Kony Ealy isn’t trying to live up to his Super Bowl 50 performance

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Perhaps the brightest spot in Carolina’s Super Bowl 50 loss to the Broncos came from defensive end Kony Ealy, who exploded onto the scene with three sacks. So if he still trying to live up to that performance?

“That Super Bowl game is over, man,” Ealy told reporters on Tuesday. “I really don’t like to talk about the past. My job, like I said, is to come in here buy into the system and make the most of my opportunity here. Period. . . . Just don’t worry about the future right now. Just worry about the present.”

The present entails Ealy entering the final year of his rookie contract. But he’s not focusing on that, either.

“I don’t worry about that,” Ealy said. “Like I said, I keep preaching this about the process and I’m just trying to stay [on] track, head forward and not worrying about anything that’s going to clog up my memory. My job is to come in here, learn the system and buy into the team.”

Ealy continued to come back to themes of buying in and accepting the process and ultimately sounding like he’s already become a full-fledged Stepford Patriot.

“I’m very excited,” Ealy said. “I love it here. I love the people, the program, as far as how Coach Belichick runs it. Everybody buys in. You can see the difference between that. I love it here and I’m going to continue to work my butt off and try to get better.”

If he can find a way to perform like he did while at his best in Carolina, the Patriots defense will be better, as will the rest of a team that has done more to improve following a Super Bowl win than any franchise in the Super Bowl era.

17 responses to “Kony Ealy isn’t trying to live up to his Super Bowl 50 performance

  1. Welcome! It’s unclear whether almighty Jebus created fall weather in New England for football, or the other way around, but in either case I hope you enjoy it.

  2. “Everybody buys in. You can see the difference between that.”

    Interesting way to end that sentence, lmao. Ealy is definitely well on his way to becoming a full-fledged Stepford Patriot.

  3. The Super Bowl performance was a fluke for Ealy. He did nothing else in 3 years in Carolina.

  4. He’s either going to be a productive player for NE, or he is going to be in a cab to the airport.

    But my guess is that Belichick doesn’t bring a guy like this in unless he thinks 1) He has what it takes and 2) His previous employer didn’t use him in the right way to get the most out of his ability.

  5. His problem in Carolina was that he didn’t go 100% all the time. His effort was inconsistent. If BB gets him to stay focused with his motor always running, he can be a very good player. I have nothing against the guy. I just don’t want him to do well when we play the Pats this year.

  6. I believe this was the cost to obtain Kony Ealy:

    Patriots traded from 64th overall pic for 71st overall pick to acquire Kony Ealy
    Patriots then missed opportunity to draft Indiana guard/center Dan Feeney at 71

    72nd pick that the Pats intended to use to draft Dan Feeney with is then used as part of a series of trades to ensure that the Pats were able to select:
    83rd – Derek Rivers
    85th – Antonio Garcia

  7. The Super Bowl performance was a fluke for Ealy. He did nothing else in 3 years in Carolina
    Maybe not, but lots of scrubs became big time players under Belichick. I’ll take my chances trusting that BB saw potential worth the gamble.

  8. My money is on Belichick finding a way to take advantage of Ealy’s strengths and not exposing his weaknesses. They know what he does well and he will set him up to succeed.

  9. A former 2nd round pick with a lot of untapped potential headed into a contract year, just the kind of guy Belichick seems to get good years out of. I sometimes wonder how things would have shaken out if Young had chosen Belichick over Handley to be Parcells successor.

  10. Hilarious.

    I love how everyone is just rolling over and handing the trophy to the dirty, dirty patsies.

    The team who gave $40 million to a murderer.

    The team caught with their hand in the cookie jar, not once, but twice.

    The team that launched a “dynasty” on the back of the worst tucking call in the history of sport (and before the patsy fans whine, yes it was roughing the passer way back when).

    Still lots of football left in the season, anything can happen.

    Carry on.


  11. “His problem in Carolina was that he didn’t go 100% all the time. His effort was inconsistent.”

    That’s what happens when your leader is “Superman” and is just as concerned with his post game presser outfits as he is with winning.

    In the Pats locker room everyone works to the max every day. He will keep up or be cut.

  12. This will be the 2nd dynasty of the Brady/Belichick era!

    Take the Pats! +450 They are loaded!

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