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The Ex-Pats Podcast" from features host Mike Giardi and former New England Patriots' Dan Koppen and Jerod Mayo. The guys will break down that weeks game and discuss the news of the week from a players perspective.

The Ex-Pats Podcast" from features host Mike Giardi and former New England Patriots' Dan Koppen and Jerod Mayo. The guys will break down that weeks game and discuss the news of the week from a players perspective.
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The Ex-Pats Podcast" from features host Mike Giardi and former New England Patriots' Dan Koppen and Jerod Mayo. The guys will break down that weeks game and discuss the news of the week from a players perspective.




Rob Ninkovich is not sold on Josh Gordon being a ‘Patriots type guy’

Rob Ninkovich and Phil Perry react to the Patriots drafting Josh Gordon, and debate how long it will take for him to earn the Patriots trust. (3:30) How much did loss to the Jaguars factor into bringing in Josh Gordon? (5:30) Will Chris Hogan be angry losing targets to Josh Gordon? (12:00) How long can Josh Gordon last on talent alone? (13:00) How can the “Patriots way” lead Josh Gordon down the right path? (20:00) Breaking down the Patriots loss to the Jaguars, what can the Patriots learn...


Rob Ninkovich gives his first impressions of Patriots defense/ Dont’a Hightower on his return to the field

Rob Ninkovich and Phil Perry break down the Patriots week 1 win over the Texans. (5:00) Ninkovich gives his first impressions of the Patriots defense under Brian Flores. (8:30) Will the Texans offensive line be the worst line the Patriots face this season? (11:20) What grades do we give the Patriots offense after game 1? (17:00) Dont’a Hightower joins our crew to break down the Patriots week 1 win, and how it felt to be back on the field. (21:00) Rob Ninkovich gives his studs and duds from...


Former NFL QB Bruce Gradkowski wants the Patriots to draft fellow Toldeo QB

Mike Giardi is joined by former NFL quarterback Bruce Gradkowski to discuss the 2018 Draft Class, including Logan Woodside from his alma mater, Toledo. Gradkowski talks about his draft experience and how the combine results are way overblown in terms of translating to success in the league.


Greg Cosell from NFL Films talks NFL Draft

Mike Giardi chats with Executive Producer of "NFL Matchup" (and NFL Films) Greg Cosell to talk about some of the players that have been linked to the New England Patriots in one way or another for the 2018 NFL Draft. Players discussed in this episode include Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (1:50), Oklahoma St. QB Mason Rudolph (4:55), Washington St. QB Luke Falk (7:13), Maryland WR DJ Moore (9:45), offensive tackles Kolton Miller of UCLA and Connor Williams of Texas (11:37), Edge prospect...


12-year veteran QB Dan Orlovsky breaks down 2018 Draft quarterback class

0:44 - 12-year NFL veteran QB Dan Orlovsky joins Mike Giardi to break down the quarterbacks in the 2018 Draft. Orlovsky begins by dialing in on what stands out for prime candidates. 4:24 - With it being reported that the Patriots have an “affinity” for Baker Mayfield, Orlovsky discusses how Mayfield’s skills will translate in the NFL and if he will be able to mentally handle the responsibility that comes with being an NFL quarterback. 9:08 - Whether or not the Patriots use the 2018 draft...


Recap of Patriots Super Bowl loss; Complete break down of Malcolm Butler situation

2:40 - Why didn’t Malcolm Butler play a defensive snap? Mike Giardi recaps the whole saga around the cornerback being benched. 7:25 - Giardi discusses why Butler still dressed for the game and wasn’t sent home. Koppen breaks down the rules Belichick has for his team and what happens when you break them. 9:34 - Was Belichick being too stubborn and did he hurt the Patriots chances of winning another Super Bowl? Giardi and Koppen explain how there are two sides to the story. 12:04 - Dan...


Recapping Patriots win in AFC title game over Jags; Brady’s thumb injury; Amendola comes up big

1:45 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen break down the Patriots comeback win over Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LII. 4:20 - Leonard Fournette not looking like himself but Blake Bortles making the right plays against the Patriots defense. 7:40 - A couple of mistakes from the Jaguars, punting before 2 minute warning which gave the Patriots an extra timeout, and kneeling at the end of the 1st half with 2 timeouts and 50 seconds remaining. 12:10 - Dion Lewis...


Patriots advance to 7th straight AFC title game; Will Jaguars defense give Patriots trouble?

4:15 - Patriots going to 7th straight AFC title game. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen discuss the ability for the Patriots to coach up their players and put them in a position to succeed. 7:55 - Is Koppen finally buying into the Patriots defense and how Matt Patricia deserves more credit than he has been receiving. 10:23 - Patriots offense started out a little bit slow against the Titans but then scored 35 unanswered points. Great job by Patriots offensive line giving Brady time and Brady's...


Rob Ninkovich breaks down AFC playoff matchups/ Intimidation factor Patriots have over other teams

Rob Ninkovich sits down with Mike Giardi to discuss the AFC playoff matchup, and why he believes in other teams being intimated of the Patriots come playoff time. (1:00)Rob Ninkovich on life after football, and what parts of the game he misses. (2:30) What should the Patriots main focus during their bye week. (3:30) Ninkovich on his first impressions of James Harrison with the Patriots. (9:00) Is this Patriots defense good enough to win a Super Bowl (11:00) Rob Ninkovich on how much other...


James Harrison is officially a Patriot, but how much will he contribute?

On the latest episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast with Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen... 0:38 - The Patriots signed two-time All-Pro linebacker James Harrison to add defensive depth for their playoff push. What role will Harrison play at the end of his career in a new system? 6:23 - An overwhelming number of teams in the NFL could be giving their head coaches the boot following the end the of the regular season. 12:53 - Not even the Patriots are immune to coaching staff turnover. Josh McDaniels...


What were Steelers thinking with a fake spike? Gronkowski takes over the game on final drive.

On the latest episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast with Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen... 0:25 - Patriots-Steelers game living up to the hype with great atmosphere in Pittsburgh. Tom Brady waving on the fans pregame. 2:20 - Breaking down the Steelers fake spike. Was there enough communication between Steelers players and why running a slant route was a bad call. 5:40 - Ben Roethlisberger telling the media after the game that one coach said to spike it, and another said to throw it. How the game...


How ‘bad energy’ and ‘lack of mental toughness’ led to Dolphins upset over Patriots

Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen discuss the Patriots bad energy level on the road at night and Tom Brady’s 7-9 record in Miami. Should we have seen signs of this loss coming? (4:30) Patriots didn’t come out and play with the sense of urgency that we normally see with multiple 3 and outs and going 0-11 on 3rd down conversions. (6:30) Dolphins defense played very well and were able to tackle effectively while the Patriots had trouble in that area. Patriots defense also made Jay Cutler look good...


Was the Rob Gronkowski 1-game suspension justified?

0:35 - Was the Rob Gronkowski suspension justified? Dan Koppen and Mike Giardi break down the Gronkowski late hit and 1-game suspension. With no past history, will Gronk’s suspension being reduced as he goes through the appeal process? 5:20 - A discussion about Rob Gronkowski’s frustration after getting held and manhandled during the game as the refs seems to treat Gronk differently than other players. 14:50 - The gameplan the Bills had against Rob Gronkowski, and what teams need to do to...


Why playing 'sloppy' vs. Dolphins will actually be good for the Patriots

0:25 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen review the Patriots win over the Dolphins on Sunday, the undisciplined nature of Miami, and Kenny Stills comments after the game. 3:35 - How Bill Belichick and the Patriots get players to remain disciplined, and if there was any moment of doubt that the Patriots would not win against the Dolphins. 7:10 - Koppen explains why winning the game but playing sloppy will actually be good for the Patriots. 12:25 - A discussion about Mike Tomlin’s interview, where...


How Belichick the perfectionist will find flaws in win vs. Raiders

0:55 - Patriots playing great as they stream roll the Raiders but Koppen explains that Belichick will knock them down as he strives for perfection. Also talk about how it takes a couple months into the season for the coaches and players to learn each other again. 5:40 - Stephon Gilmore playing excellent lined up against Michael Crabtree. Malcolm Butler bounces back but gives up the only score to Amari Cooper. Koppen suggest Butler’s contract situation might be affecting his play. 7:50 -...


Why is Brady and the offense struggling in the red zone?

On this week's episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast with Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen... 2:30 - The Patriots defense stands tall vs. LA. Has it changed for good and is it time to starting buying in? 6:40 - Taking a look at the mistakes the Chargers made against the Patriots on Sunday, whether it was bad calling and stupid penalties. 10:00 - Tom Brady showing great presence in the pocket as the offensive line limits the Chargers. 12:55 - What is making the offense struggle in the red zone and how...


The reason the defense is playing better without Stephon Gilmore

On this episode of The Ex-Pats Podcast... 0:10 - Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen give their takeaways from the Patriots win over the Falcons including the defense coming up strong against Atlanta but New England still taking too many penalties. 2:00 - Why it felt like this game meant more to the Patriots, their sense of excitement after the win, and building chemistry off a good victory. 6:20 - Falcons losing their identity without Kyle Shanahan as offensive coordinator and their bad play...


Do the Patriots have a locker room issue?

The Patriots improve their record to 4-2 with a win over the Jets, but there are still a lot of concerning factors for New England. Mike Giardi and Dan Koppen talk about something the team isn't used to - close games. Giardi also dives into whether there is a major problem with the locker room dynamic, and whether all the moves they made in the offseason were blown way out of proportion by the media and fans of the talent added, but didn't factor in the personalities they lost. Koppen and...


How long can Tom Brady keep taking the hits he's been taking?

1:00 Takeaways from the Patriots win over the Buccaneers 4:00 How long can Tom Brady keep taking hits without impacting his play? 6:00 Breaking down the offensive line play, what areas can they improve? 13:00 Should Patriots be playing Dion Lewis more going forward? 16:00 Dan Koppen talks about how offensive strategy can change on teams, and whether there will be a shift in Patriots strategy. 22:30 Jets-Patriots preview, any chance or an upset? 30:00 Will Alan Branch be motivated after...


How has the Patriots defense changed so much in one season?

Mike Giardi and former Patriots center Dan Koppen breakdown the Patriots last second loss to the Carolina Panthers 33-30, as the defense once again was a major concern. (8:00) Who is responsible for all the breakdowns on the defense? (15:00) What changes could the defense make to shake things up going forward? (19:00) How has the Patriots defense changed so much in one season? (29:00) What offensive changes should the Patriots be making?