Joe Collier served as defensive coordinator for the 1977 Denver Broncos, who used their “Orange Crush” to stifle opposing offenses and travel all the way to the Super Bowl.
Collier, who lives in Littleton, knows the New England Patriots stand as prohibitive favorites to defeat the New York Giants on Sunday. He admires Tom Brady and Randy Moss. He believes the Patriots rank among the most powerful teams in NFL history.
But the Giants could deliver a stunning upset, Collier said.
Brady has spent most of this season standing calmly in the pocket, unbothered by a rush as he scans the field looking for receivers. If, Collier said, the Giants can hassle him and force him to hurry throws, the Patriots power could be reduced.
This could happen. The Giants collected 53 sacks this season, best in the NFL. Justin Tuck and Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora are ferocious, perhaps unstoppable pass rushers. A couple vicious hits by the Giants frontline could alter Brady’s mind and transform this game.