Everyone knows the huge challenges that any team faces when they go up against the New England Patriots. No challenge is greater than facing one Mr. Tom Brady. Coach Ryan was not short on his praise of Tom this week when he was asked about him:
When you look at him, you can almost say he’s a machine back there. The thing about him is he’s a machine, yet he’s passionate and a fiery leader and all that type of stuff, so you wish he was just a machine. His competitive side elevates his team as well. That’s what you get in those once-in-a-generation type quarterbacks, that he’s just a special guy. Somebody was telling me before we played them that they had, I think they were going for a record, maybe got it against us, with over 350 yards or something as a team. What for like 500 games in a row or something like that, I don’t know what it is, but it just seems like it. You look at the numbers and (say) hey, they’re struggling in this. They’re fourth in the league in this category. So, that’s something that we really take advantage of.’ (laughter) When you look at them offensively, (he) doesn’t get sacked, they don’t turn the ball over, they lead the league in points, rushing is in the top five. It’s like, man, I don’t know.
He also talked about the familiarity factor in getting ready for the Patriots once again:
I think it’s valuable in the fact that you played against a lot of their personnel. (Julian) Edelman, obviously has had a much bigger role, will step up, and I’m sure will have a much bigger role now that (Rob) Gronkowski is out. We’ll see how that changes. They have five tight ends on their roster. They have all these wide outs and then they have three running backs. Each guy brings different things to the table, but you’ve played against them. Brandon Lloyd, I’ve played against him, so you’re familiar with your opponent. Will they put him in different spots? They probably will, but at least you’re familiar with the opponents you’re going up against.
It is a good move for Rex to not be tweaking the Patriots this week. He really has no place to do so, as he has enough to deal with when his team is 4-6. Be sure, however, that Rex will have his guys ready to go. They know how big this one is.