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  1. shmessy

    shmessy Maude Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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  2. HEY BRO! WHAT UP?

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    That was a really good article by Ross Tucker.
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    Thanks, shmess!
    I'm one of those who missed your link the first time around.

    I had expected Tucker to do more here.
    Still don't know why he didn't.
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    Bella*chick Addicted to the light

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    That's a really great read. Thanks for linking....I would have totally missed it due to my ignoring the media thing.
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    I still don't know why identifying the Mike linebacker is so important in this scheme. I'm guessing it's because he's the center of the defense, so if he's off to one side the "57 is the mike!" call is a shorthand message to the blockers of some sort, but I'd love to have a detailed explanation.
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    I too had missed your first posting on this. Thanks, great read from an ex-pat!
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    Thanks for the link! Very nice to read. Great insight and specific examples to back it up like what Belichick would say and what makes Brady a great leader.
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    Ross Tucker has been a really good addition to SI. I hope he writes more pieces from here on.
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    Wow, great article............... No wonder those guys would eat glass for Brady. Thanks.
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    Made me LOL a little.
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    Did Tucker get a ring with the Pats? I sure hope so!
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    bump. GREAT read.
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    My guess would be that it is related to something a color commentator (I believe Collingsworth) said about the Patriots line protection: they will often split their line and have 2 lineman block one side, 3 the other, and leave a gap in the middle, to be filled by Faulk on a blitz block or left open for Brady's passing lane / escape route.

    Identifying the mike would be the key to figuring out which way the line will split.

    On running plays, the mike is usually the first linebacker that needs to get reached by the offensive lineman, either in zone-blocking when working through the playside double team on the tackle, or in man blocking where a player, usually Koppen, is assigned to him.
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    I was glad when Tucker signed here during the '05 season, and was looking forward to having him on the '06 roster all season. I felt that he brought the combination of versatility, nastiness, intelligence and experience not seen here since Grey Ruegamer left after the '02 season. Naturally, I was disappointed when he was traded to the Browns during the '06 TC.

    Tucker's article illustrates some of the reasons why BB is so respected by his players: he does not bullshyte them or lie to them; he gives them whatever respect they deserve; he lets them know where they stand, and what they need to do to improve; he doesn't try to be their friend; he puts in in places where they can maximize their strengths, and minimize their weaknesses; and he makes them feel that each one of them is integral to the success of the team.

    Add all that to the stability of ownership, front office and field staff, plus the allure of TB, and it is understandable why some players are willing to accept something less than maximum wages to come here, and stay here.
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    Not to take anything away from this great article, but Chris Price talks about the same things in his book, The Blueprint :)
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    There is nothing new or groundbreaking in this article. But since it's a puff piece, people will pretend it was a spectacular piece of writing. None of this stuff is new. Brady is a great leader, Bill Belichick is the best game planner ever, Pioli is always looking ahead. It's all been talked about ad naseum. That said, the recent spat of pro Patriots articles is a welcome relief from the drivel that's been smeared around SI/ESPN/Newspapers all season long.
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    With all of the ex-players cramming every corner of sports media, somehow only Ross Tucker has hit on the one thing he can offer that no non-player can: a little glimpse of what it's actually like to play on an NFL team. (His piece on realizing his career was over was amazing.) Good writer, too--nothing fancy but clear and compelling. Here's to a long post-football career!
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    Good lord, loosen up.

    It was a nice article. Thanks, Shmessy, for posting the first article around here in what seems like months that was actually worth reading.

    Maybe the fanboys will take a hint about what consititutes a interesting article. Not. :D
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    Of course there isn't. But "new" and "groundbreaking" aren't the only criteria to judge an article -- or a book, movie, or for that matter football team. ("Ho hum, stuffed the runner at the line for no gain. Seen that before a hundred times.")

    Tucker wrote a nice piece about the experience of playing for the Patriots. I enjoyed it. Why not?
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    A view from someone who'd played for the org makes the points more viscerial. Much better than 95% of the inane threads posted.
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    Ross Tucker is a good guy. He co-hosted on a Sirius radio show when one of the regular hosts was out for the day, his inflection isn't the best for radio but he seems like a smart person and is an excellent writer.
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    That's a really great article.

    Each of the 5 points is one we already knew. But on 4 of the 5, there was additional detail or support I did NOT know.

    That's awesome for a single column.
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    He's a Princeton grad...
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    That piece was the best SI or ESPN article I have read all season concerning the NFL.
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    The Brady portion is just another in a long list of affirmations in my belief that Brady is a football genius. I've read a handful of Pats books, but not all of them out there, so maybe there are chapters of those books that go into depth about his magnificence at reading a defense, audibling and making the right throw. If they haven't done so already, I hope BB, Weis, McDaniels and company provide some author with extensive detail about various plays Brady worked to perfection.

    Regards,
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    A story - an old colleague of mine was on a flight with Kiki Von Oloffsen(god knows if I spelled that right). This was about three years ago. If no one remembers, he's the guy that took Carson Palmer's knee out. Apparently, a great guy. It was at the point where he had left Pittsburgh for the Jets. He and my work pal were at the point where Kiki was showing him play formations of the Denver Bronco's run plays with plastic forks and knives. They got to BS'ing and a couple things that surfaced from the convo and A#1 was that he said Tom Brady was EASILY the best QB in the NFL and 80% of the reason the Patriots were as good as they were. He went on to say that Manning's success was a little more a product of the system, but Brady was the smartest and best leader in the NFL. He also went on to say that Big Ben was incredibly immature and needed a lot of wising up before he became one of the good ones - I believe this was about a year before he flipped his motorcycle.

    Not for nothing, but from the mouth of an NFL player. Not sure if Kiki is even playing these days, apparently had bought a construction company in the Seattle area and that's what he was going to be doing post NFL.
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    It's Kimo, but I do not know exactly the last name.

    I recall a story a year ago or at the beginning of the season where an unnamed ex-Pat was minimizing the character and wanting to win angle and said that the difference between the Pats and everyone else was Tom Brady.
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    One story that really made me understand how special Tom Brady is is Rodney's story from Three Games to Glory DVD 2003.

    In the SB, after Rodney broke his arm and snuck back onto the field, he was sweating bullets about winning the game. Ty Law told him not to worry about it. "we got that guy," he said pointing to Brady.
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