For the first time in four years, the New England Patriots are not preparing for the big game (Super Bowl)
The 12-4 2019 New England Patriots season ended in the wild card round; the Pats earliest playoff exit since 2009. Coincidentally, that's also the last time a CB (Charles Woodson) won this award. That's right boys and girls. There is a silver lining to the 2019 Patriots disappointing crumble after starting the year 8-0; Stephon Gilmore is the the 2019 Defensive Player of the Year! Making him the first Patriot to ever win the award.
I'll gladly eat crow and say I was way off on Gilly Lock. I didn't like the signing at the time. I was firmly in the pay Malcolm camp. I think Gilly’s definitely in the conversation for best free agent signing in the double-dynasty. I mean who else is there really? I think the Pats' number of Super Bowl wins (6) is greater than the amount of big money, long-term deals they've given to free agents. It's basically Rosie Colvin, Adalius Thomas and Gilly Lock. Roosevelt was solid, but missed a lot of time to injury and Thomas is widely considered a bust even with this high quality highlight. When you look at Stephon Gilmore's resume in New England already; this award cements his legacy as one of the best signings in the history of the franchise.
Game-ending swat in 2017 AFCCG
His interception over former Patriot Super Bowl GOAT [the bad kind that everybody used until like 8 years ago] Brandin Cooks halted the Rams threat of tying the game late in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl LIII. It set up the field goal drive that essentially won the game.
It's easy to catch the Super Bowl or bust mentality with the Patriots; especially lately. A majority of Patriot fans are terrified about the end Brady era (myself include) and given the frustrating loss (still can't believe the Pats punted) there's a lot of weird feelings in Pats Nation rn that 31 other fan-bases are relishing. None of that should take away from how dominant Gilmore was in 2019.
I'll end with this.
It is kind of stupid that I almost made this blog; considering how NFL Honors isn't on for another hour.... The NFL has already spoiled all the awards. Big ups to my guy Michael Thomas. You really couldn't guard Mike in 2019.
I don't understand the tactic at all....totally give away any reason to watch NFL Honors live. Smart! All the clips that matter will be on the internet almost immediately anyways. I do not get it, but then again this is the same organization that hates the arts.
Case and point: this monstrosity. (holy shit I can't believe I spelled that correctly first try)
Super Bowl pick will come tomorrow.