As the doors of Gillette Stadium University opened to the students of NFL football dynamics on Monday night, there were two high profile students in attendance: the self proclaimed defensive guru, Rex Ryan and his studious offensive wunderkind, Mark Sanchez.
Of course Rex considered this curriculum far beneath his current education level. This would be a remedial course at best, considering his expertise in the subject.
Young Mr. Sanchez thought that this class was going to be a snoozer. Having excelled in the subject matter all year long, he hadn’t considered the difficulty level would exceed his capabilities.
Little did they know that their professors, Dr. Bill Belichick and his Associate Tom Brady, would be teaching this group of pupils. The professors opened the field to all questions and challenges.
Mr. Ryan considered Mr. Brady inferior to his intellect and attempted to stump him with a blitz of questions. Tom Brady is no one's fool; he quickly disseminated the blitz and every headlong rush that Rex could throw at him. No one was scoring points in this battle of wits but Brady.
Mark Sanchez, on the other hand, thought that his youth, wit, charm and obvious good looks could eventually overcome Professor Belichick’s aloof demeanor and score a couple of quick strikes against the elderly man's defense. This class was no snoozer after all, and alas young Sanchez’s hopes were quickly dashed as he found himself scrambling and bumbling to try and put up some points.
By the end of the night, the two overconfident, brash pupils were flummoxed at their inability to trip up their instructors even a little bit. They were forced to admit that if you’re going to talk the talk, then you have to walk the walk. It seemed that neither of these two could walk and talk at the same time.
On the other hand, the educators took their bow as they patted each other on the back and acknowledged that the incoming students were getting better and better all the time. In the same breath, they vowed to stay ahead of the class.
Not to worry though, I understand that Professors Brady and Belichick will be holding more classes through the season, and those that pay attention might actually learn something.