Boomer Esiason on D&C: ‘I feel a lot better’ about Patriots after rout of Rams
|10.29.12 at 10:05 am ET|
CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason made his weekly Patriots Monday appearance with Dennis & Callahan to talk about the Patriots’ 45-7 win over the Rams in London, the Jets’ troubles and other news from around the NFL. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.
Tom Brady completed 23 passes for 304 yards and four touchdowns Sunday.
‘I thought he was really on yesterday, when he went through his progressions and he found guys, he made quick decisions,’ Esiason said. ‘The ball was coming out quick. It was extremely accurate yesterday — as opposed to the week before. The week before he missed a few open guys and was probably trying to force the ball a little bit. ‘¦ But yesterday was one of those games, like Peyton Manning had last night. ‘¦ Yesterday all cylinders were go. And even without [Aaron] Hernandez, you saw just the unbelievable amount of talent they have on offense, especially when Tom is playing as well as he did yesterday.’
Esiason was surprised at the pressure the Patriots were putting on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford.
‘Early on in the game there was a couple of blitzes that were like, ‘Oh, wow, they actually blitz,’ ‘ Esiason said. ‘Someone must’ve been doing some self-evaluations, a little scouting and said, ‘You know what, we’ve got to taken advantage of this.’ And if you want to say one aspect of this game that was clearly apparent, it was like the St. Louis offense wasn’t prepared for whatever the New England defense was doing. Give New England a lot of credit. St. Louis is not a great team, although they are a different team under Jeff Fisher and a much better team under Jeff Fisher. I thought it was one of [the Patriots’] best overall wins of the year.’
Esiason said Brady is an offensive coordinator of sorts because he makes calls at the line and, when the offense performs well, it makes the job easier.
‘If he wants to be thought of in the same ilk as Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, I would say yes,’ Esiason said. ‘I think for the most part he is. There’s no question there is a lot of calls at the line of scrimmage. Probably a lot of two-way goes with it. And yesterday when [Stevan] Ridley is running for over a hundred yards and everybody is getting involved, and even Brandon Lloyd has a couple of touchdowns, it’s a hell of a lot easier playing quarterback under those circumstances. ‘¦ I feel a lot better about where they are today than I did last week at this time.’
The Patriots acquitted themselves well in England, taking care of business while impressing the locals.
‘I know that they probably complain a little bit about the trip but, let’s face it, they’re probably the most popular team in the NFL, for crying out loud,” Esiason said. “And that’s what happens when you’re popular and successful, everybody wants a piece of you. ‘¦ In my estimation, the Patriots are one of the great franchises that you want to have international fans to look at because they do it so well, and you could see that again yesterday on the television screen.’
Following are more highlights from the interview.
On the Broncos and Peyton Manning, who threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns Sunday in a rout of the Saints: ‘There’s no question that they are playing so much better than they did. I think they are through the toughest part of their schedule. ‘¦ I still think that Houston is going to have the home-field advantage and either Brady, [Ben] Roethlisberger or Manning is going to have to go in there and beat the Houston Texans if they want to go to the Super Bowl.’
On if Rex Ryan‘s job is in jeopardy following the Jets’ 30-9 loss to the Dolphins: ‘No, that’s too hard to say right now. I don’t think so. When you look at this football team and you look at the people that they have on this team, the fact that they lost [Darelle] Revis and Santonio Holmes obviously plays a big factor in what’s going on here. But I think people are going to analyze the roster. They’re going to look at what Mike Tannenbaum, the general manager, has done with the players around Mark Sanchez and whether or not they were really bringing out the best out in him. ‘¦ I do believe after two AFC championship games in the past four years, basically putting a face on the franchise that’s due in large part, over all the big picture thing. I think Rex Ryan has done a really good job here.’
On Tim Tebow in New York: ‘It boggles the mind why they would have made the trade, why they would have paid for Tim Tebow here, when it comes to football decisions. You want to talk about business decisions and an owner meddling in decisions, bringing a guy like Tim Tebow in here to sell some tickets to some fantasy fans. I have no idea. But in my estimation they ruined their season the moment they made that trade. It created an enormous distraction and it split the locker room. It creates conversation that no team should have to deal with in the midst of a football season. ‘¦ All of the upper-echelon teams in this league don’t deal with nonsense like this.’
On the Dolphins’ performance against the Jets: ‘The Miami Dolphins yesterday, especially defensively, were pretty impressive. Right now, they are [the second best team in the AFC East]. They should feel that way about themselves. Again, special teams are great, defense was pretty good yesterday. They won with their backup quarterback, Matt Moore, who didn’t complete a lot of passes but he didn’t make any mistakes.’
On the poor performance of the Chiefs this year: ‘Scott Pioli is in trouble out there. These are all the rumblings we hear, our insiders come back and they tell us what they think is going on out there. I don’t have actual factual evidence, if you asked me, you look at that team, that is clearly a team that, No. 1, the decision to bring Matt Cassel there has turned out to be an unmitigated disaster for them. And No. 2, the fact that they haven’t had a lead in a game this year is unbelievable. It’s hard to believe that a team would be that inept.’
On who is the MVP and Coach of the Year at this point: ‘I would say Matt Ryan and Mike Smith. I mean, [the Falcons are] undefeated. They had a hell of a game yesterday. I do believe that, if Matt continues to play like they’re playing. And if they can get through the NFC at 15-1, 14-2, or even 16-0, then he’s got to be the odds-on favorite for MVP. But you look at what Peyton Manning is doing, you look at what Tom Brady is doing, those guys will all be in the discussion because we still have a ton of football left to play.’
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