Thursday, December 20, 2012
Bruschi's Breakdown on Pats-Jaguars
The Jaguars are sure to be up for their shot at upsetting the Patiots in Jacksonville on Sunday.
Every week before the Patriots play a game, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss dissect the action as part of "Bruschi's Breakdown." This week's breakdown is posted for a Sunday matchup against the Jaguars.
Bruschi starts off by acknowledging the big difference between this week's game against a 2-12 team and the Pats' past two matchups against division powerhouses:
"The attention on the past two games was at an all-time high, and that's the way it should have been when you have the Texans and 49ers coming in to Foxborough. On weeks like this, you see the difference in the locker room from a media perspective because there aren't as many reporters in there; there aren't any national interview requests. But these are games that good, solid championship teams view as an opportunity to go down there and do what you're paid to do and win football games. This is a Jacksonville team that has had a terrible year, but this is the Jaguars' Super Bowl. This is about the mentality of going out there against the Patriots -- a franchise, a team, a coach and a quarterback that has been the model of the NFL -- and proving your worth."
He also touches on one of the big differences between the two franchises:
"When you look at some of their struggles, it also leads to a greater appreciation for what the Patriots have done and the environment here in New England. From having played here, you know that when you're winning it's great, but even when you lose they still care enough to let you know you're terrible, or the media gets on you. I don't get the same feel in Jacksonville. It's not the same as it is in a place such as New England, or Chicago, or Philadelphia, Dallas -- those types of franchises. It's a franchise that doesn't get a lot of attention."