Patriots postmortem… “we are on to 2016 and the college players scouting, that’s what we do now”
~Bill Belichick 1/25/16
The better teams, the #1 seeds won. Peyton’s one turnover was better than Toms two turnovers and spelled the difference in the final score. Peyton goes to his fourth Super Bowl and Tom goes home to heal up both mentally and physically from the beating.
The Carolina Camthers put a beat down on the Cardinals to a degree that not many expected.
Carolina will be favored over Denver because they have a great defense and they have a running game…little girls will be getting footballs in two weeks.
The fall guy fails and then falls
Patriots second year Offensive line coach Dave De Guglielmo gets fired after TB gets hit 20+ times in the AFC Championship game.
The Patriots record with De Guglielmo as O line coach 30-9
Last years halo of protection:
This years disaster:
Looking ahead to next season I’d say the Pats are in good shape on defense. The emergence of CB’s Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler, along with safety’s Patrick Chung and Devin Mc Courty tightened up the back end of the solid front seven.
On offense their soon to be 39 year old QB needs help. The O line suffered injuries that made a mediocre group down right terrible by seasons end.
Belichick’s first draft pick will be #61 overall this spring so a free agent signing or two is necessary to preserve the battered QB.
The other glaring need is a running back. Dion Lewis is a small and dynamic player in the passing game but can’t take the toll as a between the tackles RB. Legarrette Blount can run between the tackles but not behind the guys who are getting beat on every down up front. Stephen Jackson was a nice story but obviously has little left in the tank. Brandon Bolden is a fine special teams player and James White can’t get open in the passing game and can’t get by the first hit in the run game.
OC Josh McDaniels had a questionable year, he has a reputation as a good coordinator but his QB makes him look good most of the time.
The receivers are Brady’s preferred type. Only one tall WR ever cut it successfully with Brady and that was Randy Moss. Brady seems to connect with 5′ 8″ 175 lb guys like David Patton, Troy Brown, Kevin Faulk, Dion Branch, Wes Welker, Shane Vereen, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Dion Lewis and his newest Keshawn Martin. Quick little guys that get open underneath and run away from linebackers and safetys.
Guys like the always injured Aaron Dobson 6′ 3″ 220 and Brandon LaDrops 6’3” 210 just don’t seem to get it. They can’t run clean routes, can’t make meaningful catches and disappear when needed most. Scott Chandler falls into this category as well.
Gronk is an exception, he is the best blocking TE in the NFL, he has great size and strength, he has great hands, underrated speed and a will to drag any 11 guys to the end zone with him.
Pitchers and Catchers report on 20 days,
the Red Sox made some good off season moves to bolster the weak pitching from 2015.
David Price, Craig Kimbrel and Carson Smith. The rotation should look like this:
David Price, Rick Porcello, Clay Buchholz, Edwardo Rodriguez, Joe Kelly and Henry Owens
The weight watchers: work out world
Pablo Fatty Sandoval, Hanley Ramirez.
Pablo is reported to have dropped 20 lbs so far this off season, that seems about what he gained during last season so I guess that means back to 255 on that 5′ 10′ frame. Manager John Farrell says he’s seen Pablo and he looks like he’s right on track to meet their goals.
just to compare, David Ortiz is 6′ 3′ and weighed in at 235 last week.
Hanley has been using his first base mans glove trying to hone a craft he’s’really not sure he wants…with the NL likely to adopt the DH in 2017 Hanley sees himself either sliding into David Ortiz spot once the Ortiz retirement parade is over at the end of this season or positioning himself as a viable one trick pony in the NL.
Sandoval could be trying the same angle but the fat man would be a harder sell for the Red Sox with his excess baggage and all.
I’m really looking forward to baseball season where hope spring eternal and every team has a chance. The Red Sox can be very good if they stay healthy on the mound. with John Farrell back from his bout with cancer and Dave Dombroski pulling the front office strings local fans do have hope. A lot of young talent will be counted on, guys like Bogarts, Holt and Betts for the nucleus of potentially a really solid contender.
Much more to come on this.
I’m all set with winter, the snow gets dirty on day two and the road salt on my truck forces me to spend $20 a week on the car wash.
For you folks that live in the south and west, we in the Northeast know how to drive in the ice and snow. Our municipal highway departments know how to spread the salt and sand to keep the icy driving to a minimum. The world doesn’t stop for a few flakes of snow…life goes on. But the toll on your vehicles from the cold starts and the salt eating every piece of metal from rocker panels to break lines to springs, shocks and the frame itself is a costly maintenance issue. A car wash is an essential part of driving if you want to keep your car past its final payment.
That’s all for today friends, I’m off to take care of Moms needs and then off to work. Thanks for the visit and the comments