Daily post at Sportsblog is up, taking a closer look at the Talib situation.
Kicking off the week with a long one at B/R, breaking down the big free agency picture. Things are about to get interesting, strap in!
Now that the season is over I finally made myself sit down and rewatch all of the AFCCG. If there’s one thing about All-22 game film, it really takes the emotion out of it. It’s still kind of strange when watching particular plays and remembering moments of false hope that I might’ve had.
The headline? The Pats just didn’t come to play in this one. It’s sad and really somewhat surprising, given that they usually put up a much better fight. But the whole team looked tired. They weren’t making the big plays. And in the big moments they could not execute.
Maybe it was the Denver air, maybe they were just happy to have made it to the AFCCG, but they couldn’t do much of anything and looked flat while watching the Broncos make every little play and fight for every extra yard.
I’ll have to go back and watch the Ravens game next so I can enter the offseason with a good taste in my mouth. Still, this didn’t take anything away from the 2013 team. The took as far (or really further) than anyone could’ve expected.
Congratulations to the Seahawks on their impressive Super Bowl win last night. Seattle was, for some reason, my other favorite team growing up. I always had a thing for Steve Largent and Curtis Warner, so if there had to be one other team I wanted to win the Super Bowl, it would be them.
I know plenty of Pats fans had their issues with Seattle after last year’s game. You know, when it took two huge bombs for the Hawks to come back on the Pats after Brady had thrown for 400 yards on them. Funny how no one seems to be bringing that one up today.
But in my two trips to games in Seattle, I’ve never seen a more informed and passionate group of fans and I am happy for them today.
That said, I was never really rooting against Peyton Manning in this one. I don’t know what it was, but after the AFC Championship game I feel like I turned a corner and was able to appreciate Manning as the great quarterback he is. Really, if you ignore the Brady-Manning debate and it’s pretty easy to like Peyton. Of course, the way his team played yesterday certainly left me shaking my head.
But all this talk of legacy is way overblown. Brady and Manning are two of the best to ever play and unless one of them puts up two Super Bowl wins in this, the twilight of their careers, the debate will go on and on for all of time. Personally I’ve enjoyed being a Brady fan and wouldn’t want the Peyton Manning fan experience over the Brady experience. Both have fallen short plenty of times, but I think the Brady/Patriots’ losses were easier to stomach and left far fewer “what ifs”.
Once again one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time was shut down by a top defense. Have we gotten to the point yet where having an elite set of pass rushers is just as important as having an elite quarterback? It’s not far off.
The Seahawks beat the Broncos just like the Giants beat the Patriots twice in the Super Bowl. By physically dominating their offense at the line of scrimmage. Again, I hope this pushes the Patriots in the offseason to add as many pass rushers as they can get their hands on. Having them in September is one thing, having them all in February is what wins the big one.
It was really just nice to see some great defense last night. Maybe because I’m a Patriots fan I’m just not used to it, but I’ve always been a defense guy and the Seahawks defense was so fun to watch. I can’t wait to look at the all-22 to get a better sense of their game plan.
But it was great seeing their secondary come down hard on the Broncos’ crossing routes that burned the Pats so many times.
It’s just nice to know that there’s still a place for great defense in the NFL and I hope it gives the Pats something to aspire to.
And now we move on to the offseason!
Friday B/R column is up with some stats that really bother me…
Pats are the WORST DEFENSE in the NFL over the last four seasons on third down and giving up 20+ plays. Ick…
It’s an off-day B/R piece, taking a look at the cap and where the Pats could do some cutting and extending.
It was a great season, the Pats and their fans should keep their heads high. This team fought down to the wire and ultimately just didn’t have enough to pull off the upset in Denver.
The Broncos played a perfect game and the Patriots did not. That can’t take the luster off of an inspiring season and one of the most fun I’ve experienced.
The 2013 Pats will always have a special place in my heart. For now, here are the takeaways after the season-ending loss.