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Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Posted on: January 15, 2012 9:59 am
 
By Josh Katzowitz

As CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman pointed out in the immediate aftermath of the Patriots destruction of the Broncos on Saturday, the fact that Tom Brady punted late in New England’s 45-10 win seemed somewhat disrespectful.

Even though it was cool to see Brady take the shotgun snap and then use the short punt in such an old-school manner – plus, the punt went 48 yards and was downed at the 10-yard line! – was Patriots coach Bill Belichick trying to insult Denver with the maneuver (especially since the punt incited a short brawl between the squads)?

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Not exactly, Belichick said in his postgame presser.

As ESPN Boston writes, “Belichick explained the team didn't want to face the various punt rushes the Broncos had on fourth down, so the call was for the unusual quick kick.”

Brady said the team has been practicing the play for seven (!) years and the hope was to land the ball inside the 5-yard line, especially since the surprised Broncos defense didn’t have anybody back to receive the punt.

The only other time Brady punted occurred in 2003 when his punt was actually downed at the opponent’s 1-yard line. That was nine yards better than Saturday’s attempt. So, basically Brady is regressing as a punter.

“I’m disappointed we lost that field position,” Belichick joked. “It’s funny, I mean that’s the kind of play we work on forever and you never know when it’s going to come up.”



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Comments

Since: Sep 16, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Obviously the only thing that would make all the whiners happy is if Brady took a knee on every snap in the 2nd half.



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:50 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

What a bunch of whiny babies.

wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, they punted the ball on 3rd down and it hurt our feelings !



Since: Apr 8, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:46 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

i guess no one prayed hard enough to jeebus lol



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

The Broncos should have picked up that ball and run with it ....it was never touched after the Pats walked towards the fight!
 



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:40 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

that was a rub it your face play...why not just run the ball into the middle if you're worried about a blitz and then punted like you do all through the year? It was 45-10 at that point...I dont even understand why Brady was still in the game. We have to win two more games for the Championship why take a chance with Tom in there against a Bronco team that was approaching  headhunting mode. I dont get BB's arrogant attitude sometimes. He's a winner for sure, but doesnt have the class of a Bill Walsh, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll. Same for the hiring of McDaniels, spygate and so on and so on.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Cool!

Gave up on the game right before half here in Europe . . sun about to come up!  But watching this "quick kick" later in the day brought back old memories . . it was in the play book in grade school.
  What wasn't, however, was the cheap shot at the end of the punt . . granted, your team is getting 'smashed in da mouf', but come on guys!  And fines or suspensions don't seem to do the trick in preventing these occurences.  Big boys with little minds.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:37 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

It's a game. Should they have just run up the score more? You must be like Shannon Sharpe. Anti Pats. Manning didn't do it because he got what 25 mill for not playing! He's a class act and it's not up to the QB.



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:35 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

This is nothing new, Elway did it many of times.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

There's always going to be something where Belichick is involved. Whether it'd been ff he had kept playing to run up the score or if they play as expected and Brady gets hurt, if they change QB's...... and so on.

I agree with what someone said earlier, I think it was a smart move and not a disrespectful one, "we are not going to run up the score but we won't make it easy for you either"



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

ok i dont want to hear people saying its a smart play.  Yes i played football and yes we have used this play many times. But NEVER in a blow out game.  This punt is used in a close game, hence why you are trying to gain good field possession.  If you dont want your QB hit then take a knee.  And if your going to complain about a punt block? WHO CARES the Pats were still winning by 4 TDs if they scored there.  All in all that play wasnt to rub in anything but rather to give a laugh to Brady and the team to see him kick a ball. The fight was Von Miller getting upset at teams such as the Pats the Saints and the Packers who have all run up scores this year chasing dumb QB records.  Football is not the same anymore, when I played, if a team threw the ball with a lead in the 4th qtr and not much time, there would be a fight.


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