It’s amazing how people overreact – and I say this all the time. Fans care more about their teams than players do. I mean, fans go crazy, they go nuts, teams lose and yet I can assure you that Brady will be in the south of France within 48 hours with his supermodel wife. Fans go nuts and they overreact and I get it – it’s part of being a fan because you’re all very emotional and everybody sees the world through the eyes of their team.
But if you look at all 4 games this past weekend, it’s not hard to figure out what they all had in common. The QB who had more time to throw, won each game. Take the Seattle/Chicago game for example. In the 2nd half, Hasselback couldn’t do anything. Then in the final 6 minutes – when Chicago is playing miserable defence, suddenly Hasselback – same guy who couldn’t do anything, “oh he’s great now!” He was going up and down the field.
Ask yourself what you do for a living. Are you a fork lift operator? What if your boss said “I’m going to give you 60% time, and I want the exact same efficiency” You couldn’t do it! If I said to you – and you’re a dentist “you don’t get 26 minutes with his teeth, you get 16 minutes” you would be sloppier! Do you really believe tomorrow – if I could take Brady or Sanchez, I’d take Sanchez over Brady? Of course not!!! Yet that was 90% of the bbm/texting I was getting Monday morning.
Brady was pressured; Sanchez was never sacked and rarely pressured. Brady 5 sacks and often pressured, facing a Jets defence. Sanchez had to face a Patriots defence, no sacks, rarely pressured. That’s why he looked like the better QB. What do you bet next week, when Mark Sanchez faces the Steelers – windy, on the road, facing the best 4 linebackers in the league who lead the NFL in sacks. What do you bet next week; Mark Sanchez doesn’t look as comfortable as he did against New England’s defence? Want to make a bet? Money to charity?
It’s amazing how many people overreact “Oh Sanchez is…”First off; I’m the biggest Sanchez fan in the world. I’ve been defending him for 16 weeks. He’s got an “it” quality that’s hard to explain to people who don’t have an “it” quality, he’s got “it”, whatever it is. So I’m the biggest Sanchez believer in the world. That said, I’d still take Big Ben and Brady over him, I’d take Aaron Rogers over him, I’d even take Matt Ryan over him!
But when you give Sanchez 5 ½ seconds to throw, with no pass rush – and let’s be honest, athletically a pretty average New England defence that is pretty young in the back end, “Sanchez looks great, he looks unbelievable!” What do you bet next week, when Aaron Rogers has to play in Chicago and its 7 degrees, against his chief rivals and faces up against Lance, Briggs, Urlacher and Julius Peppers, and he doesn’t look as good as he did on Saturday in a dome, with hours to throw? Now, I still think that Green Bay is better than Chicago and I think Aaron had the best game of his life. What do you bet next weekend, he’s not as good as he was Saturday? It’s amazing how people overreact!
You are going to be better if you have more time to do something. If you’re a newspaper reporter and you get an hour to write a story or you’re on deadline and you got 19 minutes. You’re going to write a better story when you have an hour than 19 minutes. So this past weekend – so why did Flacco and Big Ben, why did neither one of them look great? Because they were being chased for their lives all day Saturday!
You know Big Ben, made one great play in that game – it was an unbelievable throw down the field, I mean that’s just classic Big Ben, that’s who he is. I guess it’s why – in big games, I’d take him over anybody except Brady. Some would argue – and I said this Friday, some would argue that Big Ben is better in big games than Brady. But why were Flacco and Big Ben largely ineffective? They were running for their lives!
So everybody on Monday morning is claiming “Rogers is the greatest ever, Brady is terrible, how about Sanchize…” Slow down, take a deep breath, I’m going to make a prediction on this rant. That Rogers and Sanchez, though they may win, won’t be quite as effective next week as they both face elite pass rushes in cold windy weather and they face much better defences. The Jets are @ Pittsburgh, Packers @ Chicago, I think Green Bay is better than Chicago and I’d probably lean Pittsburgh. But what do you bet that Sanchez and Aaron Rogers don’t put up the same numbers? I seriously try not to overreact.
But seriously though, is there any fan in US/Canada that doesn’t overreact? Have we literally become a nation – it’s like in politics, when you watch political television and listen to political radio, don’t you always make fun of it? I mean, I do because you’ve got the wackado’s to the left on MSNBC and the pit bulls to the right on Fox. Can’t anybody have a reasonable opinion about that guy in Arizona who shot people and admit he’s a wacko? It’s not a conservative thing, it’s not a liberal thing, he’s not conservative or liberal…he’s a wacko!
Can’t anybody be in the middle? Can’t anybody be centrist on anything? This is preciously what has happened in sports radio! “Brady is terrible, Rogers is great” or “Sanchez is better than Brady” Again people, slow down. What if Rogers goes out next weekend and just gets beat up – because let’s be honest, other than Clifton (the tackle) Green Bay’s offensive line is average, it’s an average offensive line. So what if Rogers goes out next weekend, under constant duress and loses? What does this past Saturday mean? Nothing!!! It means nothing at all, in a year we probably won’t even remember it.
So, take a deep breath, it’s the playoffs, I thought all 4 teams that won did so because they got more pressure on the opposing QB than they allowed on their own QB. That was the one constant thread the whole weekend. The teams that won put a ton of pressure on the other QB and gave their QB, in most instances, really nice protection. Although I wouldn’t say that Big Ben had nice protection because it’s the Ravens.