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Tedy Bruschi on OMF: 'Patriots are going to have their way' with Jaguars

Erin Walsh
September 13, 2018 - 10:01 am

Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi joined Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria on Wednesday to discuss the Patriots' upcoming game on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“I know the [Rob] Gronkowski thing is huge offensively,” said Bruschi. “But I mean I just still think, like you said, they put those corners on those wide receivers outside and then they put everybody else on Gronkowski and then [Tom] Brady’s going to hit those backs like you said.

"So, the Jacksonville Jaguars have a solid team don’t get me wrong, but I think the Patriots are going to have their way with them.”

Bruschi also had some comments on Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.

“The best Blake Bortles I’ve seen are in games where he drops back to pass, he looks at his first read, and then he takes off,” said Bruschi. “And I think that’s what Bill [Belichick] was referencing earlier this week where you know, it is sort of Deshaun Watson like, Cam Newton like, maybe not like those big type of scrambling quarterbacks, but when he knows he’s in a game, I’ve seen him where that’s not there and I’m just going to run because I’m big and I’m fast and really sometimes he’s a better runner than he is a thrower in my opinion.”

Bruschi then went on to say the Patriots will be fine if they prevent Bortles from rushing for first downs because that’s usually how they move the chains. Running Leonard Fournette may also be out for the Jaguars on Sunday with a hamstring injury, so he says the Jaguars offense will be pretty depleted.

“So to move the chains that way, to get 10/11 yards, I think if they prevent that, they’re going to be fine," said Bruschi. “Because if Fournette has that hamstring injury and he’s not there, their play-action game isn’t effective. Fournette, if he even plays, because Week 2, you’ve got almost like the Aaron Rodgers injury and now the Leonard Fournette, the twinge of the hamstring. I mean one little burst, one quick little burst and you get that thing one more time now it’s like, 'Okay, three weeks, four weeks.' And you really don’t want that to happen.”

The former linebacker and fan-favorite says if the Jaguars begin to take too many penalties, that they will become frustrated and ultimately that could be a reason why they lose the game.

“It’s easy to get caught up in that when you’re on a defense like this that has volatile personalities,” said Bruschi. “I see that a little bit in them so watch the lack of self control if this thing really gets out of hand in terms of penalties for the Jacksonville Jaguars too because what they really have to do is, I mean even when the Patriots have their success, that offense really for that Jaguar team, it’s going to have to pull its own weight.”

The Jaguars defense is going to have plenty of problems if they get down on themselves, according to Bruschi.

“I mean the Jacksonville Jaguars are very aggressive just like last year in the championship game,” he said. “I believe the couple pass interference penalties and all of a sudden they get on themselves with the everyone’s out to get us, the officials, the Patriots.”

The Patriots are 11-1 all time against the Jags. The last time the Jaguars beat the Patriots was in January 3, 1999 in the wild card playoff game. The Pats have won eight in a row against Jacksonville, including three playoff victories.

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