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”
Fredy and Nick break down the news on Michael Bennett being traded to New England
I don’t know if this is a good or bad idea. He was an absolute beast in Seattle and messed up any offense with his brute force and never give up will. But is this a good idea?
For Patriots fans, you know him as Marty’s brother. Or, the guy who started the fight against the Patriots at the end of the Seahawks-Patriots Super Bowl. Maybe this could work. But whenever the Patriots get a defensive lineman from trades or free agency, it hasn’t worked out well.
Kony Ealy, Aidrian Clayborn, and that tub of lard Albert Haynesworth. I’m sure there’s more but those come to mind who are decently big names. Will Bennett work out and prove he’s worthy of the contract he wants? Because this is looking like a 1-year prove it situation. Who knows?
I’m not going to deny Bennett had a decent year but I’m just not sure we need another douche. Maybe it’ll work out like it did with Harrison. But after how many failed DE’s am I suppose to feel safe. Him being added to the Eagles didn’t do much of a difference. Adding Greg Schiano won’t help either. When asked about playing for a stiff, Bennett didn’t forget to mention his former coach in Tampa. “I did that before. It wasn’t fun […] His name is Greg Schiano.” Also, he said Schiano had small man syndrome. Sheesh!
Hopefully he does good, but Bennett thinks he’s better than he is. Let’s hope the Patriot way sinks in (hookers and PEDS?).
This is a great deal. The Patriots literally have a dozen draft picks this year, and are giving up a 2019 5th-rounder for him (more details on draft picks coming out as I type). They’re getting him for cheap in that respect because of his contract, not his play.
Bennett was good last season. He had 9 sacks and 30 QB hits (the latter a career high), was ranked as the 21st best edge rusher according to Pro Football Focus. He was on a deep Eagles defense, but that team as a whole took a step back compared to their 2017 season.
I get the concerns about his behavior, but I think the fact that Marty liked this team so much, and the system we have in place (although the Schiano part is interesting) bodes well for Michael Bennett on this team. He’s respected (Ernie Adams said he was the “top priority” in order for the Pats offense in succeeding in Super Bowl 49), and is still playing well. If he’s a “headcase,” cut him and move on.
This is a great move, and my only worry with it is that it means Trey Flowers could be out the door… but imagine if both are on the team next season….
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Tom Brady will be entering the final year of a 2-year, $41 million contract he signed with the team in 2016. He’s currently set to earn $15 million, vastly underpaid for a player of his caliber, something we have come to expect throughout his career, as he has sacrificed money time and time again for the betterment of the team. It’s a formula that had helped New England assemble championship rosters, especially this most recent run of titles.
However, Brady has never walked into a contract year, and even though it will be his age-42 season, the Patriots are not changing course in making sure the greatest QB of all-time is under team security. The week prior to the Super Bowl, owner Robert Kraft said the team would have no reservations in extending Brady, and we should expect nothing less.
To add some fuel to the fire, we’re hearing some figures about a possible Brady contract extension.
It finally happened. It took until the last day of February, but Bryce Harper FINALLY chose the team for his future, picking the Philadelphia Phillies. In what ultimately looked like a competition between Philly, the San Francisco Giants, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Harper chose the longevity and total dollars that the Phillies were offering. The bid of the Giants is said to have been at least 12 years and $310 million, while the Dodgers are said to have offered 4 years and $180 million, an absolutely astronomical short-term contract that would have been the highest AAV in MLB history.
Ultimately, 13 years and $330 million, with a no-trade clause and no opt-outs, was the offer the was deemed the best. Continue reading “13 Seasons in Sports”
Let me start this off by saying I am not that big of a Flacco guy. However, when he does have a good game or good moments, I laugh hard at football analysts trying to figure out if he’s actually good because the answer to that is… there is no fucking answer! (He’s elite if you ask me while I’m under the influence).
Flacco is a Super Bowl champion with one of the better playoff runs in recent memory. Case Keenum? A bum who couldn’t win in Minnesota and got throttled by Philly, even though he had Diggs and Theilen. In Denver, he had better weapons than Flacco has had the past few years, so why is there an argument saying the two QBs are the same? I can’t get enough Flacco talk so let’s get into the obvious differences! Continue reading “Why Comparing Flacco and Keenum is like Comparing Oranges and Grapes”
The New England Patriots have now won 6 Super Bowls since 2001.
Simple, concise, a model of success. In the NFL, there is no other parallel, and if you look closely, although the other four major sports have some worthy challengers, this run takes the cake.