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  1. tedylb

    tedylb Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Rumors of Bruschi's demise are premature. Despite the opinion of many on this board that Tedy's washed up, he's still a valued contributor. By the coaches count, #54 leads the team in tackles with 98. Did you see his huge deflection on fourth down on the goal line against Miami?

    The D is much improved in the red zone, & I don't think he coaches would keep Tedy in there if he is the liability many here think he is. Plus you have to factor in his intangibles-he's still an inspirational leader who refuses to lose in the hat and T-shirt games. Maybe he can't cover and fill like he once could, but I'm glad he's on our side.
     
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    sanvara Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Is that you Tedy?
     
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    Hell, she-coaches wouldn't even keep him in there if he were a liability. You're right, he's not, was just tickled by the typo.

    PFnV
     
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    He WAS a liability in the first 10 games. Everything the realists were saying about his play , IMHO, was true then.

    His play has improved dramatically down the stretch. This is one of the most optimistic signs for the playoffs.
     
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    tedylb Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    Nah-just a wannabe in my dreams.
     
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    His play declined this year, schmessy. But who do we have who we could sub in? I know! Alexander! um... Lua? Where's Freddie Roach... I know I left Roach around here somewhere, oh wait that was A roach...

    Anyway, if Tedy has 4 "super" good games in him this year, I want them betwen now and February, thanks.

    PFnV
     
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    If the Patriots finish 19-0 the more realistic scenario is that Tedy decides to retire at the pinacle of a long storybook career.

    It wouldn't surprise any of us to see others in the LB corps and on the team do exactly the same thing. No one including Tedy is kidding themselves that he and others are in the prime of their career - and we all acknowledge that as a member of an LB rotation as well as his intangible leadership qualities there certainly a place for him on the team next year.

    But like last season Tedy will contemplate retirement and if the team finishes 19-0 I'd have to think he'd lean heavilly towards walking off the field having helped his team reach the true zenith of his sport, having achieved something no team in the history of the NFL ever has before.

    That's how I'm looking at it rather than worrying about Tedy making the cut next pre-season.
     
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    There is no doubt that over time, his playing time will lessen...but he will still be a part of teh Pats D.
     
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    I agree, he has played alot better and is peaking much like Rodney. Tedy has been very good in coverage.
     
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    People forget how much guys like Tedy and Rodney LOVE TO PLAY!!

    I don't think 19-0 will prompt nearly as many retirements as some of you do.

    Michael Jordan went out at the top on purpose, and made a fool of himself because of his regret. It seems that most athletes since, at least in US team sports, have learned from his lesson.
     
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    Tedy contributes to this team in a way that cannot be calculated in stats. Putting some young stud in his place might give us a few extra tackles but I do not think that will make up for the greater void in the team's make-up that we will see when he leaves.

    Plus he's playing next to a guy who is almost 40 years old and looking pretty damn good. Tedy undoubtedly knows what it will take to stay competitive for a roster spot for as long as he wants to play and I think he'll have a spot on this team for as long as he wants to keep earning it.
     
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    tedylb Third String But Playing on Special Teams

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    I am a big fan of Tedy, he is my favorite Patriot, SO I off course hope he will not stop playing for a few more years. But whenever he does retire, I really hope he will return to the pat's staff in some other form, as a coach/trainer/spokesperson, something.
     
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    sieglo In the Starting Line-Up

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    Has Tedy's play declined a bit? Yes.
    Is he still valuable, possily irreplaceable, depth at LB in BB's complex sceme? Yes.
    Does he still love to play the game of football? Yes.

    Ergo, Tedy won't be going anywhere for the next couple years.
     
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    We'll find out if they go 19-0. Don't forget, beat up bodies do start to complain loudly at a certain point and there is the added risk of becoming a cane or walker case for the rest of their lives.

    I lean toward him retiring but it won't surprise me to see him come back in a limited role. In a way the limited role also does solve the problem of the beating the body would take under a full load.

    It would be kind of funny, actually, if the "elderly" statesmen like Tedy and Junior decided to come back even if they won it all. Knowing that they can win it all again might influence them. Knowing that the team is really just starting to peak might be an influence. It's possible for them to be part of teams that win more rings than any other team in history. That is possible. That might be a lot of fun even in a limited role.
     
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    Sure, we could have brought in Alexander. Bruschi has definitely lost two steps. And yes, he does have a place on the team, with greatly reduced reps, if he wishes. Seau is a feak of nature, and the patriot in the best physical shape. Don't make believe that Bruschi is the same. I think it very likely that Bruschi will retire. And no, the final record is unlikely to make the difference.

     
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