Albert Breer explains the real tragedy of the Aaron Rodgers injury
The Aaron Rodgers injury just four plays into his New York Jets career sent shockwaves through the NFL on Monday night. Locally, the Patriots may benefit from the Jets having to rely on Zach Wilson at quarterback for the remainder of the year. During his appearance with Zolak and Bertrand, Albert Breer of The MMQB explained another reason the Rodgers injury is bad for the NFL.
Why the NFL is worse for the Aaron Rodgers injury happening
“The NFL is worse for this having happened because it would have been so cool to watch this play out. I just think that that team, there’s so many similarities to the Bucs and Brady where you had like a front office that had done a lot of things right and had gotten a lot of the right kinds of players in the building and they had struck out in such a big way at quarterback that it was undermining the entire thing. Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay. Obviously Zach Wilson there and then you get this like kind of like life raft of a legendary quarterback becoming available. And I think if you watched on Monday night, like if you really watched, there are still a lot of good players in that team.
“The NFL realigned the divisions in 2002 when the Texans came in. This to me was by far the most compelling the division has been since the realignment. By far. Because it’s all four teams. There’s never been a point where all four teams. The Jets had a couple of years, they went to the AFC Championship game. But, Buffalo was terrible, Miami stunk. I think easily this was the most compelling the division had been to a point where every division game, at least in the early parts of the season, was going to like have real appeal the non fans of those teams.”
Albert Breer on the real tragedy to come from the Aaron Rodgers injury
A Rorschach test in Week 1: 6 takeaways from the Patriots' season-opening loss to the Eagles
The New England Patriots’ season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday had a little bit of something for everybody. There was a lot to digest in the team’s 25-20 loss that saw them come up just short of erasing a 16-0 first quarter deficit.
Coming off of the offseason and training camp there were a lot of people with preconceived notions about this team. Some positive, and some negative. By the time the clock hit 0:00 on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium, those both with glasses half full and glasses half empty likely came away feeling they’d been proven right.
This game was a real Rorschach test of takes. A Rorschach test, or inkblot test, is a psychological test where subjects are asked to say what they see when shown various pools of ink in no shape in particular. Supposedly, people’s answers to these tests can be used to their examine a person’s personality characteristics. Basically, what you see in the ink shows who you are as a person. Similarly, what people saw in this game says a lot about what kind of fan they are.
The Patriots had their issues Sunday against the Eagles, many of which mirrored last year or going back multiple seasons. But this is a new season and new coaching staff. They have time to fix what ailed them. Do these Patriots deserve the benefit of the doubt given their inability to adjust the past few seasons?
People in the glass-half-empty group will call any attempt to add context to the game ‘excuses’ or say there are no moral victories. People in the glass-half-full group will say the people in the empty group have a ‘bias’ or ‘agenda’ or something like that.
In reality, it’s probably too early to tell from either side. But that’s not how this works. That’s why in the end, there is one clear winner from Sunday’s Patriots performance – 98.5 The Sports Hub. With a game like this, expect the takes from both sides of the spectrum to come flying in hot all week.
Most of the lessons learned about this team from this game are more of the X’s and O’s variety than the ‘team DNA’ variety. Because while the game script may have looked familiar, the schematics of what the Patriots did certainly didn’t. Let’s start there with this week’s takeaways…