July 27, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; The New England Patriots practice as fans watch during training camp at the team practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE
So apparently the Patriots didn't fare so well in today's joint practice with the New Orleans Saints. Tommy B was less than stellar, throwing two picks and missing a few wide open receivers for would-be touchdowns when the two teams scrimmaged. On the flip side, Drew Brees made the New England defense look 2011-esque and connected with Lance Moore, Jimmy Graham, and Joseph Morgan as the Saints marched up and down the field, making the Pats look foolish. The two best Patriots on the day were Chandler Jones, who had a nice pressure and pass breakup of Brees, and Brian Hoyer, who made some great throws and made sure everyone knew that the backup gig doesn't belong to Ryan Mallett just yet. Those who can't get enough of overanalyzing Tom Brady's body language will likely have a field day today, as he walked slump-shouldered and frustrated to the sidelines after multiple offensive drives stalled. You can read the full story on the Pats/Saints practice here.
So what do I have to say about all this? Good, that's what. I say thank you sir, may I have another. I hope the Saints come out and dominate the team again tomorrow as well, maybe run the score up a little bit. Anything to stop this Patriots hype train from charging full speed towards Craptown. While you never want to read too much into an early season practice, I say the more times this team gets worked around, the better off we'll all be. Hell hath no fury like a Brady scorned, and I want him coming into this season absolutely furious. Nothing ticks off Tommy B quite like under-performing and losing, and a lousy day at practice and getting shown up by another quarterback can only help the cause.
Yes, it's only one day. And yes, we talkin' 'bout practice. Practice. But I don't really care. The Patriots have a long way to go if they want to make another deep playoff run this year, and the more non-Belichickian wake-up calls they get, the better.