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Old 12-30-2011   #268
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Default Re: Wade IS More Valuable Than Kubiak

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Originally Posted by GP View Post
We can do extraordinary things when adrenaline is flowing and we know something big is on the line. People lifting cars off of trapped people and stuff.

I wonder if TJ Yates had a car lifting experience when he led us to the win over the Bengals? Then...with the pressure off, the playoff monkey dislodged from our backs, he plays "down" to his competition for two weeks. Nothing huge is on the line, per se, other than a first round bye. But still, if there's no edge to walk on...then maybe he hasn't found that Tom Brady or Drew Brees-type killer instinct yet.

What I mean is that Tom Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe in what I think was either the end of the reg season or the first playoff game or something. So he HAD to be "the man" the whole way to the Super Bowl. Tom Brady, IMO, had the "stuff" for sure...but the element he was thrown into, the greatness the moment required of him, it helped make him this legendary beast that defenses fear. And just like in Batman, the bad guys act way different when facing Brady than facing Drew Bledsoe.

TJ Yates is facing that same sort of situation.
Actually Tom Terrific took over for Bledsoe late in the second game of the 2001 season. LINK
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The Patriots opened the season with a 2317 loss at Cincinnati, with Bledsoe as the starting quarterback. Their second game, and home opener, on September 23, was against their AFC East rival, the New York Jets. Bledsoe was again the starter, when in the fourth quarter he suffered internal bleeding after a hit from Jets linebackerMo Lewis. Bledsoe returned for the next series, but was replaced with Brady for the Patriots' final series of the game. New York would hold on to win, 103, and the Patriots fell to 02 on the season.[22]
Brady was named the starter for the season's third game, against the Indianapolis Colts. In his first two games as starter, Brady posted unspectacular passer ratings of 79.6 and 58.7, respectively, in a 4413 victory over the Colts (in their last season in the AFC East) and a 3010 loss to the Miami Dolphins.[23]
In the Pats' fifth game, Brady began to find his stride. Trailing the visiting San Diego Chargers 2616 in the fourth quarter, Brady led the Patriots on two scoring drives to force overtime, and another in overtime to set up a winning field goal. Brady finished the game with 33 pass completions on 54 attempts, for 364 yards, and two touchdowns.[24]
Even he had a learning curve early on. And this was his second year with the Pats. He was not a rookie like Yates when he was thrown into the breach.
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