New England Patriots

Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots defensive end Chase Winovich (50) reacts after making a tackle against the New York Giants during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

Despite a crushing loss last week, Chase Winovich and the Patriots are far from ready to fly the white flag on the 2020 season.

In Sunday’s 27-20 loss to the Texans, the Patriots defense struggled with quarterback Deshaun Watson. The 2017 first-round pick proved to be too elusive for the Pats’ pass rush, extending plays and hitting down field throws with ease.

Discussing the game with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand on Tuesday, Winovich  noted that the team got more or less what they expected from Houston’s signal caller.

“We already knew going into the game Deshaun presented a lot of issues just with his ability to extend plays and his ability to, even sit in the pocket as a passer, and he really came out and played lights out. Just across the board we got to be better,” he said, before adding the unit will have a chance to redeem themselves when they face a similar quarterback this week.

“What’s great about this week and the National Football League is that every single week presents a new opportunity. And with Kyler Murray this week, we’re going to have to face similar problems and go out there and just just be better across the board.”

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However, Winovich said the team understands that their backs are now against the wall, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to count them out.

“I think we’ve been feeling the pressure to a certain extent, but it’s just one of those things where it’s like we’ve just got to win and we already knew that,” the Patriots defensive lineman said. “This is a weird year too though…you got to remember, six losses aren’t going to keep anybody out of the playoffs. We have an opportunity. And at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for. So if that means we got to hunker down right now and really focus and really dig deep to try to pull this out, and that’s where we’re going to have to do.”

From there, the conversation turned to the American Southwest, where a metallic monolith was found in the desert recently. The discovery has created a supernatural conversation, as it resembles key scenes from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. Of course, that’s right up Winovich’s alley.

While he hadn’t read up on the monolith himself (although he promised to do so for next week), Winovich did share his thoughts on Crystals – a popular holistic medical belief that’s common in the area.

If you think about when the Big Bang exploded or initially happened, energy was sent throughout the universe and it permeates everywhere. Inside of us, around us, our senses and our conscious brain. So there’s two parts of your brain. You’re conscious and your subconscious. Your conscious brain, it’s connected to your five senses. Your taste, touch, smelling, hearing. And, yeah, I don’t know if I missed one, but you get my point. So anyways, it’s the physical world. But there’s a whole nother (sic) side of things that we, as we’re currently approaching, things aren’t studying and that’s the whole world of quantum physics. And you know what Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla, they reference it’s like as soon as we begin to study that stuff, that’s when things really change. So I just think there’s a whole world – I don’t know of crystals, – I know they try to get at the whole energy thing and stuff. But, you know, the science behind it, which is – people can look this up themselves – it’s pretty outstanding. It’s pretty crazy to think about. And people claim that they can hack into that and that that gets into like the whole Matrix, take the red pill or the blue pill. It’s really a rabbit hole.

Six degrees of movie seperation, from A Space Odyssey to The Matrix. Impressive.

You can listen to Winovich’s whole interview with Zolak & Bertrand above.

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at