On the latest episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast, Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen discuss the Patriots advancing to their seventh consecutive AFC Championship Game, and whether or not Jacksonville's defense can give the Pats problems.
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen discuss the Patriots bad energy level on the road at night and Tom Brady’s 7-9 record in Miami. Should we have seen signs of this loss coming?
(4:30) Patriots didn’t come out and play with the sense of urgency that we normally see with multiple 3 and outs and going 0-11 on 3rd down conversions. (6:30) Dolphins defense played very well and were able to tackle effectively while the Patriots had trouble in that area. Patriots defense also made Jay Cutler look good throwing the ball around. (9:35) Was there a carry over from the previous game played against Miami for Tom Brady, knowing how much he would be getting hit? (14:40) Thoughts on the Patriots signing Kenny Britt after he was released by the Browns. (17:50) The Patriots lack of a running game, how you need to establish a running game with Gronk out, and the Patriots needing to change the tempo of the offense. (21:25) Dolphins having plenty of talent and the growing confidence of their secondary and Dion Lewis being taken out of the gameplan. (23:10) Did some players on the Patriots look ahead to the Steelers and overlook the Dolphins? (24:30) How did this performance affect Koppen’s confidence of the Patriots defense? (25:45) Will the Steelers defense be able to stop the Patriots offense? Are injuries starting to creep into the mind of the Patriots?
0:25 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen review the Patriots win over the Dolphins on Sunday, the undisciplined nature of Miami, and Kenny Stills comments after the game.
3:35 - How Bill Belichick and the Patriots get players to remain disciplined, and if there was any moment of doubt that the Patriots would not win against the Dolphins.
7:10 - Koppen explains why winning the game but playing sloppy will actually be good for the Patriots.
12:25 - A discussion about Mike Tomlin’s interview, where he looked ahead and talked about the Patriots, 3 weeks before they play.
15:05 - A breakdown of the Steelers team and if Tomlin talking and looking ahead to the Patriots will help or hurt them.