This week's Patriots podcast on ESPNBoston.com with Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss is now posted (link here), and the two shake up their regular schedule. The opening of the podcast usually focuses on some of the big issues around the NFL, but not this time.
"This week, the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos are the NFL," Bruschi says, before sharing his thoughts on Denver quarterback Tim Tebow.
"I think he's done some amazing things out there in Denver, the way he's been able to come back and will his team to victory. All these fourth-quarter comebacks, they're miraculous at times. You almost don't believe he's going to do it again," Bruschi says. "I like the kid. I like the way he plays football."
Bruschi and Reiss attempt to get in the mind of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, discussing how he's already set the tone for the week with players in terms of his messaging that Denver isn't a one-man team.
"It's not just the players, it's the message he's sending out to the other team," Bruschi says.
The rest of the Broncos team is dissected, with Bruschi asking if the Broncos' defense is as good as its recent press clippings suggest.
"A lot of people say out there, that it's not just Tim Tebow, it's the defense and they're playing well. But I know. I don't know how good they're playing, to tell you the truth. This is an untested defense in my mind," Bruschi says. "They've beaten Oakland. They've beaten Kansas City. They've beaten the Jets. San Diego with a struggling Phillip Rivers. Minnesota with a rookie quarterback. Chicago with Caleb Hanie and Matt Forte. How good is this defense? I don't know."
The two are later joined by former Patriots long snapper Lonie Paxton, now with the Broncos, and Paxton shares insight on what the Broncos' turnaround has been like. Paxton also reflects on Patriots memories and shares a humorous story of Broncos coach John Fox mixing Red Bull and coffee.