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Bruschi can't run anymore

Posted on: August 30, 2009 11:59 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2009 12:05 am
 
Old and slow in the NFL means it's time to go.
Tedy Bruschi is the latest example. Bruschi, the longtime New England linebacker, will announce his retirement Monday. He's been a try-hard, effort player for his entire 13 seasons in the league, but it was quite evident the past couple of seasons that the game had passed him by.
He was too slow for the way the game is played now.
Did you see him try and keep up with Redskins tight end Chris Cooley on the long pass in last Thursday's preseason game? It was sad.
Bruschi never had great speed, but he made up for it with his awareness and his toughness. But in recent years, after suffering a minor stroke in 2005, he hasn't been the same.
The Patriots had to know this. Bruschi did too, which is probably why they both agreed to this arrangement.
I used to say I'd take 22 Bruschis for my starting group. OK, 21. Not the quarterback. But you get the point. He was a relentless player and a class act.
He will be missed.
But from a football standpoint, his time had come.
Old and slow, and you must go.
Category: NFL
Tags: Tedy Bruschi
 
Comments

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2009 4:21 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

Wow Pete, you kind of get the message that EVERYONE thinks you should be the one retireing?  Bruschi was a class act, true football player, three time SB winner, and you write him off as just "too old, too slow, gotta go.  You'd think that after 13 years in the trade he could get a bit more respect than that, it's not like he's Brett whats his name, and NOT retireing, it's not like he only went to the SB thru the front gate and watched, and did we mention "came back from a stroke"?  You have the ability, just don't know why you tried to be flippant about it, you should have written a piece that was deserving of the man and his accomplishments.  TO BAD!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2009 4:10 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

Enjoy those 3 asterisks, i mean SB rings, Bruschi...



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2009 4:10 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

Prisco maybe you should consider retiring since you seem to be sour and full of hate!!!  Jack ass!!!




Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2009 3:43 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

You guys are babies... here.. I cut and paste some of the things Prisco said in his story.. First the compliments.. then the so called "insults"


"He's been a try-hard, effort player for his entire 13 seasons in the league"  --- pretty good compliment.

"Bruschi never had great speed, but he made up for it with his awareness and his toughness"  --- also a good compliment

"I used to say I'd take 22 Bruschis for my starting group. OK, 21. Not the quarterback. But you get the point. He was a relentless player and a class act"  --- a great compliment

"He will be missed"  --- a great compliment and show of respect.


Now, for the terrible "insults" you're all balling your eyes out about.

"Old and slow in the NFL means it's time to go" -- It's true ! Really !!!!

"the game had passed him by" -- also true. He's been a non issue on the field for the last 2 years at least.

"He was too slow for the way the game is played now" -- 100 percent correct once again. He became WAYYYY too slow.

"In recent years, after suffering a minor stroke in 2005, he hasn't been the same"  -- Another true statement. Do you not agree?

The had to know this. Bruschi did too, which is probably why they both agreed to this arrangement - also true.

Old and slow, and you must go --  When you're old and slow and a linebacker in the NFL,, YES,, YOU MUST GO !!

There is nothing Prisco wrote that was rude, or wrong for that matter. You guys make this site unbearable sometimes. If I didn't like the site as much as I do or if there was another site that in my opinion and for what I need was adequate, I would disappear in a second rather then read the crap some of you people post on these boards.

It's almost like most of you lack something in your life. You take the time to read an article written by a guy you despise just to rip him, ignoring 90 percent of what he wrote and looking for 10 percent of the bad that you can complain about.

Another writer yesterday wrote about Tavares Jackson and how he's cheering for him and hoping he knocks Favre off and takes over the starting position. Jackson played through his little boy having 2 heart surgeries last year and he probably won't live a very long life. So he actually writes a nice feel good article and all people did was act like punks in response... just like you did with Prisco's.

If you don't enjoy CBS,, get lost.




 



Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2009 3:22 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore-Leave it to Prisco

Nice to see Prisco is still a classless Patriot hater.  Nice backhanded compliments. 



Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2009 3:19 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

Did you see him try and keep up with tight end on the long pass in last Thursday's preseason game?i saw the game that they played on friday night...maybe you should retire too if you cant even get the facts straight. 



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2009 2:45 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

It is a sad day.  This is the retirement of a man whose attitude was what you would want every player in the NFL to have.  On the field, he was a ferocious, but never dirty, competitor.  Tedy Bruschi never slacked, never griped, never did anything except give his best on every play--and never tolerated less effort than that from his teammates.  He passed up bigger money to stay with the Patriots.  He, with Rodney Harrison, Willie McGinest and Mike Vrabel, were a constant inspiration to the other players around them.  Now he and Harrison are retired; McGinest still hopes to catch on somewhere after having been cut loose by the Browns; and Vrabel plays for the Chiefs.

The 2003-2004 Patriots had the most incredibly deep corps of linebackers ever assembled by a team.  Starting were Bruschi, Vrabel, McGinest and Roman Phifer.  Sitting on the bench were Rosevelt Colvin and Ted Johnson, men who would not only have started on any other team in the league but either of whom would have been the best linebacker on many teams.  Behind them were Matt Chatham, Larry Izzo and Don Davis, any of whom would have started for some teams.   Only Vrabel and Izzo remain now as an active player, but that was an amazing group. 

In a 3-4 defensive scheme, the whole defense is built on the linebackers.  It is they who will make most of the tackles on running plays, going to the point of attack to seal the hole quickly and make the hit.  It is they who wll get most of the sacks on passing plays as they blitz from as many angles as possible; Peyton Manning probably still sees Vrabel and McGinest in his nightmares.  It is they who back up into what look like seams in the defense to take away passing lanes; Chad Pennington's nightmare game was the 2003 game in which Bruschi and McGinest intercepted what looked like safe outlet passes, jumping what were supposed to be the routes that couldn't be jumped.  The 2003 team had one of the great defenses of history, one that compared witih the Steel Curtain at its height or the 1985 Bears.  The linebackers were the heart of that defense, and Tedy Bruschi was the heart of the linebacking.

After the Super Bowl win in the 2004 season, the Pats were on top of the football world, having won the last two Super Bowls, and three of the last four, with that world-class linebacker corps.  Suddenly Tedy had that stroke, and a dynasty was unmade.  That defense was never the same again.  Phifer was cut. Johnson retired unexpectedly, as concussions had taken an untold toll on him.  Early in the 2005 season, Rodney Harrison had the first of the series of injuries that would start his decline as a player.  The 2007 team would have a great run and get within a minute of a fourth Super Bowl title, but that was a team that lived on its offense; the defense was good but not great.  Tedy was still playing acceptably, but he was making it work with smarts and determination; he was several steps slower than he had been when he was one of the two or three best inside linebackers in football.  Another piece of his continuing effectiveness in 2006 and 2007 was that the Pats had another past-his-peak inside linebacker who had been even better than Tedy in his prime--Junior Seau.  Neither could really play a full game any more, but each could, for about a half, still be very good.  Every so often you could still see the Tedy of 2003 or the Junior of 1994. 

The same was going on in the backfield with Rodney Harrison.  The Rodney Harrison of 2004 would have picked off that pass from Eli Manning to David Tyree or at least have hit Tyree so hard that his lights went out and the ball came free.  But the Rodney Harrison of 2007 was not the Rodney Harrison of 2004.  He played that play well.  He delivered a pretty good lick on Tyree and got his hand on the ball, as much of a play as one could ask of him--it just wasn't good enough and the Patriots lost the Super Bowl, the last Super Bowl in which that defense was identifiable as the defense of 2004.

Tedy and Rodney still had all the heart and all the intelligence they'd ever had then and last year.  But their bodies were slowly giving out, and couldn't give any more.  At a distance, Willie Mac was still doing the same with the Browns--he still knew every play he should make, but there was always one step missing that had been there before. It was time for them to retire.  But I hate it.  I wish I could still see #54 and #37 ranging the field, smashing ball-carriers, sacking quarterbacks and intercepting passes. I wish #55 were still making those game-cinching plays, either Willie Mac or Junior or both of them.  But that era's ended.  It's up to a new generation to take it over, make the plays and win the games.  Adalius Thomas, Jerod Mayo and Brandon Meriweather have been handed the baton, and it's up to them.



Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2009 2:01 pm
 

Your a stupid ass

Why was this article even posted. Tedy youll be missed your a stand up football player that every young athelete should admire.



Since: Aug 3, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2009 1:56 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

I saw Bruschi last weekend at the Ice Cream Machine in Cumberland RI.  I am serious about that.  I was wondering why he was eating ice cream the day after a pre-season game.   



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2009 1:20 pm
 

Bruschi can't run anymore

I thought I was insulting him....


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