Per Reiss' mailbag:
Not sure if over-scrutizing is actually correct grammar or not. But I think you guys know what I'm getting at.
Do we as New England Patriots fans sometimes take such a hard look at our on franchise, disecting our strengths and weaknesses, that we sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture ?
How can you lose touch with reality after one win against a questionable team? The Patriots an elite team? I see 9-7. -- Kevin (Griswold, Conn.)
A: Kevin, the point of the piece was that the Patriots had a lot of questions entering the season and they answered them in their first game. Based on that, plus what happened around the league in Week 1, the Patriots should be in the discussion when it comes to elite teams. My question to anyone that says otherwise would be "Who are the elite teams?" I think sometimes we take such a micro-intense look at the Patriots that it's easy to lose context with what is happening around the league and how the Patriots might have weaknesses, but so does every other team.
I think this last part in bold speaks volumes. Us as fans love to get into every little detail about our team. The game we watch is only 3 hours or so, once a week. But we need it to occupy more of our time than just that. So we read, we watch highlights, we write posts on this or similar websites. We get so into every little detail, that sometimes we're guilty of maybe "freaking out" over every little weakness our team has.
Not saying this team didn't have a lot of question marks going into this year. We knew a lot of the guys asked to be major contributors this year would be young, and largely unproven players. As a fanbase, there was some cause for concern.
And albeit Game 1 was only just that, one game, maybe it tells us something. Sure our team has weaknesses. But so does every other team in the league. Not saying let's all climb on the, Pats win the SuperBowl or Bust bandwagon here. Just saying maybe we as a fanbase should try not to be over-critical of our own team, and celebrate some of our newly discovered strengths, instead of harping on long known-about weaknesses.