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?
0:35 - Was the Rob Gronkowski suspension justified? Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi break down the Gronkowski late hit and 1-game suspension. With no past history, will Gronk’s suspension be reduced as he goes through the appeal process?
5:20 - A discussion about Rob Gronkowski’s frustration after getting held and manhandled during the game as the refs seems to treat Gronk differently than other players.
14:50 - The gameplan the Bills had against Rob Gronkowski, and what teams need to do to stop the tight end.
17:55 - The Bills talking after the game about Gronkowski’s late hit saying that they will remember what Gronk did and if there will be any payback during the next matchup.
22:50 - How good is the Patriots defense and how confident should they be when they go against the Steelers on December 17th?