Parallels to the Pats '01 season...
I was just looking at some of the stats from the 2001 Pats and I noticed a lot of similarity between their season that year and our season this year.
The previous season they were the division's bottom dweller at 5-11.
We were 1-15.
They started the season slow at 3-4, then exploded to 11-5.
We started 2-4 then went to 11-5.
Their pass attack, lead by 1st year starter Brady, was all about short, high percentage, and efficient throws and lead by a cool and confident QB.
Our pass attack is very similar...short, high percentage throws and lead by a cool and confident QB.
Their rush attack was very average.
Our rush attack has been average for the most part, but with talent like R&R and the Wildcat, we have the ability to be explosive at any moment.
Their defense was the classic "bend, don't break".
Ours is similar...we give up yards but most of the time, not the points. The biggest difference here is that we have a much better pass rush than they did. Let Porter sniff some blood, talk some trash, and let him loose.
Special teams is pretty much even from what I can see...stat wise at least.
But most of all, if you remember, the team was made up of a bunch of nobody's that worked well as a team. They were tough and gritty...not all of their wins were a work of art, but they got them. All that matters is finding a way to win.
I'm not really one for assuming what will happen today based on the past...but in this case if history is any indicator, we have a great shot. The Pats flew under the radar that whole post-season and got no credit. Kind of like us, right? Well that under the radar team won the Super Bowl.
We can do that.
We can do this.
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