Doug and Ben discuss the biggest free agency period in team history, from acquisitions Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks, to the re-signing of Dont’a Hightower, to the future of Malcolm Butler—and the controversial decision to work out Adrian Peterson.
Then after the break, we take a look at important topics like Brady’s jersey, 3/28, and the latest fads on r/NFL and r/Patriots.
Doug interviews NFL.com / NFL Network researcher and Boston Herald contributor Evan Lazar about the first week of the biggest Patriots off-season ever, starting with the recently acquired WR Brandon Cooks and CB Stephon Gilmore.
We discuss the team’s incredible comeback from 28-3 to defeat the Falcons in Super Bowl LI, and interview Matt Lengel about everything from coaching high school football to what it was like to watch his brother win the Super Bowl.
We discuss Opening Night, the intersection of politics and football, coaching news, and the Pro Bowl, interview Bleacher Report writer Lee Schechter (14:10), and then take a more detailed look ahead at Super Bowl LI, and how we think the Patriots will handle Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Vic Beasley and the Falcons.
We discuss our 34-16 victory over the Texans, the salty Seahawks, one more year of McDaniels and Patricia, and the LA Chargers, interview Erik Frenz about his new book Bill Belichick vs. the NFL: The Case for the NFL’s Greatest Coach (34:11), and then look ahead at the AFC Championship, where Blount, Bennett, Butler, Brady and Bill Belichick’s Patriots will host Bell, Brown, Boswell, Big Ben and the Steelers.
We break down the Wild Card Round, discuss #boatgate, pajamas, and WRs repopulating the Earth, talk defense with patspropaganda.com founder Mike Dussault (36:52), and analyze our upcoming Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans.
We look back at our first victory in Miami in four years as well as the regular season as a whole, talk about why Brady should win MVP (but probably won’t), interview Patriots salary cap savant Miguel aka @PatsCap (39:07), and hand out our end-of-season awards to the best and most disappointing players on the team.
Veteran podcaster Jake Browne joins us to discuss our 41-3 victory over the Jets, the Pro Bowl roster, new targets for Brady to pass to, officiating conspiracies, the AFC playoff picture, and visiting the red hot Dolphins in Miami, where the Patriots haven’t won since 2012.