Boomer Esiason bows down to Patriots on M&C: 'I'm watching the greatest of all-time'

Alex Reimer
January 21, 2019 - 9:54 am

Boomer Esiason’s message following the Patriots’ improbable win over the Chiefs is simple: Count out Brady and Belichick at your own peril, because they almost never lose in these spots.

In his weekly interview Monday with “Mut & Callahan,” Esiason talked about how this Patriots run will likely never be replicated. New England is going to its ninth Super Bowl in the Brady-Belichick era. 

“I’m watching the greatest of all-time. I don’t know how many times I have to say it,” Esiason explained. “I’ve been saying it for six or seven years now. It’s remarkable. I know they’re in a bad division, and Patriot-haters will tell you they’re in a division with the Bills, Dolphins and Jets, who can’t seem to get out of their own way. And some of that is true. But at the end of the game, (Brady) does it 80 or 90 percent of the time. He gets the job done.”

The Patriots shut out the Chiefs 14-0 at halftime and then kept up with them in a shooting match over the final two quarters. Brady led three late touchdown drives and went 5-for-6 on third down, finding Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski for big conversions. 

It was a complete game for the Patriots offense, which also saw Sony Michel pick up more than 100 yards on the ground for the second straight. It was a reminder that Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels can still devise game plans better than anyone. Brady wasn’t sacked once Sunday, despite facing off against the Chiefs’ potent pass-rush.

“I hear about all of these young offensive-minded coaches and how great they are. But watch the Patriots’ offense. That’s the way offense is supposed to be played,” Esiason said. “It’s supposed to be played balanced, players are supposed to be interchangeable, the quarterback has to get rid of the football, and the offensive linemen –– they’re paying their left tackle, what, $750,000? It just goes to show you that it is scheme, but it’s really execution when it comes down to it. I think that’s why Coach Belichick said after the game, ‘It’s about the players’ He’s 100-percent right. But it’s also about the culture of winning, and he’s certainly found the secret to that. 

“Yesterday was the quintessential Patriot game, when you think about it. You had Rob Gronkowski lined up as a wide receiver. He finally got involved in a big way. You had Chris Hogan making big plays, Rex Burkhead scoring touchdowns, Sony Michel over 100 yards, James White mixed in there. Phillip Dorsett caught a touchdown. If that isn’t Patriots football, then I don’t know what it is. Other than Gronkowski, how many of those guys are going to the Pro Bowl? Outside of Gronkowski and Brady, who else is going to the Hall of Fame? It’s a real credit to the players Bill Belichick selects, and then it’s up to Josh McDaniels to use all of those players the way he has. It’s awesome to watch. I’m sure it’s frustrating to the 31 other franchises and their fan bases, but greatness always finds its way to the top. That’s exactly where the Patriots are again.”

Though Esiason was effusive in his praise for Brady, he also made a Hall of Fame case for Edelman, who led the team with seven receptions for 96 yards. It showed that Edelman is just as valuable, if not more valuable, than the other big-ticket wide receivers across the league.

“Is Julian Edelman not a Hall of Famer?,” Esiason asked. “I know his numbers in the regular season don’t add up to Antonio Brown, AJ Green or Julio Jones, but his numbers are awesome in the playoffs. He’s right behind Jerry Rice. Considering these guys are still doing it, he might get a few more years in the playoffs to add to those numbers. The guy is clutch in the biggest of games. I don’t know what else to tell you. He is, in my eyes, truly the definition of a Hall of Famer: make the play when the play needs to be made in the biggest games to win the game.”

There’s one more big game, and there’s little doubt Brady and Belichick will be up to the task against the high-flying Rams, like they were 17 years ago to the date.