Chat with Tedy Bruschi
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPNBoston.com's Tedy Bruschi stops by to take your New England Patriots and NFL questions.
Bruschi retired in August, 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 Friday at noon ET!
Buzzmaster (12:01 PM)
We've got Tedy!
Tedy Bruschi (12:01 PM)
Another big week guys. A lot of topics to talk about. Let's chat.
You can't argue with success, but I have to say sending players home for being late when there weather and travel problems is overdoing the control issue. Are there problems in the Pats locker room that need to be addressed? Brady did say the team is not tough enough. By the way, thanks for all the great memories.
Tedy Bruschi (12:02 PM)
I don't think this is coach Belichick overreacting. I think this is an action he took due to other things that have happened througout the course of the year.
Tedy Player discontent in December - that's a hard one to overcome. Do you sit those players? Are you interested in being cloned?
Tedy Bruschi (12:03 PM)
I think it depends on how they responded when they came back Thursday and how they worked going on into the week. If you came back with a good attitude, coaches will see that positively and move on to the game.
Tedy, why is the pass rush for The Pats so non-existent? How can there not be any fire or passion from these players when so much is on the line? Can this be fixed by the playoffs and do you think when they make the playoffs that will be enough to go far?
Tedy Bruschi (12:04 PM)
I think they're really missing Richard Seymour. He would always give push up the middle of the pocket and that made everyone around him better. Banta-Cain is playing well, but you also need that inside presence. Seymour was that inside presence.
Hi Tedy, I think BB may have lost the veterans on this defense after the INDY game what are your thoughts?
Tedy Bruschi (12:05 PM)
If any veterans were upset about the Indy situation, they should have gotten over it quickly. It's OK to get emotional about coaching decisions, but if you don't move on, you have problems.
Jon (Stoughton, MA)
Tedy, thoughts on if BB should deactivate Adalius Thomas for the rest of the year?
Tedy Bruschi (12:07 PM)
He already deactivated him once, and that's before he mouthed off. I think that's inevitable.
How big of a bust has Adalius Thomas been?
Tedy Bruschi (12:08 PM)
I know the coaches have expected a lot more out of him. He started out gangbusters with the INT for a TD against San Diego. I think that's what everyone has expected from him. This year has certainly been a disappointment.
With Adalius Thomas's lack of production; and now apparently becoming a cancer to the team can the Patriots just cut there ties with him at this point in the season? Also, how do you think Belichick handled his comments he made in the media yesterday?
Tedy Bruschi (12:10 PM)
Coach Belichick always handles situations with players in house. I think that's the best thing he can do is keep it out of the media on his part. Cutting ties with Adalius now, the Patriots wouldn't get anything for him. Do they try to trade him in the offseason? Or make an example of him to the other players and just deactivate him the rest of the year? That's up to coach Belichick. We'll see what he does, because it's on Belichick now.
Tedy, how would you have reacted in the locker to AD's insubordination?
Tedy Bruschi (12:11 PM)
As a former leader on that team, I definitely would have confronted him.
David (North Attleboro,Ma)
The Patriots have problems on the road and in the 4th quarter. Even if the Patriots win out for the rest of the regular season, would you still it consider it a rebuilding season?
Tedy Bruschi (12:12 PM)
With all of the young pieces they have on defense, I would. But if they win out, the rebuilding on defense can definitely be looked at in a more positive light.
Robb (Cary NC)
Tedy, who should be a vocal leadership role on defense. Is Mayo too young to get them in line?
Tedy Bruschi (12:13 PM)
Mayo's doing the best he can, but he's still only in his second year. There is still a lot he has to learn in terms of leadership. The problem is it seems like Adalius is the most vocal.
michael Destefano (parkland fl)
tedy ...the secondary how do you think they bounce back? you know those guys , also whats up with the Brandons yucking it up in Miami after the Game?
Tedy Bruschi (12:14 PM)
That's definitely a sign of immaturity. Laughing in the lockerroom after a loss is something that rarely happened when I was there. Those young defensive backs will get better as they get more experience. This year is definitely a learning year for all of them.
shriram (chennai, india)
How will BB react to this challenge?
Tedy Bruschi (12:15 PM)
That's a great question. It's clearly on him now. What's he do with a player that publically criticizes your disciplinary tatics? I'm waiting for his reaction myself. It should be stiff.
Teddy, In the past I had heard you say that the fans and the media don't know what is really going on the locker room. From the outside things aren't looking so good right now. Do you think the things that are going on behind the scenes right now are positive or negative? Is all this stuff we are seeing ripping the team apart or pulling it together?
Tedy Bruschi (12:18 PM)
Gary, in the past, I said that, because we kept everything in house. Right now, Adalius clearly is not doing that. So, actually, you fans definitely know what's going on now. This is definitely a negative influence on the lockerroom. I think it definitely does have a possibility of dividing the lockerroom. The fans are getting a realistic taste of the drama going on right now, thanks to Adalius' public remarks. Welcome to an NFL lockerroom.
forget the defensive leaders, what about the team leaders? Should guys like Brady be speaking up?
Tedy Bruschi (12:19 PM)
Right now, anybody speaking out positively would be a good thing. Somebody should step forward and contradict the tone that's coming from Adalius Thomas.
Kevin (Longmeadow, MA)
Teddy,How much of the secondary struggles do you think are the result of a lack of pass rush?
Tedy Bruschi (12:20 PM)
Those two elements of defense go hand in hand. You've heard the term "coverage sack" before. There are also plenty of INTs and big plays in the secondary as a result of the pressure the defensive line gets on the quarterback.
Bill Fletcher (Pittsburgh, PA)
Teddy, How can you explain the teams struggles on the road this season? There struggles on the road have more or less eliminated a chance of a first round bye, and now the team must win on the road in the playoffs. Who do you see stepping up and leading the charge to ensure the team can win on the road in January?
Tedy Bruschi (12:22 PM)
Bill, you win on the road by coming together as a team, accepting the challenge that in your lockerroom this is all we got and all we need. The team versus 75,000 screaming fans. The team versus an entire opposing city. You have come together to face these challenges. Right now, the team doesn't seem like they're together. Maybe that's the reason why they don't win on the road.
Ted, I am a huge Pats fan and know I am in no position to quesiton the Hoodie. But this year he seems to have this "double-or-nothing" 4th down strategy. He did it again last week at Miami instead of a chip shot FG to go up by 10. You can argue (I know, its debatable) that his 4th down calls cost him 2 games this year. What is your take on it all?
Tedy Bruschi (12:23 PM)
Corey, first of all, you're a fan, you have every right to question the Hoodie. Secondly, we all know how we all felt about 4th and 2 in Indy. I also felt he should have took the three points in Miami. This team is defining itself now. Down the stretch, you must assume every game will be close. Take the points, you'll need them.
Hi Tedy. Quick question, knowing Randy Moss, how do you see him reacting to this weeks punishment? He hasn't spoken to the media about it at this point, which is a good thing, but do you think he'll get over it?
Tedy Bruschi (12:24 PM)
Randy Moss was a great teammate for the time I was around him. He worked hard and he has a strong desire to win. Do I feel Randy Moss will accept responsibility? Yes I do. I believe he is a winner and he'll come out Sunday ready to play.
What do you think about the punishment? It was snowing afterall. Deserved?
Tedy Bruschi (12:26 PM)
Hank, you're in Buffalo, you know about snow. Don't you know what to do? The punishment was well-deserved. To get out of slumps, you need to work even harder. If you have an 8 o'clock meeting, you should have been there at 7 a.m. in the first place. Bill has done things like this before, it's just never been through the media. It's always been kept in house. And the message has always been well received by other teammates.
Hi Teddy, I've felt that the team doesn't run enough and sometimes tries to force the passing game, I know that that's primarily where the talent is, but do you forsee them committing to the running game a little more this late in the season?
Tedy Bruschi (12:28 PM)
Amen brother! Run the ball. Especially in the month of December, the Patriots have always tried to re-establish the running game. If they don't try to run the ball against Carolina this week, who is 26th against the rush, Billy O'Brien should have his head examined.
Kyle (Sandwich, MA)
Do you think the Colts and/or Saints will go undefeated?
Tedy Bruschi (12:29 PM)
Saying both teams will go undefeated is mind boggling, so I will pick one, Kyle. I will go with the Colts. I feel like they've had these undefeated streaks before. They've dealt with the pressure. They know what it's like. Having that experience gives them the motivation to finish 16-0.
Adam R (Albany)
Tedy, what do you make of the Steelers after last night's game, in addition to their previous 4: Post- Super bowl season letdown or cause for concern down the road?
Tedy Bruschi (12:31 PM)
It's been a year of adversity for the Steelers. On opening night, they lost Troy Polamalu. That was basically a year long ordeal. He may not return this season. Ben Roethlisberger's off-field problems. Hines Ward calling out Ben publically for not playing. All of these elements equal a team's demise. I respect Mike Tomlin. Down the road I feel him being the coach he is turning this team around for next year, because this year is over for them.
Tedy Bruschi (12:32 PM)
Thanks for all the questions. We'll talk next week!