Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

20 Jul 2005

Bruschi to Sit Out 2005 Season

Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will miss the season after suffering a stroke two weeks after the Super Bowl. There's no word on whether he might be able to recover well enough to play in 2006.

Posted by: Michael David Smith on 20 Jul 2005

18 comments, Last at 29 Jul 2005, 4:27pm by NF


by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 6:31pm

Good for Tedy. Bummer for the team, but the man's life should mean more than his career.

Bruschi last missed a significant number of games in the 2002 season. Hope the Pats are better prepared now.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 7:23pm

The article says:

Bruschi not only was a star player for the Patriots, but he was an inspirational leader on the team, an overachiever who was an example to the players around him.

Hey, he's not retired, and he's not dead. Let's keep it in the present tense, please.

by Pats on the Potomac (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 7:35pm

He'll be missed as a player as well as a leader. He is a turnover creating machine. He's always around the ball, and can chase down running backs on busted plays. The Pats have a lot of depth at linebacker, but losing your best linebacker isn't good.
Go, Tedy. Be healthy, and if possible, be back next year.

by Dan Riley (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 8:26pm

"Mr. Intangibles"

I knew a man Intangibles
And he'd play for you
In cleated shoes

With Flying Elvi, 54,
And dirty pants
He’d drop into pass coverage

He would jump so high
Jump so high
Then he lightly touch down

He told me of the time he worked with
Belichick travelling
Through the NFL

He spoke with laughter of going after
Manning and Drew
They would run about.

But his health up and went
It up and went
And after Super Bowl XXXIX we grieved

He said "I play now
At every chance on Madden 2000
For my thrills and kicks

But most the time I spend
At dear old Gillette
Cause I ain’t done yet"

Then he shook his head
Oh lord when he shook his head
I could swear I heard someone say “Blitz!�

Mister Intangibles
Call him Mister Intangibles
Mister Intangibles come back and play please

Come back and dance again, Mr Intangibles

by Johonny (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 9:08pm

Can't see how the replace him. No one on the roster has his coverage skills. Going to be interesting to see what the team does with their coverage packages.

by Parker (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 9:46pm

Nice work, Dan Riley.

by LnGrrrR (not verified) :: Wed, 07/20/2005 - 11:20pm

Man...this sucks. And I understand why. Just a lose-lose situation..rarrr.

Well, at least it gives us a chance to take a look at some of the rookies. I'm pretty sure the Pats D-Line has plenty of depth to it, but we were seeming to be getting thin on Linebacker anyways....

I wonder if we'll play some heavy D-line arrangements more than usual this year, like some 5-3-3 or something like that to make up for it...we'll see.

by Starshatterer (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 9:32am

So, what should Bruschi and the Patriots do, regarding his contract?

My understanding is, if they list him as "Physically Unable to Play," they pay him his base salary for the year ($850K), but (obviously) no playing bonuses. If they list him as non-football-related injury, he gets no salary and this year's $850K becomes due in 2006.

Depending on whether the signing bonus gets amortized during an NFR year, either one could be of benefit to the Patriots. Of course, it's better for Bruschi to get the salary now, since there's still no guarantee he comes back in 2006.

Anybody know the difference between what happens to the signing bonus under the PUP or NFR list?

by ronnie-ricky: two headed monster, taking the NFL by storm (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 10:30am

Hope the guy gets better. Want to see how pats recover from loss of law (i realize they played most of the season without him but with the following losses, it could prove to be more substantial now that there's less protection for gay and company) bruschi, keith traylor, and possible continued holdout of seymour (he hasn't signed yet, has he?) If Bruschi doesn't get paid this year, I'm sure Payton will be the first person to start the Tedy Bruschi retirement fund, with a whole lot of "Don't worry, take all the time you need, we're here for you buddy" messages.

by geoff (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 2:29pm

Re: 8

The Patriots have said that Bruschi will get the full value of his contract no matter how they designate his status.

by Basilicus (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 4:59pm

I've actually thought that Bruschi is just as valuable as any other defensive player they've had on that team the last few years. I think he'll be harder to replace than Law...anyone know if they'll still have him around a lot, like as an assistant or position coach of sorts or as a locker room or sideline presence?

by Vern (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 5:25pm

Re: 11

Definitely looks to be a presense on the sidelines. There were a few camp stories about him helping Chad Brown during film, etc. Also a Herald story mentioned he'd be fully eligible to be on the sidelines.

One minor eyebrow raising thing will be weather or not they put him on IR. From a contract situation, they're going to pay him anyway, so it makes the designation more about availability or internal accounting than anything else. The non-IR options of PUP or NFI would actually let him come back late in the year.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 8:39pm

Wanna know why the Colts can't get over the hump?

"Now with Bruschi perhaps out, with some other guys getting a little older, maybe the worm turns a little bit," says Colts president Bill Polian. "I hope so."

Hoping the competition is getting older and banking on a guy missing time from a stroke is not the way to go out and grab yourself a Lombardi. Of course, Polian would argue that his team has made some improvements to go after the Pats, but have they really upgraded their team substantially this year? I mean, aside from big fat contract signings.

This isn't meant as a thread diversion, but I couldn't help commenting on Polian looking at the Bruschi situation as a potential cure for what ails Indy.

by Justus (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 8:56pm

Glenn -- I wouldn't place too much stock in any printed interview answers on, well, any subject. You have to keep in mind that the reporter likely asked some stupid, entirely leading question: "Do you think having your #1 competition in the AFC lose their #1 linebacker will improve your chances of advancing to the Superbowl this year?" And what he no doubt wanted to say was something, "Of course it does, you stupid little twit. As a GM I'm glad Bruschi won't be back." But, thinking on his feet, he tried to come up with some slightly more diplomatic.

by Richie (not verified) :: Thu, 07/21/2005 - 8:58pm

I don't think Polian is just sitting by waiting for the Patriots to get old. He's just hoping that the loss of Bruschi brings the Pats back to the pack a bit.

by Glenn (not verified) :: Fri, 07/22/2005 - 12:23am

Justus...Hey, unless proven otherwise, Polian said what he said. Trying to figure out whether or not it was in response to a good question or not means we might as well disregard any and all quoted material, which kinda limits one's world-view a bit.

Richie...I'd agree with you, but actions speak louder than words, and I dont see a whole lot of aggressive Colts activity. Let's quote the FO 4 Downs AFC North report:
Adding linebacker depth would seem to be a priority for the Colts. If they pass on those two players [Boulware, Hardy] and any others made available, remember that the Colts had the cap room to be players in the mid-level free agent market and decided to stand pat.

by Jake (not verified) :: Sat, 07/23/2005 - 12:20pm

Word is that Bruschi will go on the PUP list, not the IR. That leaves the door open for a return between weeks 6 and 9 if he's medically cleared and feels like he wants to play. This story has a couple more months left.

by NF (not verified) :: Fri, 07/29/2005 - 4:27pm

(despairingly) "BRUUUUSCHIIIIII!!!..."