Thursday, September 28, 2006

Will Pats Fans Have to Choose Sides?

As the football season progresses, it will be interesting to see how the New England Patriots and Tom Brady handle the less than stellar receiving corp. issue. At the moment, from a media standpoint, Tom and the lack of receivers are the hottest story for the team other than analyzing the weekly match-ups.

Boston media loves to start drama and controversy since it brings in money and “certain” reporters have slightly huge egos. It will be interesting to see how Belichick handles Tom’s well being with the media. We all know that Bill never wants to talk to the media and gives as little information as possible. Brady, on the other hand, is the star QB and talks to the media regularly.

In the future, if the Pats start losing (which is doubtful), could there ever be dissention in the ranks? Could Brady come out against management and say they never had a chance since they didn’t bring back their receivers? Who do the other players side with?

Now, how do the fans and media handle this? The fans have always said “In Bill We Trust” and have always backed Brady. Who will they choose?

From the media’s standpoint, which side are you going to take? The coach, who is bland, gives one-line answers and never shows his cards or the quarterback who is open, a down to earth, approachable person who shows some emotion.

I know this theory is a stretch, but if the Sox are quiet this fall, which is possible, the Pats are going to move to center stage in the Boston sports scene. The media is going to find or make an issue like this relevant to local sports fans.


At 12:41 PM, Blogger Bob said...

I tend to side with management when they decide a player is not worth what he thinks he is. But it does seem like they failed to fill in the blanks. Reche may become a great receiver, but he's being asked to do too much too soon. And Troy is old reliable but the key word there is old. I certainly don't blame Brady for being upset that he has no one open downfield. What happened to the vaunted two-tight-end set that was supposed to let them run or pass at will?


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