Has Tom Brady Lost the Fire? Has Bill Belichick Lost the Magic?

Jim BouchardCorrespondent IDecember 6, 2009

MIAMI - DECEMBER 06:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after throwing an interception in the end-zone late in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Land Shark Stadium on December 6, 2009 in Miami, Florida. The Dolphins defeated the Patriots 22-21.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Pats Lose by 1 Point, 1 Yard & 1 Throw

They got what they deserved.

Crucial 4th-and-1 and they couldn’t punch it home.

Quick snap when Brady saw one-on-one coverage on Moss in the end zone and throws short. (Give Vonte Davis credit; he made a veteran move and sealed Moss from the catch.)

The Pats didn’t just lose by 1—they lost by at least 14 points they left on the field.

How do the Patriots lose a game in which Tom Brady throws for 350 yards with a lead? Look at the secondary. How many times did you see guys pointing at each other after a completion? How many times did the linebackers look behind them with their arms wide apart asking the DBs what the hell was going on back there?

Worse was watching the Patriot’s sideline. Sidelong glances, looks of despair and absolutely no fire whatsoever as the game slipped away. I know these guys are professionals, but remember what that sideline looked like in 2000 with half the talent and twice the heart. This team today looked like they expected a breakdown; and they got what they expected. For a moment I thought this was 1993.

The Boston press is going to jump on this one and the fans are already on the boards. Is Brady done? Has he gone completely Hollywood? Did Belichick mortgage the secondary?

Well, you could argue the mortgage but it’s hard to count out a Hall of Fame quarterback after a 350 yard game, win or lose.

It’s time for the proverbial rats to jump the ship. Those of us who remember the dark ages know that this team has talent and can get hot. The answers are simple:

1) Plug the holes in this secondary. These guys are getting paid; get them on the same page.

2) Bring back the old fire.

Guys, I know you’re grown ass men and professionals, but football is still a game of emotion. You’ve got to find the spark and drive that got you to this level, and got you on what is still one of the premier franchises in NFL history.

I have to admit I had a moment of resignation when Brady threw the last pick instead of taking the sack. When I saw him slap the ground I knew the fire was still in him. Let’s see if he can get this thing turned around and make the playoff run befitting of the team of the decade.

As for you fans who are packing it in…good riddance. Just be sure to put your tickets up on eBay!