The protege got the best of the mentor on Sunday as the Cleveland Browns handed the New England Patriots a 34-14 whopping at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Patriots were embarrassed by the up-start Browns, who have now beaten the best team in the NFL (the Patriots) and last year’s Super Bowl champions (the Saints) this season.
Cleveland’s Colt McCoy looked more like Bernie Kosar, from the days of Bill Belichick in Cleveland, than a rookie quarterback making his third career start. McCoy avoided turnovers and completed over 73 percent of his passes while rushing for one score.
Peyton Hillis ran for a career-high 184 yards and two TDs as the Browns ran all over the Patriots.
New England looked disinterested and baffled throughout most of the afternoon as key blunders by rookie tight end, Rob Gronkowski, led to an embarrassing blow out.
Gronkowski fumbled inside the two-yard line, which forced New England to settle for a deficit of 10 instead of three right before halftime. Earlier in the game, Gronkowski made another key mistake as he mishandled a kickoff which resulted in a Cleveland recovery.
But it wasn’t all Gronkowski’s fault on Sunday as the Patriots were served a nice slice of their own humble pie by the disciple, not the teacher. Eric Mangini improved to 3-5 vs. Belichick, proving that the Patriots have some kinks to work out before Sunday nights clash with the Pittsburgh Steelers.