The E.A.R.: New England Patriots Season in Review


 

This will be a long one…

We did it! We did it! We did it! After much adversity we pulled off the “W” in the grandest fashion on the biggest stage ever.

28-3, no one had ever comeback from that kind of deficit in a Super Bowl. It should also be noted that last night was the five-year anniversary of our second Super Bowl loss to the Giants. We had everything stacked against us and, ATL got A-Town STOMPED in the last six minutes of the game.

After XLIX I couldn’t imagine a Super Bowl being any better than that. I’ve never been so wrong in my life in the best way possible. My head is still throbbing from the beer and excitement and, staying up until 1:30 to catch the 24 Legacy premiere.

This Patriots season has been quite the thrill ride. Back in April of 2016, we were hit with the news that the second circuit appeals court had overturned Judge Berman’s ruling. Brady would have to sit four games. Two months later, Brady decided not to go through with the appeal. It was finally Jimmy G time for the first time in two years; this was the exact moment we prepared him for.

In my humid basement in the beginning of September, I watched what would be the culmination of our preseason. We were to start on the Sunday Night stage to Chris Collingsworth repeating, “Now here’s a guy…” ten times over the course of one night. It was a sloppy game, but we pulled off the win against a monstrous Arizona D with a second string QB.

Fast Forward to Miami, Jimmy G is having a stellar game until he gets injured. Brissett stepped up and did as well as anyone could given his lack of playing time. We steamrolled Texas and was about to bring it to Buffalo. Brissett injures his thumb and it wasn’t a good day. Our first loss.

Fast forward to October 10th. Brady returns and dumps off his anger on a Cleveland team already on life support five weeks into the season. One week later we made plenty of coats out of some Bengals. We melted the Steelers into some ceremonial trophies polished with the tears of our enemies. We then needed fuel to get through the winter so we skinned some Buffalo. We went into that bye week on a high at the top of the AFC and yet, Belichick wasn’t satisfied.

Despite the roll we were on with only one loss on the season, our defense had been lackluster and, one of those guys stuck out like a sore thumb. Jamie Collins had been doing his own thing because he thought he knew better and at times, it cost us BIGLY! Belichick made an example of him by trading him to the worst team ever in the NFL. It was such a shocking trade at that point in the season but, it was a much needed wake up call.

After the bye Seattle steam rolled our secondary, it was a shoot out that ended in heartbreak at the one yard line. Our second loss. The games in San Francisco and, New York were tough to watch even though we won them both. After the Jamie Collins trade, I felt like our defense had no identity, no chemistry whatsoever.

The LA and, Baltimore games would be the turning point for our defense. I spent both of those games asking myself if that was really our defense I was watching. We managed to stop a good Baltimore offense and, we brought it to the Denver Broncos. The Jets couldn’t even stand a chance the second time around. Let it be known that Jet fuel can’t melt the Patriots.

The real test would come in the last week of the season against a high-powered Dolphins offense that finally hit their stride. Our defense held firm and kept them under 20 points. For the first time in two years we ranked in the one seed and earned home field advantage. I thankfully was able to attend one of these legendary playoff games in person. Pittsburgh couldn’t even stand a chance.

The Super Bowl. It was ugly but I never lost faith. I’m still wrapping my head around what I just saw. We were losing until we weren’t.

There’s no more debating it, Brady is truly the greatest of all time. Never in Super Bowl history has a team ever came back from a 25-point deficit. Given the roller coaster that was this season, last night was truly a glorious one. We’ll enjoy this one but, next month it’s back to business. As you know, March marks the beginning of the dreaded free agency season, a season that has claimed many on our team. We can’t pay every player the money they want. Here are some things to think about going into next season.

1. We’ll really need to focus on our O-line next season. As sharp as Brady is and, as well as Brady takes care of himself, He is getting older. Brady can’t continue to sustain the punishment he’s been dealing with the last two years. We’ve been blessed with a good O-Line coach but, Brady needs good guys around him.

2. A lot of contracts are up for renewal, especially on defense. Butler definitely needs a good contract as long as it is within reason. Logan Ryan has improved greatly and is deserving of a chance. Dont’a Hightower has truly shined, especially against the run. It will be tough but, we need to bolster our defense while saving money. Some good free agency pickups will be nice.

3. As far as our offense goes, we just need to keep it versatile so that we thrive even when guys like Gronk go down. Good drafting on all sides of the ball will be crucial.

4. One big question looming over us is the one of Jimmy G. There’s only so long someone like him will continue to play second fiddle to Tom Brady. Should we trade Jimmy G I only ask of these two things: a) At least get something good for him. There is a high demand for QBs right now and there is a team willing to give us something good for him. b) Please send the guy to a team I actually like and respect. I love the kid and I want him to succeed no matter where he his. Allow me to still be able to root for him.

It has been a phenomenal season and, I’ve enjoyed writing these reports. It’s going to be a long seven months but we’ve been here before. It’s time to go back to the families we’ve abandoned while committing time to this game. It’s been real y’all.

Epic Autistic out!

 

Flemmings Beaubrun is an avid gamer and lover of music. When not working, Flemmings likes to spend his time whipping up dank beats for the masses. He also spends his weekends thrift shopping for rare video games and obscure electronics. Other times he’s in front of a TV with a giant bowl of cereal enjoying shows from the 90s.

 

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