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The E.A.R.: The Epic Autistic Post Season Report

 

Well, it was a good run while it lasted; It just sucks that we had to go out with a loss.

We did what we could, but it was clear Philly came to play last night. I’ve got to give it to Philly. Not many mistakes were made that night, and their run game was beautiful.

Jay Ajayi was always a standout when we played him on the Dolphins, but tonight he truly shined. LeGarrette Blount did was he does best in the post season, and that’s wrecking defenses for crazy amounts of yards. Nick Foles also threw well when he had to, only coming away with one pick. Philly deserved tonight’s win. We did not deserve to win this game.

Here are some things to address about this game, and things to improve in the off season.

Brady has proved tonight that age ain’t a thing just yet. That was one of Brady’s best performances. It’s just unfortunate that he’s not the entirety of the team.

Our defense let us down tonight like they have in many games during the regular season. Matt Patricia did what he could but, the injuries caught up to us. There is also the very questionable benching of Malcolm Butler, which I have heard many stories about. I will say this though: Butler hasn’t played as well as he usually does this season. I throw that one around, and many are quick to come to his defense, and then I feel like I’m crazy at times because I feel like I’m the only person whose noticed his downward trend in performance.

Butler used to be pretty stellar at shutting down the guys he was assigned. This season I watched a shell of the guy who caught the game ending interception in Superbowl XLIX. I watch the shell of a guy who shutdown receivers like Odell Beckham and even finished tackles to force incomplete passes that prevented game winning touchdowns.

You can say what you want, but Butler went off a cliff the moment New England decided to pay Stephan Gilmore over him. If you go into my Facebook timeline, every game has me saying What the fuck Butler? at least once. Props too to the guys he was covering, but he’s just not as reliable as he used to be. This was his last season in New England. The Pats will let him walk, and some team is going to pay him more than what he’s worth. He’ll either play well and redeem himself, or he’ll fade in to obscurity like every over paid corner and DT that played for the Pats. How often have you heard of Darrelle Revis, Jamie Collins and Aquib Talib? Exactly.

We really need a pass rush. Rob Ninkovich retiring during the last off season hurt us. The loss of Derek Rivers and Dont’a Hightower to injuries also hurt us. We really have to rebuild this defense. Brady can’t win games all by himself like he has all season.

The O-line was surprisingly solid the entire game. It would be great to find some pieces that can really aid in the protection of Brady. Brady is getting older and there are only so many hits he can take in an entire game. Hopefully some O-Line talent shows up in free agency and, the draft.

Our QB situation needs to be addressed and I ain’t talking about Brady. I’m talking about the guy who is going to be the next man up the day Brady gets injured, or decides to hang it up. Brian Hoyer knows our system but, I can’t count on him to carry a team like Jimmy Garappolo did. We’ll need to draft a guy or two cause our QB depth chart sucks right now.

We will most certainly lose both coordinators this off season. We will need to find guys that can run a good defense and, a more practical offense. The Josh McDaniels trick plays were cute several years ago when they helped us beat the Ravens in the Divisional round. They unfortunately hurt us a lot last night. A more practical offense that doesn’t rely on gimmicks and hits the ground running would be great. I feel like McDaniels’ offenses took way too long to get going at times. This “sit and wait to see what these guys do” plans are not sustainable. We can’t make an entire career out of playing from behind because eventually you end up playing a team like the Eagles who just never take their foot off the gas.

Stephen Gostkowski worries me a bit. That first missed kick I was willing to forgive due to the bad hold, but the other ones were just awful. He seems to really blow it when it counts the most.

You can blame that one controversial Eagles touchdown all you want, but we did a lot wrong in that game for it to come to that one play. From missed tackles on defense to the few drives that didn’t result in points, we shot ourselves in the foot many times last night. That call did drive home a serious problem in the NFL with the consistency of the NFL catch rules. The owners better sit Roger Goodell the fuck down and come to an agreement as to what the fuck a catch looks like.

What’s done is done. In Bellichick fashion we’re on the next season. There is much work to do, and there will be many controversial Bellichick decisions to come. Hopefully we can get our shit together and run the table once again.

Once again it’s been fun writing these reports. I’m blessed to be able to entertain every week, and I’m thankful to those who get a kick out of my posts. I’m also thankful I get to write about such an awesome team, even though they sometimes blow it when it matters. The next six months are going to blow, but a much needed break is long due. I can finally be productive on Sundays again. It’s been real!

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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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.