Losing SB 46 is NOT AN OPTION for Patriots
posted at 2/4/2012 12:03 PM EST
Make no mistake about it. SB 46 is not just a matter for revenge, building legacies, or winning a championship. What's at stake Sunday is whether the Patriots will continue on their wonderful run, which began in 2001.
Unlike the veteran group which fell short in SB 42, this Patriots' team is comprised mostly of young players, who have yet to reach their prime. A win Sunday will instill confidence, and a winning mentality amongst their core young players such as Patrick Chung, Brandon Spikes, Jerod Mayo, Brandon Deaderick, Devin McCourty, Aaron Hernandez, Gronk, Nate Solder, Sebastien Vollmer, and Stevan Ridley. It could carry the Patriots onto another championship run over the next few years...and likely will encourage BB to stick around a while longer.
This from Tedy Bruschi:
Specific to Coach Belichick, I think back to that 2001 championship team and some of the young players that were there, and how it turned them into consistent championship players. If they defeat the Giants in Super Bowl XLVI, you see the potential of that happening with this group. Yes, you have veterans like Brady and Vince Wilfork
leading the way, but then you think about Rob Gronkowski
, Aaron Hernandez
, Jerod Mayo
, Devin McCourty
… a player like Patrick Chung
, is he your Lawyer Milloy
? The potential for another run is there: http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/page/bruschibreakdown-0202/super-bowl-2012-bruschi-breakdown-patriots-vs-giants
But, can you imagine how losing to the Giants again
would impact this team? Do any of you really think that the scars from that awful SB loss four years ago have completely faded on Tom Brady, Vince Wilfolk, Wes Welker, and Logan Mankins? Since that game, the Patriots have had trouble winning playoff games...going one and done in 2009 and 2010, before this season.
History shows that the losers of a SB don't bounce back well the following season, and usually fail to even make the play-offs. If that holds true, than a loss would point to the Patriots not winning a championship in next season, either...and leave them limping into 2013 with a 36 year old Tom Brady, trying to catch lightning in a bottle, one last time.
No sir. Make no mistake about it...for so many reasons...revenge, the sanity of their fan base, the BB/Tom Brady legacy, and the future of this franchise, losing SB 46 is not an option
Get it done, boys! "If we are not victorious, let no man come back alive!"
General George S. Patton, Jr.