A few seasons ago it seemed everyone in the NFL that was a bit older but still had a ton of talent would sign with the Patriots. They would go to New England in order to win a Super Bowl. But now with the Pats being destroyed in the Wild Card, it seems the tide is changing. They appear to want Randy Moss out despite the fact that he will take less money to stick around with them. In the wildcard game Brady appeared to play as though he had a beautiful model at home to fuck the shit out of. Oh wait, he did.
The truth of the matter is, Belichek was a pretty bad coach in Cleveland. He hasn’t won a Super Bowl since Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel left. Although they were both are horrible head coaches, they appeared to have some talent when it comes to being coordinators. Belichek would have never lasted if he was stuck with Bledsoe. He stumbled upon Brady, which was like anyone hitting the lotto. But now that same fire doesn’t burn with Brady. He’s become complacent and comfortable. I can’t really blame him.
Now that the Pats don’t seem to be perennial Super Bowl, they aren’t attracting the Vet Free Agents like they used to. The years of late round draft picks means they haven’t been adding younger players like they used to either. It all combines for a team that is getting older, the talent is dropping off and their best years might be behind them.
The definite end would be if the Pats did let Moss leave. Welker is good, but he can’t do it all by himself. We’ve seen that already in the past. In Boston they are holding onto the hope that Brady is just shaking off the rust after coming off a major injury. It’s not the rust that is the problem for Brady. If you were a pretty boy superstar, how much would you not want to get hurt? With so much in front of Brady, why give it all on the field? He’s going to be hired for big money to be an analyst as soon as he retires. The last thing Brady wants is to have so many concussions that the rest of his life is ruined.
So what can the Pats do? The Truth of the matter is, I don’t care. In the end I’m a Jets fan and I’m happy to see their mystique go. I’ll admit it was fun cheering for them when they were underdogs to the Rams. But since then I’ve cheered against them in every Super Bowl and nothing was better then their loss to the Giants to cap off the undefeated season they had.
Now there is a new beast raising in the AFC East and its the Jets. Suddenly they’ve been able to make all the moves to bring in Pro Bowlers and older players who may not be as good as they once were, but still have enough in the tank. As long as Sanchez stays healthy (there’s those of us who remember other promising seasons lost to QB Injuries) the sky appears to be the limit this season. Let’s hope so, because its been far too long since our last Super Bowl appearance.