The Patriots season came to an end yesterday in Denver, losing to the Broncos 26-16. The Patriots were outplayed in almost every facet of the game. The Pats could not put pressure on Manning, which I said before the game would be key if they wanted to stop him. Manning ended up with 400 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. Brady was out of sync with his offense from the gecko. He missed players deep consistently and he really seemed rattled out there, something that is so rare for Tom Brady. The Patriots lost this game and they deserved to lose this game. Denver was the better football team yesterday.
That being said, what is next for the New England Patriots? Where do they go from here? Well for starters they NEED a deep threat. They need a receiver who can stretch the field, Edelman, Amendola, and Collie will just not cut it. They need a new tight end. Gronk is injury prone and at this point and every time he goes down I cringe because I do not know if he is going to get up. If Gronk somehow manages to stay healthy having a talented second tight end is always a good thing. Hernandez-esq if you will (minus the serial killing). A guy to look at in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft is tight end Jace Amaro from Texas Tech University. He is a big guy who can make spectacular catches. Don’t believe me? Watch this video and see for yourself.
But the biggest thing this Patriots team needs is a defense. As much as it pains me to say this, Brady has never won a Super Bowl when the team was an offense first team. He needs a defense who can actually make stops. Of course this runs true for almost every NFL team but that doesn’t make this statement any less accurate. Brady needs a defense and he needed one yesterday. I’m not trying to discredit Brady here, like I said before what he did this year was nothing short of magnificent and I still believe no other quarterback in the league could have done what he did with the weapons he had. But Brady can become cold in a nano-second like he did yesterday and that’s where he needs a defense. It pains me to say but he can be inconsistent. And I know almost all the key players on the Patriots were injured this year and will be back next year. But how effective will they be? How effective will 32 year old Vince Wilfork be coming off a torn achilles? There is just no way of knowing.
This is the first time in my lifetime that when I look at the New England Patriots, I do not see a bright future. Brady is 37 years old. How many years does he have left? Two, maybe three if we are lucky? And Brady is one of the only bright spots of this team. After he goes what do we have? Nothing. And you know when Brady goes Belichick retires too, that’s almost set in stone at this point. So in 2-3 years we will be left without a quarterback and without one of the greatest head coaches of all time and a mediocre roster at best. Like Dexter Morgan once said, “I cannot tell if this is a new beginning, or the beginning of the end”.