Antonio Brown has agreed terms to sign with the New England Patriots, per Adam Schefter on Twitter.
Who takes top spot?
Belichick, Brady, Watson, Thomas, Bennett, and Gostkowski are all 33 or older. Age is the biggest arrow in the quiver of the Patriots’ critics, and it will be drawn early, ready to be shot out on media should they look less Patriot-like in 2019. What are the chances of that though?
Los Angeles Angels centre fielder Mike Trout has agreed to a new 12-year, $430 million contract to stay in California, per Jeff Passan.
It came out earlier this week that the New England Patriots “aggressively persued a trade for Odell Beckham Jr.” last season before the New York Giants pulled him from the market.
Belichick doesn't respond to trends, he does what it takes to win. Using that tactic has not let him down. The rest of the league and its followers get excited about the young coaches taking the regular season by storm, while the old guard keeps on winning when it matters the most.
This offseason has seen a surge in teams hiring young, relatively unproven head coaches from the offensive side of the ball. Much of this was attributed to the success the Los Angeles Rams have had with thirty-something Sean McVay reviving the franchise and leading them to the Super Bowl this season behind an offensive juggernaut which racked up massive point and yard totals.
New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams 13-3 to win Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday night. Sony Michel’s second half touchdown was enough to guide the Patriots to victory after a defence-dominated first half left New England leading 3-0 at half-time. The Rams were unable to get any offence going and their defence was worn out by the relentlessness of the Patriots’ run game.
So, the only question remaining, other than the idea of someone actually picking Maroon 5 to play the Half Time Show, is who wins? So, let's have a little look at the key match-ups and speculate a little.
In an age of pass-first offence, Sony Michel and James White are reminding us just why running the ball is integral to success in January and beyond.
2002 was a very different time in the National Football League. For the New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVI was where it all began. It was the start of the Brady/Belichick dynasty that we are constantly reminded of today, game after game. It was also the first Super Bowl after the events of 9/11 and featured a half time show from U2, whom many considered one the greatest of half time shows.
Nickell Robey-Coleman, self-named Slotgod most famous for being the villain of the Rams versus Saints game decided to talk about Tom Brady in an interview for Bleacher Report.
Couple Brady's speed getting rid of the ball with Scarnecchia's expertise and guile as offensive line coach, add a sprinkle of the brilliance of Josh McDaniels' offensive play calling, then add the cherry of having the greatest NFL coach in history in Bill Belichick, and you know full well that this dynasty isn't anywhere near done yet.
So, whilst the odds favour the MVP going to the likes of Brady, Goff or even Donald, do not be surprised if one of Michel, White, Gurley or Anderson take home the honour after running their team to victory.
Yes, yes, we've heard it all season, haven't we? We've heard it for years, actually: The New England Patriots' dynasty is over, and years of obscurity are to follow. We never learn, do we?