Tedy Bruschi on D&H: Tom Brady deserves MVP consideration
|12.16.14 at 7:43 am ET|
ESPN NFL analyst and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi joined Dale & Holley Monday afternoon for his weekly interview to discuss Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins game, as well as looking ahead to the postseason. He also talked about Tom Brady as a possible MVP candidate. To hear the full interview, visit the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.
After the Patriots started 2-2, many were questioning the future of the 37-year-old Brady and if he was fading with age. Brady has certainly put an end to that discussion with the Patriots winning nine of their last 10 games, and Brady playing some of the best football of his career.
Brady is currently sixth in the NFL, passing for 3,847 yards, fourth in touchdown passes with 32 and has thrown just eight interceptions all year. With his play and the success of the team, Brady has drawn serious consideration for his third career NFL MVP award.
“I think Tom is, maybe with [Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay’s loss in Buffalo], and the way Tom is playing now, he’s got to be up there at one, if not two in voting in terms of that voting,” Bruschi said. “Metamorphosis is great. Just telling people what is important. September isn’t important anymore in the NFL. You get down to November and December and you see that surge and that play and what he does for the team. I definitely, definitely [give him] MVP consideration for everything he’s done this year.”
The Patriots’ running attack has been different from week-to-week it seems, especially with LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray of late. Gray led the way Sunday rushing for 62 yards on 11 carries (all in the second half) to lead the team in their win over the Dolphins. Moving forward, and in the postseason, Bruschi would like to see Blount get the bulk of the carries.
“Blount. I want Blount leading the way,” said Bruschi. “I think that Gray would stay focused if they brought him off the bench. I think it’s just he’s young. He doesn’t know what type of football he’s about to venture into. I just want Blount — as a defender, I would rather the Jonas Gray and rather tackle him as a linebacker than Blount. I know what Blount is bringing. I know how hard he is to tackle. Don’t get me wrong, Gray has shown flashes of that and I think he has a bright future, but for the short-term future of this team going into the playoffs, I want Blount holding that rock right now.”
The defense is currently playing their best of the season, especially in the second halves of games, not allowing a second half touchdown in the second half in four games. They have outscored opponents 54-6 in the second half of those games. In the first halves of games over that span the defense has allowed an average of 228.75 yards. In the second half, those yards go down by over 100, as the defense is allowing just 114.25 yards.
Bruschi said the unit is playing as well as some of the defense’s he was apart of in the mid-2000 Super Bowl years with the team.
“Starting to see championship levels of execution,” Bruschi said. “You know, the way they do different things and the plays they make. How differently they have been attacking certain teams, and every single challenge that they’ve had — whether it’s a stiff running attack or stopping a running attack, or a receiver that needs to be doubled, so many different challenges they’ve stepped up to the plate and done it to where I am looking and I see something that is familiar. I really do.
“It seems like this team is together, emotionally too. It seems like they are on the same wave length. A lot of teams in the past the feeling in the locker room was always good, it was always built on the team. Almost friendships and relationships and I think you start to see that with this team that it is very similar to some championship defenses that I was apart of. Very excited for this team, some of the players on this team and the opportunity that they have.”