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shawnrbu

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Record is 65-85, what can I tell ya?
The record for the most consecutive .500 seasons is 21, set by the Dallas Cowboys from 1965 through 1985.
The headline is wrong about the Pats having the most consecutive winning seasons. Cowboys hold the record at 20. Pats can match that record in 2020.
 

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That was one of the worst non-interception games Brady has ever had, most incompletions he ever had in a first half. But they still won (and beat a winning team). Partly because he threw no interceptions.
 

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not to be too much of a kiss ass, but watching how bad these teams look on my screen right now, it really is amazing how consistently awesome the Pats have been.
That's the Jedi mind trick of the entire Belichick era: getting players who are still humans to not think about the past but to live entirely in the present and near-future. They focus only on what they can control, and always put the team first (or are cut with zero drama, AB excepted). It's amazing given how rarely those qualities are found in humans, that one person can consistently motivate, like, a cast of 100 always-rotating big-ego athletes to do all that.

I guess you'd have to call Tom Brady's health as a twin miracle of the era, but really, none of that matters if they can't protect him really well most years, get receivers open most years, have consistency in the kicking game most years, yadda yadda. There are other coaches who rarely beat themselves, e.g. Harbaugh and Carroll, who nevertheless can't find a way to have success year after year with no interruption - it's still dependent on roster and a bit of chemistry luck. The last time Belichick had a roster problem he couldn't solve adequately was probably 2009.
 

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That's the Jedi mind trick of the entire Belichick era: getting players who are still humans to not think about the past but to live entirely in the present and near-future. They focus only on what they can control, and always put the team first (or are cut with zero drama, AB excepted). It's amazing given how rarely those qualities are found in humans, that one person can consistently motivate, like, a cast of 100 always-rotating big-ego athletes to do all that.

I guess you'd have to call Tom Brady's health as a twin miracle of the era, but really, none of that matters if they can't protect him really well most years, get receivers open most years, have consistency in the kicking game most years, yadda yadda. There are other coaches who rarely beat themselves, e.g. Harbaugh and Carroll, who nevertheless can't find a way to have success year after year with no interruption - it's still dependent on roster and a bit of chemistry luck. The last time Belichick had a roster problem he couldn't solve adequately was probably 2009.
And they still went 10-6 that year.
 

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That was one of the worst non-interception games Brady has ever had, most incompletions he ever had in a first half. But they still won (and beat a winning team). Partly because he threw no interceptions.
And also only got sacked once.
I put this in the game ball thread, and while its an indictment of the line (and maybe the receivers), Brady's ability/willingness to take incompletions to avoid sacks is a big deal.
 

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And also only got sacked once.
I put this in the game ball thread, and while its an indictment of the line (and maybe the receivers), Brady's ability/willingness to take incompletions to avoid sacks is a big deal.
Indeed. I had an Eagles fan buddy riding me about the incompletion record, after Wentz had taken 4 sacks in the first half. I just had to laugh.
 

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I like to remind people occasionally that the last time that the Pats ended their NFL season without winning more games than they lost, Bill Clinton was president.
One of my favorite lines is that the Patriots have not played a game in which they were not alive for a postseason berth when the game started since something like November 2000.
 

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It's crazy. I remember back in the day, when with 3-4 games left, I'd scour the tiebreaker rules to see what needed to happen to make the playoffs. Now every year its what needs to happen to secure 1 seed. The mindset is so spoiled not sure what I'll do if/when the Pats aren't on top.
 

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It's crazy. I remember back in the day, when with 3-4 games left, I'd scour the tiebreaker rules to see what needed to happen to make the playoffs. Now every year its what needs to happen to secure 1 seed. The mindset is so spoiled not sure what I'll do if/when the Pats aren't on top.
I know, every time I see these insane winning stats they've piled up I keep thinking back to the 1994 team that needed to win 7 in a row just to sneak in. I have this hazy memory of being in a bar late in week 16 absolutely living and dying as Seattle almost beat the Raiders (back when Seattle was in the AFC), which would have taken the pressure off the Pats in week 17.

They hadn't been to the post-season in 8 years. That appearance was a big deal! Now, the only big deal is the Super Bowl. Which is great, but still feels weird.
 

BaseballJones

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And also only got sacked once.
I put this in the game ball thread, and while its an indictment of the line (and maybe the receivers), Brady's ability/willingness to take incompletions to avoid sacks is a big deal.
Agreed. But he SHOULD have been picked at least once and easily could have been picked twice. He got lucky on a couple of balls.

He hasn’t had a lot to work with but let’s be honest: he hasn’t played his best football, not by a long shot.
 

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Agreed. But he SHOULD have been picked at least once and easily could have been picked twice. He got lucky on a couple of balls.

He hasn’t had a lot to work with but let’s be honest: he hasn’t played his best football, not by a long shot.
That's fair. But we shouldn't lose sight of what having a poor OL does to a QB with his particular skillset. It's not just that he's old. He's about picking apart the defense with both his arm and his mind. Even a below average OL robs him of much of the latter.

Then add to that a total inability to run the ball. Then add to that a mediocre receiver group.

Any guy of his type would have a bad year in the current environment. Seems to me that making risky throws kinda comes with the territory. Wentz was similarly lucky this weekend with INTs and those bad throws were caused in part by the same factors (bad OL play, meh receiver play).