Stevan Ridley fumbled in the first quarter against the Denver Broncos, and that gave Ridley three fumbles in three consecutive games. Whenever Ridley carries the ball I expect him to fumble, the same way I expect Tony Romo to throw an interception the fourth quarter of a final game. This doesn’t sit well with fans, the New England Patriots, or myself. I hate thinking that anyone should lose his or her job. I am a firm believer that everyone does something well enough to find a spot them on the field or in the workplace, but Ridley is really testing my patience on this theory. When your sole job is to handle the football and not fumble it I find it hard to believe that Bill Belichick should continue to go back to you no matter how explosive you are.
Ridley spent the first portion of the season on the bench after fumbling early on, but everyone in New England knew that the Patriots would go back to him given his performance last year. The problem is the benching that he sustained clearly did not solve the problem. I understand that he feels bad and that the rest of the team is picking him up, and they should be. This is what makes the New England Patriots special. The problem is I have a feeling Belichick has less patience than me. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ridley doesn’t get a meaningful touch for the rest of the season. LeGarrette Blount, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden are more than capable of running the ball and holding on to it. I know Blount fumbled against the Broncos, but he may have been knocked unconscious in mid-air so I’m giving him a pass.
The Patriots stole a win against the Broncos. No team should turn the ball over that many times and win the same way no player should turn the ball over that many times and still have a job.