The New England Patriots pulled out another win, hoisting for the 6th time the coveted Lombardi Trophy. It was not the epic game of the century, and it did not excite the masses.
But despite the typical performance of quarterback Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman, it is fascinating how the Patriots seem to resurrect the careers of players whose athletic efforts have been stagnant.
Everyone talks about the non-existent Bill Belichick coaching tree, but it may be because they are looking at it all wrong. The coaching tree actually morphed to the players on the field who came from other teams. Players who were the epitome of the walking dead until they came to life in New England. Whatever it is that Belichick is serving up in training camp, these free agency players are getting the banquet of a lifetime, in the form of Super Bowl rings.
The New England Patriots have won five Super Bowl championships, so it’s bound to happen that the once supreme dynasty may eventually topple.
The loss to the Miami Dolphins Miracle last week could have been an anomaly. Apparently, it wasn’t as the Patriots lose a week later to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road 17-10.
Rumors swirled in the off-season that quarterback Tom Brady and tight end Rob Gronkowski would be retiring. Even head Coach Bill Belichick was on the rumor mill when offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels reneged on the head coaching job in Indianapolis to stay in New England.
There are obvious problems ravaging the Patriots as they enter Week 16 with a 9-5 record. It starts with Mr. Brady.
The Patriots looked like themselves again on Sunday. They beat the Miami Dolphins 38-7, and Miami’s seven points came in the 4th quarter. It was almost like they were having an identity crisis earlier on.
Maybe it was like trying to live with a whole bunch of new roommates where you’re still trying to find out who everyone is and how they’re going to contribute to this new household.
Whatever it was, as the Patriots so often do, they rectified it in their game against the Dolphins, who, albeit only three games in, were at the top of the AFC East, undefeated. But Gillette has a strange mystery to it, especially for the Dolphins.
I have a confession to make – I didn’t watch the game live. I was at a Def Leppard/Journey concert in San Diego. That made watching it today, after knowing the outcome, a LOT harder.
As Patriots’ fans, we’ve been spoiled – we’ve seen a whole lot of winning. When the Patriots have a bad game, there’s no one better at coming back the next week and looking like a completely different team.
So the Patriots starting the season with a 1-2 record is a bitter pill to swallow for us. Most of us were sure that after the loss to the Jaguars, the Patriots would bounce back and walk out of Detroit with a win. But what we forgot is that Matt Patricia, now head coach of the Detroit Lions, knows the Patriots and he knows them well.
One of the perceived strengths of the Cleveland Browns heading into training camp was the wide receiver corps. The offseason acquisition of Jarvis Landry, the reinstatement of Josh Gordon, and the third year of first-round draft pick Corey Coleman had everyone – fans and media alike – projecting good things for the offense.
But last night the Browns traded Corey Coleman to the Buffalo Bills.