Maybe it's just me, but he looks mentally checked out. I could be projecting this onto him, but he doesn't look like his usual self. I hate to be "this guy" but the fact that he wasn't elected as a captain, no Brady, the "happily miserable comment", body language....something seems off with him.
Can you be frustrated but ok with last night's loss? Because that's how I feel.
Refs: again, I'm not one to typically complain about the refs, but come on. The roughness call after Mahomes flop job? Absolute joke to call that- especially after you picked up the flag on one earlier. The BS PI call. The blowing strip sack play dead. Just inexcusable. I've said this 100 times and I'll continue to bang this drum: LET THE PLAY PLAY OUT.
Defense was outstanding. The narrative from the broadcast all night -which was as about as bad as the refs- was that Reid and Co. were so smart and creative with all their pre-snap motion. However, the narrative should have been about the defense and Belichick's game plan:
-They weren't even biting on any of the pre-snap motion.
-They took away everything deep. Hill was mostly held in check.
-They dared (smartly so) the Chiefs to run by primarily rushing three guys and dropping 8 into coverage.
-They roughed up Kelce at the line and he was largely a non-factor. Side note: last night was a perfect example of why I refuse to hold Kelce in prime Gronk (and now Kittle) territory. Belichick shows he's can be erased in games. That never happened with a healthy Gronk or Kittle now.
-Winovich is a monster. The guy is 2nd in the NFL in win rates and has an endless motor.
-Guy will never get the appreciation he deserves, but he's a damn good football player.
-Wise is randomly emerging as a player? I had pretty much all but written him off but he seems like hes improved.
-More Dugger please.
Some comments about the offense:
-Lack of talent/play makers is really highlighted without Newton. We really need one more pass catcher, at a minimum. Maybe White's return helps, but I think they really need one more guy.
-Great debut from Harris. Looks like he has a little more breakaway speed than Michel. Vision needs some improvement.
-I Know Asiasi is a rookie TE, so it's an uphill battle being 1) the hardest position to learn/grow in an NFL offense and 2) shortened camp/no pre-season makes this a bigger task, but how can't this guy give them more than what Izzo is giving them?
-Everyone (including myself) was worried how the line would hold up with no Scar. We'll, they've been outstanding so far. Shuffling guys around, missing two starters last night, and they don't miss a beat.
-Onwenu looks like a damn find in the 6th round by the Patriots. Suck on that one, BiLl BeLiCHicK CaNt DrAFt crowd.
Recover soon, Cam.