ATLANTA – Musings, observations and ideas from time to time as we join the 2018 NFL season with a strange and low-quality Super Bowl LIII at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
* She had a perfect symmetry of being against the same objector, on the same day, 17 years apart. With the same result, too. New England Patriots won on Sunday Sunday another Bowl – beating Los Angeles Rams 13-3 – and that's the same old, the old one in the NFL. With one huge caveat: This time, New England made a different way.
Only 6,209 days after Patriots beat St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl was launching their iconic rail in February 2002, they again, at this time in a defensive campaign over the ages. We thought Patriots and Rams would be trading points, not not, every game was long. This was the Year of Crime, right?
But it may be fitting that it comes through defense. As the Patriots season was in many ways, this game did not follow the expected script. That makes sense in a way, as it is the most unexpected chance of winning Super Bowl seasons for New England, at least since the Patriots 2001 team R & R team was very favorable in one of & # 39; r most memorable games most games.
And the Patriots won this time in the most unexpected ways, as there was an innovative assault in the NFL to become an innovative assault in the NFL.
The Rams had turned an estimate of nine times, but only 14 shortcomings produced and produced 260 yards of crime, with a quarter quarter of Jared Goff wearing a lighting window looking for most of the game. Three points were L.A. tied for the smallest in the history of Super Bowl, matching the total of Miami to lose 24-3 to Dallas in Super Bowl VI in January 1972.
When he became the first NFL team to lose Super Bowl, he returned to win one the following season, as the 1971-72 historical Miami Dolphins, the Patriots won a sixth volume of Super Bowl, which equates to the total Pittsburgh. That was a scenario that did not look like after the loss of December two, so that many people could reduce their chances and write as a faulty team that had too many holes to compete for a championship .
The Patriots were a little 3-5 on the way this season, and their losses came against five teams that did not play. He did so much suspicions, but Patriots ignored the critics who persisted that they were close to being a club that could go through the road. Eventually, they did that, winning their third round in the last five terms, to match the three Super Bowl titles that won them during the first four years of the decade 2001-2004.
"It was an incredible year," said Tom Brady, Patriots quarterman at a CBS interview on the field field. "We fight for it more than anything (The Rams) makes it difficult for every play. We only keep fighting, and finally we got to touch, and the defense played their best game of year.
"We have been in this regard and have lost, which is really difficult, but we have had a lot of resolution last week. This dream is true for us all.
* There were so many heroes on defense for New England in a game that seemed to be taken forever to find mojo. The Patriots made it seem like we were watching the anemic crime against Rams 2016, and the Sean McVay version that finished a second in the league scored, behind the Heads of speed-setting.
Los Angeles was shot on nine of the first 10 drives, and then throwing an intervention and losing field goal on its two final properties. At one time, the Rams were 0-to-8 on a third minimum, and did not drive more than five play, and only ten held possession time during the first half.
This was again the defense performance he held in Kansas City in the first half of the AFC Championship, despite the fact that the Headteachers had not been excluded in the first half under the quarter quarter Patrick Mahomes Before Sunday night, the same applies to the Rams in the McVay period, with Los Angeles closing in the first half of any game until New England leads a 3-0 leader during the break.
"Why not protect us, man?" "Brady asked." Why not protect us? They play unbelievable. Challenges all these plays, and finally, we had a touch campaign there in the fourth quarter. It took us time, but you have to eradicate it and find a way. We did that against KC (Kansas City), we did against L.A. (Chargers) and then obvious again tonight. All different teams, all different styles, but world champions, man. It's pretty unreal. & # 39; & # 39;
Corn Steffon Gilmore was one of the biggest stars of New England, helping to play the game with that red zone intermittent of Jared Goff with 4:17 remaining and Patriots leading 10-3. He finished with five tacks, the intervention, with three pans having banned and forced force.
"It was compatible," said Gilmore, to choose, quite correct. "I knew he was going to throw it up and I knew I had to play. I knew he was going to & # 39; I was forced there. Our protective line was very heavy, and I was made up and I could play.
* The victory over the Rams gave a rare difference to the Patriots. They may have had trouble with smaller teams at times in 2018, but New England played its best against the best. Assaulting Los Angeles, they fought against the team with Protective Player of the Year at Aaron Donald, to accompany a couple of this year's awards over the current MVP (Kansas City and Mahomes), and victories against Comeback Player of the Year ( and Colts Andrew Luck) to Defens Rookie of the Year (and Colts & Darius Leonard) and Choach of the Year (Chicago Matt Nagy).
There was nothing amazing about this latest Patriots championship. They went through the Chargers, Heads and Rams in the postseason period, and those three teams combined to go 37-11 in the regular season, and won four other games during the postseason period.
* If that was the end of the Rob Gronkowski NFL career we're just watching – and I do not know whether it's ready to walk away or not – Gronk went into a flame of glory, making the most play of it; the game. His 29-yard match was still with just under eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter that set up to touch the Patriots alone, Sony Michel 2-yy runs on the 7:00 mark. That score gave New England up 10-3 up and he proved the winning points.
"Tom got up there for me to get up and it's my goal to go and play," said Gronkowski. "You enjoy these moments, we enjoy all of them. To win three times in the last five years, men stayed with each other and we did work great. In terms of roaming time, I always find a way.
Gronkowski was great throughout the night, holding six routes for 87 yards, for an average 14.5-yard high team, and constantly creating problems for Rams protection. He had four holdings for 40 yards during the first half, including a 19-yard reception. Gronkowski was better and healthier as the post-lapse phase went on, and two of his holdings came on the second quarter of Patriots goal goal.
If so, Gronkowski will be remembered as one of the most uncomfortable ones ending in the history of the game, and certainly it's most fun.
* Julian Edelman called my Super Bowl MVP in anticipation, but I do not think that anyone plays harder or more determined throughout the post-time period than Edelman. It was obvious that he was driven after the loss of Super Bowl last year due to his knee injury at the end of the season, and then had to stand out the first month of the season due to a four-game league suspension for a drug test positive.
Edelman was easily the best player on the field in the Super Bowl LIII, holding 10 tracks for a 141 yard game height, constantly running great passing patterns and giving Brady his most reliable target. He produced eight of his first debts, and had a role in the first two scoring disks in New England.
"I did not focus on (installing MVP numbers)," said Edelman. "I just tried to go out and have a good week of practicing and doing my work. Sometimes the cookie cheats that way.
The MVP honors took a clear back to Edelman, who now owns three Super Bowl rings. "There's a big issue than we won, man," he said. "It was a mysterious year. We had a resilient crew of men. It was unreal. I mean it was a home game here. It was great.
* Jared Goff will be going to wear this one for a long time. The first time at the Super Bowl stage was the first game in the third year of Rams, and although its statistics had improved slightly in the fourth quarter, it seemed that the game was too big and too fast.
Goff 19 finished 38 at 228 yards, but throwing the hard interruption and basically Gilmore, and finished with a 57.9 pass score. He took four sacks, often seemingly offensive in the pocket, and he had six yards of each attempt on average. Known to remain calm and cold in situations of stress, Goff did not do the work against the Patriots at a distance, highlighting his head quite slow to regular season.
"He's killing. He hurts," says Goff. "It hurts me to know how well our behavior against that team against Tom, and we will not keep up our deal. "
* McVay was not exactly the same in glory either. This was a quarter ago and a crime that had taken a show not to the Super Bowl was a great deal, and one of the brilliant young coaches of the game was disciplined by Bill Belichick and a new defense of Wales in England.
After that, McVay seemed to understand that this kind of loss in his first Super Bowl would leave a permanent spin.
"I'm pretty clear at the moment, but definitely, I was trained out," said McVay. "I was not pretty good for the football team. The thing that's so hard about it all is the final to him … This one will go to keep you and just pick it up in your hut; & # 39;
McVay said again that his ineffective star runs back to Todd Gurley was healthy and it was only a matter of not finding a product that was productive and healthy. But with only 10 carrying a 35-tall high-team, Gurley was once again an incredible failure, just like he had been in the NFC title game.
"Yes, he's (healthy)," said McVay, a little unexpected. "Indeed, I've never allowed us to enter rhythm compulsory. We did not really have any third-party adjustments down all the first half (the Rams had two to be correct). Todd is healthy and we just got the chance to get anyone who is going today compulsory and that starts with me. "
McVay has a good training talent and a leading ability and will be back at the Super Bowl stage sometime. It's almost by virtue. But it's also difficult to imagine how his first flavor of the Super Bowl could have been much worse than Sunday's boring display.
* It's crazy to think of how different Super Bowl was compared to last year's Eagles-Patriots slugfest in Minneapolis. 74 points scored 41-33 of Philadelphia, with only 16 points defending defensive protection this year. The Patriots scored 33 points and lost to Eagles, but somehow won the Rams with just 13 points on the board.
Brady was throwing 505 yards and three touches in a lasting effort last year, and then only 262 yards, no interviews and one interruption against Los Angeles in the win. Go see football.
The first Brady was the worst of the night. He was thrown familiar with Chris Hogan, but was hampered by Nickell Robey-Coleman, who was a corner of Rams, and was attacked by Cback Littleton. A new promising campaign came to New England, which set the tone of offensive frustration that would continue for most of the game. Brady was the first Super Bowl quarterback to throw an interruption on his first track since Jim Kelly Buffalo made against Washington in the Super XXVI Bowl in Minneapolis. This is the first time for each season Brady throws an opening drive intervention.
The Patriots in the first half were driving to the Rams territory five times, but they were brought with three points for all that real estate.
* South Bowls continues to be great news for New England during the Belichick-Brady era. The Patriots can now win their victory in Atlanta to the rings they have won in New Orleans, Jacksonville and Houston (twice). Their six won Super Bowl in Arizona, where they also have one of their three losses. They have also lost in Indianapolis and Minneapolis, so waiting to the south has worked to be perfect.
* The Rams had been relocated into a 4-12 disaster in 2016, their first season back in Los Angeles, but they did the Super Bowl in year three. I believe if not, that's not the fastest way for a team that has relocated so far to reach Super Bowl. That difference belongs to another Los Angeles NFL franchise, the Raiders. After leaving Oakland for L.A. After the 1981 season, they won all the Raiders in their second season at SoCal, blowing out to Washington 38-9 in the Super Bowl XVIII in January 1984.
The Titanians took three years to reach the Super Bowl after leaving Houston to Tennessee in 1997, but lost to St Louis Rams in early 2000. Baltimore Super Bowl won their fifth season in Maryland, Crew 2000, after leaving Cleveland in 1996. That is the same timetable that took the Rams to win, in their fifth season at St Louis after leaving Los Angeles in 1995.
* Both Rams and Patriots lost the games in December back in weeks 14 and 15, and yet they still do the Super Bowl, with New England winning all. Do not believe that or not, that's not hard to see a team finding it difficult through a little bullying late and still doing the job.
In the last 13 seasons, Colts 2006, Giants 2007, Sound Sain 2009, 2010 Packages, Giants 2011, Branches 2012, Seahawks 2013 and 2015 Broncos all had lost at least two December, and they still win the Super Bowl . So when the Patriots were 9-5 and came off losses in Miami and Pittsburgh, the rest of the NFL seem to be right where they wanted them.
* It's a strong class of eight-year-old 2019 football soccer football programs, and I'm happier to Gil Brandt, the long-time Cowboys personnel operator and a comprehensive NFL presence that has given so much to & The game in so many different ways over the course of his long football career, six decades. I do not have a Fame Hall vote, but I can not wibble with any of the men who will be included in next August in Canton. I am probably likely to have voted in some cases, but there were no elections that did not serve in my opinion
Watch the video clip of Brandt having the happy news by knocking at the door of the hotel room from the president of Pro Football Hall of Fame, David Baker was the best thing I saw on Saturday, because if you know Gil, you know how much the honor means him and how much it has meant for so much. I was also surprised as the voters were fit to elect both former Patriots lawyer, Law Law and former Jets-Titans-Seahawks Kevin Mawae center, whose constant excellence could be easy for others to continue be covered. Now that the Mawae in Canton-bound, this is hoping that pre-hitting Jaguars will attack Tony Boselli's crime in one of these years.
* For the record, I was one of the 50 voters who had called to name the Winners of the Associated Press NFL again this season. With the main hardware that was distributed Saturday night in this NFL Honors program here in Atlanta, this is the reward voting that I put in on January 2. Five of the eight winners were the ultimate winner , and I do not think that there are any controversial choices made by the panel.
Most valuable player – Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City (Mahomes won the prize).
Coach of the Year – Pete Carroll, Seattle (Matt Nagy won the Chicago award).
Assistant Coach of the Year – Vic Fangio, Defense Co-ordinator, Chicago (Fangio won the prize).
Comeback Player – Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis (Lwc won the prize).
Rookie Protective – Derwin James, S, L.A. Chargers (Indianapolis's lineper Darius Leonard won the prize).
Rookie Offensive – Baker Mayfield, QB, Cleveland (New York Giants won Saquon Barkley's prize).
Protective Player – Aaron Donald, DT, Los Angeles Rams (Donald won the prize).
Offensive Player – Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City (Mahomes won the prize).
* One final think of the Premier League Awards: Naming Eagles Winner, Chris Long, winner of the NFL Man of the Award NFL Walter Payton was an incredible choice and a great choice. Long has distinguished himself with charitable work in each of the three NFL markets he has played, St Louis, New England and Philadelphia, and his inspirational speech in challenging everyone to protect from apathy to problems & society is perfect.
* Commenting on Nagy, something that I mentioned last month was true: It became the winner of Coach of the Year in the last 11 season to see his team losing his play player. Nagy's Been 3-seeded Bears dropped home to Sixth-sixth Sixth Eagles in the first round of NFC players, continuing a trend tested by Sean McVay & # 39; and Rams in 2017, the Cowboys Jason Garrett in 2016, Bruce Arians in 2014, Ron Rivera of the Panthers in 2013, Arians again in 2012, this time with Colts as an interim coach while Chuck Pagano was Fighting leukemia, Bill Belichick of the Patriots in 2010, Bengals & Marvin Lewis in 2009 and Mike Smith of the Falcons in 2008.
Only Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers in 2011, their NFC title team, and Carolina Rivera's game in 2015, had lost their Panthers in the Super Bowl, were Coach of the Year recipients who did not experience the play experience un-a-made. The final coach of the year was to win Super Bowl in the same season in Belichick in 2003, and his Patriots llinach-in-the-nations that year won their second Lombardi Trophy by beating three points in Carolina in Houston. Belichick is the only coach of this century to win the prize and the ring in the same year, although Dick Vermeil and St. Louis Rams 1999 also achieved over the last two decades.
Los Angeles Rams has been so impressed over the 52 season the team has played in South California (1946-94 and 2016-2018), but it was not as memorable as Deacon Jones, which was noted here on her 1967 Philadelphia Gum Card Co. such as "Dave," which sounds positive overseas to the ears. After crediting to finish the term "sacking the quarterback" in the mid-60s, Jones was a devastating passing rubber from his last place on the defensive left, and wearing offensive men with a speed, its edge, which moved a bit that created a development of the name of the slap head.
In his classical lessons no. 75, Jones was a threatening force on a defensive line & Fearsome Foursome & # 39; & # 39; celebrity & # 39; Rams in the & # 39; 60au, and from 1967-69, the trained Ramsie George Allen was especially 32-7-3, but twice lost the way as a play opener, depriving Jones and so many members of Los Angeles are in combine the opportunity to play ever for a championship. They did not count sacks as an official statistic when he played, but Jones was likely to lead the NFL in sacks in several seasons, ending unofficially with 22 in 14 games in 1964, 21.5 in 1967 and 22 again in 1968. Reported He produced 173.5 sacks in his 14-year career, with an average of 12-plus extraordinary season.