The 2019

Patriots Season. 

Pats Week Nine. Part V.

Adversity Builds Character.


The Pats will be facing some adversity this week, again. They had eight guys on the Injury/Flu list. It seems every week the Pats face a major issue that has to be settled behind the scenes. Like finally getting Wynn back healthy to bring the O-line together, then he gets the Flu. The Pats have already check off three guys on their inactive list that may or may not be flued.

But they didn't travel. "We’ve had some guys miss (practice do to flu)," BB said. "So we’ll see how they are today and reevaluate it after today. Would have been hard if we had played yesterday, I’d say that." Jason McCourty, Cowart and Izzo didn't fly to Texas. 

This is the flu list so far. Marcus Cannon (who it seems was the Typhoid Mary of the Pats locker room this week), Jamie Collins, Eluemunor, Gilmore, Hightower, Van Noy, JoeJuan Williams, and Wynn. They need those guys to play. They are the heart of the defense and the O-line. It seems every week this season their is something that seems ready to derail the team. 

But maybe that is what makes a Champion. That constant adversity, and then putting it all aside to win on Sunday. The Pats have faced more problems and personnel changes than any other team in the NFL this season. There is some good news as well. Sanu and Dorsett both flew down to Houston like they are going to play. 

The biggest worry to me is Deshaun Watson, who was an Option QB at Clemson, "Deshaun's a very talented player, certainly one of the top players in the league at his position that we’ve faced," BB said. "[Watson] does a great job on the deep ball, has very good touch and accuracy. He is a good decision maker. Obviously very athletic kid that can do a lot. Any game's a long way from being over if he has his hands on the ball." Plus, he is playing at Home in a perfect weather Dome. 

The only time this defense really struggled was against an all-out Option offense, when the Option QB was playing at Home. It was also a a unique Option offense. They lined up a lot  in three-TE sets, which you just don't see in the Run and Shoot NFL anymore. Houston doesn't have that size and talent at Tight End, but they will certainly be running some of the Option plays they saw when they watch the Baltimore Tape. 

Watson is no longer a young QB, he is a veteran, and not really an Option QB anymore. "I got to know him a little bit at the Greenbrier, and I’ve heard great things about him. Wes was down there with him and really liked him," Brady said. And obviously Billy [O'Brien], I have a great relationship with Billy, and he really likes Deshaun a lot. So watching him play in college, he’s spectacular, and he’s off to a great start in his pro career. 

"So [I] really love watching him play. He’s a great leader for their team and he’s hard to stop. He’s got a great arm, escapes. They have a lot of playmakers. So it’s a very good offense." He can create more problems for the defense than Lamar Jackson. 

Watson is the second most veteran QB the Pats have faced this season (he was drafted in 2017 and Dak in 2016). "We’ve been grinding away here on the Texans. Again, this is another really impressive team. [They’ve] done a good job in all areas down there," BB said. "Really productive: on offense, defense, special teams, obviously well-coached, [and] a lot of good players. A lot of good players on special teams: lead the league in punt coverage, kickoff coverage. Do a great job with field position. 

"Defensively, Romeo [Crennel] is one of the best and they always are sound, great technique team, good tackling team, don’t beat themselves, make you earn all of it. And offensively, they’ve got a lot of explosive players and do a lot of things well. They’re really at the top of the league in just about everything offensively, wherever you want to look, certainly: big plays, 1st down production." 

They have a declining defense. They don't have the big name defenders that used to scare everyone. They are 25th in pass defense yardage and struggling to pressure the QB. If Brady has any kind of help from his weapons, this could get lopsided fast. 

This team has really turned into more of an Offense team with Watson and a strong band of WRs. The good news is that they are facing some troubles as well. There O-line is in some disarray this week with their starting ORT out, and some guy named Chris Clark is plugged in there.

Look for the Pats complicated blitzing scheme to attack the right edge all game to hit Watson. They have been the best blitzing defense in the NFL this season, and this game they have a target. Mr. Clark, you better be ready to see two or three guys lined up on your edge all game long. So if the Pats are healthy? They have gone 4 and 0 against Houston since O'Brien took over, and have a path or two to victory. 

But of course they also have more adversity this week, the Pats also lost their kicker again, and had to sign some guy named Kai Forbath to kick. "We'll do introductions so you can get to know everybody," BB said. "Yeah, we’ll see how it goes. We worked Kai out earlier this fall... three or four weeks ago, whenever it was. So, we’ll see how it goes." People like to tease Belichick for his obsession with special teams, but we have all seen teams lose because of their kicker. 

There is no rest for weary Patriots this week as thunder crashes on the team, multiple times, again this week with the Flu and another injured kicker. "We’re pushing through it here," BB underscores. "Obviously, big challenge going down to Houston. Good football team. [Texans] do a lot of things well. We’ve talked about that. Kind of accelerate and put things together here today. Couple leftover items from yesterday and then moving on to our normal Friday and [the] day-before-the-game type preparation. Go down there and just try to be ready to go." So we'll see if adversity builds character again this week.

Be A Citizen! Not a Subject! 

Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Fredo is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:


The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware subjects, or you will be subjugated:













WASHINGTON — Ambassador Gordon Sondland declared to impeachment investigators Wednesday that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani explicitly sought a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, leveraging an Oval Office visit for political investigations of Democrats. But he also came to believe the trade involved much more.

Besides the U.S. offer of a coveted meeting at the White House, Sondland testified it was his understanding the president was holding up nearly $400 million in military aid, which Ukraine badly needed with an aggressive Russia on its border, in exchange for the country’s announcement of the investigations.

Sondland conceded that Trump never told him directly the security assistance was blocked for the probes, a gap in his account that Republicans and the White House seized on as evidence the president did nothing wrong. But the ambassador said his dealings with Giuliani, as well as administration officials, left him with the clear understanding of what was at stake.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo?’” Sondland asked. “With regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes.”

The rest, he said, was obvious: “Two plus two equals four.”

Later Wednesday, another witness undercut a main Republican argument — that there could be no quid pro quo because Ukraine didn’t realize the money was being held up. The Defense Department’s Laura Cooper testified that Ukrainian officials started asking about it on July 25, which was the day of Trump’s phone call with the country’s new president when Trump first asked for “a favor.”

Her staff received an email, Cooper said, from a Ukrainian Embassy contact asking "what was going on with Ukraine's security assistance." She said she could not say for sure that Ukraine was aware the aid was being withheld but “it's the recollection of my staff that they likely knew."

Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union and a major donor to Trump’s inauguration, was the most highly anticipated witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry into the 45th president of the United States.

In often stunning testimony, he painted a picture of a Ukraine pressure campaign that was prompted by Trump himself, orchestrated by Giuliani and well known to other senior officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Sondland said he raised his concerns about a quid pro quo for military aid with Vice President Mike Pence — a conversation a Pence adviser vigorously denied.

Pompeo also dismissed Sondland’s account.

However, Sondland said, “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.”

The ambassador said that he and Trump spoke directly about desired investigations, including a colorful cellphone call this summer overheard by others at a restaurant in Kyiv.

Trump himself insists daily that he did nothing wrong and the Democrats are just trying to drum him out of office.

As the hearing proceeded, he spoke to reporters outside the White House. Reading from notes written with a black marker, Trump quoted Sondland quoting Trump to say the president wanted nothing from the Ukrainians and did not seek a quid pro quo.

“I want nothing, I want nothing,” insisted the president, who often exhorts Americans to “read the transcript” of the July phone call in which he appealed to Ukraine’s leader for “a favor” — the investigations.

He also distanced himself from his hand-picked ambassador, saying he didn’t know him “very well.” A month ago, he called Sondland “a really good man and a great American.”

The impeachment inquiry focuses significantly on allegations that Trump sought investigations of former Vice President Joe Biden and his son — and the discredited idea that Ukraine rather than Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election — in return for the badly needed military aid for Ukraine and the White House visit.

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