"The Next Pats Podcast" focuses on the NFL Draft and free agency for the New England Patriots. NBC Sports Boston's Phil Perry welcomes guests and breakdowns every aspect of the Patriots offseason, including free-agency and the NFL Draft.
Jerod Mayo, Dan Koppen, and Mike Giardi discuss the win over the Steelers, LeGarrette Blount’s running style, and going with a limited number of pass rushers.
Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi discuss how the Patriots will move forward as a team after a divisive election. They also preview the Seahawks game, and discuss the quarterback situation in Dallas.
Jerod Mayo, Dan Koppen, and Mike Giardi dive into who’s at fault for the shoddy zone defense Sunday night against the Seahawks. They also dissect the final goal line sequence, which ended in an incomplete pass intended for Rob Gronkowski. And the two former Patriots players critique the quiet home crowd at Gillette Stadium.
Jerod Mayo, Troy Brown, and Mike Giardi discuss the emergence of rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell. Brown also shares his analysis of rookie Cyrus Jones, who has struggled as a punt and kick returner. And Mayo offers his thoughts on Jabaal Sheard, who was left behind as the team traveled to San Francisco this past week.
Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi discuss Tom Brady playing hurt, and whether it negatively impacts the Patriots. Koppen also discusses Marcus Cannon’s improved play. The right tackle reportedly signed an extension the day after this podcast was record. Jerod Mayo and Giardi talk defense, including the play of Dont’a Hightower.
Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen look back at a solid Patriots win against a bad team in the Los Angeles Rams. The guys were trying to figure out exactly what L.A.'s gameplan was going in.
The linebacker rotation seems to be more consistent a few weeks after the Jamie Collins trade. How much of an impact will the loss of Rob Gronkowski have on offense? Malcolm Mitchell continues to impress, but 3rd down was a problem.
Finally, we look ahead to Monday night's game against the Baltimore Ravens, who have been playing well and are never intimidated coming into Gillette Stadium.
Jerod Mayo, Dan Koppen, and Mike Giardi look at the struggles of kick returner Cyrus Jones from the perspective of a teammate. Also, how a defense approaches plays close to the opponents own end zone. And Bill Belichick’s approach of using sarcasm to get his players motivated.
Jerod Mayo, Dan Koppen, and Mike Giardi break down the win in Denver. Included in that is reaction to Emmanuel Sanders tweeting about his performance against Malcolm Butler. The play of Dion Lewis, who rushed for 95 yards, is under the microscope. And the claim of Michael Floyd is broached.
5:40 Passing game and altitude in Denver
9:15 Offensive/Defensive divide internally in Denver
10:40 Emmanuel Sanders vs Malcolm Butler
13:50 Dion Lewis vs LeGarrette Blount
16:00 Thoughts on claiming Michael Floyd
19:50 College players McCaffrey, Fournette skipping bowl games
In a split episode, Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen first discuss the Jets game, including the “FU” touchdown to end the half. After the break, Giardi and Jerod Mayo discuss which AFC team is the biggest threat to the Patriots in the playoffs.
1:20 Patriots defense improving or opponents that bad?
7:50 Jets kicking field goal down 41-0
11:50 The “FU” touchdown before the half
14:15 On to Miami
18:25 Jerod Mayo joins
21:35 Chiefs as biggest AFC threat
25:36 Difficulties of playing in Miami
Dan Koppen, Jerod Mayo, and Mike Giardi give their regular season MVPs for the Patriots (excluding Tom Brady, because he’s the clear choice). Mayo shares insight into what makes Matt Patricia a strong head coaching candidate. Dan Koppen does the same for Josh McDaniels.
1:21 Patriots combatting Miami’s antics
6:10 Patriots regular season MVP (aside from Tom Brady, duh)
11:05 How Patriots use playoffs bye week
15:32 Matt Patricia and Josh McDaniels as head coaching candidates