Former Patriot and current ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi had some strong words for the Colts, who chose to rest starters in the second half of last week’s game instead of going for a perfect season.
“When you compare the ‘09 Colts to the ’07 Patriots,” Bruschi said, “I am going to say something that a lot of people are thinking but aren’t saying: At least the ’07 Patriots had the guts to go for it. That’s what they did, that’s what the Indianapolis Colts didn’t do, and that’s their problem.”
There’s pressure when you have a chance to go unbeaten, Bruschi said, but that makes the accomplishment that much sweeter.
“I know what it’s like to play when it feels like there’s a gorilla on your back of pressure, when you’re 15-0,” Bruschi said. “But it’s the most satisfying thing when you achieve that 16-0 mark.”
Bruschi played for the 2007 Patriots team that went 16-0 in the regular season but lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl.
“It is historic to go 16-0, because that means you have a chance to go 19-0. You only can go 19-0 if you go 16-0 first and 19-0 trumps every single team record ever.”
Check out Bruschi’s full commentary in the video above.