BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO, Couchshideshow.com writer
As a fan of the New England Patriots, I was heart broken at the conclusion of Sunday’s nailbiting Superbowl.
Fast forward a day later, and just like every NFL fan who is not a New York Giants fan, my mind is on what lies ahead for my team. New England, led by mastermind head coach Bill Belichick and wonder boy Tom Brady, have many holes on this team, as the G-men showed. This loss is sure to sting and last until week one of next season.
But all is not bad in Foxboro, here are a few things Belichick and company have to look toward.
• Free Agency: The Patriots are a team which builds through the draft, but after this season, with all the expiring contracts up, Belichick will have to look to free agency for some upgrades. Wide outs Wes Welker and Deion Branch, running backs Kevin Faulk and BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and pass rushers Shaun Ellis, Rob Ninkovich, Mark Anderson and Andre Carter will all be free agents. Also, they’ll have to replace incumbent centers Dan Koppen and Dan Connolly. Though the Patriots haven’t shelled out good money for a free agent since the signing of defensive linemen/outside linebacker Adailius Thomas, addressing the defensive line, defensive backs and wide receivers needs to be a top priority. The Pats could take a look a wide outs DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon and Vincent Jackson. I doubt they actually sign any of them, but they need to be talking with their agents.
BY CHUCK CONSTANTINO & TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com
The 2011 Super Bowl will feature a rematch of 2008’s classic Giants–Patriots showdown. The Giants are coming in hot, but the Patriots are the favorite to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Couch Side Show bloggers Chuck Constantino and Trevor Gould weigh in on the matchup.
Trevor Courtland Gould (TCG): The Giants possess a defensive line that makes offensive lineman quake in their shoes. They are athletic, relentless, and have a mean streak to them. When Justin Tuck isn’t repping Subway sandwiches, he is wrecking havoc against opposing offenses. Linval Joseph and Chris Canty are solid tackles, and Jason Pierre-Paul has established himself as one of the premier athletic freaks in the NFL. And when one of them is tired, in comes veteran Osi Umenyiora, who is probably extra angry due to being relegated to back-up duty. This defensive line is scary.
Chuck Constantino (CC): This isn’t even close; the Giants hands down own the scariest defensive line in football. The speed and relentlessness of the front four cannot be simulated during practice leading up to the big game. These big uglies will hit Tom Brady all night.