Talking trash has been around for ages. In sports, it’s only natural to talk the talk. But wow, does Sean Payton think he’s a player or something? The nerve of this man to call out the recent coaching hires. WOW.
The age old question of does Belichick or Brady carry the Patriots will live in forever. To be fair, Belichick did get the Patriots to 11-5 with Matt Cassel. But Payton? What’s he done without Brees? What’s he accomplished lately other than chocking? Continue reading “Sean Payton’s Trash Talking… Again”
With the NFL Draft less than 6 weeks away, I decided to do an exercise with the Patriots success in the draft (by round) since 2009.
Why 2009? There are only 4 players drafted prior to that year who contributed to the most recent run of championships in any way (Brady in 2000, Wilfork in 2005, Gostkowski in 2006, Slater in 2008). The team’s past 10 drafts should serve to highlight how part of the roster has been built, and where the impact players have been found.
This is going off of a hunch that the Patriots have had more success in the mid-to-late rounds finding talent than the first two rounds; lets see if that is a fair assessment.
Listen, I’m not the biggest college sports guy. I think the last full college game of any kind I watched was Deshaun Watson carrying Clemson to a national championship two years ago. As for watching a BC game or any game involving colleges in Massachusetts, I haven’t watched a full one since Tyrese Rice played for BC a decade ago. I might have watched a Reggie Jackson game awhile ago but who knows?
With free agency signings popping up left and right, we have officially entered the true madness of the NFL offseason. I am a big fan of any sports offseason, and between now and through the draft in late April, we will see how the 32 teams in the NFL go about building their rosters in the hopes of success in 2019.
As is the case on the field, there is one team that is the best at building a roster, and knows how to set itself up for sustained success by making the right moves, and knowing how to show restraint; that team of course, is the New England Patriots.
The news we’ve heard from the Patriots thus far this offseason has more to do with the players that are leaving than joining the Super Bowl champions, but that’s not necessarily bad news. Sure, Trey Flowers and Trent Brown are talented players and deserved to be paid, but committing between $31.5 million and $32.5 million in AAV respectively to those two would have meant they’d be committing roughly 1/6 of their salary cap to Flowers and Brown; that’s not the Patriot Way. Continue reading “Team Building is an Art”