It took us an extra day but trust us, it’s worth it: here’s your Patriots-Steelers recap. JJ and I spend a good 45 minutes discussing, well, just about everything that happened Sunday from Dick LeBeau’s change in strategy, to the athletic cornerbacks who now allow him to do it, to Ben pulling a Brady and taking the short and intermediate throws (featuring the tight end, no less), as well as the stellar play of the offensive line.
More than that, this victory had very little to do with the stars aligning and was more a function of the Steelers now having the personnel to compete with the Patriots on every play. That’s not to say Brady won’t get hot and beat them, but he can’t just have an okay afternoon and expect to waltz to a 20-point win, especially not with that Pats’ secondary.
Which led us to a long segment on demystifying the Legend of Belichick’s Brain. There’s no arguing that he’s a great coach, but he doesn’t seem to be much of a general manager, at least not lately.
Note: we taped this Tuesday morning so we hadn’t yet heard the PG report that Woodley wouldn’t play against the Ravens, nor did we know that Manny Sanders will have to have his knee examined. (Manny also lost his mother Tuesday — thoughts to him and his family.)
Okey doke, let’s get to it…