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Keenan McCardell
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Keenan McCardell

A Pro-Bowl wide receiver who was drafted in 1991 out of UNLV.

The Pats Will Rally

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Tom Brady's injury will have a major impact on the Patriots, but don't count them out quite yet. This a veteran team that's going to rally and come back. How? Defense and coaching.

Bill Belichick is a genius at D. He's going to go to work in his laboratory and come up with a plan to get his squad to play well, maybe even better. This is the kind of injury that brings a team closer. When I played for the Jacksonville Jaguars, in 1997, we lost quarterback Mark Brunell to a knee injury during preseason. Coming off our Cinderella '96 AFC championship run the loss could have deflated the team. It didn't.

Instead the locker room rallied together and we won the first two games behind backups Rob Johnson, and Steve Mathews. It was rough, but as a player, you understand that football is about injuries. You pick up your game to help the new guy. Roles change, you circle the wagons, but it brings everyone together.

In the case of the Patriots, watch for running back Laurence Maroney to step up his game. Belichick will give Cassel the ball and tell him: just don't lose the game. Brady's leadership will still be there on the sidelines to guide his back-up. The Patriots will pull together and ride their all-pro defense into the playoffs.

By Keenan McCardell  |  September 8, 2008; 11:11 AM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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That Jaguars team only lost brunell for 2 games, which doesn't really compare to losing brady for the entire year. Also, coming off an afc championship run, they ended up getting killed in the wild card game, so that season on the whole must have been a disapointment.

The Patriots still have a great OL, RB, WR's, and defense so they should be pretty good, but I think this loss should take them out of the talk for another Super Bowl run.

Posted by: Ted | September 8, 2008 2:28 PM

Keenan, I wish I could share your optimism. I do think the Patsies will be OK on offense. They turned sixth-rounder Tom Brady into Superman, why should we expect any different from career backup Cassel? However, to think they can rely on their defense is... well, not very smart at all. They only got older and slower in their LB corps during the offseason, and they lost Asante Samuel to free agency. They have some significant holes on the defensive side of the ball.

Posted by: Jonathan | September 8, 2008 2:44 PM

Keenan McCardell blogs for the WaPo now?

Posted by: ...the hell? | September 8, 2008 5:12 PM

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