The New England Patriots 2020 season came to a shocking end that they’re not used to, in the wildcard round of the AFC Playoffs. It broke a streak of nine straight seasons making it to the AFC championship or Super Bowl, a streak that will never be touched again. They lost in a low-scoring affair to the Tennessee Titans 14-13, leaving the whole of New England in despair and the rest of the world giddy. So, that leaves a lot of questions about the patriots and where they go from here, most importantly will we have back the greatest football player of all time? Or will he be in another uniform next season? That is the question that will lead to either the future success or immediate downfall of the New England Patriots.
Tom Brady posted an Instagram post last week that he still has more to give, and that his career is not over. But what he did not specify is if you will be back with the New England Patriots or with another team. That is extremely important for the patriots, because if they don’t have their leader for the last two decades, they are doomed. They will go back to the mediocre football team that they had been for their 40 year history before Brady was a New England Patriot. Brady leaving and retiring for good is inevitably coming up in the next two or three seasons, but for now the patriots need to do everything in their power to make sure that he’s a patriot for life.
Everyone with a set of eyes saw this season that the Patriots defense was great, but their offense was despicable. The offensive line was out of sorts, they couldn’t sustain any sort of consistent run game, and their wide receivers and tight ends were absolutely dismal. Brady is known for always having a great offense, and making the most out of what might be lacking around him. This season he couldn’t do that, and I blame that fully on coach Belichick. Coach Belichick needs to do a better job in the future surrounding Brady with talent, like he has in the past. This season it seemed as though it wasn’t his priority whatsoever, and didn’t make many moves at all to help the offense improve. The few moves he made backfired terribly (Antonio Brown, Mohamed Sanu, Josh Gordon).
If the Patriots main goal is to make a few more championship runs their first business move should be to lock Brady up to a two year deal worth at least $50 million. Then the Patriots should make as many moves for skill players in free agency as possible to secure up the receiving Corp and the offensive line. Go all in! There’s no more time to stretch this dynasty out, this is it, two more years of greatness. Make the most of it.
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