the New England Patriots have improved to 50 on the season, and the defense continued to shine and continued to dominate its night.
We're going to explore if the defense could sustain this success, and I'm gonna focus, especially on the Patriots linebacking corps.
And I'm gonna talk about how they've been the catalyst of this Patriots defense.
The Patriots offense struggled out of the gate yesterday against the Washington Redskins, but they came out in the second half with a vengeance.
And tonight all talk about the Patriots offense and how they've taken a step forward and how they can stay consistent.
Plus the Patriots of release tight end Ben Watson.
Jay Gruden has been acts by the Redskins.
Ben Roethlisberger was fine for wearing an apple watch, and Teddy Bridgewater has taken advantage of his opportunity with the Saints and is making the case to be a starting quarterback somewhere next season.
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How do we feel about our fifth straight victory Monday? A big shout out to all the Patriot fans who went out to Washington yesterday and made the Patriots feel like they were playing at Gillette Stadium.
We're the only fan base that makes our team feel like they're at a home game when they're away.
Congratulations to Mr Tom Brady for passing Brett Farve on the all time passing yards list.
He will pass Peyton Manning on Thursday.
And how fitting is it that Peyton's brother is gonna be on the sidelines watching Brady do it? And I guess the big story to come out today is.
The Patriots chose not to activate Ben Watson onto their roster today after coming back from suspension, and he has been released and is now a free agent in the NFL.
A little weird note for the first time since 2004 this is the first time the Patriots have not had either Ben Watson or Rob Gronkowski on their payroll for a season since 2004.
That's a pretty, ah, pretty crazy extended amount of time where they had solid tight ends.
Um, one of the upsides about the Patriots release seen Watson is they're going to save about $2 million on their cap, which now increases them to about 3.
8 million, which I think brings them closer and closer to trading for Emmanuel Sanders, who I believe will be the receiver if the Patriots do make a move.
If they make a move at all.
Obviously, for watching, I think that have Watson plays Week one.
He's on the team this season, but being away for four weeks, and the success that the New England Patriots had without him didn't do Watson any favors whatsoever.
Ryan is Oh, and both Matt Lacoste showed on Sunday that they can be involved in the Patriots offense, and I think just with everything that's going on and all the moving pieces and the salary cap being so tight as it is, Ben Watson was no longer a fit with the Patriots.
I'm not sure if I'm gonna go more in depth on this tomorrow or if this is just gonna be it for tonight.
I'll have to play that by year.
I got to see it.
More news comes out If we actually had a reason why Bill Belichick decided to make this decision, which obviously we probably won't because he's Bill Belichick.
But ladies and some of the Pats Nation, I'd like to get on with the show and talk about our New England Patriots because here a DP and we like football.
We like football season and everything that goes with it.
So listen Dont'a Hightower, nicknamed the Patriots linebacking corps the Boogie Men, and I think that that's the absolute perfect name for them.
I can on Lee imagine the fear that they strike into opposing teams.
Offensive coordinators don't know how to stop them.
Offensive lines look confused quarterbacks or timid running backs get zero attraction.
And to tell you the truth, I've just forgotten about tight ends when the Patriots defense on the field.
Obviously, the Patriots defense has been outstanding this season, and they are on the verge of putting up historical numbers.
And if they continue this pace, they will go down as the best defense to ever play in the NFL, not just the Patriots, but the NFL.
So I guess the big question is, can the Patriots keep this pace stop the entire season? The short answer is, yes, they can.
And this isn't just me being a Homer talking.
This isn't me just being a Patriots fan.
This Patriots defense is for real.
Their schedule doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter if the plane WASHINGTON It doesn't matter to play the Jets.
It doesn't matter who they're playing.
The fact of the matter is there playing NFL players on a week to week basis.
This New England Patriots defense is lot of two touchdowns.
They both been rushing touchdown Patriots, having given up a passing touchdown on the season.
Yet when you take away the points that special teams and the offense is going up on the Patriots, the Patriots are giving up less than a touchdown on average, when you average everything l per game, this Patriots team has the talent to be sustainable.
And let's not also forget that it's Bill Belichick that's making the game plan.
I got a whole lot of respect for Brian Floor as I got a whole lot of respect for map Patricia, but this is Bill Bala checks hands on work with the defense.
They're coming up with defensive plays that teams aren't ready for.
They're showing nothing at the line of scrimmage.
They're lining nine guys up on the line and then dropping into coverage.
And Russian three, they're showing they're not tipping their hand at all.
And balance Check is a defensive coordinator has outcoached every offensive coordinator in the league to date.
And that's why I believe that this team will continue to sustain this success that they've had.
This team will be historical this year.
Mark my words, this defense, this defense is out of this world now.
The linebackers have been solid for the last couple of seasons, but what we're really seeing now is a ton of production in 2019 that we didn't see in 2018.
So what exactly is the difference between this year's core and last year's court? And that's a really simple answer.
It's the personnel.
It's the versatility that the team brings.
And I think more specifically is adding two guys to this roster.
It's Adam German Bentley, and it's adding Jamie Collins.
Yeah, John Bentley was there very early last year, but then the Patriots lost him for the season.
But what we're seeing now is what this pages seem conduce with everybody.
Here's a quote from High Tower, he said. Quote.
It's great, meant That only helps us.
It's great for our room.
It's great for our defense.
It's great for the team.
In that room alone, We got guys that can play outside linebacker, inside linebacker, defensive end.
You can put John Simon on the nose.
I'm on the nose.
Jamie Collins on the nose.
The three, the four, the five.
The more you can do Bill, ballot check always says whenever you're versatile and you're able to communicate, were able to give off at this different looks and we're smart enough to make the changes on the move, and that's probably the best way I could have explained this team.
They just do things that other defense's can't do.
They have linebackers that can line up in so many different positions.
I mean, John Simon plays a hybrid roll.
Surely Calhoun plays the hybrid row Van Noise playing a hybrid roll.
Jamie Collins was playing a hybrid roll High Towers playing a hybrid role.
I think the only two guys on this defense that aren't really playing true hybrid rolls like Lawrence Guy Adam Butler, Landon Roberts and Juan Bentley, you know, and I guess Michael Bennett.
But he plays the difference when interior and exterior.
But you're seeing these patron linebackers lining up is a nose guard lining up against the center nose tackle. I apologize.
You see them line up against the center, you're watching them drop into coverage. You're watching them on blitzes.
You're seeing Vanoy Hightower line up on the outside.
The inside you're seeing Collins lined up all over the fields.
Calls has been just important in the passing game.
Is the running game, Of course, landed Robertson.
Bentley is really there to stop the run.
That's really been the difference is diversity.
If you got last year.
Really, You had High Tower Atlanta Roberts in Vanoy, and a lot of those guys got stuck playing that interior linebacker position.
And that's why the patrons were running a four man front.
You've got to think about it.
The Patriots lost trade flowers, removed the lineman from their regular rotation, and yet they are like the top pass rush team in the NFL.
That's one of the big differences.
It's the versatility of this team.
So you've heard me talk a lot about Jamie Collins this season, and for good reasons, the guy has been bawling out since the opening kickoff of Week one.
And it's been my opinion for a while that the Patriots have needed a Jamie Collins type player since they traded away Jamie Collins to the Browns, and his production this season is basically proving my point.
So what, exactly has been his direct impact to the Patriots this season? Honestly, I think that Jamie Collins is the most important player on the Patriots defense.
I've said that more than once.
It's not in a new theory for me.
I said it basically, since Week one, the amount of things that he is able to do is phenomenal.
There's a reason that he's got White like two or three interceptions.
He's got like, three or 45 sacks.
I think he's leaving the team in sacks.
I think he's leaving the team in tackles.
I think he's like one behind McCord e for the interception rate on the team.
Jamie Collins has been a catalyst for this defense.
Now, when we look ATT games one through five, I pick a player of the game every week and games one through five.
Jamie Collins has been my player of the game three times, three out of five games.
Jamie Collins has been my best player.
The ironic thing.
Know what I'm talking about this video, even though I'm I'm thinking about Jamie calling specifically out of the five games.
All five players of the games have been linebackers.
Jamie Collins Week to Jamie Collins.
Sorry Week four.
Kyle Vanoy, Week five.
Dont'a Hightower The 1st 3 weeks of the season.
Jamie Collins, my player of the game.
Then I came out against Buffalo, reminded Dawkins, who the team was, and Hightower just bawled out yesterday and was just the most impactful player.
Couple of sacks.
I think him and McCord.
He led the team in tackles with six apiece.
He was all over the running backs.
If he wasn't making sacks, he was pressuring the hell out of quarterbacks.
Hightower was the guy.
Boom Tower, My boy.
My favorite player was the play of the game yesterday, but it's been a linebacker's all season.
So even though Jamie Collins has been the most important, this linebacking corps has really been the catalyst of this team.
You know, he's you know, that linebacking corps has been the catalyst pushing this team going forward.
So now a lot of you guys know I'm a fan of defense and I play closer.
Attention to great defense is around the league more than I pay attention to great offenses, you know.
That's why I'm a big fan of the Watt brothers, uh, the boast of brothers.
You don't want people argue about the greatest of all time and you're dropping quarterback after quarterback after quarterback and a couple of receivers.
I'm always talking about like Lawrence Taylor, Deon Sanders, you know, and the and the list goes on defensively.
So when I look at this Patriots defense.
Do they resemble any of the great defense is of the past? You know, it's funny.
I started thinking about this yesterday, The defense that this team reminds me of the most.
It's sort of those mid 2000 Baltimore Ravens.
Now I believe that the Patriots are more talented, that team collectively.
But I think about those teams that had Ray Lewis and Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs and one thing that they did so well and remember Ray Lewis talking about it.
I think he was on skipping Shannon.
He was talking about how you beat Peyton Manning, and this was after man and retired.
So they were just talking about it.
And, you know, Manning was was perfect for it.
Well, coming up to the line, you know, changing the play wrapped in the last seconds.
What Baltimore would do is they wouldn't show their defense until there's 10 seconds left on the play clock, and then they would open up, and by then it was too late for Manning to start calling out changes, and that's how they were able to beat Peyton Manning.
That's how they were able to beat those cold teams, and I remember them doing it against the Patriots cause Brady's another guy.
He's not like Manning.
That waits till 15 seconds left in the game.
But we see Brady killing plays all the time and changing it.
And I loved with way Baltimore.
Would that show nothing? And that's exactly what we're seeing that in New England this season.
Like I've seen, you got nine or 10 guys lining up almost in the line of scrimmage at the last second, I'll start backing up and go another formation.
These guys were able to fake out on offense and it's driving.
You can see quarterbacks have no idea what's going on out there.
And when you got guys who aren't seasoned enough to try to pick up on it, then it becomes a disaster.
Even Ben Roethlisberger, who's I mean, he's played behind some great defense is.
I mean, some of those Steeler defense is modern day Steeler defense is with Troy Polamalu.
Oh, and those kind of guys, you know, and Harrison, they were good.
Defense is those defenses don't compare to this page received that Baltimore defense I talked to you doesn't compare to this Patriots team.
In fact, I can't think of a defense even going back to the Steel Curtain or the 86 pairs.
I can't think it with defense.
It compares to this Patriots defense.
Now, when I talk about the glory days, when people ask me who's your favorite patriot of all time and I say Willie McGinnis, you know, High Towers on their Teddy Bruschi, Rodney Harris in there.
Sometimes I give a nod to Darrelle Revis.
Of course, Tom Brady is on my list, but I name a lot of defensive guys.
Vince will force one of my all time favorites.
Rob Ninkovich is one of my all time favorites, leaving out Jamie Collins.
One of my all time favorite, van Noy, is slowly becoming one of my all time favorites.
I love defense, and I think back to those early 2000 teams and how good those defense is.
We're I think, of the Lawyer Milloy's of the world, and they don't compare to this modern day patriots.
I'm telling you, they don't They don't compare to this modern day Patriots defense.
This defense is so good in so far, advanced from every other defense in the league that it is so hard to try to compare them to other errors.
I don't like comparing Ares as it is, and you know they don't have warrants.
Taylor's on the team.
They don't have Deon Sanders on the team.
They don't have Ray Lewis.
They don't. You know they don't have Brian Urlacher.
They don't have these soul called, you know, home.
You know, you know no names.
They don't have these superstars on the defense.
Yeah, taught the bottom from the start in the line to the back.
They've got people who should be star stuff on Gilmore best cornerback in the league.
No Michael Bennett, a part of that legendary legion of boom.
A team that I hated but respected because I love defense guys like Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman.
Earl Thomas Bennett.
You know I don't Bottle is having a hell of a year.
Danny Shelton, a former first round pick, having a hell of a year, that entire linebacking corps.
Devin McCourty, I think.
One of the most underrated safeties in the league, Jonathan Jones, probably one of the best slot corners in the league.
The pages of multiple starters at multiple positions There's no defense that ever compares, and this team will be historically good this year.
That's not me being a homer.
That's me being 110% truthful with you.
That's me being a fan of defense.
There's no defense in the league now, before or after.
That's going to compare to what this defense is gonna accomplish.
This seat moving on from the defense.
I want to give a little shout out to my man toe.
1/3 of the Wolf Pack.
Mr Jacoby per set for handling his business yesterday for the Indianapolis Colts, handled in their business, running the ball down the throats of the Kansas City Chiefs and taking them down and making the Patriots the Onley five and no team left in the NFL.
I wonder it has to sting for Chiefs fans, losing to Tom Brady's backup's backup.
It was great today, watching Chiefs fans making excuses, crying on Twitter, going silent on Twitter.
You know, with Sony Michelle finally back on track on the run game, he's probably just licking his chops, waiting to run on that soft Chiefs defense because over the last two games in Detroit, and now in Kansas City against the Colts, that defense was exposed.
Now, I expect by the time the Patriots get two Week 14 and host the you know host my home's, he'll be.
He'll be healthy again.
That ankle will no longer be an issue.
But unfortunately for the Chiefs and the Chiefs fans, that injury gave the tape that everybody was looking for.
Because if you can contain more homes and a defense like the Patriots can, if you can contain my home's not let him run around and get outside of the pocket like he wants to, you can beat him.
We've watched the Patriots do with Josh Allen.
We watched them do it against Russell Wilson and Super Bowl, 49 1 of the most underrated quarterbacks in the league.
And Patrick Holmes is a freak, and he does freaky things.
But he showed how you can beat him.
And of course, that means keeping him in the pocket is way easier said than done.
But like I said, when you have to face a defense like the Patriots and their linebackers in their front seven, I smell a W.
I smell a bill Ballot Shack, who has the tape and is ready to expose those Kansas City Chiefs All right back to the Patriots.
The Patriots offense really seemed to pick up where they left off against the Buffalo Bills when they took the field against the Washington Redskins.
They were sputtering out on drives.
The offensive line was making just atrocious communication mistakes.
The run game was basically non existent.
Ah, the Patriot and 1/2 with what? Like a 12 to 7 lead before they just came out and exploded in the second half, scored 21 points, walked away with a convincing 33 to 7 victory.
So what exactly was the difference between the first half in the second half? Can we expect the Patriots to go forward the way they did in the second of the game? I'll tell you what.
The difference was in the first half of that game against the Redskins, and I'm not gonna harp on it by heart.
The lot on it yesterday, especially in my postgame, the Patriots beat themselves yesterday.
In the first half, they let the Redskins I saw too many people giving credit to the Washington defense.
Ng there bawling out.
Mr Touchdown to Gordon Edelman made a big drop.
Brady got sacked on a three man rushed when three offensive lineman took one guy.
Two guys took another male at the free Freeman to rush.
Just poor communication.
Marcus Cannon got bull, rushed Brady through a terrible interception and made like a rookie mistake, just throwing it high in the air when he's under pressure instead of throwing it out of bounds.
You know, Ted Caress takes a terrible penalty after Brady gets a first down on third down.
Wasted an opportunity after a Jason McCord. The interception.
Absolutely wasted opportunity in the first half.
The move into the second half.
They execute on everything, but one of the biggest things that they did was they ran the ball effectively.
They passed the ball effectively.
They had a good mix of running past, and that changed the entire game for the Patriots.
And then? Then Brady started.
Actually, didn't he hits Edelman.
He heads Brandon Bolden on that beautiful strike for a touchdown.
You know, things started working for them.
They started excluding the offensive line.
Suddenly is opening up holes and doing what they need to do, you know.
And as I mentioned right, the Patriots finally established a run game in the second half.
And look, I'm sure a lot of Patriot fans were relieved to see Soni Michelle moving the ball down the field.
This is Tony Michelle moving the ball down the field.
So I guess the question is, was this the spark the running game needed? And should we expect it to be just as effective the rest of the season? There's a long answer.
In a short answer, I'm going to try to keep it in the short answer.
The short answer is, if they stick with the run, it will be successful.
Look, I will fully admit that the Patriots run wasn't working Sony.
Michelle wasn't having a great start to the season, but I also don't believe that they gave them enough of an opportunity to run the ball.
I would like to see this Patriots team run the ball 30 40 times a game.
It doesn't have to be all with Michelle.
It could be with Rex Burkhead with James White with Brandon Bolden.
You could mix it up, but I would like to see 30 or 40 runs a game.
I'd like to see a balanced offense.
At least 30 30 runs a game would balance out the offense perfectly.
But I'll tell you where.
The biggest piece open up the run game.
They got Sony Michelle involved in the passing game, I think, ended up with three passes prior to the game against Washington, when Sony Michelle was on the field, they knew he was either going to run the ball or he was going to go in a pass protection.
When Brady's not throwing to a running back.
And these then goes in the past protection, that means he's shorter receiver when they would set up like an I formation of Jacoby Johnson or Yak of John.
So whatever you wanna call him or Jacob Johnson, whatever you guys want to call him.
But when they have him and Sony Michelle on the field at the same time, they didn't run the ball.
Both those guys ended up in pass protection.
You're now going to take a two or three receiver set.
If you did run the ball, it was telecast ID beautifully to the defense, The defense new Sony. Michelle's running.
We'll meet him at the line of scrimmage and it started in the first quarter.
Once you got him involved in the passing game, it changed the outlook and changed the play, calling for the defense completely because now you couldn't sell out on the run.
You had to respect that Sony Michelle can go out and take a pass you have to respect.
Now that he's involved in the passing game, You could be dealing with 45 receivers instead of three, not changed at all.
That's why I'd like to see Rex Burkhead and James White more involved in the run game, because when you equally lose all three out, very similar to the way they've used Brandon Bolden, this series commanders receiver, he's come out of the running back in limited opportunities.
But in those limited opportunities, you don't know what they're gonna do with Brandon Bolden and we've seen success because of it and I'd love to see them run that with all of their running backs, be a little bit unpredictable, you know.
The pages came out scored two touchdowns to start the second half touchdown touchdown, a good collection of pass and run.
They come out for the third possession, the game, four straight passes, one first down and then a punt.
They come back out to go back to a balanced offense.
They score a touchdown.
I don't need the pages to be an old school, ground and pound sort of, you know, team.
I don't need them to be a new school in the air, only kind of team.
I've loved to see them be a balanced offense.
If they can do that, the running game will work.
The offense will continue rolling, but look, I also know there's a lot of naysayers out there.
You have those typical candidates Max Kellerman of Rob Parker, but I just ignore them.
You've got the A, F C East, the Packers and Chiefs fans, but we've even got some people inside a past nation who believe the Patriots five and a record is a combination of the defense in the Patriot schedule.
And I've been asked a lot.
Will the offense continued to improve or will they struggle as they did against the Buffalo Bills? Because what I've heard is look, they play four garbage teams.
They score 30 points is played by Flowing Score 16.
It's true, and you're gonna have those kind of games.
But let me tell you why the schedule to me doesn't affect anything.
First of all, the pages can control the play.
Secondly, what I look for in these games against Washington against New York against not really Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh is better then these other teams.
But against Miami, you go out and have a close game like we had saying the first half against Washington.
Yeah, now you're five and all because of the schedule you're going out on dropping 33 43 points.
You're blowing teams out.
Your defense is letting up 7 10 points.
You know what? Your records indicative, how you're playing.
I said it before the Washington game.
I would not accept anything but a convincing win by the Patriots.
It had to be convincing.
I don't mean 10 points, 17 points.
I mean, like, 24 points, because that's how you should be beating up on these lesser teams.
And that shows me just how good the Patriots are because we're watching teams who were playing weaker teams who aren't beaten up on them.
Dallas didn't look great against Miami.
They didn't beat up on them like the Patriots did and that Dallas is being exposed.
They got exposed by the Packers.
They got exposed by the Chargers with Teddy Bridgewater.
The Patriots have looked dominant, even that game against the Bills.
I blame a lot of that on play calling.
I thought they got away from the run too often.
Brady didn't have a great game, just like he didn't have a great first half.
The defense that enough, You're gonna have those kind of games.
But when you dominate the teams you're supposed to dominate, you're gonna have an easier time with the easy teams.
And even though the Patriots are five, you know, despite this offense scoring 143 points in five games, there are still a lot of Patriot fans who believe the Patriots need a receiver.
Now I've talked about the possibility of the Patriots trading for with the Denver Denver Broncos for manual Samuels Emmanuel Sanders.
I believe that he is the most realistic big name receiver that the Patriots get, but if it doesn't happen, condone the Patriots really need another receiver or can they continue on with what they currently have? I'm not stupid.
Emmanuel Sanders would make the patriotsoffense better.
Antonio Brown made the Patriots offense better.
Any one of those two guys would almost feel the Super Bowl for the Patriots.
Not having those two guys keeps the pages of Super Bowl favorites by a long shot.
Because the offense is still effective.
The defense is still effective collectively.
As a team, they're still effect.
They put up 143 points and then Antonio Brown for one game.
Thomas has never played a game for the Patriots besides a preseason game.
So I think if it didn't happen, I think that if for some reason the Patriots weren't able to make a move, I don't think that that ends the Patriots.
I don't think that that means the Patriots aren't good.
I don't think that that means that they're not Super Bowl favorites.
I think this offense, if they can stay consistent, is good enough.
So let's pretend that ballot check stays put and the Patriots don't add another receiver.
I think there's still a lot of people who believe the Patriots offense will be Okay, So the question is, what do the Patriots do with their current roster to ensure sustained success That's be consistent on the field.
That's Tom Brady making his passes.
That's the Julian Edelman's making their catches.
That's Josh Gordon getting separation.
I would love to see the Patriots used Josh Gordon in the middle of the field more.
They lined them up outside a lot.
He played so well out of the slot last season.
I think when you're gonna force these big corners into the middle of the field and you hit him on quick slant routes, how hard he is to tackle an open field that's going to 10 15 20 yards every time you pass him the ball.
But it's making the right play calls.
It's sticking with the run.
I think it's important that you stick with run.
You stick with that run, you make it work.
You use Gordon the middle.
You get Sony Michelle involved in the run.
Game it to me Sunday.
Bill Belichick made it.
Aunt made it clear to everybody that Sony Michelle is the marquee guy on this team.
He's the guy they're going forward with.
He's going to be the primary running back.
No Rex Burkhead.
Sunday was the perfect time to bring in Damian Harris, and he elected to go with Brandon Bolden, James White and led by Sony.
Michelle Michelle comes through with over 100 yards of offense combined, and I think that 91 yards rushing, the rest all came in the passing game.
But you stay consistent, your play calling.
You run a balanced offense.
The offensive line that communication was a lot better in the second half.
I expect that communication only to get better As we go forward.
I think you bring back Isaiah win.
If you really need a receiver, you bring back to kill Harry.
If you don't think you need them, you bring back James Devlin.
But Yacoub Johnson has done a good job for the Patriots, so I might consider as tough as it would be.
I might consider leaving Devlin on the I R and bring him back to kill Harry is another option.
I know that Philip Door set Ah left the game hurt.
From what I heard, it's a minor injury.
Maybe he's not there Thursday on a short turnaround, but I expect them back the following Sunday.
This Patriots offense does not get the credit it deserves.
We forget that Tom Brady is the quarterback in a quarterback in at any time.
He can change a game like you did in the second half.
Suddenly, he went from overthrows and bad decisions to clean crisp passes.
Suddenly, the play calling gets better.
Opens up a little bit.
Michelle gets involved in the game. The running game starts working.
They went from leading 12 to 7 and a lot of Patriot fans frustrated in the first half to an absolute blowout.
We were We were bored watching Jared Stem hand the ball off the Brandon Bolden.
I'm happy with this Patriots team.
I'm happy with where they're going.
I'm happy with everything that they've done.
All right, guys.
It's now time for those gridiron quick hits presented by DP and Sports Talk.
We're gonna take a look around the league It.
Some of the stories and headlines have been coming around, So Jay Gruden did his best yesterday to try to combatant the New England Patriot before getting blown out.
But he was on fire.
He was fired after the embarrassing loss.
Now one of the interesting things today is a name some of their possible replacements of Washington is going to be targeting, and Mike Tomlin came up in conversation.
Now, of course, we don't know what Tom is going to do it after this season with the Steelers.
I'm looking at a team like Washington, though, who even know Stephen A.
Smith thinks that it should be Tomlin.
Washington has a culture problem.
I'm not sure if Thomas is the guy you want to bring in to set your culture.
They're also looking at Todd Bowles of, Ah, the defensive coordinator of Tampa Bay, and then Eric Benet me for the offensive coordinator.
Kansas City. They're all in the running.
Another coach who, to the fans and to the media is on the hot seat, is not on the hot seat with his owner with his owner, the Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank expressed that he still has faith in Dan Quinn course.
Atlanta lost 53 to 52 yesterday, dropped toe one and four.
But he has Stefano, and I think when your coach and your owner can publicly give you support like that, it allows you to continue to coach the team properly.
My man Jerry ain't buying the flag thrown against Jason Garrett.
I guess Jason Garrett cursed out.
An official had a little bit of something to say to him, and the official wasn't happy.
Flighting 15 yards.
One of that, Officials bosses Mr Jones pays that official salary.
Had this to say, said quote.
Oh, I hope the little darling didn't hear something he hasn't heard before, Jones said, according to ESPN.
Is Todd Archer? We should all stop the wheel over that If we if he got penalized for abusive language.
I don't want to get too deep into this.
But the referee and the officiating in the NFL this year has been absolutely, positively atrocious, atrocious.
I don't think there's anybody in standard right now and defend the referees for the Patriots against the Patriots, it doesn't matter.
It doesn't matter who you cheer for what you do.
The officiating has been horrible, inconsistent, Pat McCovey said, a perfect when he said the NFL officials are ruining football.
Garrett through a red flag to challenge of play by another mistake by an official on the field and he gets flagged 15 yards.
I'm not gonna harp on it, but I'm really done with NFL officials.
No Drew Brees, No problem.
Teddy Bridgewater yesterday threw for 315 yards and four touchdowns.
First Tampa Bay.
He played grates against Dallas Cowboys, who that nation has just been rolling without Breeze, who should be back in just a few weeks? Well, I gotta say this about Teddy Bridgewater.
If he's not a starter next season somewhere, there is nothing more than that kid can do to win a starting job because he has looked absolutely fantastic since he's taken over for Bree's.
He got put in a tough spot, big shoes to fill, filling in for ju breezes, almost his biggest filling in for Tom Brady.
I mean, that I'm a big fan of Drew Brees.
I'm a big fan of Sean Payton.
I'm a big fan of that organization.
I don't cheer for them, but I'm a fan of that organization, and Teddy Bridgewater's come in and done a very, very good job for that New Orleans team.
Good news for Mason Rudolph.
He returned home from hospital yesterday.
He has suffered the concussion I think it could have been a lot worse.
He was knocked out cold on an absolutely vicious shot by Earl Thomas and Steelers, then went on and lost a heartbreaker in overtime.
And, you know, I watched that hit maybe 30 times.
I was watching on YouTube last night, watching it over and over and over and over again, and I'm conflicted.
Look, Earl Thomas hit him with his helmet, hit it with the side of his helmet, didn't leave with his crown.
Get him right in the chin with the side of his helmet.
That's a penalty.
You can't hit a quarterback like that today.
You can't touch a quarterback with that today, and I feel bad for defenders because you can't hit him low.
If you hit him too low, it's roughing the passer.
Forget him, too. I it's roughing the passer.
They might as well put every quarterback in the league with a red jersey on so you can't touch.
I hope Earl Thomas isn't suspended for I don't think it's a spendable offense, even though he knocked out Mason Rudolph.
You know, I think back to my playing days that was a regular hit.
That's the kind of guys I was trying to defend as an offensive lineman so he wouldn't hit my quarterback like that.
It wasn't dirty that used to be a clean hit.
You call that incidental contact a guy hitting high class your heads.
It's it's often because player safety is a big thing.
You look at guys like Drew Brees out, Nick Foles out.
Ben Roethlisberger, out for the year now, makes the Rudolph it with a concussion, the guy replacing Ben Roethlisberger.
Any hope there's not much left but any hope.
The Steelers had died on the field that night with Mason Rudolph when he was out unconscious.
So it's a tough one, man.
It's a tough because, yeah, you got to protect the players.
But that was just an old school football hit, you know, it really was.
It was just an old school football head, and I'm Thorne how I feel.
You know, the Vontaze Burfict hit.
There was no reason for that hit lead with his crown.
The guy was trying to stand up.
All you do is touch his shoulder and he's down and you go helmet to helmet.
That's ridiculous, said that doesn't need to be in the game, not hit by Earl Thomas.
That wasn't dirty, in my opinion.
There's a hard old school hit and yeah, it was, you know, it wasn't a crown.
The crown he didn't leave with the crown was a side of the helmet was still a head shot.
It's against the rules.
I hope he's not suspended for it, though.
That's my big thing.
On top of all that Big Ben, he's out for the season.
He stayed on the sidelines supporting his team, and it's, you know, a sling.
And he was given what could be the most ridiculous fine in the history of the no Fun league.
Burger was fined $5000 for wearing an Apple watch on the sideline.
The poor guy can't play the game.
Is there the headset trying to help his quarterback out arm in a sling? Why the hell can he not wear a watch on the side? And he's pissed and he should be pissed.
He's on the IRA.
Is that on the active roster anymore? The NFL is getting very irritating around some of these stupid rules that they have for the players.
That's our football league.
That's what we're being subjected to.
Maybe maybe we gotta wait for the XFL.
I don't know without being said, guys.
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