It’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but we’ve already had a major snowstorm and temperatures dipping into the 20s. That’s the New England that wide receiver Isaiah Ford just got traded to after having spent his whole career so far with the Miami Dolphins.
By the way, the forecast calls for a high of 81 on Sunday in Miami.
Yeah, Ford might be in for a little bit of climate whiplash over the next few months.
I’m not here to analyze the Patriots’ game this Sunday. That sounds like actual work Chris Mason or Matt Vautour would do (suckers). Instead, I’m here to point out 5-10 observations and general tidbits that have at least a tangential connection to Sunday’s game.
1. Quick, someone get Isaiah Ford a winter jacket
Ford spoke to the New England media for the first time since the trade Friday afternoon. For the most part, it was normal introductory player talk: learning the playbook, talking about the team culture, praising the quarterback.
But in the middle of it, Ford dropped a curious line about the weather.
“I knew it was going to be cold. I didn’t know how cold,” he said.
Ford was born in Jacksonville, played for Virginia Tech in college and has spent his whole NFL career so far with the Dolphins. Does this poor guy know what’s about to hit him?
At the end of the video conference, when questions dried up, Ford was asked if he had any questions for reporters about life in New England.
“Does anybody know where I can get a winter coat?” Ford asked. “If we can get that done, I think we’ll be pretty good moving forward.”
While a reporter recommended that Ford swing by the Bass Pro Shops near Patriot Place, team PR did make sure to say that, yes, the team can definitely take care of that for him.
2. Gunner Olszewski has opinions about the cold
Olszewski was born in Alvin, Texas, but played college football at Bemidji State in Minnesota. So, what advice did Olszewski have for Ford coming up into a colder climate?
“Shoot, man. Cold is a state of mind. That’s it,” Olszewski said.
3. Chase Winovich would much rather fight a bear than a shark
This week in “Weird topics that come up in Winovich’s interviews,” the Patriots linebacker was asked about whether he’d rather fight a bear or a shark during his weekly appearance on 98.5 The Sports Hub.
Winovich was incredulous that anyone would pick the shark, saying, he’d pick the bear “in a heartbeat,” citing an idiom from Mike Tyson that overrides any strategies you could have for taking on a shark.
“Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the face,” Winovich said, quoting Tyson. “You’re out there swimming and you get attacked by a giant great white shark out of the blue? I mean, those things, they jump 10 feet in the air and swallow seals whole. You could say ‘Oh, I’m going to do this.’ But then your leg’s missing.”
With that said, Winovich did note that sharks are normally friendly creatures that get a bad rap.
4. J.C. Jackson’s interception streak gets a retro look
5. The “Bill Belichick-approved non-answer of the Week”
Gunner Olszewski on what it was like having Jakobi Meyers as a roommate:
“He’s quiet. I did most of the talking I guess.”
6. Name of the Week: Bryan Anger
“Bryan Anger” sounds like the stock name a linebacker in a scrapped-together football video game made by someone who doesn’t know anything about football.
It’s doubly great because Bryan Anger is a punter.
7. The “Hey, He Plays for Them Now?” Player of the Week
WR Randall Cobb
The 30-year-old Cobb has bounced around since his heyday with the Green Bay Packers. He tapered off toward the end of his time with the Packers (and was involved a ton of trade rumors) before landing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2019. Cobb then signed with the Texans this offseason. He’s had a decent run so far, catching 36 passes for 434 yards. Those numbers fall about in line with his career averages on a per-game basis.