Reality is starting to settle in for Patriots fans. The man who led them to six Super Bowls is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. The Jarrett Stidham era has begun. In this post, we will examine three areas of how life will be different without Tom Brady. Life In The Post Brady Era Belichicks Faith Jarrett Stidham No one is a better judge of talent than Bill Belichick. Over the year’s Belichick has drafted Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, Logan Mankins, Matt Light, Rob Gronkowski, Devin McCourty, and now Jarrett Stidham. In 2019, the Patriots selected Stidham in the 4th round. After a brief career at Baylor, he transferred to LSU and put up colossal numbers. Scouts raved about his potent arm. some scouts projected Stidham as a starting quarterback in the NFL. Head coach Bill Belichick raves about his work ethic and accuracy. Whether Stidham begins the season remains to be seen. As in insurance policy the team resigned Brian Hoyer in the of season. In 2019, the Patriots released Hoyer, who was claimed by Indianapolis. Two New Tight Ends The Patriots came out of this year’s draft, with two new tight ends. The Patriots selected Devin Asiasi of UCLA and Dalton Keens of Virginia Tech. Both are known for their blocking skills. Keene is a tireless worker. He can also play in the backfield as an extra receiver. Both Keene and Asiasi will join Matt Lacosse and Ryan Izzo in the tight ends department. In the offseason Hall of Fame Tight end, Rob Gronkowski joined Tampa Bay. How Belichick and Josh McDaniels coach up should be interesting. Whatever the outcome is Patriots nation will never forget Gronk Restructured Offensive LIne Life without Brady will be hard to adapt to. If Jarrett Stidham is going to be successful, he will have sufficient protection. This year’s draft class also two additional linemen. Offensive guard Michael Onwenu of Michigan. Onweanu’s strengths are his versatility. during his first two years at Michigan, Onwenu played both the offensive side and defensive side. With the sixth pick the team selected tackle Justin Herron of Wake Forest. At 6″5″ 305 pounds, Herron is projected as more of a guard than a tackle. His strengths are his length and footwork. His weaknesses are his run blocking. Both Herron and Onwenu will be work in progress
The Future Replacing Tom Brady will take time. Fans will have to get used to the post_ Brady era. One thing is for sure the team is still coached by one of the best in NFL history in Bill Belichick.
Now that the Tom Brady era is over in New England, it’s time for a new chapter to begin. This marks the first true test of how Bill Belichick can restructure his team. Currently, the organization owns twelve picks in this year’s draft. The question is .will they select a quarterback or roll the dice with Jarret Stidham this season? The experts predict the team will choose AJ Espensea of Iowa with the first pick. Other analysts have Belichick moving up and taking quarterback Jake Fromm of Georgia. In any event, Thursday marks a new beginning for the New England Patriots. In this post, we will examine three reasons why the 2020 draft is the most important in Patriots history. Why The 2020 Draft Is The Most Important In Patriots History The Greatest Quarterback In History Left You could say that Tom Brady was the best bargain on the market this offseason. The owner of six Super Bowls Is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer. Relying on Jarret Stidham could prove to be disastrous, On the flip side, many players say that Stidham is more than capable. With Brian Hoyer, as his back up only time will tell. With a minimal receiving group the Patriots will struggle. Too Many Holes To Fill The days of the Patriots putting up 40 points in order to win are over. The team will have to grind it out with an aging roster. If key veterans can stay healthy the Patriots may surprise people. Veteran Julian Edelman is 34. Tight end Ben Watson retired as Rob Gronkowski. Relying on Matt Lacosse will not cut it. Therefore, expect Belichick, and the Patriots to be very active on draft night. Toughest Schedule in The NFL With Tom Brady departed, the club has one of the tougher schedules in 2020. Dates with Kansas City and San Fransisco are two. An improved Bills team twice. Plus Seattle and Denver are reasons to be skeptical. Also leaving were Kyle Van Noy and Elandon Roberts. Look for a lot of new faces next season. The Future Look for the Patriots to select AJ ESpensea with their first pick. The team needs to focus on its front seven. With twelve picks look for Belichick to draft either Nate Stanley of Iowa or Cole McDonald of Hawaii. The year 2020 shall be one of the challenging in recent memory.
With the upcoming NFL draft weeks away, the Patriots need to focus on defense in this year’s draft. In this post, we will focus on three areas the team needs to focus on defense in the upcoming draft.
Why The Patriots Need To Focus On Defense In This Year’s Draft
Mass Exodus Of Defensive Players So far this offseason, several key members have left. Leaving for fresher pastures were Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Danny Shelton, and Duron Harmon have moved on. Succeeding them will not be easy. Overall, the Patriots were the number one ranked defense in the NFL last season. Head coach, Bill Belichick signed Beau Allen, and Adrian Phillips this past offseason. Allen will be an upgrade over Shelton. Adrian Phillips led the Chargers last year in tackles. He will be an upgrade over Duron Harmon.
Add Depth To The Front Seven New England holds the 23rd pick in the first round. Depending on who is available a quality pick would be middle linebacker Zach Baun of Wisconsin. Baun is known for his versatility. He is both an excellent pass rusher and can drop back and cover. A J Espensea of Iowa would be a perfect Patriot fit. His mammoth size 6’5″ tall and 280 lbs. is what the Patriots look for. In three years at Iowa, Espenesa finished with 61 solo tackles and 40 assisted tackles plus one touchdown. Belichick has close ties with the head coach. KirkFerentz. A sleeper in the draft is Oklahomas linebacker Ken Murray. Murray 6’5” tall and 250 lbs is regarded as a third_ down linebacker. In three years at Oklahoma Murray finished with 325 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He also set a school record for making 28 tackles in one game. Need To Get Younger Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore, and Donta Hightower are all over thirty. Hightower is at the end of a four _year deal. A deal that pays 35,000,000 dollars. Stephon Gilmore signed the most lucrative deal in Patriot history. Devin McCourty agreed to a two-year extension this offseason. All three are valuable assets to the Patriot’s success. Last season the team had the number one defense in the NFL. If the team hopes to be in the playoff conversation the defense will be a huge factor. The Upcoming Season With the dramatic departure of Tom Brady, Patriots fans are bracing for the best. The Patriots have one of the oldest rosters in football. Relying on Jarrett Stidham to take over will take time. If the Patriots hope to win another Super Bowl it will be done with defense and exceptional coaching.
With NFL free agency a week away, the New England Patriots need to decide who will lead them. With Tom Brady, a free agent for the first time, decisions need to be made. At 43 Brady passed for 4,000 yards and threw 24 touchdowns. His overall rating was 85%.In this post, we will review three free agents that would help the Patriots win their 7th Super Bowl under Bill Belichick.
Three NFL Free Agents That Would Help The Patriots Return Too The Super Bowl
For 43 years old Tom Brady’s numbers are still pretty
good. Considering he had limited receivers 24 touchdowns is not too shabby, If he and the Patriots cannot concur on a deal he would still be a bang for your buck.
With rumors flying, look for Brady and owner Robert Kraft to strike a deal at midnight on March 16th. If he does return, he needs people to throw the ball to. Receiver Julian Edelman was banged up. Rookies Nkeal harry and Jacobi Meyers were work in progress. Mohamed Sanu, acquired at the trade deadline, struggled to learn the system. With offseason help, Brady could stir New England back to the Super Bowl.
Derrick Henry The interesting aspect of Derrick Henry is his 1,187,000 dollar cap hit. Henry would be a steal for the right situation. He literally ran all over the Patriots in their wild _card win over the Patriots.
With Henry’s size, he would take tremendous pressure off of Brady. Drafted in 2016 by Tennessee, his career numbers are 3833 yards, rushing and 38 touchdowns.
Logan Ryan With safety Devin McCourty a free Logan Ryan would be a perfect fit. Drafted by Bill Belichick in2013 Ryan is familiar with the Patriots system. Career _wise Ryan has 78 pass deflections,11 sacks, and 17 interceptions. With a 9.500,000 dollar cap hit Ryan would be a deal.
The Offseason The 2020 offseason could be the most important in Patriot history Whether or not to sign the greatest football player in NFL history. If a deal cannot get done with Brady, either a free agent or Jarrett Stidham is an option.
Whoever the quarterback is he needs to be surrounded by quality receivers. Look for the Patriots to spend a lot of money in free agency. The team finished a respectable 12-4 last season, with sensible signings Super Bowl seven may be in reach.
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.