Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Cover32: 32 Minutes Podcast

featuring Hal Bent

PODCAST: 32minutes

cover32 is proud to provide you with the Week 12 episode of 32Minutes, the official cover32 weekly podcast with @reedmarks and @cubbuenning.
As always, cover32 goes “Around the League” with columnists from Philadelphia, New England, Seattle and Chicago.
And once again cover32’s traveling reporter, Pierre Brian-Reign, back from Denver to talk about the big Sunday Night AFC West showdown.
Lastly, “Four Down Territory” where the guys role play Josh McCownLuke Kuechly,Tom Brady and Wes Welker.

H4TV: NFL Shotgun Radio Show

by Hal Bent 

Tune into NFL Shotgun every Monday night at 9pm eastern as H4TV’s Dan Siegel, Hal Bent, and John DeRosa discuss all the games from that week’s NFL slate as well as giving you insights and analysis of the Monday Night game as its happening. Listen to the guys take your calls and answer your questions about teams, players, or issues around the leagues. NFL Shotgun, Monday nights at 9pm eastern at H4TV. Join us at 9PM Monday night here:

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H4TV: New England Patriots Need to Move on From Monday Night

by Hal Bent | Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

The New England Patriots faced off against the Carolina Panthers in one of the most entertaining Monday Night Football games of the season to date. While the game was not decided until the final play of the game, the it was sixty minutes of entertainment elevating the game to the grand stage it deserved.  With just three punts and only one turnover in the game, it was a matchup of offenses as each team moved down the field deliberately and efficiently taking up big chunks of the game clock with each drive.

The last play of the game has garnered all the attention since the game ended. While no NFL fan wants to see a game coming down to a penalty flag on a pass in the end zone, there are times when the officials are required to make a judgement call on an infraction.  While quarterback Tom Brady was under pressure and under-threw the pass, an unimpeded receiver would have been able to come back to the ball and make a diving attempt.

Whether uber-athletic tight end Rob Gronkowski could make the reception or not is up to debate, there is little doubt that he has–and will again–put himself in position to at least attempt to make the catch in that situation. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly clearly had his arms wrapped around Gronkowski and prevented him from moving towards the ball.  If the officials did not want to call pass interference, that is fine. Defensive holding or illegal contact both fit the bill for that play and would have only given the Patriots a play with no time on the clock rather than be placed at the one yard line (as defensive pass interference would result).

For Patriots fans, the game brings up memories of another November game where a pass interference call at the end of the game...CLICK HERE FOR MUCH MORE: Patriots vs. Panthers Recap


The New England Patriots faced off on Monday night against the Carolina Panthers in a rare prime-time time slot for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. New England’s veteran quarterback Tom Brady has the experience on the Monday night stage over the past decade plus of his career. On a warm evening in Charlotte, NC, the Patriotsand Panthers wrapped up week eleven of the NFL season with two high-quality playoff-caliber teams locked in battle with the entire nation watching.
On their opening drive after stopping Carolina on a three-and-out to open the game, quarterback Tom Brady attacked the Carolina zone defense mixing runs with short passes.  However, the drive ended when New England’s offensive line blew a coverage rotation and allowed Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy free access unblocked to Brady to stall the drive.
On their second drive, the Patriots went on a long drive converting a fourth-and-two at the Carolina 35. However, inside the fifteen yard line running back Stevan Ridleycoughed up the ball and the Panthers recovered. By the time new England got the ball back they were trailing 10-0 and had less than four minutes to play in the half.  Again the Patriots offense self-destructed, this time a fifteen yard unnecessary roughness penalty on guard Logan Mankins stalling the drive and forcing a field goal attempt to make it 10-3 Carolina at halftime.
Early in the game, the Patriots offense nixed strong drives against the resilient Carolina defense with stupid penalties, mental mistakes, and turnovers...CLICK HERE FOR MORE: England Patriots Self-Destruct on Monday Night Football

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On a warm evening in Charlotte, NC the New England Patriots faced off against the Carolina Panthers on ESPN on the national broadcast Monday Night Football game.  Two teams with strong-armed quarterbacks (Tom Brady and Cam Newton), strong running backs (Stevan Ridley and DeAngelo Williams), productive, but unheralded, receivers (Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson et al and Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, and more), and big, pass-catching tight ends (Rob Gronkowski and Greg Olsen).

On defense, the Patriots had been ravaged by injuries to both starting defensive tackles (Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly) and linebacker Jerod Mayo.  The secondary saw starting cornerback Aqib Talib return to the lineup while fellow starter Alfonzo Dennard was injured in practice and out of the lineup for the near future. The secondary later had cornerback Kyle Arrington dinged up and Talib was in and out of the lineup during the game.

The Panthers defense is one of the top units in the NFL and is responsible for their 6-3 record and spot just behind New Orleans in the NFC South. The unit is built around former Boston College standout in linebacker Luke Kuechly and his running mate linebacker Thomas Davis. Their freedom to operate in space is a result of the dynamic defensive line with rookie Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei inside and Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy outside. This Panthers unit has been a solid unit all season being at or near the lead in defensive categories, but tonight it was the New England offense that stopped themselves.

The missed opportunities hurt the Patriots as the defense fell short at the end and the offense just did not have enough at the end as they fell short...Read more here: New England Patriots’ Top 2019 NFL Draft Picks Show Evolution on Both Sides of the Ball

The New England Patriots may have tipped their hand with their first two 2019 NFL Draft picks. Choosing a bigger, more aggressive outside-...