<
>

Bruschi's Breakdown on secondary, Jets

Every week before the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss dissect the pressing issues and Xs and Os of the game in "Bruschi's Breakdown." This week's piece is now posted on ESPNBoston.com and Bruschi addresses the recent struggles in the secondary.

"I have seen some of the best secondaries in the league get beat, and beaten soundly. The league's No. 1 defense, the Houston Texans, have a solid unit, but Aaron Rodgers sliced and diced them up. It happens to everyone," Bruschi writes. "These receivers get paid too. Techniques can be fixed. You have to be patient with these guys. There is still hope. These guys can still make plays."

When delving into the matchup against the Jets, Bruschi didn't start with a specific matchup, but more of a big-picture thought.

"I think we start with a mentality," he writes. "It's easy to get caught up come 'Jet Week' because you know the hate you have for that team and the hate the other team has for you. It's the rivalry and the trash talk that's going on. Rex Ryan comes out with his bold statements. From a Patriots perspective, you don't want to get caught up in that. A good example from last week was the 49ers-Giants game. The 49ers got caught up in the revenge thing, about righting the colossal wrong from last year. They didn't focus on what was important.

"That's what the Patriots can't do this week. And if I know the coaches in there, this is one of those weeks where they're told about the media. Some weeks Belichick will say things like, "I don't want to hear any comments about their team. All I want to hear about, through the media, is how we have to win the game." He gives those messages sometimes when his instincts tell him this could be a problem this week. First and foremost, the Patriots have to win that aspect this week."

To read "Bruschi's Breakdown", CLICK HERE.