With, the Kansas City Chiefs NFL Champions, the Patriots need to retool. With Tom Brady’s career winding down, the Patriots have several holes to fill. In this post, we will evaluate the three positions they need to focus on this offseason. Why The Patriots Need To Hit A Grandslam This Off _Season. Quarterback With Tom Brady getting closer and closer to retiring a quarterback will be the radar. Georgia’s Jake Fromm could be available late in the first round. Known for his great pocket presence From is also challenges defences. Has average arm strength. Coming from a winning program/Georgia will help in earn a spot in the NFL
Jacob Eason, pf Washington may also be available late in the first round. Known for his deep passing, Eason led Washington to an 8-5 record in2019.
Free Agents If the Patriots do not draft a quarterback, then free agency may be an option. Notable quarterbacks available are MarcusMariota, Teddy Bridgewater, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Jacoby Brissett. Bridgewater is the best back for your buck at 27 years old. In 2019 Bridgewater threw for 13000 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Restructure The Offense Despite going 12-4 in 2019 there were many issues on offense. The receiving group was thin. Rookies NKeal Harry and Jacobi Meyers were learning the system. At times Brady showed his frustration by yelling at his teammate’s Wideout Phillip Dorsett showed flashes but saw his playing time decrease. Mohamed Sanu was acquired at the trade deadline but also, struggled to pick up the offense. If Tom Brady does return in 2020 then he needs protection in order for the team to win. Look for Belichick to draft a tackle in the early rounds. USC tack Austin Jackson would be a perfect fit. Guards Joe Thuney and Ted Karras are set to hit the open market. Veteran center Dave Andrews suffered a season_ ending illness. If he can return healthy, he would be a big boost to the line. Special Teams Early in the season kicker Stephen Gostkowski suffered a season_ending hip injury. Halfway through the season, the Patriots relied on Nick Folk. If Gostkowski does not return, then free agency may be an alternative. Kicker Kimi Fairbairn of Houston is available. The four_year veteran could be a bargain with a salary of 3,000,000. 2020, Outlook For the Patriots the future hinges on signing Tom Brady. The Patriots have 49,000,000 dollars in cap space . Drafting and signing receivers is priority number one. The Patriots need to find a tight end. Rob Gronkowski never returned. The 2020 offseason should be one of the most challenging ones in recent memory.
The so_ called historic Patriots defense is all of a sudden questionable as the Patriots _host the Tennessee Titans next week. Instead of achieving a first_ round bye the team faces the pesky Titans. After a disappointing 27-20 loss to Miami, the team faces the Titans this weekend.In this post, we will analyze three areas why the Patriots defense is all of a sudden questionable. All Of A Sudden The Patriots Historic Defense Has To Many Question Marks
Fitzpatrick Picked The Secondary Apart Considering the Patriots secondary had 25 interceptions, you would never know it yesterday. Well traveled quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a total of 320 yards. Wideout Devante Parker enjoyed afield day snarring 8 receptions for 137 yards. Also contributing were Isaiah Ford and Mike Gesicki. Gesicki had the game_ winning touchdown with 24 seconds left. If the Patriots hope to survive the well _ coached Titans the secondary needs to make adjustments and tighten up. Since the second half of the season, the Patriots front seven has had difficulty stopping the run. Team Inconsistent As A Whole At the beginning of the season the Patriots were virtually unstoppable. As of late, the Patriots have been inconsistent on both sides of the ball. The offense has been good some weeks and flat other weeks. Defensively the team has been struggling. Both the pass coverage and stopping the run have been subpar. For a team that had 25 interceptions, the secondary has been getting lit up. Overall, the front seven has a total of 47 sacks. Sunday the defense sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick three times but coud not stop the run. Coaching Needs To Improve Defensive coordinator Steve Belichick needs to make adjustments if the club expects to beat the Titans. Running back Derrick Henry is the leagues best. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill ranks at the top as the games number one signal _caller. Team Needs To Regroup If the Patriots expect to attain their tenth AFC crown then they need to regroup and refocus. Offensively the Patriots need be creative and run the ball effectively. Defensively the team needs to stop Derrick Henry. The Titans have won 5out of their last 7 games. Ryan Tannehill is having a career year. Head coach Mike Vrabel knows the Patriots playbook well. Last season, the Patriots traveled to Nashville and were crushed by the Titans. Playing sixty minutes and smart is a good way to begin a playoff run.
The Patriots suffered their second loss of the season to Houston 28-22. Overall, the Patriots rank 5th in the NFL offensively Defensively, fans saw cracks in a unit that was virtually unstoppable the first eight weeks of the season. In this post, we will discuss three areas why the Patriots offense is still good enough to win the 2019 Super Bowl. Why The Patriots Offense Is Still Have Enough Offense To Win The Super Bowl
Healthy Running Game Despite the inconsistent play of the offensive line,the running game is healthy. RexBurkhead, James White, and Sony Michel are the crux of the Patriots offensMichel thus far has totaled 600 yards and has been their most consistent performer. When healthy, Rex Burkhead gives the Patriots a solid one _two punch. The third back James White is one of Brady’s most trusted receivers in recent memory. Enough Receivers Even with Rob Gronkowski not coming back, the club still has adequate receivers. Phillip Dorsett, Mohamed Sanu, Julian Edelman and Jakobi Meyers. Considering typical rookie mistakes, Meyers has shown signs of improvement. After twelve games, Meyers has 22 receptions for 299 yards and zero touchdowns. Aside from Meyers, Julian Edelman continues to be Mr. Clutch. Newcomer Mohamed Sanu seems to be learning the offense as the season progresses. Veteran Phillip Dorsett has recovered from a concussion. Also, the organization resigned receiver DemaryiusThomas. A Healthy Isaiah Wynn Number one draft pick Isaiah Wynn continues to improve since returning from an early_ season injury. Wynn provides solid protection along with Joe Thuney for Tom Brady. Overall, the line provided significant protection for Tom Brady Sunday. After the game,the team announced that center Ted Karras suffered an ankle sprain. The Season Ahead With four games left, the Patriots are in a dogfight with Baltimore for home _field advantage. One more loss and the club will have to play on the road. For the first time in the Belichick era, the team has to be concerned about the 9-3 Buffalo Bills. New England struggled in an early _season win against the Bills. The two teams meet in December. After Sunday’s loss, the team released kicker Kei Forbath and activated injured Nick Folk. Folk suffered from an appendectomy two weeks ago. Also, the club claimed defensive tackle, Albert Huggins from the Eagles
After two games of the 2019 NFL season, the Patriots defense has only allowed three points. Yesterday against the Dolphins, the team shut out the fish in Miami. Overall, the defense had seven sacks,four interceptions and two_ picks for six. In this post , we will examine three areas why this year’s Patriots defense ranks as Belichick’s best. Why the 2019 Patriots Depth
Reason number one is depth. This year’s squad is well stocked at each position. Second_ year players Juwan Bentley and Christian Sam provide speed and energy. Rookies Jo Juan Williams and Chase Winovich have provided significant contributors in the first two games.
In the season opener against the Steelers, Winovich played the entire game. Since the Patriots 13-3 Super Bowl win the defense has not surrendered a touchdown.
Energy This year’s defense has a good mixture of youth and experience. Veterans Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore, Kyle Van Noy are good role models for the rookies to look up to. Second_ year linebacker, Jonathan Simon was signed late last season. Simon was an integral figure in the club’s postseason run Cornerbacks Jonathan Jones and JC Jackson have superb in coverage. Both players were undrafted. Jones recently signed a three _year contract
Leadership Every successful organization needs leadership. This seasons Patriots team has plenty of it. Adam Butler, Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon, Patrick Chung, and the McCourty brothers are the leagues best. If this group can stay healthy, it should rank as Belichicks best. The Patriots stick to the motto Do Your Job and so far that’s just what this defense practices. Considering the fact, that last year’s coordinator Brian Flores left for Miami the Patriots have the best defense in the NFL. The Season Ahead The old adage defense wins championships certainly applies to the Patriots. As the team gears up for Super win number seven, the defense depth is the number ingredient to reach the Super Bowl. Barring injuries the 2019 Defense ranks as Belichick’s best.
With the Patriots recording their sixth Super Bowl title, the offseason frenzy officially begins. The Patriots who have plenty of cap space have a league _high 12 draft picks awarded to them. Overall, they have six picks in the first three rounds. One first, two seconds and three_ thirds. In this post, we will discuss three areas the team needs to focus on this offseason.
Patriots 2019 Offseason Needs
Draft A Quarterback; With Tom Brady getting better with age the organization has a four_ year window to develop Brady’s successor. The team’s best bet is to draft a quarterback and have him under team control for five years. Signing a free agent quarterback would be risky as long as Brady stays healthy.
Three quarterbacks who may be available at pick 31 are Brett Rypien of Boise State and Shea Patterson of Michigan. Rypien threw for 10,000 yards passing in four years at Boise State. Shea Patterson of Michigan may also be available at 31. Patterson impressed scouts as he 65 % of his passes in four years at Michigan. We all know the last quarterback the Patriots took from Michigan in 1999. Other possibilities may be Daniel Jones of Duke or Jake Browning of Washington. Jones ‘s stock may drop due to a knee injury he suffered in the second game last season.
Draft A Safety; Just after the Super Bowl veteran Devin McCourty considered retirement. In the past, the Patriots have drafted great safeties such as Patrick Chung and Brandon Meriweather. Some names to keep an eye on are Deionte Thompson of Alabama, Chauncey GardenJohnson of Florida, and Nasir Adderley of Delaware. Out of the three Adderley has the best skill set. Adderley is excellent in zone coverage and is a projected 1st round pick.
Edge Rusher; The Patriots defense ranked 15th in the NFL last year. They stopped the Rams run game in the Super Bowl. Adding another edge rusher can never hurt. The current linebacking group of Donta Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Trey Flowers, Johnathan Simon, and Elandon Roberts could use an extra body. Some names to keep an eye on are Josh Allen of Kentucky, Nick Bosa of Ohio State, Jachai Polite of Florida. Depending on who is available look for the Patriots to select Josh Allen of Kentucky. Allen finished his career with 224 tackles,15 forced fumbles, and 31 career sacks.
Free Agency; With free agency starting March 1st the Patriots will be searching for a tight end and Receiver help. Some players who could be available for the right price are Jesse James of the Steelers, Antonio Brown of the Steelers and Antonio Gates of the Chargers. Benjamin Watson of New Orleans is also a possibility. James can play both receiver and tight end. Depending on Rob Gronkowski’s decision on retirement look for Belichick to stockpile in this department.
This Sunday the Patriots will be in pursuit of their sixth Super Bowl title. Only one other team the, Pittsburgh Steelers, have six Super Bowl wins. Last year, the decision not to play Malcolm Butler affected their performance. In this post, we will examine three areas that will bring the Lombardi trophy back to Foxborough. Three Strategies For the Patriots To achieve Their Sixth Super Title
Playing Smart The past two wins against the Chargers and Chiefs the offensive line had zero penalties. Unlike week fourteen against Pittsburgh that rang up eighteen penalties, the protection has been excellent.
The offensive line has to keep Brady in the pocket long enough, to see his receivers Blocking Ndamukong Suh and Aaron Donald will not be easy but attainable Being patient will be a significant factor in the game‘s outcome To many players on the field, for example, is one area the team needs to avoid.
Officiating; Like Patriot fans have witnessed so many times, the officials are usually a key player. A recent example was a call against the Chiefs. Kansas City punted and return man Julian Edelman was charged with a fumble. Head coach Bill Belichick challenged the call, and the play was overturned.
Another example was in Super Bowl 51 against Atlanta. In this game, Patriot receiver Julian Edelman made one of the greatest catches in history. After the catch, Atlanta challenged the call for lack of possession long enough. After reviewing the play, the Patriots won the appeal and won their fifth Super Bowl.
Getting Everyone Involved; One of the main reasons for the Patriots success this year was Brady got every receiver involved. Except for Josh Gordon who was acquired in October, the team had a balanced attack. When Gordon was released after twelve games Brady’s favourite receiver was the one that was open.
The Patriots should have a successful day against a team that ranked 7th defensively Both sides have had great success in running the ball this postseason. Together Tom Brady and Jared Goff have a combined three passing touchdowns.
Final prediction; If all goes according to plan the Patriots should win by a close margin 31-27. Brady should be able to throw against AqibTalib, Marcus Peters and John Johnson. Linebacker Dante Fowler is one of the games best.
As the season progressed on the Patriots defense improved in stopping the run. Look for the Patriot linebackers Donta Hightower, Kyle Van Noy and Trey Flowers to blitz most of the game. Rams quarterback Jared Goff is playing in his fourth postseason game versus the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
Now that the first round of the 2018 NFL Divisional round is history, Patriot fans have a week to think about the upcoming AFC Championship. Sunday, the Patriots will meet the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City. Earlier in the season, the Patriots squeaked by the Chiefs43-40 in Foxborough, Mass Sunday’s 40-28 thrashing of the Chargers marked Bill Belichick’s 40th post _season game as a head coach. In this post, we will examine three reasons why The Patriots are a model organization. Three Reasons The Patriots Are A Model Organization
Surrounded By Great Players Since Bill Belichick took over as head coach in 2000 the organization has a 5-3 Super Bowl record and nine AFC Tile wins. One of the main reasons for the Patriots success has been Tom Brady. Brady drafted number 199 in the 2000 draft has been calling the signals. In nineteen years Brady and Belichick have transformed the Patriots into one of the most successful organizations in professional sports. Outside of Brady, Belichick has drafted players such as Tedy Bruschi, Chandler Jones, Logan Mankins, Rob Gronkowski Vince Wilfork and most recently, running back Sony Michel. Belichick has often been critcized for his trading down method so the organization can receive a greater value for his pick. Throughout his tenure as Patriots head coach the Patriots have qualified for the playoffs ten years in a row
Superior Coaching; Since Belichick took over the team to the playoffs 2000 the team has seen a mass exodus of coaches leave to coach elsewhere. Notable names are Texans coach Bill O’Brien, Mike Vrabel of Tennessee Eric Mangini left to coach the New York Jets. Last season defensive coordinator Matt Patricia agreed to coach Detroit Also, last season offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels agreed to coach Indianapolis. Just after agreeing to coach the Colts McDaniels declined the offer and stayed with New England. The most recent coach to move on was longtime defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Flores agreed to coach Miami.
The Value Factor; Anyone who follows Belichick is familiar with his strategy of getting value. Throughout the years Belichick has traded First_ Round picks for middle round picks. The idea is to get the most out of a player for a reasonable price. Recent examples of this strategy are trading linebacker Chandler Jones was a First_ Round pick in 2012 who was dealt to the Browns for linebacker Kyle Van Noy. Van Noy has since been an integral part of the team’s defense.
The Future; After last year’s Super Bowl loss, many fans thought the regime was coming to an end. In 2018 Tom Brady threw for 4,355 yards 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. As long as Tom Brady can stay healthy the dynasty will continue. This coming Sunday will feature a rookie quarterback in Patrick Mahomes versus one on the greatest of all time.
At the midway point of the 2018 NFL season, the New England Patriots are 6-2 in the AFC East, The only other competition the Patriots face are the 7=1 Kansas City Chiefs. Earlier in the season, the Patriots handed the Chiefs their first loss of the season. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the Patriots are still the team to beat in the AFC. Why The Patriots Are Still The Team To Beat In The AFC For 2018
Well, Balanced Offense; At 41 years old the Patriots still have one of the most explosive offennses in football. Forty _One years old Tom Brady is still the best player in football. Also, in the mix is a healthy Julian Edelman and a new receiver in ex _Brown Josh Gordon.
Although the team lost veteran Danny Amendola to free agency, the Patriot’s are well _stocked at receiver. In the offseason, the club added ex_ Raider Cordarrelle Patterson. After eight games Patterson has been a valuable acquisition splitting time between running back and receiver. Not to mention a ninety_ five_ yard touchdown return against Chicago.
Other key offensive contributors have been Hall of Fame tight end Rob Gronkowski, receiver Chris Hogan and running back Sony Michel. Michel the team’s 2017 number one pick out of Georgia. After eight games Michel has run for 422 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive Issues; The 2018 Patriot defense is not much different than their defense of a year ago. Free agent signees Adrian Clayborn, Danny Shelton and Jason McCourty have not been effective.
currently, the teams rank 25th among NFL teams in total yards. They have given up 27 passing touchdowns after eight games. On the positive side, the club ranks 14th against the run. If the Patriots have any aspirations of returning to the Super Bowl, the backfield must tighten up.
A Healthy Brady; At 41 years old Tom Brady still remains one of the best players in NFL history. Brady ranks near the top in every category. Considering the offseason drama regarding the benching of Malcolm Butler the team continues to win with Brady calling the signals.
As it stands now the AFC championship is between the Patriots and KansCi tyChiefs. Although the team handed the Chiefs their first loss they are still the two best teams in the AFC..If the Patriots can stay healthy then return trip to the Super Bowl is possible. Look for a Patriots Los Angeles Rams meeting in the 2019 Super Bowl. .
Anybody who is a fan of the NFL understands you cannot tell how a team will fare after just one game. This past Sunday the Patriots enjoyed their first win of the season with a 27-20 win over the improved Houston Texans. In this post, we will cover three areas on why the Patriots are still a favourite to return to the Super Bowl going forward in 2018.
What We Have Learned from the Patriots After Week One Going Forward In 2018
Balanced Attack Like any Patriots team under Bill Belichick we witnessed a well_ balanced attack in Sunday’s win. Offensively Tom Brady passed for 277 yards On the ground the team rushed for 122 yards for a grand total of 389 yards combined for the day. Contributing in the effort were Rex Burkhead, James White, and James Devlin In the receiving department, Rob Gronkowski had 7 catches for 168 yards. Also in the mix was wideout Phillip Dorsett 7 catches for 61 yards. Dorsett had his best day as a Patriot. Improved Defense During the course of the game the Patriots put enormous pressure on quarterback Deshaun Watson. Defensively the team had three sacks. Led by Lawrence Guy, Adam Butler and newcomer Danny Shelton. In the defensive backfield area cornerback, Stephon Gilmore was credited with one interception and free agent cornerback JC Jackson had an impressive professional debut by not getting beat on any of Deshaun Watson’s throwing attempts to his side. Superior Coaching Despite the offseason loss of defensive coordinator Matt Patricia to Detroit the clubs coaching is still the best in the business. New Defensive Coordinator Brian Flores had the defense well prepared in Sunday’s win. Offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia has a challenge ahead of him due to the loss of Nate Solder. Newly acquired Trent Brown from San Francisco has made an impression. With the loss of number one pick, Isaiah Wynn the Patriots will meet the challenge
Remaining Games Ahead in 2018 As far as the rest of the games for 2018 the Patriots have their work cut out for the Outside of their division The club faces Chicago, Green Bay, Minnesota, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Not to mention a week two rematch with Jacksonville. If the Patriots hope to reach the Super Bowl, then Tom Brady needs dependable protection all season. Also, the team needs Rob Gronkowski healthy for all sixteen games and the playoffs
Now that Super Bowl 52 is in the record books it’s time to open another chapter for the New England Patriots. The Patriots are coming off a stunning loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. Of course, the story of the game was backup quarterback Nick Foles. Foles took over late in the season after an injury to starter Carson Wentz. Foles put the critics behind him and led the underrated Eagles to a 41-33 victory. Not to mention throwing for 373 yards and compiling a 97.5 % passing rating. But through everything Patriots, fans have reason to be optimistic for the upcoming 2018 season. In this post, we will review three areas why the Patriots defense is Super Bowl material. Why The Patriots Defense Is Super Bowl Material
Improved Front Seven Anyone who is a fan of Bill Belichick knows how much he thrives on depth and versatility. Despite not playing Malcolm Butler in The Super Bowl he retooled the defense in the offseason. Previous Patriot defenses have a reputation for their strong front seven. The first order of business was to improve the pass rush which was non_ existent in the Super Bowl. Free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn was signed from Atlanta. Clayborn Clayborn a seven_ year veteran has started 81 career games. The former 1st round draft pick by Tampa will provide depth and pass rushing skills In addition to Clayborn the team signed defensive tackle Danny Shelton from Cleveland. Shelton a three_ year veteran has played in 46 career games totaling 71 career tackles. If Clayborn and Shelton can stay healthy, then they should be a vast improvement in stopping the oppositions running game. Improved Pass Coverage In 2017 the club gave up a total of 4400 yards passing. In the Super Bowl, Foles had a career day throwing for 373 yards To shore up the defensive backfield Belichick drafted cornerback Duke Dawson out of Florida. Dawson who has a reputation of being an exceptional cover man and should provide depth when the team goes to dime coverage. Also joining the backfield is former Brown Jason McCourty. McCourty, the younger brother of safety Devin, brings eight years experience to the organization. Overall, McCourty has played in 122 career games with 16 interceptions and one touchdown. With the addition of his brother Devin and Stephon Gilmore, the backfield should be much more dangerous in pass coverage.
Fresh Outlook With a new defensive coordinator in Brian Flores, the Patriots have reasons to be optimistic this year. Even though the team lost one of the best defensive minds in the game in Matt Patricia, the Patriots defense should be better with the acquisitions of Shelton and Clayborn on the line. Also, keep in mind 2016 3rd round pick Derek Rivers. Rivers was one of the teams four picks in the deflate_ gate scandal. Rivers who is a pass rushing specialist out of Youngstown State. Rivers suffered a season_ ending knee injury during pre_ season last summer. If he can recuperate from surgery, look for him to compete for a starting position as an edge rusher.,