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    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcon...boys/stories/101407dnspocowsider.31a51f3.html


    "Bledsoe is closer to Brady than he is to Romo. Most of that has to do with when their careers intersected. He said Brady is "playing as well as anyone I've seen in a long, long time."

    But Bledsoe said he feels a sense of pride with both.

    "I'll follow both of them in their careers," Bledsoe said. "I feel like a bit of a mentor."

    Like any good mentor, Bledsoe won't come out and declare who he thinks will win today's game. But you get a hint of where his loyalties lie when you ask the name of his flag football team.

    They are the Patriots."
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    i always liked Drew (for sure one of the best 2-3 qb we ever had) and i am not surprised to read it
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    Its just a shame he didnt devote to developing his game, and love football just a little more... He could have been something special, but he was class here and always will be..
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    Nice piece. Drew's the man.
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    Yep, if he had really had the fire in the belly that Brady and others like him had, well, who knows? Even without the fire the guy did some special things.

    He really didn't love coming to camp though. He dreaded leaving home to come here. He's one of those outdoors types that feels best doing the outdoors thing.
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    Fellers,

    My biggest complaint about the Bledsoe years was not so much him. It was that the team rarely had a line good enough to keep him upright. there were some excellent O linesmen, but not enough at any one time to make a great O line like we have today. Whenever Drew had time, like Brady has these days, he could beat any team out there.

    And yeah, I had some complaints about him, but he very much is a class guy, and I still respect him a great deal for the way he handled things his last year here.

    Respects,
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    Drew was a great QB and I was always very impressed how he handled both the Brady and the Romo situations. The only complaint I ever had about his gameplay was his statuesque nature, with Brady if someone gets close he at least has a chance to avoid it, but with Drew it was a sack 99 times out of 100.

    I'll never forget him comin back in and leading us to the Superbowl against the Stealers.
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    I admire Drew and what he did for this franchise.

    That being said, I cannot agree with your characterization re: his OL protection.

    Brady had the very same OL in 2001. The greatest difference that EVERYONE noticed when Brady took over during the season was how QUICKLY Brady made his decisions and got rid of the ball compared to Bledsoe. It was as stark a difference as night and day. Brady made (and still makes) his OL look better because he's a quicker reader/thrower.
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    NIce to hear Drew is doing well. A class guy.
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    when was Drew a 'good' mentor exactly? in between jabs at management and pouting?
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    What ever happend to Eugene Chung? Anyone?:singing:
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    there was 1 moment (when we were up against GB in the Super Bowl) that i thought he would have given us the first ring; but, infortunately, 'that' moment disappeared

    still, again, i always been a # 11 fan and i would hv loved he could hv retired as a New England Patriot

    still today: grazie Drew
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    No offense, but it would be a rare Oline who could have ever protected him sufficiently, something neither Brady or Romo have or will have consistently in their careers. Each stepped in and took over behind the same supporting cast Drew couldn't do much of anything with, and made it to the playoffs or beyond. It's kinda like the old saying with the Lord...he helps those who help themselves. Given all day most any NFL QB will succeed, and the guys who command highest paid at their position status can't really expect a team to have truckloads of cap or cash to devote to proping them up.

    Maintaining a viable relationship after they replaced him had at least as much to do with the personality and temperment of the guys replacing him, and the HC's managing them, as it did with Drew. He didnt make a huge public scene, but behind the scenes he was a little less standup than he will likely always get credit for being at least around here. Like he said, he was a bit of a mentor to each, but not much more.

    That said I'm glad he is happy in retirement from the NFL, and finally had the sense to pass on any more phone calls. He never had any interest in being anything but a #1 starter, and he hasn't really been a viable enough one to hold that position to anyone's benefit for several years.
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    I agree...he really helped to make the Patriot team what they are today...with Parcells and Kraft, they saved the organization from collapse and a move. You have to give him that...
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    You and Mo have thankfully covered the OLine rumour, so I will just add that we have never had consistent OL play for Brady except in 2001 and this year, so far.
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    Please, no more excuses for Bledsoe's archtypical pocket cluelessness. That aside, I'm glad to see him enjoying retirement with his family. He's a family guy and he certainly has the financial resources to do whatever he wishes with his life.
    Live long and Prosper, Drew.
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    I've always liked Bledsoe. Aside from the non-existent scrambling skills the dude has a cannon for an arm and can read the field well.
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    You had me right up until the last clause.
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    Had Max Lane and Todd Rucci not been knocked on their asses on several key occasions, who know what Drew would have done in that game. It was embarrassing to watch two OL's get knocked back on their butts in the most important game of all.
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    true.
    on that game i have never forgotten a beautiful Drew pass to Terry Glenn. wow...i was excited...
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    i agree totally with you too

    he created hopes (surely to me; i started to think: the Pats could start to win games)
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    I did not say he could read the field amazing, or exceptional...I said well. You don't get over 44,000 passing yards without being able to read the defense...
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    Re Bledsoe and weak O-line:

    Puh-leeze. When DB got knocked out, our buddy Borges predicted that Brady would have worse fate than Bledsoe because he would not ba able to stay unpright. He was wrong, of course. It was about pocket awareness and decision-making.

    I go back to the Jets game in 2001 when TB kept getting rushed, the team changed its style at halftime, and we won in the second half as my biggest eye-opening game on TB.
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    Bledsoe for a few years was a great quarterback. Overall, he was a very good quarterback. He came in with high expectations, and the first few years it looked like he was going to meet them, but he just didn't (for bledsoe to have met his expectations, he had to turn out to be a top 5 qb of all time..thats how high our expectations were of him).

    He made football exciting in this region during the 90s. Brady has made football incredible in the 2000s.

    Sure, he might not have had the dedication/passion to turn his skills into one of the game's greats, and that was his choice. Most of us don't have that passion (in whatever we do). Thats not a fault of his, its just not a plus.

    I dont think there's ever been a player, in any city, who took out full page ads (in both major papers) thanking the fans & the team, while the player was on their way out of town because he'd lost his job to the backup. Thats class.
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    He was far less that perfectly classy when he pouted and distracted the season he was replaced.

    Still, it's all forgivable. He DID keep it quiet enough not to cause big problems. And he DID play well enough when he was needed.
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    Brady is the best Pat qb... ever.

    Bledsoe isn't.

    Still have a soft spot for Bledsoe though.

    He did have some good years imo...
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    I will never forget those full page ads that Bledsoe took out when he left. He was a class act. Bledsoe was a stud here for a few years and he was exciting as hell to watch when he matched up with Marino in a shootout. Bledsoe is the one who really brought me into Patriots fandom. I always loved the Sox but the Patriots were a joke when I was growing up. But seeing this young kid slinging the ball around was exciting and he reminded me of Marino who I always liked.

    It still breaks my heart to see Desmond Howard returning that kickoff in the Superbowl. I still think we could have won that game if Parcells had his full attention focused on us rather than on his next stop.

    Seeing Bledsoe come in for an injured Brady in the AFC Championship game is a moment I will never forget. I remember him running and getting hit in almost the same exact way that knocked him out earlier in the season and he popped right up. There is a comment on the 3 games to Glory DVD I think where they say it was like he had just woken up from that first hit and everything in between was a dream.

    Then he threw that touchdown pass to Patten in his typical frantic nature. Then I remember him crying at the end when they won. That was a helluva moment.

    Thanks Drew, I wish ya the best.
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    Drew was the QB of my first ever Superbowl team as a football fan, that's not something a guy forgets. :D
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    I appreciate Drew for "being there" and setting the table for Brady. It was hard to go through the lean years of the early 90's so I'll credit him with giving me hope after dismal times. I'll remember him fondly for that.

    That said................ He ain't Brady.
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    Well he did not play that well against Pitt, it just was lucky that Joey Porter or Kenddrick Bell I cant remember who, did not hold on to that ball Drew threw in the AFC title game...

    He did keep quiet, but Im sure he was bitter, but he could have done a better job of working on his game like I said, in that Mo Lewis game, he was dreadful and was not much better the week before against Cincy...
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