Obviously this is very very early and means very very little in the scheme of things. Most of it is just pure coincidence and anecdotal. Still, sometimes this stuff is more interesting than the things we can make up. I know everyone wanted to talk about the Belichick vs. Mangini storyline last week and I refused to do it. For one, the whole “spygate” affair isn’t our deal. It happened with the Jets. That wasn’t a crime committed against the Browns even if we have Mangini here now. Still, let’s look at a couple things.
Bill Belichick was in his second season with the Pats when Drew Bledsoe got smashed running out of bounds. Tom Brady replaced Bledsoe. Eric Mangini is in his second season with the Browns. Granted two quarterbacks had to go down in order for Colt McCoy to take over and Colt McCoy is a rookie whereas Tom Brady was in his second year. Still, when Tom Brady started his first game for the Pats (not counting the game he took over where Bledsoe got hurt) he was 24 years and 58 days old. When Colt McCoy started his first game for the Browns against Pittsburgh, he was 24 years and 42 days old. I know it is completely stupid, but even the alliteration works. Brady and Belichick. McCoy and Mangini. [Read more...]