
> Tedy's reps were down significantly this season, especially before
> Colvin injury. Despite this he still led the team in tackles and
> did seemingly miss a few more plays than usual, he was still a
> steady force. We need some youth getting reps at ILB and ideally
> with Tedy should help them transition out and keep his legs fresh
> pivotal moments of play designed for him. I don't foresee him in
> coverage on a tight end but in the best of his career that wasn't
> strength. I think Seau's status will impact Tedy's status
> Seau still was playing young enough to get many reps and if he
returns I do
> expect both to get fewer reps than last year.
> I'll add this one point, Tedy had a cast on his right hand after
> this season. I don't believe that hand injury on the scapula has
> him back at normal play. I'm not making an excuse for him, his
play has to
> stand as it stands. In fact it's actually more of a concern since
> doesn't wear it outside of games, wearing a thumb locking cast has
> the tackling abilities.
> So while I don't think Tedy will play until Superbowl 54, I think
> he's going to contribute and make some plays that help this team be
> effective. I think he'll teach some of the youngsters a bit more
> think Woods is likely to emerge a bit this year in regular season
> unless we draft a young and more talented player.
> Go Pats!