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September 20, 2013

Just win baby ... like the old days

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The point being Brady is a better quarterback/passer than he was his first six seasons, but he is a “legend” because of his teams’ winning three Super Bowls in his first four seasons as a full-timer.

Which brings us back to 2013 and the frustration.

It’s time Brady, like a dozen year ago, got some help. It’s about time the Patriots defense played a bigger role than the offense did in winning a game against the Jets, 13-10, eight night ago.

While everyone complains about Brady’s weapons, particularly the rookie wide receivers and tight end, maybe it’s time people (and Brady) accept the fact that this is a work in progress, that finishing 17-0 is overrated, that growing pains in September are the exception rather than the rule.

Remember the 2001 Patriots? They lost to the lowly Bengals (finished 6-10), 23-17, and the Jets (8-8), 10-3, to open the season. Most “power rankings” had the Patriots ranked 32nd out of 32 teams.

Remember how they turned it around? Defense. Ball-control. Special teams. And a few big, clutch plays by Brady.

Obviously, the blueprint is different in 2013. Brady isn’t simply a “manager” any more. He’s the captain of the ship.

But these difficult times can be a lesson going forward. Rather than worrying about the score, worry about winning as many little battles as possible. And worry, if you must, about trying to win.

I’m not going to crown the 2013 Patriots with anything. They haven’t looked great. And because of they’re schedule, they haven’t had to. But it’s interesting as coach Bill Belichick, who has always been noted for his game plans, has to come up with some really good game plans if the Patriots are going to be any good.

I’m betting on Belichick (as I usually do).

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