Let’s just say that you know things didn’t go well yesterday when Mike Reiss is writing columns questioning whether Bill Belichick has lost his fastball.
From a media-watch perspective, the thing that annoyed me so much about yesterday was how for many, the pregame analysis seemed to end at “Brady plays well against Pittsburgh.” If there was further analysis, it seemed to be about Bill Belichick’s record coming off the bye week.
A few expressed concern over the Patriots ability to cover Mike Wallace. Turns out, that was among the least of their problems yesterday. The Patriots simply got dominated, and hardly anyone in the media seemed to see it coming. (Mike Reiss does deserve credit in this area, as he picked the Steelers to win, and their ability to keep the Patriots defense on the field and to slow down the Patriots offense.)
But for most, especially nationally, and locally particularly on the radio, there was no sense that the Steelers could win this one. I expressed my annoyance at the Brady owns Pittsburgh storyline last week, but in hindsight, probably should’ve had more to say on the topic. It seemed pretty clear to me, from afar, that the Steelers were going be fired up for this one. Comments coming from their locker room from the likes of Ryan Clark seemed to confirm that. I didn’t see how the Patriots would stop a wide-open offense. I guess I should start making my gut instincts more public week-to-week, if only to get on the record, and have more of a leg to stand on when being critical of pregame analysis.
Let’s run down some links from this morning:
Ten Things We Learned Sunday: Patriots secondary is now a primary concern - Christopher Price looks at what to take away from this game.
This road loss shows they can only go so far - Greg A Bedard says that this team has a fatal flaw – talent.
Downright offensive - Mark Farinella has the Patriots totally out-executed and outclassed yesterday.
Steelers feast on weak Patriots secondary - Tom E Curran has the Steelers happy to talk about their gameplan and what they did to burn the Patriots defense all afternoon. (Good stuff)
Patriots’ offense strikes no fear - Karen Guregian has the Steelers confirming that the “Brady owns LeBeau” talk fired them up.
Maybe the Pats are setting them up for the kill - Jim Donaldson says that the Patriots were clearly just lulling the Steelers into a major case of overconfidence for the next time they play them.
Kevin Faulk takes big role in 2011 debut - Ian Rapoport has the veteran back returning to action yesterday, a theme shared in the Globe notebook by Shalise Manza Young and Monique Walker and in the Patriots Journal.
Why Dale Sveum is a candidate to manage the Red Sox - Alex Speier looks at the former third-base coach for the Red Sox.
Mackanin gets first interview - Peter Abraham has Phillies bench coach Pete Mackanin the first candidate to be interviewed.