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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: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

I am no fan of the pats and some of the questionable things that they have done in the past. However, I don't have a problem with that play.

 It is about field position in a game where they were up by 5 tds.  I think that if they tried to throw another bomb there, with 3 mins left,  they would be running up the score. At least they gave the ball back to Denver, and were likely looking to get Brady off of the field. What if he converted 3rd down, and got hurt on that play or during a meaningless drive? Or have the punter come out, face a serious rush and get injured?  Then you don't have a punter for the AFC champ game. I think that there was more strategy involved here than trying to rub salt in a wound.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:26 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

I just think the scribe who pawned this garbage off as news is really not very educated about football.
That seems more obvious than anything else related to this. The writer does not understand competitive football. He maybe ought to write about Diva Fashion.





Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Brady punting there was a smart play. And pretty darn cool. Disrespectful? That's going no huddle while up 35 and scoring 3 more touchdowns.  The reason a Broncos player didn't pick up the ball and run it back was that the offical standing there stopped play after the ball stopped moving. Maybe the Broncos should have stopped the Patriots from scoring 45 points instead of resorting to cheap shots like Von Miller did.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:20 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

You know Tebowmania is officially over when something like this becomes a point of discussion.



Since: Apr 13, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:16 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

You need to understand the rules of the game.




Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:10 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Even when the Broncos start a slap fight they lose. They chase after the Patriot player's and then get side stepped like a matador while they fall sheeplessly to the ground like Tim Tebow hitting the kneeler at church. Well good news Folks. The Rapture is NOT occuring and the end of days is not yet upon us here in 2012 as Tim Tebow has fallen from the heavens and back into reality. I swear, I would have started to believe in all that "end of the world" crap for this coming december had the Broncos won the SuperBowl. But now that the world's axis has realigned itself and all is right and I dont have to watch church with my football no more. 



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:09 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Yardog59...Denver couldn't pick it up because the ref had whistled the play dead at 2:56 once the ball stopped moving.  So it was downed, even though no Pats touched it.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Pro sports are played to win that is all. 



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:06 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

I fail to see how giving the ball back to the other team one down sooner than you otherwise would have is disrespectful.  I would understand the argument if they had thrown a long bomb to the endzone to try and jack up the score more with only a few seconds on the clock... but a punt?  Sure, there's no return opportunity, but there's also more time on the clock than if you ran one more play first.

If you want to debate the whole 'why was Brady still in' or 'why were they still throwing it sometimes' things, whatever.  I mean, those arguments have been done to death, but I understand at least where they come from.  But bagging on them for literally giving the ball away?  That makes no sense to me at all.



Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: January 15, 2012 12:05 pm
 

Brady's punt: disrespectful or pretty darn cool?

Texas A&M is one of the college teams I follow, but even most hard-shell Aggie fans will tell you that Von Miller is sometimes a knucklehead. He's a great player, one with huge potential who didn't disappoint as rookie. But, if he's going to be a leader on that team for years to come, he needs to learn to harness his rage, especially when frustrated. Still, he's just kind of programmed that way. Great player, not the most impressive of people.


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