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 after 13 seasons and three Super Bowl wins with the Patriots. He started 189 games with New England, the most for any LB in team history. For his career, he had over 1,100 tackles, 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 will also appear on "NFL Live," "SportsCenter," ESPN Radio and other ESPN platforms.
Send your questions now and join Bruschi Monday at 2 p.m. ET!
Tedy (1:59 PM)
I don't think there were many of us who thought the Denver Broncos would be coming in here. So let's talk playoffs and let's talk Tebow.
Bill Marcellino (Pittsburgh)
Tedy, how would you scheme the Pat's D to contain Tebow/option on the outside while still guarding against those big 20+ plays?
Tedy (2:02 PM)
The first thing you do is come with double-edge pressure. The Patriots showed a lot of that in the first matchup. You can't over-commit to the run, like the Steelers did. It will be interesting to see how the loss of Patriots DE Andre Carter will affect them in this matchup. Carter could play down in the 4-3 look and play up in the 3-4 look. He rushed most of the time, but still provided an element of multiple fronts. But definitely, you come with double-edge pressure with zone concepts behind it.
Paul (Kenosha, WI)
Tedy, what kind of information, beyond Xs and Os, can McDaniels offer Belichick that would be useful next Saturday?
Tedy (2:05 PM)
Josh McDanels and Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy put together the game-plan against New England in 2009. McDaniels knows what McCoy was thinking. I'm sure they bounced ideas off each other. What they eventually went with was McDaniels' call, but to know what another coach was thinking and the ideas he had, can help.
David (North Attleboro,Ma)
In your opinion is hiring Josh McDaniels right away a big factor for the playoffs or it is only going to help so much because it's late in the year.
Tedy (2:06 PM)
Billy O'Brien is a great coach. Tom Brady threw for more than 5,000 yards without Josh McDaniels. They'd still be fine without him. Although he provides some "inside information" -- as Brady put it -- they'd still be fine without him.
Pat (Merrimack, NH)
Hey guys, with the extra week of prep, do you think the Pats spent much time on Denver? I imagine much of it was dedicated to Pittsburgh. Further, can we expect those defensive adjustments made in Denver to carry over to the 1st quarter this week, or do you anticipate another slow start from the Patriots?
Tedy (2:09 PM)
Pat, it's hard to guess what opponent they were preparing or. I'll tell you this, the Patriots played the Steelers Oct. 30 and the Broncos Dec. 18, and those games are still fresh in their mind. There was one unfamiliar opponent that could have been a possibility, the Bengals. There might have been preparation on that team. On the adjustments/slow start, a carry-over of adjustments is very possible, but I've been in rematch games where entire game-plans are scratched and you do something new.
Who do you think would win the MVP award, if none of the quarterbacks were in the running?
Tedy (2:09 PM)
I'd go with Megatron, Calvin Johnson. Plus, I'm a big Transformers fan.
alejandro jose brady [via mobile]
Who your super bowl pick?
Tedy (2:10 PM)
At the start of the year, I chose the Saints and Ravens. A lot has changed. If the Patriots and Ravens meet in the AFC championship game ...
Frank (New Orleans)
If you were devising a game plan to beat the Saints, what would it revolve around?
Tedy (2:13 PM)
A few thoughts: 1. Pressure Drew Brees up the middle of the pocket (easier said than done). 2. Don't be too complex in your defensive game-plan because the Saints, more than anyone in the league, use multiple personnel groups and multiple formations. 3. Sacrifice a player out of your rush to jam TE Jimmy Graham.
Tedy (2:13 PM)
And if you can get that done, you're better than most defenses in the league.
Can we finally admit that Matt Ryan is not good at football?
Tedy (2:15 PM)
This will be a tough offseason for Matt Ryan. Everyone will question his ability as a QB and if he's the answer for that organization. I still think he's the one you're looking for. The NY Giant defense is playing great right now. What concerned me the most were some of the calls the Falcons' coaching staff made. I'm still wondering why Michael Turner wasn't getting the ball on fourth-and-1.
The Pats haven't won a playoff game at home since 2007. Are their chances for a deep run, and possibly a Super Bowl better this year than in years past, even with their awful D? Why?
Tedy (2:16 PM)
The table is set for the Patriots to be in the Super Bowl. A Bronco team comes to town that you already handled Dec. 18, on their home turf. So the chances of getting by Denver are good. I ask you this: Which QB scares you -- Joe Flacco or T.J. Yates? I say neither. Not only is it there for the Patriots to win this week, but if they don't make the Super Bowl, I'd be very disappointed.
TONY SAN DIEGO CALIF [via mobile]
hey tedy, i wish you were still playing. do you think tim tebow will play 10yrs in the nfl as a starting qb.
Tedy (2:19 PM)
A decade is a long time, but for the near future, Tim Tebow is the answer for the Denver Broncos. I felt that the playoff game would give the Broncos' brass an opportunity to make a solid evaluation of their quarterback. To me, the answer was clear: Tim Tebow deserves an offseason where he is considered the No. 1 quarterback and the Broncos should build accordingly. Let's remember this, Tim Tebow has started 14 regular-season games and one playoff game. He's still a rookie. And people are quick to forget that there is more than one way to play quarterback.
Husyourdaddy (Sarasota, FL)
Do we throw the kitchen sink at Tebow next Sat? I think Pittsburgh contained but didn't collapse and gave the Tebow-Thomas connection time to develop. Id like a lot of blitzing and pressure to rattle Tebow and make Tebow feel like he has to pull the trigger quick early on. I think his accuracy wll suffer.
Tedy (2:23 PM)
Tim Tebow rarely pulls the trigger quick. Right now, the success comes off play-action. Play-action simplifies his reads. The New England Patriots must be ready for the play-action skinny post, the mid-range in-cut (a throw Tebow rarely completes), throws to the flat, and shots downfield. Couple that with stopping the run, and those are your threats to the Patriots' defense. And your point on penetration -- it's less about penetration and more about containment. The one thing you don't want is Tim Tebow running wild on the edges of your defense.
Damian Moran (Birr, Ireland)
Hi Tedy. Let's call it like it is. The Patriots and the majority of the rest of the NFL community would surely have been expecting the Steelers to come through yesterday and would have started preparing accordingly. With that in mind how easy would it be for complacency to set in if the players think they have an 'easier' game against the Broncos?
Tedy (2:26 PM)
Great question. And it's a real possibility. Watching the Steelers' players, you could tell they didn't respect the Broncos. We mentioned this earlier this year, when you play Tim Tebow and the Broncos, check your arrogance at the door. The minute you start to feel this kid doesn't belong on the football field with you, that's when he's got you. The Steelers committed nine in the box, with no safety deep. All Tebow had to do was throw it up. Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau underestimated Tebow, something the Patriots can't do.
Erik (South Glens Falls New York)
Tedy are Josh McDaniels and Ryan Mallett the heir apparents to Belichick and Brady ?
Tedy (2:28 PM)
It's rare that a coach who departs from a Bill Belichick staff comes back. There is always reasoning for the moves Bill Belichick makes; that's all I'll say.
Hey Tedy...isnt this script too similar to last years when the Pats smoked the jets
Tedy (2:29 PM)
I hear what you're saying, I see the similarities, so I'll pose a question to you: Do you think the Patriots players learned anything from last year?
Hey Tedy! We miss u! Do you think our boys are more motivated this year because of Myra Kraft? Think we can win it all in her memory? :)
Tedy (2:31 PM)
When you get to the playoffs, you push a reset button on your season and remember what you're motivated for. I think they play for the patch this week (the MHK patch on their jersey).
Tedy (2:32 PM)
The bar is closed for this "Bruschi on Tap" and we'll see you next week.