A few hours before the New England Patriots kicked off their first Wildcard appearance in close to a decade, Tom Brady, presumably aided by his social media team, posted a video to his Twitter account. The video, captioned ‘It’s Too Late to be Scared’, was a two-minute-long montage of a lion roaring intercut with footage of Brady and the Patriots from this season.… Read more
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The season is over, and in the eyes of the New England Patriots it was a failure despite their 12-4 record. On special teams they were great as usual, and their defence was #1 on the year, but the offence was a disaster and they continuously struggled to move the ball, whether that was running or passing.
Much will be made of the lack of juice to the Patriots passing attack in this game, and Tom Brady certainly didn’t look like the G.O.A.T against the Titans defence. A number of passes were just off in terms of accuracy, or resulted in incompletions due to the quarterback and receiver not being on the same page. There was a notable instance where Brady seemed frustrated with rookie wideout N’Keal Harry on a failed connection, not for the first time this season.
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.
Looking back at the start of the Patriots dynasty.