I refuse to be a sensationalist, and I beg Patriots fans not to buy into the hype. The articles that are being written are nothing more than fan pieces disguising themselves as actual news.
I used to really respect Jordy McElroy of the Patriots Wire. In a society where the daily news cycle consists of doom and gloom, opinions disguised as news, and sensationalism, McElory wasn't one of those people, until today. In a post released Saturday morning, McElroy got on his horse with the rest of the bandwagon and declared the Patriots dynasty over, and then gave an eleven paragraph run down of how Bill Belichick will forever regret letting Tom Brady walk away, and that the Patriots will never be the same.
"Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the New England Patriots' dynasty crumbling and crashing back down to Earth. Beneath the smoldering remains of the 20-year-old destroyer is coach Bill Belichick with his finger on the self-destruct button."
I can't completely disagree with everything McElroy had to say, of course things aren't going to be the same without Brady leading the Patriots. But I need people to stop acting like Belichick gave up a 28 year old quarterback just entering his prime. Tom Brady will be 43 years old when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play their first game this season. That's not saying that the Buccaneers don't have a much better chance of winning the Super Bowl this season than they did last year with Jameis Winston. Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, and with a coach like Bruce Arians, and the offensive firepower Tampa Bay possess, it would be crazy to think we couldn't see Brady playing in his tenth Super Bowl this season.
There are a couple of things that irritate me about the whole Brady/Belichick divorce. Not the actual separation, but every Tom, Dick, and Harry who knows nothing about the actual situation giving their opinion as a fact. I believe one day we will actually find out what happened, but until then it's all speculation.
Patriots fans have drawn hard lines, and the bandwagon Brady fans are unloading their baggage in Tampa. There is a majority of Pat's Nation that is furious with Belichick letting Brady walk away, some are even ignorant enough to hope that the Patriots will suck this season and for the seasons to come, just so Belichick can be "exposed". There's another chunk of people who are trying to support the team and dismissing what Brady has accomplished, but what both sides are accomplishing is dismissing twenty years of greatness, and selfishly tarnishing everything that the greatest coach/quarterback duo has accomplished.
The issue is, when you have journalists like McElroy writing things like "Belichick would do well to trade in his sleeveless hoodie for a two-piece suit because the burial is coming two years ahead of schedule. It would have come four years early if owner Robert Kraft didn't usurp the decision-making power when Brady was nearly replaced with Jimmy Garoppolo." This does nothing but prove a point that can't be proved. The problem is, people who read this dribble will take it as fact and formulate an opinion based on a writer trying to sensationalize a story for clicks.
We have no idea what Jimmy Garoppolo could have accomplished with the New England Patriots. In fact, the last time I checked, Jimmy Garoppolo was playing in the Super Bowl. So why is it that far out of the realm of possibility that Bill Belichick and Jimmy Garoppolo could have went to a Super Bowl together?
If the Patriots would have retained Brady this season, I think it's safe to believe that New England would have been a competitive team. But, Belichick wouldn't have been able to significantly improve the offense, and he couldn't keep the defense as intact as he could. That means that he only could have built through the draft, and ultimately the Patriots would be roughly the same team they were last season.
This doesn't mean I believe without Brady the Patriots are going to be a juggernaut this season, they could very well suck. But, Brady leaving sped this new look up by two years. Brady can't play forever, and at some point Belichick was going to have to figure out life without the GOAT.
What's important is, if you're a true Patriots fan, don't get sucked up in any of the nonsense that the last twenty years that we just had didn't happen. I'm actually okay with the tank for Trevor Lawrence thing going around, I don't think it's going to happen, but I'm okay with the thought process. I'm not okay with people hoping the Patriots suck just to prove a point.
This season will never tell us if Belichick made a mistake or not. The Patriots never would have given Brady; Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, OJ Howard, and Cameron Brate. We also can't determine if Belichick can win without Brady until he's given a fair chance to build his new team. We still don't know if Belichick will draft a quarterback or go with Jarrett Stidham, so it's going to take some time, and by then it will be impossible to ever determine who was responsible for what.
When you think of the Patriots dynasty, the three people you have to think of is, Robert Kraft, Bill Belichick, and Tom Brady. All three men hold equal responsibility. For some reason we have no problem blaming one and praising the other, when the reality is the Patriots have been the example of TEAM since the day Brady took over Drew Bledsoe.
So even though guys like Jordy McElory may have the sexy click bait headlines, and he may be really good at writing things like "Meanwhile, the Patriots are hanging on like a hair on a biscuit with expensive defensive contracts and virtually no shot at competing. Nothing short of a historic trade for Houston Texans disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson or moving up in the draft to acquire a young gunslinger like Tua Tagovailoa could save the team at this point."
I refuse to be a sensationalist, and I beg Patriots fans not to buy into the hype. The articles that are being written are nothing more than fan pieces disguising themselves as actual news. Rational thinking would tell you this day was coming, I may just be a fan, I may not have a contract with USA Today, but I am smart enough to distinguish between real stories and irrational opinions.
I'm not trying to go to war with the main street media, but I'm also not going to sit back anymore and let Pat's Nation to have their minds brainwashed by writers and publications looking for clicks. Pats Nation has enough on our hands with "journalists" like Rob Parker, Nick Wright, and Max Kellerman, we don't need Patriots publications sending out the same uninformed messages.