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Boston Globe Patriots reporter Greg A. Bedard joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to give his thoughts on the Super Bowl and how the Patriots will move on with their offseason.
Bedard said that the intentional grounding that resulted in a safety was “just not a good play,” and when it came to Wes Welker’s infamous drop, both the quarterback and the receiver are worth of blame.
“I thought that not only could the Welker pass been a little better, it just should have been zipped in front shoulder and they probably would have had a touchdown,” Bedard told Toucher & Rich. “That being said, I think Wes should have caught the ball.”
Overall, Bedard said that Brady had an up-and-down performance.
While many are focused on the Welker play and trying to figure out who to blame, not many are talking about Bill Belichick’s plan going into the game.
Did Belichick have a good game plan to defeat the Giants and it was just poor execution that lost them the game?
“Yeah, and most of the time that’s where I fall on these things,” Bedard explained. “If you’ve read my game review during the year, that’s where I’ve kind of fallen.”
Looking ahead to the offseason, the Patriots have some decisions to make with a whole lot of players this summer.
“I don’t think [BenJarvus Green-Ellis will] get a ton of money anywhere else, but he might get more than the Patriots and I don’t think they’re going to overpay for him,” Bedard said. “I think he’s a guy the would let test the market.”
What about Deion Branch? Will they keep him possibly as a fourth option?
“Yeah, if he wants to play for the veteran minimum or something like that, then yeah, I would bring him back,” Bedard said.
And even though Chad Ochocinco has years left on his contract, what about him?. Is there any kind of benefit to bringing him back next season?
“I don’t see it, if he didn’t get it by now,” Bedard said. “He’s still asking people next to him, ‘Where should I line up?’ in the Super Bowl with two weeks to prepare. I don’t see the point.”