Chat with Tedy Bruschi
Welcome to ESPNBoston.com! On Monday, ESPNBoston.com NFL analyst, and former New England Patriot, Tedy Bruschi stops by to chat about the Patriots as well as the rest of the NFL news.
Bruschi retired in 2009 after 13 seasons and three Super Bowl wins with the Patriots. He started 189 games with New England, the most for any linebacker in team history. For his career, he had more than 1,100 tackles, to go with 30.5 sacks and 12 INTs.
Shortly after his retirement, Bruschi joined ESPN's stable of NFL analysts. In addition to being a regular NFL anaylst on ESPNBoston.com, Bruschi also appears on "NFL Live," "SportsCenter," ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms.
Send your questions now and join Bruschi Monday at 11 a.m. ET!
Tedy (11:01 AM)
Good morning. Welcome to the chat.
The stars aligned perfectly for Manning. He couldn't have asked for better weather for this time of year and Talib going out was a bonus. The Broncos are going to have problems with the NYC weather and Seattle 's physical CB's will shutdown the Broncos passing game.
Tedy (11:04 AM)
I don't know what the forecast will be like in New York. I'm sure the Patriots were hoping for bad weather in Denver but it ended up being 60 degrees. I think we know, being on the East Coast, it could be anything that day. Yes, the Seahawks have physical CBs. But Demaryius Thomas is a very physical WR himself. That will be a great matchup to watch -- Thomas vs. Richard Sherman if that's the way the Seahawks decide to match up.
Joey (East Windsor NJ)
Tedy, this loss might be a blessing in disguise, mabey bill will wake up now and see that depth isn't better than talent, they tried Dobson but he just can't get open, re-sign Edelman and for all that is good in the world sign Hakeem nicks and give brady a top 10 reciver
Tedy (11:06 AM)
Well, you want just about everything. It's not going to happen. Re-signing Edelman might not even be possible. This is a guy who has been paid peanuts his entire career and this is his only chance to go out there and, for once in his career, think of himself and his financial future. Edelman will probably want to test the free-agent market and see what his value is. But I do agree with you in this: When it comes to this level of playoff games -- AFC Championship, Super Bowls -- there is only so much that scheme can do. Once you're in the hole and it's linebacker vs. running back, or the ball is in the air and it's WR vs. DB, and it's 1-on-1 at the line of scrimmage -- center vs. defensive tackle -- players have to win. Yesterday, the Broncos' players beat the Patriots' players.
What is your take on Welker ' hit on Talib? Belichick thinks it was purposeful. I agree. Welker did not collide with Talib. He launched himself into Talib and left his feet. Welker had no intention of running a route. Also Manning's pass was in the air when the contact was made. The NFL should fine Welker a game check.
Tedy (11:11 AM)
I know how it looked, David, but I disagree with the assessment. This type of collision happens every week in the NFL. If you look closely, this type of pick-route mentality happens weekly within the New England Patriot offense. It's a strategic way to beat man to man coverage. When these techniques are utilized closer to the line of scrimmage, they happen at a lower rate of speed. But when they happen down the field, 10-15 yards from the line of scrimmage, the rate of speed increases. Welker had a clear goal on that play -- to make Aqib Talib go over the top so he could free up Demaryius Thomas. Aqib Talib made a decision to attempt to fight to stay under that pick. So what you have there are 2 players, going at a high rate of speed because they were 10-plus yards from the line of scrimmage, simultaneously deciding to take the same route. That's where the collision occurred. Welker's intent was to pick Aqib Talib, but it wasn't to injure.
Steve (Southbury (CT))
Tedy--Who took Blount off the field-Broncos D? Or did Pats go away from the run too soon?
Tedy (11:14 AM)
Blount only had 5 carries. Do I think 5 carries are enough for Blount to get his rhythm? No. But it looked like Stevan Ridley was more productive. I thought the Broncos were prepared for Blount, and maybe Ridley's explosion and burst was the proper adjustment. But either way, the Broncos dominated the interior part of the line of scrimmage. Terrance Knighton was a problem. Both center Ryan Wendell and left guard Logan Mankins couldn't block him at times.
Tedy, no doubt Denver was the better team yesterday. What position or positions do you think the Pats need to target in Free Agency and the draft.
Tedy (11:17 AM)
Let's push the reset button and say the Patriots come back 100 percent healthy ... Mayo and Wilfork are back ... Gronkowski is healthy. I think the first thing they need to address are their own players becoming free agents. No. 1 is Aqib Talib. I know his recent injury, in this year's AFC title game, might make people think he is not durable. Let's put that aside. Talib needs to be re-signed. If they can get him at the price that is right for them, that can open up options. But if Talib has it in his head that it's time to cash in, he'll get his money somewhere else and that will change the whole scope of free agency for the Patriots. Second, I think the chances are slim that they re-sign Julian Edelman. How can you give a guy big money at a position where you paid Danny Amendola big money last year? Edelman is an interesting dilemma for the Patriots in free agency.
Scott B. (Burlington KY)
We all know that Seattle has a great Def. Will Seattle have enough offensive power to stay with Denver even though they may be slowed by Seattle's Def.
Tedy (11:20 AM)
The Seahawks' best chance to beat the Broncos will come from their running game. They are going to have to establish Marshawn Lynch. Russell Wilson is a great game manager who can create spectacular plays down the field with his athletic ability.
Tedy,Hey tough loss yesterday I just am curious if you have noticed that while Hightower was getting hammered by people, and rightfully so he struggled middle of the year, he has been the best player on the defense, for the past 6 weeks while Chandler Jones has been MIA since the last Denver game, 1 sack in the past 7 games, I know stats can be misleading but I thought he really struggled down the stretch, and the Patriots defensively need to get a better pass rush, ASAP your thoughts?
Tedy (11:21 AM)
If you pick the Patriots' pass rush as the No. 1 factor they need to address this offseason, you're missing the big picture. Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich is a pass rush you can win with. There are much more important places to address in the offseason.
Why do you think the Pats did not put any pressure on Peyton? He had all day to throw the ball! Seeing as you were a D man and pass rusher, what do you think?
Tedy (11:22 AM)
The best way to get to Peyton Manning is up the middle of the pocket. You asked so much this year of young players like Sealver Siliga, Chris Jones and Joe Vellano. I think that could have been a much different story if there was a healthy Vince Wilfork or Tommy Kelly in the middle. The Patriots tried to send linebackers up the middle to get pressure on Manning, but Peyton is also good at getting the rid of the ball so quickly.
Tomy (Puerto Rico)
Hey Teddy, last year you answered my question about Richard Sherman and the post game meeting with Tom Brady. You answered that Tom deserved it because he lost the game. After last night, do you feel the same way? It's that I find it so classless to talk trash and get on someone's face after a game. The game is over, there is no need to humiliate the opposing player.
Tedy (11:25 AM)
I feel yesterday that Richard Sherman took it too far. You and your team just won the NFC Championship. There is no need to go up to Michael Crabtree as soon as the play is over and taunt him, and then go on a nationally televised interview and call him a sorry player. I don't know how deep this rivalry goes between the two players. Maybe there is something deeper we don't know.
Travis (Austin, TX)
Hey Tedy, i don't want to make any excuses about injuries, but they all finally caught up to us. Just too many game changers out and you need them in the playoffs. Even with all the injuries and getting outplayed in every part of the game, the Pats were a two point conversion away from making it a one score game, which to me says a lot about this team. I just need someone to explain to me the offensive pass interference rules. Please! Because I thought a WR can't block a DB until the ball is caught. So, I am watching the game and see them call it on Hooman, but it looked like the Broncos did it on almost every single play. I understand the pick play when a receiver is selling it like they are running their route, but the bronco WR were straight up blocking with hands/forearms. Great season though and can't wait for the offseason! Thanks for all the hard work!
Tedy (11:29 AM)
I agree, Travis. Yesterday, the New England Patriots were a totally different team than how they started out the year. Would a healthy Patriots team have won that game yesterday? Possible. But injuries are a part of the game in the NFL. I do feel like missing the 2-point conversion was huge. That changes your philosophy on whether you onside kick or kick it deep and use your timeouts. The offensive PI rules, I'm sure, are more emphasized during the regular season. I've said this before -- players making the transition from regular season to postseason officiating. Officials will let things go. It goes for offensive PI. Pick plays. Defensive holding. I want you all to understand, these pick routes/run routes are used on a regular basis throughout the NFL. The Denver Broncos run them all the time. The New England Patriots run them all the time.
Pats need a better defense. Where so they start? Personally, I think they need to hire a defense coordinator.
Tedy (11:31 AM)
Jacob, you couldn't be more wrong. Matt Patricia is a terrific defensive coordinator. For everything that happened this year to the Patriots' defense, what they were able to accomplish was tremendous. I'm not only talking about the defense. I'm talking about the offense. I'm talking about the team. I'm talking about dealing with your most highly skilled offensive player being arrested for murder before the season starts. I'm talking about losing multiple team captains and multiple Pro Bowl players due to injury. This team and this coaching staff should be commended for what they accomplished this year.
Tedy (11:32 AM)
Thanks to everyone for chatting, and for your contributions all season. Have a great day.