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 noon ET!
Tedy (12:01 PM)
Tedy (12:02 PM)
Let's do this!
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What do you think of the Super Bowl XLII Rematch in Super Bowl XLVI?
Tedy (12:03 PM)
I think it gives us plenty to talk about these next two weeks. It was the most difficult loss of my entire career. I think it's the matchup everyone wanted, to see the Patriots and Giants. The storylines will be endless and it will be an exciting two weeks.
Dean (New Jersey)
Knowing Coach Bellichick well, don't you think he will come up a scheme to try taking away these Giants wide recievers?
Tedy (12:05 PM)
There is no doubt that it will be a creative plan Bill Belichick will come up with. I think much of the same that we saw in this past weekend will be a big part of the Super Bowl -- there will be opportunities to make big plays, it's just a matter of who makes them.
Smitty (Melrose, MA)
Hey Tedy! Feels great to be back in the big dance! Tom wasn't terrific yesterday and they're playing arguably a better defense in two weeks. Is his performance concerning? It feels like he'll need to put up 40 pts for us to win this game.
Tedy (12:06 PM)
It's a question I've had about this team all year. Can they win when Tom Brady has a bad game? The defense showed it could step up and it did in a big way. I don't think either team will score 40 points in the Super Bowl.
DFWPatsFan (Arlington, TX)
Great to see you there in the booth with the Kraft family. Were you watching the kick or did you have your eyes closed like me?
Tedy (12:06 PM)
No, I was watching. There's no way Mrs. Kraft was going to let that go through the uprights.
Monty (Ipswich MA)
Tedy-Was at the game last night and couldn't help but feel like the defense is playing with a confidence that we haven't seen all year. What changed?
Tedy (12:07 PM)
These are similar schemes and concepts that they run all year long. They mixed up zone with man. Played some three-man rush. The big difference, honestly, is that this defense has just improved over the course of the year. Playmakers are emerging all over the place. My favorite part was to see Brandon Spikes' interception. And Vince Wilfork had a signature game.
Jeffery Lionel (Miami , Florida)
Do you think Edelman was a liablity yesterday on defense everyone give him a hard time but to me he played decent and did not give up a big play. How do you feel?
Tedy (12:09 PM)
He's done well when he's played defense. This is the first time that he showed some deficiencies. That it's taken this long for that to happen is a testament to him. He'll take this and learn from it. Let's remember, he is a wide receiver.
Tedy (12:10 PM)
And another thing on Edelman, to give him any type of criticism is unwarranted. You can not grasp how difficult it is to play 27 snaps of defense and 27 snaps of offense in a single game. It's mind-boggling.
Chris (Charlottesville, Va)
How impressed with Spikes development this year have you been? He really brings some intensity and passion that the defense lacks at times. Can he be the other every down MLB in our base 3-4 moving forward?
Tedy (12:11 PM)
Not just his development this year, but over the last two years. Stopping the run is what he does best, but showing he can make a play like he did with that interception, he gains respect throughout the entire league that he's not just a one-dimensional player. That can be the beginning of a great career.
Dan (Sheffield, UK)
Hi Tedy. What a game, and what a season. I'm crazy excited about another Superbowl appearance for the Pats. My question is about Tom Brady's performance yesterday. He's saved the team so many times that no-one could criticize him for having an off-day. But do you think his troubles were down to a bad day at the office, or was it something special that the Ravens were doing on D? At times it reminded me of the playoff loss to the Jets. Here's hoping TB12 brings his "A" game to Indianapolis!
Tedy (12:13 PM)
Let's give the Ravens defense some credit here. They did a great job of getting organized defensively. No matter what personnel grouping or formation the Patriots were in, the Ravens always seemed to be on the same page. They had great communication and were always in position to make the tackle. They were making the Patriots earn everything. That's what good defenses do.
Andrew (North Conway, NH)
I will start this off by saying that before the playoffs began, the one team I did not want to face, including the Packers and Saints, was the Giants. This game will come down to the trenches. What is different about this Giants D line from the last time we faced them in the superbowl?
Tedy (12:15 PM)
There are a couple different names, but the production and philosophy is the same -- wanting to get pressure with the four rushers, they run creative pass-rush games, pick stunts, and Justin Tuck has dropped back in coverage (3-man rush, with 8 in coverage). It baffles me why Perry Fewell, the defensive coordinator, is not being mentioned for any head coaching openings.
Adam (Broomfield, CO)
Tedy, Since switching to more of a 3-4 style of defense, the Patriots' defense dominated against Denver's option-style offense and accomplished what everyone said they couldn't -- hold down the fort and even come up big when Tom Brady didn't bring his best game. Certainly they are gelling at the right time, but how much do you attribute to the change in scheme from the 4-3, and how does the 3-4 style off defense they are playing now differ from what they?ve done in past seasons? Thanks for the great work educating us fans!
Tedy (12:17 PM)
Now remember, this is a game-plan team, especially defensively. Don't be surprised if they come out in a 4-3 in the Super Bowl. It all depends on what Coach Belichick thinks is best. Here is why I think they went 3-4 in the last 2 games -- it gives you a better edge in the running game. You needed that against the Broncos, a C-gap running team with the option attack. Also, vs. the Ravens, the 3-4 puts Vince Wilfork over center Matt Birk. And Vince Wilfork wins that matchup every time by driving him back into Joe Flacco's lap. It's about matchups.
Marcus (Bronx, NY)
Giants D-Line will again be the collective MVP of the Super Bowl this year. The Patriots O-Line is banged up and we all know Brady crumbles under pressure. What do the Patriots have to do to make up for these deficiencies and win the game?
Tedy (12:19 PM)
You can start first by blocking them [laughing]. As easy as that sounds, I understand what you're saying because it's going to be a very difficult thing for the offensive line to do. Do the Patriots counter that with quick-hitting plays, or quick traps in the running game against a penetrating defensive line? There are various things offensively you can do. I agree, Bill O'Brien has his work cut out for him.
Lee Martinez (Houston, Texas)
What makes the Patriot organization so good? The formula used by the Patriots is different than all teams in the NFL. They define team play, so how hard is it for NFL Football players to come in to the organization and put the team first?
Tedy (12:20 PM)
Coach Belichick defines mental toughness as doing what's best for the team when things aren't perfect for you. That's difficult to do, for players, coaches and owners sometimes. But in this organization, everyone knows their role and they focus on that.
Tarae (Ocala) [via mobile]
Sterling Moore is looking like a big time playmaker late in the season. What do you make of his development?
Tedy (12:21 PM)
His progress is something they've needed -- a corner that makes big plays. He saved the game. It's as simple as I can put it. Lee Evans had it in his hands. A split second longer and that could have been a TD. This defense is a championship defense. They make the big play when it counts. That is the biggest compliment I can give them.
What do you think of the job the Patriots offensive line did yesterday? Can they give Tom enough time against the Giants?
Tedy (12:23 PM)
It's been a while, but the return of Sebastian Vollmer would be welcomed. Nate Solder was beat on the outside by Kruger, and on the inside by Suggs. Right now, that's a problem. Either Solder has to play a lot better, or Vollmer has to get healthy. If that problem progresses, you end up having to take a receiver out of his route to help him in protection, and that takes away one of Tom Brady's options.
Rob (Borough of Manhattan)
Hi Tedy! My favorite team is back in the big game and I am fired up! My question: how do you see coach Belichick and the defense stopping the Giants passing attack? Nicks, Cruz and Manningham look really good and we know Eli isn't afraid of the spotlight. Do you think its possible to get a ton of pressure on Eli in this game?
Tedy (12:26 PM)
This Giant team beat the Patriots with two of their best weapons out in Week 9 (Nicks, Bradshaw). Cruz, Manningham and Nicks, this is the best receiver/quarterback group the Patriots have played this year. They have the upper hand against the Patriots secondary. The Patriots' pass rush must be the equalizer. How they attack Eli Manning will be an important factor to win this game.
Jan (Auburn, NH)
Tedy,I don't get the "revenge bowl" idea. The way I look at it, we could play and beat the giants in the next 10 superbowls and I would trade all 10 of those for the perfect season. It's not even close. If the pats win, does it make you feel any better about losing in 2007?
Tedy (12:28 PM)
That's a great question, Jan. 19-0 would have been great, but it didn't happen and every time I talk about it I give the Giants credit for their victory. There is nothing that can happen that will make me feel better about that loss, but a Patriots win in the Super Bowl is great no matter what team they play. Thanks for opening up that scab.
Tedy, can you say someone else is better at NT than Big Vince again before the Super Bowl?
Tedy (12:30 PM)
He's had big games, but to show up like he did with the Super Bowl on the line, it puts him in a different conversation now. Careers are defined by what you do in the biggest games. Vince Wilfork just wrote his name in the Patriots' history book.
Ryan (Still sitting in Sect. 311)
Tedy after seeing you, Drew, Ty and Troy out there yesterday I wanted to say thank you for all the years of phenominal football we as Pats fans were able to enjoy. Your core group of guys built this dynasty and hats off to you guys. What do you think about the younger guys the next two weeks, will they be overwhelmed or do you think they will stay the course and be well prepared? Thanks!
Tedy (12:32 PM)
Thanks Ryan. This team has shown they know what it takes to win. They have proven that they deserve to be in the conversation with some of the best teams this organization has had. They're in the Super Bowl. They made the plays they had to make, and I think they know their job isn't done yet. These next two weeks are going to be fun.
Tedy (12:32 PM)
Looking forward to chatting again. Have a great day.