The season is over…

So the season is over and it’s time for reflection. Did we fail? I think so. Do you think we failed? comment below.

I think the Patriots failed because the goal at the start of the season was to win Super Bowl 52. Did the team win Super Bowl 52? No. Therefore the season was a failure. It’s like aiming to lose 2st by summer before your holiday but you only lost a stone and a half. It’s like a recovering alcoholic being 500 days sober but having a drink on day 501. You would class them as achievements but the objective was a failure.

Where did it all go wrong? Benching Butler and not letting him play a snap in the big game? Losing Edleman to an ACL before the season has even begun? The captain of the defence getting injured 5 games in to the campaign? Or was it Marcus Cannon getting injured against the Chargers and then officially going on IR in December, ending his season there and then. In all honesty, it’s all of the above and probably a little bit more.

They managed without Gronk last year, so they can manage without Edelman this season was my thoughts. Plus we got Cooks and Hogan and Danny Playoff as decent replacements so not such a problem there. Now everyone says the defence was the obvious issue and I would agree. Hightower is my favourite player and a linchpin of that D, so for me, he was probably the biggest loss but that’s more of a personal opinion than maybe actual fact. Van Noy stepped up in huge ways when required and with Hightower back next season, I think the pairing will be a formidable force next season.

Moving forward for next season the defence needs bolstering and with Matty P off to the city of Motown it’ll be interesting to see who steps in to his shoes. My long shot is Belichick’s son, Steve and any slim chance Butler was going to stay in New England will be gone with it.

Thanks for reading and please check back in for more posts as the weeks and months go on.

One thought on “The season is over…

  1. Hi Matt,

    Congrats on the blog, great idea and a good read as well.

    I totally agree that Malcom Butler has had his last run with the pats, I feel he is starting to get found out a bit now after 4 years in the league. While I do think you can become an elite player even if you go undrafted, sometimes the reasons why you become undrafted gets realised at some point and I feel he is too much of a liability especially with the money he is asking for.

    I also think this defence needs A LOT of work as it’s starving for talent from top to bottom except for Hightower & Gilmore, there ain’t much to go with. Now drafting constantly really low every year doesn’t help as you can see what happens when you draft in the top 5 every year you can all of a sudden turn out to have an elite defence a la Jacksonville jags. We can only go with where we pick unless we move up which Bill rarely does. I also think Belicheck’s drafting talent at defence as of late hasn’t been great lets be honest, he tries to mask it with free agency and it works no doubt about it, but when we come against good offences, shit hits the fan real hard like the SB against the Eagle even when going against a back up QB!!.

    Anyway’s i’m rambling on, lets hope we draft better this time and get a few good free agents.In terms of other positions, i think we should draft a running back and a OT especially if Solder leaves :/.

    Keep up the good work 🙂


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