He helped keep Pats in Foxboro

He helped keep Pats in Foxboro

There are 42 comments on the The Sun story from Apr 18, 2007, titled He helped keep Pats in Foxboro. In it, The Sun reports that:

Drew Bledsoe may not have led the Patriots to any Super Bowl championships, but it can be argued that without the quarterback, the franchise may have moved from Foxboro years ago. via The Sun

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bledsoefan

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Apr 18, 2007
these words are so true--Bledsoe singlehandedly kept the Patriots in Foxboro and was responsible for much of their success--he should be recognized for this--his number should be retired by the patriots
another bledsoe fan

Salem, NH

#2 Apr 18, 2007
This is not entirely true; Drew did win a super bowl for the Patriots. If he did not come off the bench in Pittsburgh and play the way he did there would never have been the first super bowl win by the Patís.

Also he did not come out and whine about losing his starting job to Brady he was the consummate team player.

So thank you drew for all you did for us in New England I know I will miss you.

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#3 Apr 18, 2007
Drew was part of the new era that turned the Patriots into what they are today, Super Bowl contenders. Thank you Mr.Bledsoe
Chad

United States

#4 Apr 22, 2007
People in New England treated this true professional with much disrespect. He was the face of the organization in the early 90's and turn the team around, how many forget that before Bledsoe, the NE Patriots were pathetic.

He deserves more respect than what he has gotten from the New England Pro Brady, screw Bledsoe fans!!
Phil

Riverbank, CA

#5 Apr 22, 2007
Drew Bledsoe was a better than average QB who always started out good and went downhill from there. It was true in New England and again 2 other times.

Although what is being said here may be true (I do not know) and he is responsible for the Patriots staying in New England, there is little question that Tom Brady earned the starting job and has performed at a higher level. Last year, 2 to 1 ratio for TD's to Interceptions. Consistently high percentage of completions and TD's as well as a high QB rating.

Drew Bledsoe's had one or two years equal to Tom Brady on QB rating, but never on the TD ratio to interceptions. And points is what it is all about.

Since: Mar 07

Bethlehem, PA

#6 Apr 29, 2007
Chad wrote:
People in New England treated this true professional with much disrespect. He was the face of the organization in the early 90's and turn the team around, how many forget that before Bledsoe, the NE Patriots were pathetic.
He deserves more respect than what he has gotten from the New England Pro Brady, screw Bledsoe fans!!
Good point. Remember when the Patriots were being sent to Iraq? Those werent fun times. Haha. Oh, and try living near Philly during that time with all those retarded Eagles fans (if thats what you can call them).
bledsoe fan ma

AOL

#7 Apr 29, 2007
Phil wrote:
Drew Bledsoe was a better than average QB who always started out good and went downhill from there. It was true in New England and again 2 other times.
Although what is being said here may be true (I do not know) and he is responsible for the Patriots staying in New England, there is little question that Tom Brady earned the starting job and has performed at a higher level. Last year, 2 to 1 ratio for TD's to Interceptions. Consistently high percentage of completions and TD's as well as a high QB rating.
Drew Bledsoe's had one or two years equal to Tom Brady on QB rating, but never on the TD ratio to interceptions. And points is what it is all about.
you still don't know what you are talking about---Brady benefited from the Bledsoe years---Bledsoe filled the seats for 9 years way before Brady did

MKM

Since: Apr 07

Brockton, MA

#8 Apr 29, 2007
I don't want to read anything that puts Bledsoe down. He was a class act when he played in New England and deserves credit for the way he handled himself while here. Say what you will about him not being a good quarterback but remember he was the start of something good in New England. Yes, Tom Brady took over and deservedly so but Bledsoe helped direct him down the road to New England's first Superbowl by being a mentor.
Phil

Riverbank, CA

#9 Apr 29, 2007
bledsoe fan ma wrote:
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you still don't know what you are talking about---Brady benefited from the Bledsoe years---Bledsoe filled the seats for 9 years way before Brady did
That's always the way it is. That fact doesn't change anything I've wrote, and oh by the way, I do know what I am talking about. I have written actual statistical data, and you have never done so. Only an idiot believes something just because they want it to be so. It is not taking away from Bledsoe to stay that Brady has done better. It is a fact, but a fact that does not address whether or not Bledsoe contributed to Brady's success. However, in Dallas, not one could make that augument. He was faltering badly and Romo with the same crew did much better.
Phil

Riverbank, CA

#10 Apr 29, 2007
bledsoe fan ma wrote:
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you still don't know what you are talking about---Brady benefited from the Bledsoe years---Bledsoe filled the seats for 9 years way before Brady did
Although I doubt you can actually understand what is written there, try going to the NFL site and see what Brady has accomplished before you try to dismiss it as being nothing.

I am not a Patriots fan, but only someone completely ignorant would treat Tom Brady's accomplishments lightly or try to say it's because of what his predecessor did.
bledsoe fan ma

AOL

#11 May 5, 2007
Tom brady is a great player no question but so is Bledsoe. Bledsoe has led the patriots, buffalo and even the cowboys in stats. Plus you still don't get it--you can't measure everything he did for football by just stats alone--he brought passion, excitement, dedication to football. He brought class and respectability to the game in a time when the unacceptable actions of players has become the accepted.

also dallas's record was the same the past two years
Phil

Riverbank, CA

#12 May 5, 2007
bledsoe fan ma wrote:
Tom brady is a great player no question but so is Bledsoe. Bledsoe has led the patriots, buffalo and even the cowboys in stats. Plus you still don't get it--you can't measure everything he did for football by just stats alone--he brought passion, excitement, dedication to football. He brought class and respectability to the game in a time when the unacceptable actions of players has become the accepted.
also dallas's record was the same the past two years
Bledsoe was fired by three different teams and three different coaches. Not too many players can say that. If you like him, fine. Like him then. I use to like Danny White, never great, but I liked watching him play. But I get irritated when people try to put down Brady or Romo and the only reason is they won the job when Bledsoe had the job. It isn't right. As I've said before, Bledsoe was better than average. He had a good long career. I never saw the class everyone talks about, but that is fine. I would have considered it class if he supported the young QB, which I never saw. But I understand, he was a competitive guy, and that is good.
bledsoe fan ma

AOL

#13 May 6, 2007
players get let go ALL the time and many times in one's career--he could have stayed as a back up but chose not to--also if he hadn't gotten a life-threatening injury he would have stayed as the quarterback in N.E.--

yes NE has had great success, I wouldn't say that about Buffalo--what has Losman done? they let go Bledsoe too soon--

and we'll see about Romo--it was just a lousy way Parcells dealt with Bledsoe--they didn't give Bledsoe a chance to redeem himself--plus you have to look at the whole picture--he's probably glad he is away from TO--

MKM

Since: Apr 07

Brockton, MA

#14 May 6, 2007
bledsoe fan ma wrote:
players get let go ALL the time and many times in one's career--he could have stayed as a back up but chose not to--also if he hadn't gotten a life-threatening injury he would have stayed as the quarterback in N.E.--
yes NE has had great success, I wouldn't say that about Buffalo--what has Losman done? they let go Bledsoe too soon--
and we'll see about Romo--it was just a lousy way Parcells dealt with Bledsoe--they didn't give Bledsoe a chance to redeem himself--plus you have to look at the whole picture--he's probably glad he is away from TO--
So true!
Phil

Riverbank, CA

#15 May 6, 2007
bledsoe fan ma wrote:
players get let go ALL the time and many times in one's career--he could have stayed as a back up but chose not to--also if he hadn't gotten a life-threatening injury he would have stayed as the quarterback in N.E.--
yes NE has had great success, I wouldn't say that about Buffalo--what has Losman done? they let go Bledsoe too soon--
and we'll see about Romo--it was just a lousy way Parcells dealt with Bledsoe--they didn't give Bledsoe a chance to redeem himself--plus you have to look at the whole picture--he's probably glad he is away from TO--
Well, actually no, it isn't true. He had a career QB rating of 77.
He had 251 career TD's, which seems high until you consider that
is stretched over 13 seasons. Still it would be high except in the
same period, he had 206 interceptions. That is a little poorer than
a 5 to 4 ratio, the worse ratio of any QB with as many years in the
league as Bledsoe. Basically, he could never sustain. He would do
well for a year or so, and then he wouldn't. The great QB's may have
bad games, but overall their ratio's, wins, TD's ... all of that is high. Bledsoe was one of those guys who got yards, but then gave it away ... and he did that a lot more than he ever didn't give it away. This is why he couldn't keep the starting job, not because of an injury. If he was better than Brady, he'd have kept the job. And since he was unwilling to play back up ... well, there you have it.

And as far as TO goes, he'd most likely have kept his job in Dallas if he had chosen to use the team's star receiver. He chose not to, and it bit him when Romo did.

MKM

Since: Apr 07

Brockton, MA

#16 May 7, 2007
Phil wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, actually no, it isn't true. He had a career QB rating of 77.
He had 251 career TD's, which seems high until you consider that
is stretched over 13 seasons. Still it would be high except in the
same period, he had 206 interceptions. That is a little poorer than
a 5 to 4 ratio, the worse ratio of any QB with as many years in the
league as Bledsoe. Basically, he could never sustain. He would do
well for a year or so, and then he wouldn't. The great QB's may have
bad games, but overall their ratio's, wins, TD's ... all of that is high. Bledsoe was one of those guys who got yards, but then gave it away ... and he did that a lot more than he ever didn't give it away. This is why he couldn't keep the starting job, not because of an injury. If he was better than Brady, he'd have kept the job. And since he was unwilling to play back up ... well, there you have it.
And as far as TO goes, he'd most likely have kept his job in Dallas if he had chosen to use the team's star receiver. He chose not to, and it bit him when Romo did.
Well actually it is. The way Parcells dealt with him was lousy and who wouldn't be glad to get away from a head case like TO? Spare me with the stats.
benfromma

Mattapan, MA

#17 May 7, 2007
Dear Phil,
I am really writing to try to understand your hated of Bledsoe. I do not believe that his career is Hall of Fame, but to listen to you he would have been one of the poorer QBs ever to play the game. I can think of two QBs that played longer than 13 years without really doing any research that had lower rating and a worse TD/INT ratio.(Testaverde,Steve Grogan)Before people write in I really like both players and they were class acts as is Bledsoe. You stated that by the numbers Brad Johnson was a better QB and while I agree that Dallas made a wise decision in picking him up he could never have started in New England in those early years. Bledsoe was perfect for that team he lead to the Super Bowl in 1996.(a gunslinger type was needed not a bus driver type like Johnson). QB is a game of style Bledsoe was born to late if he had played 10 years eailier he may have been one of the best, but clearly the game has changed into one of quick reads(he doesn't do it well) from one of the long pass.(does it well) Phil what you fail to understand QB is not only about numbers, the fans of New England remember the poor play of Millan, Hodson, and Zolak the year before Bledsoe and remember the tremendous upgrade of play after he arrived and his class. Bledsoe is not Brady, Manning, Montana,Elway, or Marino, he was good QB who had many memorable moments in the NFL.
Phil

Modesto, CA

#18 May 8, 2007
benfromma wrote:
Dear Phil,
I am really writing to try to understand your hated of Bledsoe. I do not believe that his career is Hall of Fame, but to listen to you he would have been one of the poorer QBs ever to play the game. I can think of two QBs that played longer than 13 years without really doing any research that had lower rating and a worse TD/INT ratio.(Testaverde,Steve Grogan)Before people write in I really like both players and they were class acts as is Bledsoe. You stated that by the numbers Brad Johnson was a better QB and while I agree that Dallas made a wise decision in picking him up he could never have started in New England in those early years. Bledsoe was perfect for that team he lead to the Super Bowl in 1996.(a gunslinger type was needed not a bus driver type like Johnson). QB is a game of style Bledsoe was born to late if he had played 10 years eailier he may have been one of the best, but clearly the game has changed into one of quick reads(he doesn't do it well) from one of the long pass.(does it well) Phil what you fail to understand QB is not only about numbers, the fans of New England remember the poor play of Millan, Hodson, and Zolak the year before Bledsoe and remember the tremendous upgrade of play after he arrived and his class. Bledsoe is not Brady, Manning, Montana,Elway, or Marino, he was good QB who had many memorable moments in the NFL.
And if you've read my posts, you should know that I have stated time and again that Bledsoe was a better than average QB. What irritates me is the way people posts slams against Brady and Romo, simply because they won the job and Bledsoe lost it. I would rate him a B+. Testaverde I also did not like, but his numbers were better than Bledsoes. I don't know much about Steve Grogan.

I am not a fan of the Patriots. I am a fan of the Cowboys, and was not happy about either of them being brought in to play there. The Cowboys have a history of developing their QB's not hiring other teams cast-offs. Having said that, I do realize the game is different today with free agency, but I still was not pleased.

I don't hate Bledsoe. But I did not want him playing for the Cowboys and I really did not like his attitude when he got benched. I thought Parcells was VERY patient with him, and I was irritated that Parcells was keeping him, out of what seemed to be a personal relationship. When he made the change, it was apparent that we were right to feel that way. And he OWED support to the TEAM and he should have done everything in his power to help in WHATEVER role he had. Then at the end of the season and after he was no longer obligated, he could move on if he wanted to. But that is not what he did, and that definitely colored my impression of him.

And I agree what statistics are not the end all and begin all of everything. However, statistics are the only thing that is concrete and measurable. Two QB's playing for different teams in different eras, no the statistic doesn't mean everything. But it does mean something. And when the QB's played for the same team and with the same coach and with the same team mates,... now the statistics mean a whole lot more. And it is those statistics that I have centered my comments around.
Ben from MA

Fall River, MA

#19 May 8, 2007
Before I ask you to check your statistics I need to day Vinne Testaverde had some fine seasons in the NFL and was nothing but class. He was an excellent role model and mentor to both Pennington and Romo. Tell me how a 75(Vinnie) rating beats a 77(Drew) and how 251 TDs and 206 INTs(Drew) doesn't 270 TDs and 261 ints(Vinnie)Just because you say he has better #'s doesn't make it so. He did have more yards but that is about the only stat he beats Bledsoe. But Vinnie was definitely a class guy and a pretty good QB.
Phil

Modesto, CA

#20 May 8, 2007
Ben from MA wrote:
Before I ask you to check your statistics I need to day Vinne Testaverde had some fine seasons in the NFL and was nothing but class. He was an excellent role model and mentor to both Pennington and Romo. Tell me how a 75(Vinnie) rating beats a 77(Drew) and how 251 TDs and 206 INTs(Drew) doesn't 270 TDs and 261 ints(Vinnie)Just because you say he has better #'s doesn't make it so. He did have more yards but that is about the only stat he beats Bledsoe. But Vinnie was definitely a class guy and a pretty good QB.
I was stating that from memory. If you checked and it is this, then I was in error and I retract that part of what I wrote. However, the point of what I was writing about was not about this.

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