Never mind that he is the undisputed GOAT, all of his decisions are under scrutiny.
The latest is regarding LB Chase Winovich and his reduced playing time.
Chase Winovich played 68%, 75%, 54% and 66% of the snaps in the first four weeks. He had 2.5 sacks and six QB hits.
He’s played 34%, 20% and 9% of the snaps over the last three games. The Patriots have four sacks total in that span.
Winovich still leads the Pats in sacks. 🤷♂️
— Mark Daniels (@MarkDanielsPJ) November 2, 2020
What’s Happening With Winovich?
Winovich is a second-year player out of Michigan.
Win or lose, he has played well for the Patriots and has made his presence known on the field.
So why has his playing time gone down drastically in the past three games especially with the Patriots struggling to stop the pass and run?
Belichick seems to regard him as more of a pass rusher, but he is effective against the run also.
When asked specifically about Winovich, Belichick was his usual revealing self.
“It’s been situational. He’ll play. He’s a good player. Some weekly decisions based on game-plans and so forth.”
For his part, Winovich is handling the reduced playing time and the adversity the Patriots are experiencing very well.
Easy to have faith when Lady Fortuna is favorable! How about when the chips are low? How about when the rain is cold? Welcoming this opportunity to grow as any other 🦻🏻👨🏼🎓🏋🏼🤺🧗🏼🧘🏼🏩
— Chase Winovich (@Wino) November 2, 2020
Monday Night Football: Patriots vs. Jets
Many agree that the Patriots need a decisive victory over the winless Jets to quiet some of the naysayers, at least for a week.
The Jets offense (as of 10/21/20) was ranked 30th in the NFL while the passing game ranks 28th.
All this means is that Chase Winovich should play a big role in Monday night’s game if the Patriots hope to win big.
Trade Deadline Rumors About Stephon Gilmore
There has been a lot of noise about Winovich’s defensive teammate, Stephon Gilmore, as the trade deadline looms.
We know that Gilmore put his family home up for sale in Foxboro with an interesting stipulation according to Zillow.
“All offers if any due on Tuesday, November 3rd @ 5PM.”
That deadline is just 1 hour after today’s NFL trade deadline.
When asked last week about the Gilmore trade rumors, Belichick’s reply was brief, even for his standards.
“Yeah, I don’t know anything about those.”
The Patriots’ asking price may be too high.
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) November 3, 2020
It’s been so long since the Patriots had a losing record, no one really knows what to expect week-to-week at this point.