New England Patriots linebacker Matt Judon destroyed the game and everything former head coach Frank Reich had with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon.
To be fair, trouble had been brewing for quite some time and Judon’s game-destroying performance took things over the top. His three sacks and four quarterback hits were included in a total of nine sacks and 12 QB hits for the Patriots.
It was a complete demolition job, with the Colts held to a pitiful total of 121 offensive yards on a day when they went 0-for-14 on third downs. Reich was finally fired on Monday, but before his firing he praised Judon playing the spoiler for what many considered a must-watch game for the Colts.
“He’s a very good player,” Reich said, via NESN’s Sean T. McGuire. “We had a lot of attention for him. We were trying to put our backs to his side but they were playing games with him. They beat us on some plays, they executed some plays pretty well that we didn’t execute. He’s a great player. Obviously, he leads the NFL in sacks. We knew it when we entered. We had to try to get a lot of attention from him, chip him off, and swipe at him when we could. But obviously we haven’t done a good enough job.
It’s clear that Reich wasn’t the first to struggle against Judon and the Patriots’ infamous defense, and if things continue to move in the right direction, he surely won’t be the last.