Patriots fans will be psyched to hear Tedy Bruschi praise this team.
Patriots fans everywhere were enthused about the team’s workmanlike performance on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Cam Newton embodied a “Do Your Job” attitude, taking care of the football, controlling the game’s pace, and unleashing his dangerous rushing style over and over until it was most paramount for him to use his top speed. The team was punched in the mouth exactly once, when N’Keal Harry fumbled out of the back of the end zone and the Dolphins scored in the wake of the error, but Newton marched his team right down the field once more and extended the margin.
Was it a lower-level opponent? Sure. But it’s OK to get excited.
Bruschi’s favorite thing of all about the effort was the return of center David Andrews to full strength, who Newton shouted out mid-game, too, during his touchdown celebration.
As Bruschi put it during an appearance on WEEI’ Ordway, Merloni & Fauria:
"“What was real and what you can know is going to be there for you every single week is I was just so impressed with the dominance of the interior in terms of [David] Andrews, [Joe] Thuney, [Shaq] Mason, you see Isaiah Wynn out there throwing people around. The offensive line was just great in my opinion in terms of how they ran the football and Cam being able to do the things that he did. Just the movement that they are getting. When you’re watching from the sideline view and you’re watching on TV, and you just see the line of scrimmage move two yards. I think there’s real potential in this group. Andrews being back is just great. I think that’s real.”"
This weekend against the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football will be a battle, but Bruschi described the core elements of every winning football team that should have Patriots fans excited about their foundation, no matter the opponent.
Hence, the unbridled enthusiasm.