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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)?

Pats dominate Denver
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: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:32 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

people are so babish anymore..they punted on 3rd down cause they knew they could a 1st down anytime they wanted maybe they should have scored again?..grow up only losers would think this was a bad play..



Since: May 26, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:31 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

What a pussy you must be. Take a nap, junior.



Since: Jul 7, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:27 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Pretty darn cool? Who cares either way the game was over and the punt was meaningless. 5th grade talk as well? If you are that easily amused you need to quit drinking and save a few brain cells



Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:26 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

yardog, it is very simple,the ref blows it dead so the other team just does not stand there and run out the clock



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

It was not a smart play, it was a rub in your face play. If you want to protect Brady up 35 points with 4 minutes left you put in your backup. Having your QB punt the ball on 3rd down is a F U play. Someone probably talking lots of smack on Denver all week they did it to be punks. I thought it was funny. But smart not at all. Smart would be sitting your franchise QB....



Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:38 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

The YMCA analogy is priceless!!!  Good one!!!  That is right on.  Cool



Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:29 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

So many people do not understand football.  This was a smart football play.  It saved the Pats from a blitz on third down AND a fourth down punt attempt and it pinned the Broncos back in their own territory.  This made perfect sense.  That's why they keep practicing it...to use in situations like this.



Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:25 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

The fight had nothing to do with the quick kick, heck John Elway punted against Cleveland its not a rookie move. The fight had to do with miller into the back of  #63 Dan Connolly. Funny thing is all Dan did was shove Miller back twice and he was done. That is fair retaliation for a cheap shot in the back. Dan was never in scrum on the video he just stands there and walks slowly in that direction.  




Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:04 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

You should have your post traumatic embitterment disorder looked at. Hear that knocking? It's la migra. Go, Mex.



Since: Sep 18, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Seems to me a player of Brady's caliber shouldn't feel he needs to one up a basic rookie in a rout. You don't see Peyton Manning feeling that childish.


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