BOSTON (CBS) – You may have heard by now that the New England Patriots face off against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday night in the AFC Championship with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.
Well, who better to talk to than someone who once played for the Patriots and is an Indianapolis native and current resident?
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich had on former NFL linebacker Rosevelt Colvin Friday morning so he could offer his unique perspective on the game.
But before previewing Sunday’s tilt, Fred asked Colvin to comment on a recent article in the Wall Street Journal that calls Bill Belichick “The NFL’s Scary Alex Trebek,” because he’s always quizzing his players on the opponent and other random things.
Colvin confirmed the report, and said that during his time in Foxboro, Reche Caldwell and Corey Dillon were by far the worst test-takers.
“Randy Moss would have some unique answers too, and so would the late, great Junior Seau. Junior always had something to say and ride Bill on. His answer to every question was usually ‘Seat 2A’. Seat 2A was always the seat that he had first class whenever he went back home to California,” said Colvin.
“He was basically telling Bill, ‘I’m not really worried about the opponent. I’m just thinking about getting on a plane and going home.’
“It was the classic moments of being in that locker room, and that facility in those meetings. Good times,” Colvin said fondly.
Now on to the matter at hand: the Indianapolis Colts.
Based on the way the Andrew Luck-led Colts have played against New England in their previous three games, most people around the country aren’t giving them much of a chance to ride into Foxboro and win.
Rosevelt Colvin is not one of those people.
“The Colts definitely have a shot,” said Colvin. “The Colts have a shot because they’ve got a guy at quarterback that has ice in his veins, and he goes out every drive like it’s the first drive of the game, and he doesn’t really worry about things.”
Now, giving them a shot and picking them to win are two different things. Colvin just sees too many flaws with Indianapolis to think they’ll win in Foxboro.
“The reason why I don’t think [the Colts] will be successful is because offensively they have a hard time running the ball, and when it comes to their wide receivers and their pass catchers, they’ve been off for the last couple weeks; they’ve had some drops, and Andrew [Luck] is notorious for trying to fit balls in places where he shouldn’t. That’s been the MO of him for the last year-and-a-half.
“With this [Colts] team, if the offense is moving the ball it gives the defense confidence. If they’re not, or they’re at a stalemate or stagnant, that’s when you see them get blown out. But they do have a shot. If Andrew Luck can play well, keep the turnovers down, move the ball, keep Tom [Brady] on the sideline and get him antsy, then they’ve got an opportunity.”
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