Re: 1987 49ers Analogy with 2010 Pats
posted at 1/22/2011 7:21 PM EST
When you win a lot of games in a row, its inevitable that you are going to get high on yourself...inevitable that you start believing that you are the better than what you might be...especially for a young team.
2003 Pats were a veteran team...a lot of those players went through 2002, the year we failed to make the playoffs after winning the Super Bowl previously. The core of that group were also on horrible Patriots teams, and some in that Super Bowl loss to the Packers.
Middle of the season this team had something to prove after the trade of Randy Moss. We were written off. I remember going into the Steelers game this season thinking we are not in the same class as the Steelers, we'll probably lose. The Pats came out with emotion that night trying to prove the doubters wrong. By the time the playoffs came along, ADMIT IT, a lot of people were thinking that the Jets are not in the same class as the Pats. I have a feeling some of those players felt the same way, whether they admit it or not.
This isnt the same Pats team that has gone to 4 Super Bowls the past decade. For the most part, this is a team that hasnt won any playoff games. But people still perceive us as the team that has won meaningful games. The Jets have won 4 more playoff games than us the past two seasons. They should be considered the class of the division.
BB took the pictures down for a reason. Assuming this is a mentally tough team. This loss was for the better. I dont think the Jets wouldve beaten us if we didnt embarrass them 45-3.
No such thing as failure, just new lessons learned. We are usually at out best after our worst. Think about it, after breaking up with a girl or whatever, you almost feel better than ever after the sting. Well I hope this offseason stings a lot for our players. I hope they dont get over it. And I hope the failure empowers them to greatness.
2011, we have a lot to prove. The team can go 16-0 in the regular season and people will still doubt this team due to the recent playoff failures. That is a good team. This team wasnt ready to be the hunted, so we are back to being hunters. Im excited about next season. I believe we will have a worse regular season, 14-2 is hard to do...but I truly believe that come playoff time, this team will perform.