Smerlas: Ridley's fumbles gave Blount chance

Smerlas: Ridley's fumbles gave Blount chance
January 17, 2014, 8:00 am
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Just as the start of the Patriots dynasty owes a tip of the cap to Mo Lewis, maybe the continuation of the Pats' run of success will owe a debt of gratitude to Stevan Ridley's fumbling trouble?


That's how ex-Pats defensive lineman Fred Smerlas sees it on New England Tailgate.

Lewis was the Jets linebacker whose hit on Drew Bledsoe back in 2001 made Tom Brady the Patriots starter. The rest is history.

Ridley's fumblitis led to the Patriots turning to LaGarrette Blount as their featured back. And the ground-and-pound game has taken off since then (10 rushing TDs for the Pats in the past three weeks) and may take the Pats all the way back to the Super Bowl.

"He never would have gotten the chance if Ridley hadn't fumbled," Smerlas said of Blount. "Almost like the hit when Bledsoe got hit and Brady came in."

 There you go.